DJI Osmo Pocket Review: A Game Changer For Everybody, especially Video Makers
Anyone with knowledge of photography understands that a DSLR can still produce a superior image. However, the iPhone is the most popular video camera because it is substantially more portable.
I think that DJI’s most recent product, the Osmo Pocket– a portable gimbal and camera system– will do the same for videography. Much like how smartphone photography has transformed into professional settings, the Osmo Pocket can have that same function.
Tini – Tiny Wonder Gadget DJI Osmo Pocket
In this day and age where everybody can be a content creator, portability and ease of use have become absolute paramount, and DJI has entirely accomplished with the Osmo Pocket. A five-inch stick to a cam head mounted on a small gimbal (supporting system for cameras), this small device lets its user to capture high resolution, smooth videos with one hand, while moving. It just takes a few seconds to turn it on and begin shooting, and video resolution caught can go as high as 4K and as smooth as 60fps (frames-per-second).
The gadget’s body is mostly plastic, which I admit now feels a bit low-cost in the age of glass-and-metal phones, however it keeps the Osmo Pocket light at 116g. There’s a 1-inch touchscreen on the body that permits the user to see what they’re shooting, and 2 buttons to run the camera. The gimbal system is a three-axis motor– tilt, roll and pan– that supports a 12-megapixel, f. 2.0 camera.
DJI Osmo Pocket camera has a f/1.8 aperture.
And the gimbal system is excellent. I can run full speed with the DJI Osmo Pocket, up or down stairs, and the footage stays mostly constant, without the jerkiness one would get from other hand-held gadgets.
So while the iPhone XS’s cam can draw in more information than the DJI Osmo Pocket, stabilization is much better on the latter, as there is small micro-jitteriness to Apple’s device, primarily brought on by the on-device EIS clashing with the physical gimbal.
Now consider that the DJI’s gadget can suit your pocket, while the iPhone XS and Zhiyun Smooth 4 gimbal combined is more than two times as long and three times as heavy. Plus, setting up the iPhone on the gimbal alone takes a minimum of a minute, while the Osmo Pocket is ready to shoot in under five seconds.
DJI Osmo Pocket Different Modes
The Osmo Pocket, being a Chinese device, of course, is loaded with other extra features. It can also snap images, both in routine type or a 3X3 panorama that stitches nine shots together for one big canvas. It can be operated entirely as a standalone gadget or linked to a smart device, which provides it a larger viewfinder and more control alternatives. And it can shoot motion timelapse or slo-mo videos.
A 3X3 panorama shot captured by the DJI Osmo Pocket.
But the most innovative feature is smart face tracking. When the Osmo Pocket remains in selfie-recording mode, it automatically detects the users’ face and will follow it around. This tracking feature also works on automobiles or animals when you’re shooting the real world, however provided the rise of me-first vlogging material on social media, the face-tracking feature will probably be the most commonly used.
The Osmo Pocket’s battery can shoot about 70 minutes of continuous footage. I wish it can go a bit longer, however charging via the USB-C port is easy.
DJI Osmo Pocket Portability is the KEY, making it a game changer
In general, videos or images captured by the Osmo Pocket are not going to look as great as video footage captured by the best smart devices (let alone DSLRs), but they’re more than good enough for social networks, and in my viewpoint can even be utilized in a professional setting in minimal doses. I’m confident many YouTube channels or Instagram influencers– even the huge ones with millions of fans– can use the Osmo Pocket footage for B-roll footage with no qualms.
In fact, I think the Osmo Pocket is a game-changer for the influencer community– a group that loves to record footage of themselves doing the most mundane things. Now, instead of needing to bring a gimbal in a knapsack, and take a minute to set it up, they can tape-record video footage on-the-fly within seconds. Be prepared for your social networks feeds to be spammed.