The Osmo Pocket is an all-in-one camera with a stabilizer built-in that is pocket-sized and extremely simple to use, as the name suggests. The sensor is similar to what is used on DJI’s drones, except in a number of shooting modes, it can take 4K video and still photographs. The Osmo Pocket is mainly targeted at vloggers, and it seems like the specs of the device show that. Inside a three-axis gimbal, the camera is housed, which keeps the video stable even as you walk and talk.
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DJI Osmo Pocket: Design and Portability
The Osmo Pocket is compact enough to slip into a pocket of yours, well. 4.8 by 1.5 by 1.1 inches (HWD) is weighed and weights 4.1 ounces. The body is a sturdy brick with a dark gray finish. At the end, mounted on a three-axis gimbal, the camera itself lies. By default, gimbals are a little delicate, so DJI with the Pocket contains a safe case. Using it is a good idea, especially if you expect the Osmo to reside in the pocket of your trousers.
A basic one is the principle of gimbal stabilization. A gimbal uses quiet, brushless motors and gyroscopes instead of using electronic methods (which GoPro uses in its action cameras) or optical stabilization (the system used in SLR lenses), to keep the frame completely level with the ground at all times. There’s some tuning needed to get there, which is why when you first turn it on, the Pocket’s camera moves around a bit. If you find that the horizon is not perfectly straight, you can recalibrate through the touch interface, just make sure that before you do, you put the pocket down on a flat surface.
The computer itself doesn’t have a lot. Using a tiny, square touch screen, you can communicate with and manipulate it. Underneath, there are two buttons, one to turn on and off the computer, the other to launch a video or snap an image.
Between the LCD and keys, the makeup cover is there. To show a series of electric contacts, slip it off. You can insert the Pocket into your phone to function with its companion app, DJI Mimo, via this accessory port. The Pocket operates for both Android USB-C devices and iOS Lightning devices. You can order a patch for $19 if you lose one of the supplied phone adapters.
DJI ignored internal memory, placing a single microSD slot on the side instead. It supports up to 256 GB of media bandwidth (no card is included). For charging and data transmission to a device, there’s a USB-C port on the bottom.
The internal and non-removable battery. It’s good, though, managing 4K recording on a full charge for a little bit better than two hours. Using a 10W charger, you can hope to totally charge it in around 75 minutes and, of course, you can top it off on the go using a USB power bank.
In the testing, the Pocket got really hot, but did not overheat in our battery rundown test. Like it was in the original Osmo, there’s no cooling fan needed, so you won’t have to think about the fan noise in your soundtrack.
DJI Osmo Pocket: Accessories
The pocket does not have a tripod plug, so it can rest straight on a flat surface. You’ll have to start shopping for accessories if you want to attach it to a more conventional tripod, or something more unique in invention, such as a GoPro mount.
DJI also created an Extension Rod, which includes a tripod socket in its middle, basically a selfie stick, although it is not yet on sale. In order to fill the void, there are third party accessories, including a $24.99 option from PolarPro. It may sound counterintuitive to put the pocket on a tripod, but it is useful to get the most out of some of the features, including Motion Lapse, which combines movement and time-lapse of the camera.
A waterproof case, charging case, neutral density filter package, Fast Release Foundation, and 3.5mm Audio Adapter are also promised, but not yet on offer. We also reached out to DJI to see when all the items will be ready for order, but ship dates for these add-ons have not yet been released.
Some accessories are also available for purchase. To use the Osmo with GoPro mounts, you can get the Adapter Mount ($19). The Wireless Module ($59) helps you to power your phone’s pocket without plugging it in. There’s also the Pocket Controller Wheel ($59), which we’re going to talk about in a bit. You can get all three together in the Osmo Pocket Expansion Pack for $109, along with a 32GB memory card.
In an underwater ‘snuba’ experience 4.5m (15ft) below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, this waterproof case kept our gimbal fully dry and it is rated for 60m (196ft), way above scuba diving depths. So far, so good, right?
The concern is that this is a rotating gimbal, and the situation has a 90 degree finite ideal window. When the camera moves off-center, the hard edge encircling this window is picked up. The concentration was off, resulting in fuzzy images and recordings, and after a few minutes in the water, the whole case fogged up. A new black version of the underwater enclosure was launched by DJI, but we have not checked that version to see if there is a difference.
There’s no way through the plastic case to reach the touchscreen. There are two buttons that you can click through the case, so you can use two presses to loop through modes, tap capture, and re-center the camera. It’s pretty useless here to flip the camera with three clicks. This would have worked a lot better if the situation had a bubble dome shape. When underwater, stick with a GoPro or the DJI Osmo Action.
For the DJI Osmo Bag, the best high-end case is not the cover that comes with the pack, but an actual charging case. It has more robust security, two microSD cards, four ND filters and two mobile connectors with a built-in battery and capacity. It sounds like a perfect travel accessory purely for the extra juice if you have room for it.
3.5mm Adapter – Recommended
The Osmo Pocket microphone from DJI is just perfect. In the first big firmware upgrade, it got easier, and we like the fact that the microphone is next to the laptop, pointing to the narrator or vlogger. So you’ll need a 3.5mm converter if you want anyone to hear you clearly. DJI offers one, but we have found that it can fit with every old USB-C-to-3.5mm converter.
DJI Osmo Pocket: Features
The Osmo Pocket’s slow-motion video is effective, but not outstanding next to smartphones in 2019. At 1080p, it captures 120 frames per second, which has a good effect, even though it’s quite cropped and it has some visible noise. Flagship phones, though, will do it better.
For instance, the Sony Xperia XZ2, Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9 record 960fps super slow motion video at 720p. The iPhone X will fire 240fps at 1080p if you are insistent on a Full HD resolution. On top of that, you can edit where the video goes from real-time to slow motion on Sony, Apple and Samsung tablets. In order to activate the slow motion effect when it senses motion in a pre-set rectangle, Samsung also has a neat Auto Mode. The Osmo Pocket is simpler; from the moment you hit the record, it’s just slow movement.
Three presses of the power/mode button or one even simpler press of the recommended Control Wheel button will whip the camera 180 degrees. What’s fascinating is that the camera can monitor your single face smoothly from here.
Face Tracking pans and fluidly tilts the head of the shot, keeping your face in the picture as long as you’re not purposely trying to fool yourself with crazy fast ninja movements. Vloggers can get the most out of this face tracking feature, while 4K@60fps does not work. Your face is monitored remarkably well by any other mode we tried.
DJI Mimo app
More so than the heavy-feeling GoPro software, the DJI Osmo Pocket app itself, called DJI Mimo, is easy to attach and therefore quite accessible. This is because the connection between the app and the camera was hardly ever broken and our file sizes were always minimal. The layout is identical to the applications for larger Osmo cameras or Mavic drones. At first, the multitude of choices can be daunting, but inside this app, you’ll finally find everything you need.
Staying attached to the camera via the software made a difference, and if we were tethered or using Bluetooth through the Wireless Module, it operated flawlessly. Our greatest criticism is that on the main page of the app, the tutorials play… With auto-sound replay. That became problematic with this unit during week three.
DJI Osmo Pocket: Key specifications
- 25.7mm (equiv) F2 lens (80 degrees FOV)
- 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor
- 12MP resolution
- 4K Ultra HD video: 3840 x 2160 24/25/30/48/50/60p,
- FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
- ISO 100-3200
- Built-in gimbal
- Weight: 116g / 4oz
- Dimensions: 121.9 x 36.9 x 28.6 mm
- MicroSD slot up to 256GB
- LiPo 875 mAH 6.738 Wh battery, 140 mins operating time when shooting 1080p/30 fps video
- 48 KHz AAC audio output
DJI Osmo Pocket: Battery-Life
The battery power of the Osmo Pocket is 875 mAh with a recording time of 140 minutes, according to DJI, when set to 1080p 30fps. Our full-charge testing revealed that, without any gimbal movement, it reached that standard.
Clearly, going for the better 4K and pushing the gimbal around decreased the battery length a little. In our real-world experiments, though, it only lasted an hour.
When the Osmo Pocket was first revealed, the fact that the battery was not user-replaceable worried DJI fans. But when we created quick time lapses, we noticed that it carried us through a day of 4K video recording. After each take, we were pros at turning it off and set the auto-off idle time in the configuration menu to a minute.
The charger, of all things, wasn’t meant to dissuade you from being on the fence. Durability, yeah, but not the life of the battery. We recommend purchasing one of the best portable batteries on sale to recharge the gimbal. What we’ve been using for longer shoots is a little Anker charger.
DJI Osmo Pocket: Conclusion
The DJI Osmo Pocket is the go almost everywhere, record something camera gimbal that leaves you more than what you can get from top-of-the-line smartphones with stabilized video. At 60fps, you can record a 4K video that fluidly swings like an old-school Hollywood crane and motion time-lapses that imitate what the pros can do with far more pricey camera equipment.
Sure, a DSLR or mirrorless camera combined with a wide gimbal or a motorized panoramic timelapse tripod head will get you even better images. But the content variations are slight and a lot of weight and equipment is lost from your camera bag by the Osmo. That’s where it becomes a strong deal for YouTubers and customers without their normal shakiness who want beautiful vacation content.