DJI Osmo Pocket is a full-fledged, self-sufficient and easy-to-use video camera with a stabilizer that can shoot video in resolution up to 4K 60 frames per second, while being smaller than the average smartphone in size and weight.
What is interesting about the DJI Osmo Pocket camera?
By and large, the DJI Osmo Pocket can be called a ready-made ultra-compact kit of a camera and a 3-axis stabilizer with a built-in battery for 2 hours of operation and a small touch screen that acts as a LiveView viewfinder and a tool for quick setup. The camera is equipped with a 1/2. 3-inch 12-megapixel matrix, an 80° viewing angle and an f/2.0 aperture. It can shoot 4K at 100 Mbit / s, Slow Motion, Timelapse, Hyperlapse and is able to track objects in the frame. Of course, the camera can also take photos (even including RAW) and panoramas of 180° or 3×3.
How to manage it and what can it do?
Although you can actually use the camera without a smartphone, some of the advanced features and activation when you first turn it on will require a smartphone to install the DJI Mimo app on. After initializing the camera, you may receive an offer to update the software. The process is fully automatic and fast. That’s it, the camera is ready to use. When shooting without a smartphone, all settings are made using the touch screen and buttons. What is very pleasing-the camera quickly comes to “combat readiness”. Yes, the smartphone is somewhat faster in this regard, but still they are different devices.
Hold the power button, the camera “wakes up”, centers the stabilizer, click the record button. In some situations, this speed will not allow you to miss the moment. A single press on the power button (when turned on) switches between photo and video modes, a double one centers the camera, and a triple one turns it on the face of the person taking the picture.
Does it shoot well?
You should immediately say that this is not an action camera and the viewing angle is” only ” 80°. I believe that this is rather a plus: there are no characteristic distortions. The camera has autofocus, which is also pleasing, although it is not the fastest, plus sometimes “misses”. There is hope for future firmware updates. Mechanical stabilization works perfectly: videos are much smoother than on smartphones, even the most sophisticated ones. Object tracking works properly and quickly. But it is difficult to catch an object that is already in motion on a small camera screen. It is more convenient with a smartphone. Overall, the quality of the video was very pleasing. DJI Osmo Pocket shoots very well in almost any conditions.
What about autonomy?
The camera is powered by an 875 mAh battery, 6.738 W*h. Promise 140 minutes of work when recording video in 1080p/30 fps and charging for 73 minutes from a 10-watt charger (somewhere it turns out). I shot in different modes, mostly in 4K resolution, so the working time is, of course, somewhat shorter. It is difficult to calculate exactly in this mode, but it will take an hour and a half, which is very good.
DJI Osmo Pocket — this is a very cool and yet the only one of its kind so compact, yet so functional 4K camera, which will not be difficult to take with you on any trip. It perfectly shoots video, the stabilizer copes with its task smartly, there are many interesting modes and chips (tracking an object in motion, Motionlapse, and so on), manual configuration mode and the ability to save RAW. The camera is easily controlled, both in offline mode and with a smartphone via the proprietary app.