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Osmo Pocket, a revolutionary mini-camera

November 29, 2018.

Osmo Pocket.

Osmo Pocket. © DJI.

DJI introduced a new mini camera mounted on a gimbal called The Osmo Pocket. It’s 12.2 cm tall and weighs just 116 g, which means it’s so portable that you wouldn’t think twice about bringing it along. Its small size has no bearing on its functionality: a 1/2.3-inch sensor records 4K video up to 60fps at 100Mbps. The 80-degree field of view is like a focal length of around 28 mm in 35 mm format equivalent. This means that the videos don’t have the GoPro feel that you’d find in the wide-angle action cams. The handle houses a battery with a life of up to two hours and a small touch screen to change the settings, including several tracking modes. A smartphone can attach to a connector on the side of the Osmo Pocket, either directly (Lightning or USB-C) or via WiFi with an optional module, to set up a larger screen and a wider range of settings.

Osmo Pocket is a promising alternative to GoPro HERO 7, which was touted as the gimbal killer with its Hypersmooth digital stabilizer. If you had to choose between the two, Osmo Pocket shines for the quality and stabilization of the image while the GoPro 7 is a lot more robust in the worst shooting conditions (wet weather, falls, shakes). The camera is available for pre-order and retails for $350 USD with shipping starting December 15th.

News Shooter, “DJI Osmo Pocket. A super compact three-axis stabilized camera.”