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DJI Osmo Pocket is an all-in-one camera with a built-in stabilizer that is, as the name suggests, pocket sized and incredibly easy to use. The camera is similar to what is found on DJI’s drones and can shoot 4K video and still images in a variety of shooting modes.

Osmo Pocket is aimed primarily at vloggers, and the product’s specs seem to reflect that. The camera is housed inside a three-axis gimbal which keeps footage steady even as you’re doing the walk and talk.

Although the tech inside the camera and the gimbal aren’t particularly revolutionary, the Osmo Pocket is unique because it combines these two products into one, creating a single pocket-sized product that produces quality footage quickly.

 

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

Operation

The Osmo Pocket only has two buttons making stand alone operation very straightforward. And button on the right turns the Osmo Pocket on, touchscreen controls allow you to select different shooting modes (photo, video, slow-mo, timelapse, pano), recording resolution (4K or 1080p), access settings like fast follow, slow follow, FPV, or to recenter the camera, and review files.

The button on the left with the red dot is how you start recording footage or shooting photos.

 

 

About Features

The Pocket’s power button sits on the right side of the camera, and the micro SD card slides into a slot on the left. And bottom left record button records video or shoots stills, and the button next to it allows you to swap between the two modes easily. 

If you’ve slid the Mini Control Stick into position, you will be able to customize the joystick to Zoom or Tilt and switch between Tilt Lock, FPV, and Follow using the button on the top right. Touchscreen controls allow you to access additional shooting modes (slow-mo, time-lapse, pano, HDR Video), customize the Mini Control Stick settings, select recording resolution, review files, and access Pro Mode.

 

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How To Connect A Smartphone To DJI Osmo Pocket

There is an option to connect a smartphone to the Osmo Pocket via a small adapter and shoot through the DJI Mimo app. In theory, shooting with the app gives users more control over the Osmo Pocket’s features; you get a larger view of what you are filming, can see a histogram, and get alerts if your footage is overexposed. Although the idea is a nice one, in practice attaching a phone to the Osmo Pocket defeats its best feature: its simplicity.

For starters, the smartphone attachment is tiny – during my time shooting with the Osmo Pocket I misplaced this accessory and the plastic cover that slides off a number of times. To ensure that the connection between the Osmo Pocket and my phone was tight I had to remove my iPhone X from its protective case, which is a setup that I didn’t find ideal.

 

Likes of DJI OSMO POCKET

  • Lightweight and easy to use as a standalone device
  • 4K video capabilities
  • In-camera stabilization
  • Decent audio quality
  • Touch screen controls

 

Improved Things About DJI OSMO POCKET
  • Feels unbalanced when shooting with smartphone attached, which makes the Mimo app of limited use
  • Lack of built-in WiFi or Bluetooth to connect to app
  • Removable cover for smartphone adapter is so small that it’s easy to misplace

 

Conclusion

The DJI Osmo Pocket isn’t exactly a must-have gadget in most shooters’ professional kits, but it does a surprisingly good job of capturing quality, stabilized video footage for its tiny size.

DJI Osmo Pocket feels like a good option for capturing supplementary BTS footage on a big shoot or POV video stories for vloggers and influencers. Its simple operation won’t intimidate people just getting into content creation. It also seems like it could be a great starter camera for kids who have shown an interest in video production.

And built-in stabilization in the Osmo Pocket is ultimately what makes this gadget so appealing. Although the quality of footage is similar to what you will get from a standard smartphone, the Osmo Pocket provides something that a smartphone simply can’t do on its own: seamlessly smooth footage.

 

 

Raj Shekar

“I would travel down to hell and wrestle a film away from the devil if it was necessary.” “when people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘no, I went to films’.”