We’re used to seeing nothing but drones out of DJI, but every once and a while, it’s been known to shake things up a bit. Most recently we’ve discovered that it’s doing just that by handing us the Osmo Pocket, a new mini camera that is perfectly poised to replace your smartphone cameras. As DJI fans can probably already tell by the name alone, the main feature here is stabilization, as the Osmo Pocket comes equipped with a 3-axis gimbal.
We’ve been living with the DJI Osmo Poclet for almost three weeks now and we’re happy to report that it’s more than capable to replace our smartphone camera and it’s bigger cousins from the DJI stable. With a built-in camera capable of shooting 4K video at 60 frames per second, it just works. The camera also features intelligent shooting and object tracking similar to DJI’s latest drones. Add a waterproof case and accessory mount, and the Osmo Pocket could easily fall into competition with GoPro and other action cameras. We even forgot we have a GoPro when we took it with to the Mercedes-Benz V Class launch in Cape Town earlier this week. Watch the short video we did below;
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Those looking for specifics will be glad to know the camera on the Osmo Pocket uses a 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor and an F2.0 lens that has a field of view of 80-degrees. It’s capable of capturing 12MP photos or recording 100Mbps video in 4K60, so it seems pretty capable for how small it is. In the video below, all shot on the Osmo Pocket, you’re able to see it’s incredible video quality followed by images captured using it’s picture mode.
What we also noticed was the Osmo Pocket is able to automatically detect low light scenes and can even use the stabilization to shoot 2-3 second long exposures in Pro mode. Pro mode also allows users to manually adjust exposure, shoot RAW photos, and use the flat D-Cinelike color profile in video.
The device is also accompanied by the DJI Mimo app, which includes editing tools as well as a community to share content with. The app also includes templates, music for videos, watermarks, and stickers.
One last interesting thing about the Osmo Pocket is its universal port, which can be used to connect different accessories. Some of the accessories DJI has announced thus far include a waterproof case, smartphone adapters for iPhones and USB-C Android phones, a 3.5mm jack for connecting a mic, a charging case, and yes, even a selfie stick. Finally, the camera comes with a 875mAh battery that lasts for as long as 140 minutes, or just under 3 hours as we’ve experienced. The Osmo Pocket is available today from iStore’s website or in-store for R7099.