Smartphones aren’t exactly slouches when it comes to shooting video, but DJI thinks it has just the thing to take your YouTube vlogging and Instagram Stories up a notch – its new DJI Osmo Pocket video camera, which has just been officially announced.
Like a mini version of its original Osmo camera, the Osmo Pocket has a built-in camera on a three-axis gimbal, rather than the smartphone mount seen on its Osmo Mobile range
This ensures that it’s absolutely tiny for a gimbal-stabilised video camera, looking more like an electric toothbrush than a mobile video setup.
So is the DJI Osmo Pocket shaping up to be the perfect tool for YouTubers and travel vloggers? Here’s everything you need to know.
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DJI Osmo Pocket Release Date and Price: When will it be available and how much will it cost?
The DJI Osmo Pocket will cost £329 ($349 in the US) and is available to pre-order now, with shipping from December 15th 2018.
That price is much higher than the DJI Osmo Mobile 2, which recently came down to just £109 thanks to a Black Friday deal that’s still live. Though DJI’s Osmo range doesn’t, of course, have a built-in camera or a pocketable form factor.
More significantly, the Osmo Pocket’s price does undercut the GoPro Hero 7 Black, which is currently £379.99 and is likely to be its direct competitor.
The two mini cameras do have their differences: the Hero 7 Black is fully waterproof to 10-metres and relies on very impressive electronic image stabilisation, which largely negates the need for a mechanical gimbal in handheld situations. We’ll be looking to compare the two at DJI’s event in New York, so stay tuned for our first impressions.
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DJI Osmo Pocket specs: What camera and features does it have?
Despite rumours that the DJI Osmo Pocket would have the same one-inch Hasselblad camera as the DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone, it actually has a 1/2.3-inch sensor – that’s the same size as the GoPro Hero 7 Black (below) and in the ballpark of most smartphone cameras.
Still, the lens has a respectably bright aperture of f/2.0 and the Osmo Pocket can shoot 4K at 60fps and 1080p at 120fps for slo-mo videos, plus 12-megapixel stills.
On the handle, there’s a touchscreen that shows a live feed from the camera and controls the camera, while below that are a recording/shutter button and a function button.
There’s also a built-in stereo microphone, and you can also attach an external microphone via an 3.5mm adaptor (sold separately).
Inside, there’s a 875mAh battery, which is smaller than the one found in the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 and GoPro Hero 7 Black, and similar to the one found in the original DJI Osmo. DJI says you’ll be able to get around two hours of 4K/30fps video from this, though we’ll have to see whether or not that stands up in real world use.
The Osmo Pocket is charged via USB-C, which means you can top it up via external batteries, and uses microSD cards for storage.
Perhaps the most interesting new feature, though, is the new DJI Mimo app, which it connects to via Bluetooth. This promises to bring some familiar features, like ActiveTrack (for automatically following subjects) and Timelapse, plus some new ones like Story Mode.
We’ll bring you our impressions of those in our first look review very soon.
DJI Osmo Pocket Design: What does the DJI Osmo Pocket look like?
As the name suggests, the DJI Osmo Pocket is incredibly small for a gimbal-stabilised camera, and by far the most compact we’ve seen.
It fits easily into your palm and comes bundled with a protective, rubberised cover, which promises to make it much more like a GoPro than the more awkward Osmo Mobile 2 for quick, off-the-cuff shooting.
Above the record and power buttons, and below the little touchscreen, there’s a removable cover that lets you attach other accessories like a control wheel.
Unfortunately, there’s no tripod mount on the underside of the DJI Osmo Pocket, which seems like a strange omission. You can remedy this with an accessory, though, which is sold separately.
DJI Osmo Pocket: early thoughts
The DJI Osmo Pocket is shaping up to be an exciting little sidekick for fans of mobile vlogging and Instagram Stories.
It’s a shame it couldn’t squeeze in a one-inch sensor, though that’s understandable given the tiny dimensions. Slightly less forgiveable are the lack of a tripod mount and output for an external microphone, though both of these can be remedied with accessories.
On the plus side, being able to shoot gimbal-stabilised 4K/60fps video from something that fits in your pocket is really appealing, particularly as DJI has so many useful filming modes like ActiveTrack that lift it above what you can do with your smartphone.
What do you think, are you excited about the DJI Osmo Pocket and what would you like to see from it? Let us know on Facebook or on Twitter @TrustedReviews.