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DJI Osmo Pocket Stabilised 4K Gimbal Camera – Australian Release and Price

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Posted: 05/12/2018 at 10:49 AM   /   by   /   comments (0)

The DJI pocket has been announced, and it looks like a great addition to the DJI  gimbal camera lineup. The pocket uses a camera almost identical to the Mavic Air. The camera sensor is a 1 /2.3” CMOS with 12 megapixels. Both the Mavic Air and the DJI Pocket cameras have the same sensor, megapixel range, FOV, photo modes and more. This is a good indicator if you’re looking for footage to show off the camera’s capabilities.

The Osmo Pocket is set to arrive in Australia on 17/12/2018, and the RRP will be AUD $599. Box Contents:

  • Osmo Pocket, Cover, Smartphone Adapter (Lightning), Smartphone Adapter (USB-C), Power Cable

Give me the highlights

The Osmo Pocket has some impressive capabilities I’ll list the major features below:

  • FOV 80 degrees
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • ISO range: 100-3200
  • Shutter Speed: 8s-1/8000s
  • Photography modes: Single shot, Panorama, Timelapse, Motion-lapse
  • Video Resolution:
    • 4K Ultra HD: 3840x2160, 24/25/30/48/50/60p
    • FHD: 1920x1080 24/25/30/48/50/60p
  • One-inch touchscreen
  • Active Track
  • Dual microphones

The big features here are the 4K recording alongside the standard Osmo features like active track, panorama, time-lapse and motion-lapse. This makes it a surprisingly powerful little package and an affordable 4K similar to the insta 360 One X and the GoPro Hero7.  The difference being that the Osmo Pocket doesn’t have quite the rugged capabilities but it does have superior camera features. Particularly when considering the mechanical stabilisation.

Hardware and Design

The Osmo pocket like the name suggests is tiny 121.9x36.9x28.6mm and weighs only 116g. The base unit doesn’t have a waterproof rating, but you can purchase a waterproof case as an accessory.

It’s not designed to be an action camera but seems to be focused on just being a specialised camera for niche shots and videos. I could see a lot of popularity with professional instagramers, amateur cinematographers.

There is also the tiny one-inch touchscreen and the recording button and menu button. The pocket is also designed to be able to be connected to mobiles via USB-C and Apple lighting adapters.

Accessories

The Osmo pocket comes with a full range of accessories including a waterproof case, controller wheel, charging case, ND filters set, wireless module, extension rod, Osmo Pocket expansion kit, Accessory mount.

DJI haven’t announced any dates yet for when these accessories will be coming to Australia.

The Osmo Pocket comes with a plethora of accessories:

Controller Wheel - the controller wheel is equipped with a dial for precise pan and tilt control. You can also change between shooting modes and a button to re-centre the gimbal.

Cover - next you have the cover which protects the pocket when travelling.

Extension Rod - there is also the extension rod, this part can be extended in length, it also has a gimbal control stick with operational buttons on the handle and a standard ¼” tripod mount.

ND Filters Set – Glad to see these are available on the Osmo Pocket from the beginning. ND filters sets are essential in reducing the amount of light hitting the sensor which gives you a lot more control when shooting in all lighting conditions.

Quick-Release Base – Uses a twist-lock design to attach to the Accessory Mount, it also comes with an industrial adhesive strip so that you can connect this mount to almost any surface (i.e. helmet, board)

Waterproof case - you can also pick up a waterproof case for the Osmo pocket which allows you to use the devices at depths of up to 60m.

Wireless Module – This module provides a Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection between your Osmo Pocket and your smartphone. This allows for remote control and transmission between devices.

Accessory mount – this case fits around the Osmo pocket and then allows it to be fitted to standard action camera accessories. Two words, dog harness. Think DJI is being a bit cheeky here as they’re happy to rely on GoPro’s huge established action camera accessory range.

3.5mm Adapter- Allows the use of a dedicated external microphone

 

 

Osmo Charging Case – stores and charges the Osmo pocket with its internal battery. It has dedicated space for two microSD cards, four ND filters and two smartphone cables.

Summary

The Osmo Pocket is a bit of a unique entity in the 4K handheld camera category. The major comparison is the latest GoPro camera. It's pretty clear that the mechanical stabilisation of the Osmo Pocket outclasses the Electronic stabilisation of the GoPro. On the other hand, GoPro does have an advantage regarding its rugged design as the Osmo Pocket is not designed for anything too dangerous.

Pros Cons
4K Video Quality No waterproof rating
Mechanical Stabilisation
A plethora of accessories to customise your shots

DJI Osmo Pocket - Spec sheets available on this page