My problem with every single DJI Osmo Pocket review was that it did not mention any of the problems that I had with it when I got it.
The perfect camera isn’t the one with the best quality, it’s the one that works in the most scenarios, and this one might just fit that “best camera” section in many ways, provided that you are in the right weather conditions, as while this camera is great for those low shots, those ceiling shots, and much more, it’s not a great option if it’s raining or snowing, and that makes this camera not usable in far too many scenarios.
Our Osmo Pocket didn’t survive heavy rain. Sure, it’s back to normal now, but initially, the lens had condensation and the screen was turning pink — something to consider if you live in terrains that consist of frequent rain. Of course, the DJI Osmo Pocket isn’t a GoPro. Therefore, you shouldn’t expect that protection, nevertheless, even if a camera isn’t designed for water, it should be able to deal with rain.
The DJI Osmo Pocket Is Even Smaller Than It Looks
The perfect camera isn’t the one that shoots the best video or takes the best pictures. It’s the one that works in the most kind of scenarios, and while this isn’t a great option for bad weather like we already mentioned, this camera works in every kind of scenario because of how tiny it is. You can shoot at angles that you wouldn’t be able to shoot at prior with the Osmo, regardless of where you are because it just fits into any pocket without any issues.
And I think that’s going to be a big selling point for a lot of people. The Osmo solves a very big issue that creators and especially vloggers experience. The issue of having to bring their camera with them because while their phone has a decent enough back camera, it has an average front camera. Bringing a proper camera with you everywhere you go gets frustrating. And it also draws attention.
Speaking of attention, if you want to start vlogging, the Osmo Pocket is perhaps the perfect camera for that if you are shy due to the fact that nobody notices that it’s a camera making that entire process far easier!
With that said, even though the DJI Osmo Pocket is tiny, it feels very solid with rubber grip on the front along with two buttons, a microphone, and a small screen. Apart from that, it comes with a USB-C port, a microSD slot, and another microphone at the bottom of the device. And even though we watched and read some reviews that stated that it wasn’t durable, apart from the gimbal part being a weak point, we’ve had it drop more than a few times, and it’s perfectly fine.
Video Quality That People Don’t Give It Enough Credit For
DJI states that the Osmo Pocket is designed to “turn any moment into a cinematic memory.” Anytime, anywhere. And that’s the biggest difference between it and the GoPro. The GoPro is for action shots but lacks in the cinematic aspect.
For everyone saying “why not just get a GoPro,” cinematic footage is where the Osmo really stands out with the smallest gimbal on the market.
Except, it offers video quality that people don’t give it enough credit for in their DJI Osmo Pocket reviews.
And that’s because most reviewers lack perspective as they already have $3,000+ cameras. And they just won’t use this camera daily because of that.
I travel all over the world with a carry-on and often have very limited space. A camera like this solves my issues, and therefore I use it all the time.
With the Osmo you are getting 4K in 60 frames per second or at 1080p at 120 frames per second, footage that’s as stable as it can get, allowing for extremely cinematic shots, great autofocus, an ability to color grade with the D-Cinelike profile, depth of field on a very decent level, and all of that in a package that fits in your pocket.
Yes, it’s true, the Osmo doesn’t compare to a $3,000 camera, but it’s of enough quality that you won’t ever feel like the footage isn’t good enough. And for those that are going to say that phones shoot pretty great content, that’s true, but phones just like standard cameras, regardless of the software cannot do what a proper gimbal can do just like software will never duplicate the depth of field like a proper camera. The Osmo captures the depth of field on a level more than satisfying when vlogging and can shoot at up to 100mbps which phones can’t do.
Sure, you can buy a gimbal for a phone for around $100 and will get pretty great footage too then, but at that point, that setup becomes big enough to the point that you may as well just rock a proper camera.
Of course, it easy to say that a video is great and can shoot at 100mbps while being stable, but the best way to talk about the video is by actually showing it.
Where the Osmo doesn’t perform as well is in low light situations. Especially when shooting in slow motion. However, that’s due to be expected due to the smaller sensor size. And speaking of slow motion, you can’t record slow motion with audio and the slow motion itself is cropped in 4 times which is great if you are looking to zoom in on something since the Osmo can’t do that right away, but not great, if you don’t want that since there’s no way to adjust the zoom.
Other than that, our only OTHER complaint when it comes to video apart from what we are about to mention below is that you can’t change manual settings while recording on the Osmo.
The Audio Isn’t Great Though
Before making this DJI Osmo Pocket review, we were debating on what to say about the audio on the DJI Osmo Pocket.
And frankly, even though the Osmo Pocket comes with two microphones which is meant to help with wind issues, the audio overall isn’t great and not because it’s awfully bad but because it’s very inconsistent. We shot footage that sounded great and footage that sounded bad in very similar environments. And that’s not good enough because you never know what to expect.
A bigger issue for us is that there’s no support for microphones out of the box. We can get over any other flaws or things missing, but if you create a device that’s designed for video and you don’t include support for microphones, well, that’s bad. Luckily, you can make microphones work with the Osmo if you buy an adapter from DJI.
What we hate about that is that you can’t use any other adapters nor can you use a microphone with a USB-C port clearly showing that DJI was after getting more sales.
The Gimbal and Smart features
The biggest thing missing in every major DJI Osmo Pocket review was the answer who the DJI Osmo Pocket actually is for.
Our answer? It’s especially for people working on content alone.
Being alone shouldn’t be an excuse for why you can’t create content, but it sure makes it harder. This is where the Osmo makes a big difference.
Active Track is the main reason for that. This is a feature that would have previously be seen on DJI Drones and allows for incredibly cinematic shoots with movement that one wouldn’t be able to do as precisely manually. In fact, we’d say that the Osmo Pocket is the best thing out there for those who want those precise cinematic movements but can’t afford the robots for that. You simply press on a car, your dog, or yourself, and the Osmo’s gimbal will move as you move.
Apart from overall being able to track objects, the Osmo can also track faces which is great when vlogging. You can just put the camera down, and it will look along with your face which makes videos far more interesting.
One of our favorite features of the Osmo is the beautifully non-boring cinematic time-lapses that you can take with it. You can select how you would like the gimbal to rotate during a timelapse, and that takes time-lapse shooting to the next level. The only minor complaint is that you can’t take a time-lapse consisting of a picture being taken every second. 3 is currently the minimum.
At the end of the day, this is a light camera. The gimbal allows for extremely steady footage but it is a light device, and that does have an impact when you are trying to achieve b-rolls of products consisting of a slow movement. For that, we recommend that you place the Osmo on a tripod.
Of course, you can also move the gimbal yourself, although more on that as you keep reading.
You Need Accessories
This is the biggest problem that is going to be mentioned in this DJI Osmo Pocket review.
The Osmo out of the box is a pretty great camera, but to use this camera to its full potential, you need accessories as while we mentioned that you can take an amazing time-lapse with this camera, that fully depends on where you are as the Osmo doesn’t support tripods out of the box. And that’s an absolute need considering how easy it is for the Osmo to fall when there’s wind, not to mention that not every surface is even.
We are going to talk about the benefits of connecting the Osmo to your phone in the next part of this post, but it is worth noting that you should ideally also get the Wi-Fi base which will allow you to connect your Osmo to your phone wirelessly as while you can connect it to your phone directly, that connection is a major threat to the charging port on a phone. Maybe it works with 2016 phones or such, but I find my phone too big to trust it with the Osmo Pocket, and vice versa.
You also need the already mentioned microphone adapter because the Osmo Pocket doesn’t directly support microphones even if your microphone has a USB-C port. And that’s what disappoints us the most.
It’s pretty obvious to us that DJI was hunting for making sales with extra accessories.
Considering how good the Osmo is out of the box considering the price, we shouldn’t be complaining, yet it’s very hard not to when you see DJI not supporting other microphone adapters when they clearly could.
Speaking of accessories, I do recommend that you get filters if you plan to create content in harsh lighting conditions or are looking to get some less boring shots with water. PolarPro is our recommendation for that.
This picture was taken with the ND/PL 8 filter.
You Need to Connect the Osmo Pocket to Your Phone to Get the Most Out
Don’t get us wrong, the Osmo Pocket works perfectly fine without a phone, and you can do far much with it alone when it was released, but it’s still limited as far as content creation from many angles.
For one, you can’t move the gimbal in any direction from the Osmo directly. Yes, we get that the screen is pretty tiny but being able to move it up and down is pretty limiting considering how much benefits the gimbal brings.
Being able to rotate the gimbal sidewards while recording slow motion can allow for incredibly cinematic shots, but they can only be taken when the Osmo is connected to a phone or with a special accessory.
Ultimately we think that connecting a phone to the Osmo is a choice to take in most scenarios because it allows you to see and control the Osmo far better. There are two buttons there, and there is that small touchscreen but connecting to a phone gives you a far bigger screen estate as far changing settings and allows you to overall see better making it a far better option. Not to mention that the buttons aren’t always as reliable as we would like them to be.
Is This a Camera for Pictures?
Surprisingly, it is. Now, we wouldn’t recommend that you buy the Osmo Pocket for taking pictures, but if you are buying it for videos and want to take a picture, the Osmo Pocket won’t disappoint.
It’s not as good as a mirrorless camera at a similar price range when without a lens such as the Sony a6000, but takes good enough pictures to the point that you can post them on Instagram without any issues. However, this mostly applies to landscapes. Selfie wise, I feel like the camera good be slightly better.
Overall though, I’d get a phone for pictures over the Osmo Pocket simply because the Osmo Pocket is limited with that one lens, and isn’t doing as much progress software wise as phone companies when it comes to picture taking. With that said, the Osmo Pocket can shoot RAW pictures while the likes of iPhone can’t.
That doesn’t mean that the Osmo is terrible at taking pictures. There’s just no reason to buy it for the purpose of taking pictures.
To Sum This DJI Osmo Pocket Review Up- a Camera Worth Having It or a Gimmick?
The DJI Osmo Pocket camera is a gimmick to those that rock $3,000 cameras and only got the Osmo Pocket to make a review on it.
But if you area creator on a budget and looking for a bit of everything, this is a camera for you. You won’t get the best quality out there, but you’ll get quality on a very high level with superb stability. It’s not better than a proper camera, but it’s not meant to be because a normal camera isn’t better than it. It’s in its own category. You should probably just get both because these compliment each other extremely well.
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