DJI’s New York event today, “Because Life is Big”, focused on the release of a brand new gimbal, the DJI Osmo Pocket. For those of you who’ve been scanning the headlines in the last couple of days, this is not a surprise. This week has been filled with Osmo Pocket leaks and today we finally sift through them and find out the official specs, price and features that could make this camera gimbal irreplaceable.
Life is big but your action camera doesn’t have to be. DJI proved that by reducing a mobile gimbal to a candy bar-sized device, like the mini Osmo Pocket. What’s impressive is that they did it while adding an action camera that goes head to head with GoPro Hero 7, capturing 12MP stills and 4K video up to 60 fps at 100 Mbps with a 1/2.3-inch sensor.
The rest of the gimbal’s body, which is basically the handle, became functional in more ways than one. DJI fitted a very small touchscreen that shows a live feed from the camera and two buttons, one for recording and a universal port. Quite a lot, right?
Moreover, DJI added a fanless cooling solution; pretty ingenious of them. Under the hood, a 875mAH battery can be found, a bit disappointing if you compare it to the Hero 7 one.
Specs are not everything, as we all know, so what makes Osmo Pocket unique? The camera’s software technology.
For this lightweight, super portable gimbal, DJI teamed up with FotoNation, a global leader in computational imaging, computer vision and facial analytics. This company provided their portrait enhancement tech to DJI, so users could take studio-quality portraits, hassle-free.
“We are excited to work with Xperi to bring to market the first handheld camera gimbal with a portrait enhancement feature,” said Paul Pan, senior product manager at DJI. “FotoNation’s technology is amazing, and we are eager to see what our customers think of the product.”
So, DJI Osmo Pocket is not only as small as your phone, making it easy to fit in your cabin bag or carry day after day, in your handbag and backpack, but it’s also advanced enough to capture the type of selfies others spend hours editing! In my book, that makes it pretty much irreplaceable.
Creative videos can be made through the new DJI MIMO app, available on the Google Play store and Apple App Store. In Pro mode you can adjust “camera parameters like aperture, ISO, and shutter speed” and you can capture RAW format photos and D-Cinelike videos.
How much will a palm-sized camera gimbal with 4K recording cost? $349. You can order it right away, from their official website.
It’s not a bargain, for sure, but for an accessory that can quickly turn into a staple for vloggers and travelers, never leaving their side, I’d say it’s not overpriced, either.