No more shaky mobile videos. This is the bottom line from DJI’s new product, the DJI Osmo Pocket.
After a month with his super tiny gadget, I can honestly say, it’s a mini game changer. Not only it’s size, which is the major feature, but also the amount of technology DJi managed to squeeze into it, keeping the price very competitive so you don’t need deep pockets to get one (see what I did there?). In this short article I’ll share with you my month long experience with the DJI Osmo Pocket and share some of the videos I shot and edited with some product feedback.
DJI Osmo Pocket- Why would you even need it?
How many times have you scrolled through your feed on any social media platform just to see the everyday video hot on mobile with a shaking hand, trying to understand what are you even seeing? Or think about the amount of times you saw something super cool but couldn’t get a decent video out of it (ever tried walking with a recording mobile phone?) but it turned out to be a disaster so you archived it?
The new DJI Osmo Pocket is the mini superhero to save your mobile videos. As simple as that. We live in the video age. If you saw it but didn’t record it, it never happened. An age where vloggers and YouTubers are the influencers everyone is following. You can’t go fully packed with video gear, as small as it may be, 24/7. Every now and then you stumble upon something so good you just can’t leave your mobile in your pocket, even if it means lower quality video than what people expect.
Here steps the Osmo Pocket. It has been dwelling in your front pocket or a super small purse, just waiting to be activated. You won’t even remeber it’s there becuase it’s so small and light, it’s kind of like a sleeping secret agent waiting to be called to duty.
DJI Osmo Pocket- How does it work?
Just like bigger and better gimbals in the market, the Osmo Pocket is a 3-axis mechanical handheld gimbal. The real big advantage is that instead of adding the actual camera to the gimbal like in mobile of DSLR gimbals, it’s equipped with a 4K camera, so you can just take it out of your pocket and start shooting without relying on your mobile device battery or camera quality.
Its ready for action after 2 short seconds and can be operated straight from the device’s 1″ screen or by connecting it to your mobile phone with DJI’s new MIMO app, made for the Osmo Pocket and the Osmo Action (a new GoPro like action camera). The Osmo Pocket comes with a lighning or Usb-C adapter so you can connect your mobile to it and see everyting on your mobile screen for a much better view and controls.
DJI Osmo Pocket – Tech Specs and Shooting Modes
Other than the 4K shooting quality with 60 frames per second, it weighs 116 grams, can work for 140 minutes (according to DJI), with a1/2.3” CMOS sensor that has 12M effective pixels and a field of view of 80° (equivalent to 26mm) and an F2.0 aperture. The media is stored on an SD card and you can either remove it to download the media or download it directly to your mobile phone using the MIMO app when both devices are connected.
With it’s still photography modes (Single Shot; Panorama; Timelapse; Motionlapse; Hyperlapse), the DJI Osmo Pocket has a large variety of effects you can add to every video you shoot, without having to connect your mobile, so you don’t get bored while you shoot a 30 minute sunset timelapse.
As for video modes, you can choose to go slow-mo, which looks just amazing (see my skatepark video below) or regular video with 4K Ultra HD: 3840×2160 24/25/30/48/50/60p or FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p resolution.
On top of all the specs above, using the MIMO app gives you access to DJI’s Story template. A creative flow of ready made templates for fashion, food, slifestyle and many more video shooting ideas that will start the creative juices in case of a creators block. But don’t get confused, it won’t shoot vertical videos for your Instagram Story feed.
DJI Osmo Pocket- How’s it in Real Life?
Glad you asked. I try to create a on-the-go videos every now and then, sometime I use DSLRs and sometime I use my too-many mobile gadgets for a smartphone video. The DJI Osmo Pocket too away all my hardware needs of a tripod, gimbal and heavy lifting and carrying and made my life so much easier that I could just take it out of my front pocket and start shooting.
I did find it hard to use the Osmo Pocket without a mobile phone attached to it, as the 1″ screen is definately too small to see if you are focused on your subject or not, it’s mostly useful to see you have the tight exposure and frame. You don’t want to find it out only when you downloaded your video to your mobile or PC and started editing, as obviously it’s too late, so make sure to shoot important videos with a smartphone attached.
Here’s a video I shot from the 2nd global Nintendo Store opening in Tel Aviv:
DJI Osmo Pocket – Price
It’s hard to compare the Osmo Pocket’s price to any other similar gadget, as there aren’t any in his category. If you are looking for a mobile phone gimbal, read my comparison between DJI’s Osmo Mobile and it’s rival from China, the Zhiyun Smooth Q which are both cheaper options that are obviously less compfortable and rely on the quality of you smartphone’s camera. This makes the $350 price tag for the Osmo Pocket a decent investment, eben if not on the cheap side. I do see it as a lean option for mobile videographers for action and movement shots. You can find some bundles on Amazon that include some basic equipment that’s not included in the basic package (like a proper carry case).
DJI Osmo Pocket – Accessories
For the $350 you pay for the Osmo Pocket, you get the minimal accessories within the package- the 2 mobile phone adapters and a protective case for the gimbal itself. If you want to connect a microphone and conduct interviews, get a wider angle or even connect to a tripod, you will need to purchase some extra accessories to make you Osmo Pocket a full video solution. Here are my suggestions below:
The original USB-C microphone adapter from DJI. This will allow you to connect a 3.5mm wired microphone to it.
Osmo Pocket Controller Wheel. Controling the Osmo Pocket, with or without a smartphone attached, isn’t easy due to it’s size. The controller wheel will make sure your pan and tilt movements are soft and smooth and the 2 buttons will help you switch between shooting modes.
The Ulanzi Osmo Pocket Wide Angle Lens will make up for that pretty limiting 80° lens view. This will make sure your Osmo Pocket has a much better wide angle lens, much like your latest flagship smartphone. The Ulanzni’s magnetic design does not leak light, the lens is quickly installed, and the installation is super quick, so that you don’t miss important shots. If you want to go even wider and fancy a fish-eye lens for your Osmo Pocket, Ulanzi has you covered with this fish-eye lens.
Osmo Pocket Mount Phone Holder– If you want your Osmo Pocket to stand on a tripod, you’ll need to buy this adapter as the Osmo Pocket doesn’t have any tripod mount option. This mount will let you connect both the Osmo Pocket, with or without a smartphone attached to it, so you can let it run for a 30 minute sunset timelapse while you enjoy the actual sunset with friends. The head and base are dettachcable so you can use the tripod’s top part on a different tripod or just use it as a handgrip.