DJI Osmo Pocket Evaluation

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Video, as a medium capable of mobilizing multiple senses and having a mature audiovisual language, is becoming easier to manufacture and share today. As Andy Warhol predicts, everyone can be the protagonist of 15 minutes, with their own high-light moments. As a result, more and more users have invested in short video shooting, but it has been found that there is not a relatively perfect device solution-mobile phone shooting lack of purity and virtualization effect, and camera erection stabilizer is bound to be too bloated, and they rarely have those can produce cool picture effect of intelligent functions. So is there a compromise solution that can eliminate the most important barriers in video production? As a result, DJI innovative production of a revolutionary product, that is, today’s evaluation of the protagonist–osmo POCKET.

DJI Osmo Pocket is a new product of the Osmo series of integrated handheld platform cameras, which was officially released on November 29. The main features of the gimbal camera are lightweight and portable, stable shooting and intelligent features-the camera weighs only 116g and is 121.9×28.6×34.44mm in size, so it can be held in a single hand. The camera has a touch screen that can be controlled independently, and can turn on more features through a data interface or Bluetooth connection app; In terms of video stabilization, OSMO Pocket has built an integrated camera platform that provides stability on three axes of XYZ, is nondestructive hardware-level stabilization, and gives rise to creative features such as intelligent following Intelligent features are one of the highlights of this product: support for FPV mode shooting, intelligent following character face or object, track delay, automatic panorama and slow motion and other functions. In terms of camera parameters, OSMO Pocket uses a 1/2.3 inch IMX378 CMOS sensor with a single pixel size of 1.55μm, a maximum video recording specification of 4k@60p 100Mbps, and a built-in set of noise reduction algorithms that are different from previous products, and a dual microphone improves the sound-picking effect. In addition, the new DJI MIMO software ecology provides good support for cameras: M shooting gears, raw file formats, and cinelike color formatting options are available on the phone side. The software provides quick clip capabilities, and the My Story Video template, which will be open to custom features, makes it easy to generate short videos with rich effects and has a large user community built into it for sharing.

  OSMO Pocket’s outer packaging continues its usual succinct style

Product packaging Box The accessories list is the main platform for the gimbal camera, the storage box, the documentation, the TYPE-C charging cable, and the connection port to the phone.

Accessories List Because it is the three-axis platform of the built-in motor, it is necessary to pay attention to the protection of each axis in daily use, the attached storage box solves this problem well and is easy to carry.

Using a protective sleeve effect

All the buttons are integrated on the front of the camera, so the overall look is very simple. From the upper to the bottom are gimbal cameras, touch displays, common interfaces with extended accessories (hidden behind the lid), LEDs and microphones, recording keys, and mode toggle keys on the right.

Cloud Terrace Camera Front Only the “DJI” LOGO is printed on the back of the platform camera, covered with matte plastic, increasing the friction during grip.

The back of the platform camera

Comfortable grip allows it to rotate with the heart (video only for toning, variable speed processing)

The left side of the platform camera is the card slot, and the camera takes the microSD card as the storage medium.

The left side of the platform camera

The three-axis mechanical stabilizer platform provides three functions: stable shooting, nondestructive stabilization and dark light stabilization. The camera features a 1/2.3 inch IMX378 CMOS sensor, 12 million pixels, a single pixel size of 1.55μm, lens angle 80°, and an equivalent full-frame focal length of about 24mm. The camera can record up to 4k@60p 100Mbps of video, providing approximately 148 minutes of life under the 1080p@60p recording specification.

Integrated Cloud Terrace Camera

However, in such a small fuselage to achieve high video recording specifications, it is bound to solve the heat problem, OSMO pocket optimization of the heat dissipation function will allow the heat to be transmitted upward, the handle grip part will not feel overheated. In the actual experience, only in the long video recording will appear a slight fever phenomenon, this aspect of the control is very good.

Cloud Terrace Camera Dismantling diagram

Although richer features can be achieved after connecting the phone, the gimbal camera can be controlled independently by touching the screen, and moving in four directions will go into different settings. The screen is responsive, and the smoothness of the stroke and tap is comparable to the level of the phone.

touchable Display


The universal interface connecting the expansion fittings is usually obscured by the lid, which can be opened to connect the rich expansion accessories that will be introduced, and the data ports that are known to include the cloud console control dials and the connection to the phone are described in more detail below. Below the universal interface is one of the LEDs and dual microphones, and the lower is the recording button and the mode toggle button, and the presence of the touchscreen allows the physical keys to be simplified as much as possible.

Platform Camera Front button distribution

The left side of the fuselage is the microSD card slot, microSD card is a common data storage medium for DJI consumer grade products.

SD Card Slot

Bottom of the cloud terrace camera

At the bottom of the gimbal camera is the camera model identification, the TYPE-C charging interface and another microphone, and the test platform camera can be used to replenish the power of the external shot, which solves the problem of the life of the outer beat. The dual microphone setting enhances the pickup effect of the gimbal camera, the camera will automatically record audio using the more loud microphone, and the other microphone will be used for noise reduction. In addition, users who have higher requirements for audio can use audio transfer accessories (subsequent releases).

  Yuntai camera Body Introduction completed, the following will focus on a wealth of expansion accessories. OSMO Pocket will not only follow up a series of accessories, but also use GoPro related accessories through the transfer device, which gives it access to a huge accessory ecosystem support. The ports used to connect to the phone are first introduced, and their gimbal cameras can be connected to Android phones or iphone 6 and newer phones using the Type-c interface.

Data ports connected to the phone After connecting the phone, the app will automatically pop up, the Platform camera screen transferred to the mobile phone display, while turning on many custom features, including tracking the main function, m shooting gear, RAW file format, as well as cinelike color format selection, but also to shoot many subdivision parameters adjustment, It can be said that this is the complete form.

Connect an Android Phone Here are three of the accessories I got that are still in the pilot phase, namely the wireless module, the platform control wheel and the expansion accessory adapter sleeve.

Got three accessories. One of my favorites is this platform control dial, with its presence, the gimbal camera can operate completely independently. The dial wheel on the left is used to control the movement of the platform, below is the switch switch, its on the left side of the wheel can control the platform rotation around, on the right side of the wheel will control the platform lift. The two buttons on the right are the platform mode toggle key and the selfie key, respectively.

Gimbal Control Paddle Wheel

More diverse modes of operation (video only for toning, variable speed processing)

Then there is the wireless module, which not only provides support for the gimbal camera, but can also be used for Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connections to the phone, enabling the same functionality to be connected through the data port above.

Bluetooth Connection Dock

Expand the Accessories adapter sleeve will enable the platform camera to be compatible with GoPro a series of accessories, for their own use, equivalent to access to a large number of accessories ecosystem support.

Expand Accessory Adapter Sleeve

In addition, the official accessories have been introduced to the general interface of the fast disassembly base, can attach Osmo pocket to a variety of planes, mobile charging box can be included in the cloud camera while replenishing the power, through the audio adapter, An external 3.5mm microphone can be used; a retractable lengthening rod can be used for a selfie or transfer tripod; a waterproof shell can provide a waterproof depth of up to 60 meters; and a nd4~32 four-stage magnetic suction light mirror will facilitate installation and replacement.

All in all, this is a hand-mastered, with a cloud platform stabilization effect, like prime numbers and video recording specifications are very good camera products, but its actual performance is as good as the paper parameters said, below we launch a series of functional experience.

· Stabilizing effect

  The most striking thing about OSMO pocket is the integrated camera platform, if the reader who likes video recording must be no stranger to the three-axis mechanical stabilizer platform, it can greatly eliminate the image in the xyz three direction axis jitter, so that the mirror smooth and smooth. OSMO Pocket’s platform rotates to the left with a limit of about 45°, and rotates to the right to reach 135°, while the pitch axis limit is +90° to -45°. There are three cloud platform motion modes to follow, lock and FPV to choose from, where the FOV mode allows the platform to get rid of the limit binding when it rotates significantly continuously, which is a very useful function. The user can also control the platform one-click Back, adjust the following sensitivity (gentle and sensitive).

FPV Mode

Shooting in FPV mode (from official website)

The following figure shows the test screen, even if it is so difficult to handle the lateral walk and track the movement of objects, the platform still maintains the smooth picture, the effect is satisfactory.

Play at 461% speed, the video is still smooth and smooth (video is only toning, accelerated processing)

Because it is the hardware level of non-destructive stabilization, in the dark light environment, the platform camera in the provision of stability, but also will not cause damage to the picture effect, which guarantees the camera’s availability at night. And according to official claims, the gimbal camera can support up to 2 seconds of shutter time to shoot sharp static pictures, improve the purity of the picture or pull out the beautiful car track effect.

Handheld long exposure effect (from official website)

· Intelligent following

Yuntai can 180° rotation, good stability effect and intuitive screen display, doomed to Osmo pocket will be a vlog sharp tool, Yuntai camera in the usual recognizable picture of the character face, when double-click the screen wake-up follow function, the platform will reverse the rotation of the handle to ensure that the character’s face position fixed. This allows the video creator to better emancipate his attention to the observation environment without having to look at his or her position in the picture at all times. Or when you connect an app, frame an object in your phone screen, and the gimbal camera will intelligently identify and track it. This is a very useful platform derivative function.

The platform camera locks the body of the screen until it reaches the limit

· Auto Panorama

When this feature is turned on, the gimbal camera automatically turns horizontally from left to right to take four images, generating a panoramic view of 4118*1022 resolution, about 4.2 million pixels. Or a 3×3 matrix shot to produce a screen with a super-wide-angle effect. But panoramas need to be synthesized by the app to view them.

Sample Demo

· Delay function

OSMO pocket supports static and trajectory delay shooting, static delay is more common, do not do too much introduction, the resulting video is 1920*1080 resolution.

In-machine direct-out delay photography

and the delay trajectory function is also a platform derived from another play, in the cloud platform inside the camera can be set to start 2 trajectory points, the camera will follow the scheduled trajectory movement. With up to 4 track points in the app, you can achieve richer picture effects, and you can adjust the length and interval of shots.

More feature-delay tracks in the app

As for the novel mobile delay effect, although Osmo Pocket has a stable addition of the platform, but the delay interval length of the shortest 3s, so the picture is easy to shake and break. But we can speed up the whole video and draw frames, just as we can get a good effect.

· RAW file format and cinelike color format

In order to record as much information as possible in the early shooting, to reserve enough space for post-processing, OSMO Pocket Platform camera can open the raw file format when taking photos, video recording can be selected Cinelike color mode, which is similar to the log format in the video machine, is the general professional level of equipment to have the function, Can effectively avoid the overflow of information, at the same time can easily restore bright colors later.

Normal mode (above) and open cinelike (figure below)

· DJI MIMO Software

The primary function of the software is to expand the camera after the use of more rich parameter options, many of which are not available when using the gimbal camera alone, and users can slide the phone screen control platform posture, it can be said that the combination of the app’s gimbal camera to achieve a complete form.

Advanced settings in the app

In addition, the software built-in video editing function, the clip can add some filters, BGM and sticker effects for the video, the choice is more abundant.

Video editing in the software

There is also a very distinctive feature is the My Story Video template, which specifies the length and transition effect of each fragment, the user only needs to put in the video, can quickly generate a large chunk, and subsequent will open the custom template, support users to save the template and share in the community.

Apply my Story Template

Generated video (3 times times accelerated processing)

It can be said that DJI MIMO software ecology is very powerful, including video clips and sharing of the editing function, my story template output blockbuster, as well as a good atmosphere of the community communication environment.

· Static Picture sample

The following samples are obtained in automatic mode using Osmo Pocket, respectively, in the indoor and outdoor, daytime night scene environment shooting, in order to consider the camera’s comprehensive picture quality performance.

Focal length: 5mm aperture: f/2.0 ISO sensitivity: 100 exposure time: 1/500s exposure compensation: 0EV white balance: Automatic

Focal length: 5mm aperture: f/2.0 ISO sensitivity: 100 exposure time: 1/640s exposure compensation: 0EV white balance: Automatic

Focal length: 5mm aperture: f/2.0 ISO sensitivity: 200 exposure time: 10/125s exposure compensation: 0EV white balance: Automatic

Focal length: 5mm aperture: f/2.0 ISO sensitivity: 100 exposure time: 1/50s exposure compensation: 0EV white balance: Automatic

Focal length: 5mm aperture: f/2.0 ISO sensitivity: 100 exposure time: 1/30s exposure compensation: 0EV white balance: Automatic

· Edit Viewpoint:

It’s a refreshing piece of work that is dominated by subtraction, which is highly integrated with the core functionality required for video shooting, but makes it smaller, making it almost an ideal carry-on recording camera. When it comes to the core Picture quality section, it produces images that are pure, sharp, 12 million pixels and 4k@60p video specifications that are at the current mainstream level, with a three-axis mechanical platform-incredibly small size and a powerful stabilizer-capable of providing hardware-level nondestructive stabilization, This combination of punches makes it far better than mobile phones, stabilizers and high-end video equipment in terms of carry-on records. Compared to the way the phone combines a stabilizer, it is easier to install, more focused on shooting, and has some unique creative features. In addition, DJI’s consistent excellent human-machine interaction and software algorithm design has also been introduced into this camera, coupled with a wealth of expansion accessories support, the camera’s ease of use and intelligence has been greatly improved, so there is a wide range of applications-boys will choose it to record travel and extreme sports, Girls are often used to record life scenes and selfies, making a piece of vlog natural. Of course, there is no perfect device, OSMO pocket as a relatively new system, hardware support and app ecological construction is just beginning, it takes a period of time to improve, but this does not prevent it from becoming one of the best accompanying cameras at present. And if there’s anything I can do about this camera, it’s being able to add the hottest live feature of the moment and turn on the beauty effect when recording video.

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