DJI Osmo Pocket Review – Best vlogging camera?

DJI Osmo Pocket review - Best vlogging camera?

The  DJI Osmo pocket is a new release in the series of Osmo gimbals that beats every predecessor with a big margin.

DJI almost made it seem like a another way to laugh in the face of GoPro after they released the Gopro 7.

Of course they are going to be used for different things, but with this new device I think DJI has captured most of the market when it comes to small portable cameras.

And the main interesting feature of this new device is an incredible 4k 60p camera attached to a 3 axis gimbal that does magic.

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Why the osmo pocket can be the greatest Vlogging camera

Image stability

There's no doubt you saw a lot of vloggers or people taking videos on social media that simply made you dizzy just because the video was not stable enough.

Good image stability can completely change how qualitative your video looks, regardless of poor image quality.

However, don't worry because not only does the Osmo pocket have a stunning 3 axis gimbal, but it also comes with a very capable camera on top.

Camera quality

A camera this small should not even be close to some of the older point and shoot cameras, right?

Wrong!

This camera is not only capable of recording up to 4k 60fps, but also slow motion in 1080p and all this at a 100 Mbits/s.

The thing that contributes most to the cinematic effect, compared to the similarly sized go pro cameras is the recording field of view. The 80 degree field of view is in my opinion perfect for capturing a tighter but more “film-like” shot of the environment or even your face.

There is no fish eye effect, and that's a good thing, because that should be used for sport videos, and not everything else. 

It just looks amateurish.

Turning camera and portability

If this camera-thing-device called the Osmo Pocket looks tiny to you, well… it's even smaller in real life.

The name isn't for nothing, as you can actually keep it in any pocket and have it ready to go in a few seconds for capturing whatever you want.

The ability to turn the camera by pressing the button 3 times toward you or away from you makes this the ultimate tool for vloggers.

No more need to have a bulky cam around and maybe one that doesn't even have a flip screen so you have no idea if you can see yourself in the frame.

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Osmo Pocket price and specs

The new Osmo Pocket seems to have been strategically priced to be a slightly cheaper alternative to the GoPro Hero 7 Black. 

Or that might just be my stupid conspiracy theory.

The specs for the Osmo pocket are out of this world, considering its size, but specs aren't always everything, so I do recommend you check out my full review down bellow where I have tested it on an off-road track to test its stabilization.

 

Specs
Camera Specs
Sensor: 1/2.3” CMOS
FOV: 80°
Max Image size: 4000×3000 pixels
video Bitrate: 100 Mbps
Speciffications
Battery life: 140min
Weight: 116g
Microphone
App connection

Here's a daily price history for the Osmo Pocket, so you know if now is the right time to buy it.

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Camera and stabilization

As mentioned previously, the OSMO comes with a novelty for this size of camera. The 3 axis gimbal stabilization is pretty much the highest quality image stabilization option in the modern world. 

The electronic stabilization in cameras like the new GOPRO are getting quite good, but they have to crop from the image and they have a considerable disadvantage when it comes to night time video stabilization.

A few image samples for comparison

In the middle there's my panasonic camera with a natural looking lens, but although the quality is amazing, I have to keep to camera farther away from me to even be able to capture my entire face. 

The osmo has a perfect field of view in my oppinion, being able to capture without distorting things and keeping things crisp at the same time.

The gopro makes me look tired and the field of view is too wide for my taste

The photo above is considerably smaller than the original, so don't think this is the standard sharpness. Osmo takes 4000×3000 pixel photos that are super sharp in quality.

I wouldn't consider it to be great when taking pictures at night though, as they can end up blurred.

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Functions and app

DJI seems to have made the osmo good for quick use when you actually need it fast.

The most useful features in that regard are the two buttons in the front.

Besides the red button that starts and stops video and takes photos the other single button can do the following functions:

  • One press: change between photo and video mode ( super useful for quick use without getting in the menu)
  • Pressing it Two times : recalibrates the gimbal to stay in the general direction you're facing
  • Pressing it Three times: reorients the camera either facing you or facing front (depending on where it curently is)
Of course, you can hold the right button to turn it on and off at anytime in about 2-3 seconds.

Gimbal safety and storage case

I was scared at first that the osmo would be to fragile to be left jus as it is  and that it always needs careful handling.

However, the reality differs.

The most fragile thing is the moving part of the gimbal, which dji made in such a way that if you put the osmo on any surface that represents too much of a burden for the motors, they will shut down temporarily and relax so that they don't break. 

This feature means you don't have to turn the osmo off everytime you put it facing down.

Another very important safety accesory is the case that comes with it. Which is very well built and easy to use. 

A recent update made the gimbal capture the perfect position to be put in the case after you shut down the osmo, so you don't have to manually handle it while putting it inside.

Touchscreen settings and gimbal modes

The osmo comes with quite a complete ecosystem of settings just by itself.

However, that doesn't mean connecting it to a phone is useless.

The small touch screen on the osmo is very responsive and handles important settings like:

Changing between camera modes

  • video ( 4k or 1080p in 30/60p)
  • photo  (with timer)
  • timelapse (and motionlapse)
  • slow-motion (1080p in 120fps)
  • panoramas (180 degrees or square)

 

Choosing one of the 3 gimbal modes:

  1. Tilt locked
    • Holds the camera oriented in the same direction just like a chicken head no matter what you do with the body
  2. FPV
    • In this mode the camera follows your hand movements (including rotating and spinning) while still stabilizing
  3. Follow
    • This mode is a combination between the previous two, with the adition of being able to doubleclick an object and following it. It can also automatically detect faces and follow them.
There's also many other settings, including if you want to see the osmo screen in a square format or 16 by 9.

Is a phone necessary to use the Osmo Pocket?

The phone is definitely not necessary to have if you wan to use the osmo pocket.

It would be such a waste if it would become necessary to have, considering how big of an advantage is the small size of this device.

However some of the advantages of connecting the phone are:

  1. Being able to see a bigger and clearer picture of what you're recording
    • this is paramount. especially if you want to carefully fit certain subjects into the frame and very useful for photos.
  2. Manual settings for the camera
  3. Editing panoramas and timelapses
    • unfortunately panoramas aren't automatically stitched in the osmo so you'll need to get them in the app for that, or maybe put the photos together with another program in your computer.

An annoying thing I found out is that when you connect the phone to the osmo, it doesn't directly connect and you need to try again while listening to that annoying tutorial again. Hope this will get fixed with a  new update.

9.5 Total Score
Osmo Pocket might just be the best vlogging camera ever

It may not be as fancy as some of the bulky DSLRs, but with some ND filters, this super stable and small camera can turn into your best friend and the quality is impressive even for more high end content creators. What a world we live in!

Image Quality
9.5
Stability
9.5
Ease of use
9.5
Durability
9
PROS
  • very stable 3 axis gimbal
  • 4k 60fps
  • microphone facing you
  • great sound quality
  • super small
  • more durable than it looks
  • great touch screen
  • manual camera settings in app
  • moving timelapses
  • 120fps slow motion
CONS
  • not durable enough for extreme action sports
  • doesn't come with a microUSB type B connector
  • Photos can be blurry at night when moving

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:

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1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

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2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  1.  
  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.

 

How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

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