DJI Osmo Pocket Review
So this is an unusual one for me as I don't generally buy things like this but I decided I was going to record a few of my trips for my own pleasure to remind me of how some these spectacular mornings and evenings unfolded and had got fed up with footage from mobile phones so I decided to take the plunge and buy a camera system capable of 4k video.
My current camera (Canon EOS R) is capable of 4k video already but I wanted something that I could easily use, be very portable and not have to worry about switching back and forth between my cameras photo or video selections and something light & small enough to carry round when I wasn't doing photography, The DJI Osmo Pocket seemed to fit the bill perfectly.
The current RRP of the DJI Osmo Pocket is £329.99 but there was a special offer on for it to be priced at £229.99 which made me push the button and go for it.
£229.99 seemed like a pretty reasonable price for this unit but little did I know it was the tip of the iceberg as there would be a whole host of accessories that were deemed as "must have" items to go along with it which would substantially push up the cost, but more of that later.
So lets have a look at the specs of the DJI Osmo Pocket, to start with you can record in 4K up to 60 FPS but this isn't without limits, if you choose to record in 60 FPS then some other functions are not available such as tracking, there is however options to record in 4K 30 FPS where most specs are available still, plus you can record in 25 & 24 FPS. There is also full UHD, 2.7k options and FHD 1080P both have a wider range of frame rates, but I have to be honest I can't really tell the difference between 4k and 1080 at say 24 FPS on a high definition TV but there obviously is some due to the size.
The 4K however will use up a lot more space on your memory card and also take a lot more computing power to process so I really can understand peoples decision to record at 1080P instead, however 4K will allow you to crop in and do much more as its so much more detailed plus you can still export at 1080 if you wish
There is also a slow motion option which is only available in 1080P at 120 FPS.
In fact here is the complete list of video specs for those of you that love the details
4K Ultra HD: 3840×2160 24/25/30/48/50/60 FPS
2.7K: 1920x1080 24/25/30/48/50/60 FPS
FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120 FPS
Now one point worth noting here is that everyone says you should shoot in 24 FPS as its "The most cinematic look" but 9 times out of 10 these people saying it are from a country that uses the NTSC system rather than PAL, over here in the UK we use PAL so the FPS is usually 25, which pairs in nicely with my Canon EOS R which has an option for 25 FPS too.
Now before all the Canon EOS R users blast me and say BUT the camera can be switched to NTSC mode in order to get 24 FPS (or 23.976 FPS), this is what I ultimately ended up doing in order to pair with the 24 FPS (Also a true 23.976 FPS) mode on the DJI Osmo Pocket.
Let me explain my reasonings, when you put a film on a timeline that you set at 24 FPS for example which you shot on the Osmo Pocket then add something from another source at 25 FPS, everything isn't equal you will effectively have gaps in your film.
So the main reasoning behind it was I wanted to shoot 1080 at 120 FPS for slow motion and 24 x 5 is, you guessed it, 120 so it means I can combine footage at 24 FPS & 120 FPS from the DJI Osmo Pocket with footage from my EOS R also at 24 FPS seamlessly.
Maybe this is the wrong way and I should be sticking with 25 FPS but after a lot of research and experimentation I decided that 24 FPS made the best choice.
(Worth noting here I wasn't planning on filming inside where TVs and lights have a different refresh rate hence 25 FPS, its purely an outside camera)
The DJI Osmo Pocket is designed to be an all in one solution for portable recording for Vloggers or enthusiast and I have to say, its pretty good really in its basic form.
Its light, it records 4k and it has its own built in microphones to record sound and best of all, the main point of it is that it has a three axis stabilised gimbal to keep everything super steady so you can turn the camera body without the camera itself moving, clever stuff.
I think I'm right in saying that the DJI Osmo Pocket is the most compact 3 way axis stabilised gimbal available today by some margin so it really is something pretty special for that alone.
Basically this camera has a lot of bang for your buck and full of top class features but it does come with limitations too.