Hand gimbals have largely been the field of professional videographers. But DJI is looking to change things with an ultra-portable version of its popular Osmo line. The Osmo Pocket is a stabilizer version of the four-inch-tall drone-making device that can be plugged into an iPhone or used independently.
At $ 349, it's not really cheap. In fact, it's about double what Osmo Mobile 2 currently offers on Amazon. This is due in part to the inclusion of a one-inch touch screen that allows you to shoot and preview videos without an external camera. Of course, it can also be used in tandem with an iPhone or Android device via a Lighting or USB-C dongle.
I suspect that prices will hurt the product's ability to reach a larger audience – especially with everything users can currently do with just an iPhone. But the Pocket incorporates the impressive technologies of DJI and its modes of shooting to make videos rather cool.
The camera can recognize and actively follow an image in a few taps. FaceTrack, Time-lapse, FPV, selfie and panorama functions are also integrated. For fast, production-quality shooting, there are a number of shooting modes, similar to those found on the company's Mavic drones. History mode offers 10 models and Pro mode gives the shooter a wide range of controls on the final shot.
The gimbal provides three-axis stabilization to maintain stable shots, while the camera can record images from 12 megapixels and 4K videos up to 60 frames per second.
I had the opportunity to play a little with the camera this week, in anticipation of today's announcement, and I found the system quite intuitive. We will have more time with the gimbal in the near future and hope to have a more accurate overview of what justifies the price of $ 350. At the moment, this seems overly expensive for a product that is clearly trying to sneak in just in time for the holidays.
It's an exorbitant price for a product that will certainly make some very cool stories on Instagram – but I'm more than happy to be proven that we're wrong here. The company will offer a multitude of different accessories to make the Osmo a little more diverse, including a waterproof case and a camera-style support, so it looks like a GoPro. There is also a wireless charging box, which extends the battery for about two hours.
The Osmo Pocket is available via DJI pre-order today and its delivery starts on December 15th.