Back in 2015, The drone maker, DJI, has begun using some of its image stabilization technology in its portable camcorders. The first, called Osmo, was well received by the prosumers crowd, as it allowed users to capture stunning videos on a smartphone or on the device itself. Since then, DJI has released a series of Osmo updates, including Osmo Mobile, compatible with smartphones.
Now, DJI is releasing its most bulky Osmo of all time, rightly named Osmo Pocket. The smallest three-axis cardan of DJI to date, measuring slightly more than four inches in height. Its small color touch screen allows you to view and control your video capture directly from the device. You can also connect your smartphone via USB-C or Lightning and use your phone as a viewfinder. And since the Pocket has the same photo sensor as the drones Mavic Pro, Mavic Air and Mavic 2 Zoom, it captures still images of 12 megapixels and 4K videos at 60 frames per second.
At the risk of buzzing, there are also interesting software features included with Osmo Pocket. DJI's ActiveTrack function, which forms the lens of the smartphone camera to track a subject, has been available in its mobile application for some time. Now ActiveTrack will work directly on the Pocket's built-in camera.
In addition to this, there is a new feature called FaceTrack, which allows the camera's built-in camera to identify a face and lock it in the frame, even if that person starts to step out of the frame or to look up and down. During a brief demonstration of the new Osmo Pocket, the camera module rotated to keep me in the frame when FaceTrack mode was activated, like a little robot head following me in the room.
Other capture settings will be available in DJI's latest mobile application, called Mimo. This includes the "Pro Mode", which automatically detects dimly lit scenes and allows you to adjust the exposure settings, and the "Story Mode", which assembles points to select video clips for you. The Pocket also captures wide-angle still photos, ideal for large group selfies, and seems to simplify capturing panoramic photos.
The Osmo Pocket will be available for pre-order today for $ 349 and will be shipped in mid-December. $ 349 is not cheap, and buyers will probably want to invest in accessories at some point, whether it's a WiFi module, a support or a of an extender. DJI also plans to provide a 3.5mm adapter for an external microphone, in case integrated audio capture and noise cancellation would not cut it; we have not tested this yet.
But DJI still managed to degrade GoPro, which sells the Hero 7 to 400 dollars. Given the size of the OSMO and its capture capabilities on the device, it's no exaggeration to think that DJI might be looking to eat some of GoPro's lunch with this thing. These types of gimbals are often used with a GoPro, but if the camera capture is also good with Osmo, you can see how someone can decide not to buy an additional camera with this one. DJI even claims that Osmo's tiny battery will last up to two hours of continuous 4K video recording, which, if true, could well exceed the battery life of the GoPro.
Of course, the Osmo Pocket is not waterproof (although, according to DJI, a case is in progress) and it is difficult to imagine wearing it on your helmet or wear it as a torso harness while you the crush. The hills. GoPro still has all the benefits of this small square form factor. And the Hero7 has its own impressive "HyperSmooth" image stabilization technology.
But for YouTubers and others aspiring to be video influencers, a small stabilized video camera under $ 400, that follows your face and follows you while you live, your best life ™ may well be the best thing since Osmo. DJI says it will continue to sell all of its old models of portable cameras, including Osmo's original and Osmo Mobile 2, although availability depends on the regions . At present, Osmo Mobile 2 is selling in the United States for only 139 dollars.
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