Back in 2015, drone-maker DJI began putting some of its image-stabilization technology into hand-held camera gimbals. The first, called the Osmo, was well-received among the prosumer crowd because it lets users capture un-shaky video on either a smartphone or on the device itself. Since then, DJI has released a series of updates to the Osmo, including the smartphone-supporting Osmo Mobile.
Now DJI is putting out its most pocketable Osmo ever – suitably named the Osmo Pocket. It’s DJI’s smallest three-axis gimbal so far, measuring slightly over four inches tall. It has a tiny color touchscreen, so you can see and control your video capture directly from the device, or you can attach your smartphone via USB-C or Lightning and use your phone as a viewfinder. And since the Pocket has the same camera sensor as the Mavic Pro, Mavic Air, and Mavic 2 Zoom drones, it captures 12-megapixel still images and 4K video at up to 60 frames per second.
Features of DJI Osmo Pocket:
- Quick Start: Osmo Pocket powers on in just 5 seconds.
- Connect to Your Smartphone: Osmo Pocket can be connected to your phone for expanded viewing, sharing, and creative options.
- ActiveTrack and FaceTrack: Use ActiveTrack for easy, intelligent tracking. You can also use FaceTrack to automatically detect and follow your subject’s face, or your own while in selfie mode.
- Timelaspe and Motionlaspe: Use Timelapse and Motionlapse to compress time, and enjoy smooth camera movements with dramatic results.
- Fun Photo Options: Pano & NightShot: Capture epic 3×3 panoramas, or use NightShot to take long exposure photos in low-light environments.
- Quick Editing with the DJI Mimo App: Osmo Pocket utilizes a new, specially-developed app called DJI Mimo. With a variety of intuitive editing tools and fun templates to choose from, take advantage of this remarkable platform to edit and share your creations.
The Osmo Pocket stands just four inches tall and weighs barely over four ounces (116g). When you turn it off, the gimbal tilts the camera on end so that the whole system can fit into a small case, which then easily slides into a pocket – hence the name. Instead of using the large Zenmuse camera found on the original Osmo or a smartphone as the camera like with the Osmo Mobile, the Pocket borrows more from the camera and gimbal tech found on the company’s smaller drones.
The camera that sits on the three-axis gimbal uses a 1/2.3-inch sensor and can capture 4K footage at up to 60 frames per second at 100Mbps. DJI says the Osmo Pocket will last for up to two hours shooting in 4K at a slightly lower frame rate of 30 fps. The Osmo Pocket also captures 12-megapixel photos, and it has dual microphones for recording audio.
There’s a tiny one-inch touchscreen on the Osmo Pocket where users can frame their shot or toggle through settings. It’s a bit hard to make out at arm’s length, but users can also plug their iPhone or Android phone (it comes with USB-C and Lightning adapters) into a modular port on the side of the Osmo Pocket for a bigger viewing screen and more granular controls, using the company’s new app.
While it may be smaller than previous DJI stabilizers, the Osmo Pocket still offers some of the company’s advanced shooting modes, too, like object tracking, face tracking, time-lapse, and auto panorama.