DJI has announced the launch of the Osmo Pocket, a handheld camera that can be used anywhere due to its small size and promises both great stability and 4K shots.
DJI is one of the biggest drone companies in the world. The experience with such unmanned aerial vehicles has helped the company create cameras as interesting as the Osmo Pocket.
The camera is 10 cm long, but it has a stabilizer, a 1-inch display and a lot of smart features. It rocks a 1/2.3-inch, 12 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture, the same sensor found in the Mavic Pro and Mavic Air. If you see photos taken with said drones, you should be able to have an approximate idea of the results you can get with the Osmo Pocket.
The camera can record 4K videos at 60 FPS and has a 140-minute battery life on a single charge. The sensor is as big as the ones in modern smartphones, but DJI’s sensor is outstanding due to its hardware and software features, like the 3-axis mechanical handheld gimbal, which is particularly useful for action shots and photos in dimly lit places.
The gimbal is capable of smoothly tracking a moving subject and can use motorized presets for smooth movie-like scenes. Although the 80° lens is not particularly wide, you can take wide-angle shots by stitching up to 9 frames arranged like a tic-tac-toe board.
Unfortunately, the 1-inch touchscreen is not exactly ideal for managing images, but DJI has a nice trick up its sleeve: you can attach your smartphone and use it as a giant viewfinder. The device comes with interchangeable USB-C and Lightning connectors for iPhones and Android phones.
The DJI Osmo Pocket is available for pre-order and will ship in December. It will be sold for $349. The camera is not for the masses due to its price and features, but those who buy it will love it.