Camera drones aren’t the only thing DJI can do. Their Osmo line takes the stability the company is known for in the skies and puts it in your hand. And the DJI Osmo Pocket takes it a step further by packing a whole lot of camera into, well, your pocket. 4K 60fps, ActiveTrack, motion lapses, panoramas, slow-mo, all in a tiny footprint.
When it initially launched, the Osmo Pocket was immediately compared with GoPro. It is not something you want to strap onto a mountain bike. Not saying you can’t, but the Osmo Action is what you’re looking for in those types of use cases. The Osmo Pocket designed to capture the calmer moments.
The Gist: The DJI Osmo Pocket does a lot right. It’s easy to use and takes fantastic footage. Then there’s the size. I can’t get over how much camera is packed into such a small package. It’s not perfect, though. The one-inch screen means framing pictures/video isn’t ideal, and you’re going to need to buy several accessories if you plan on going beyond casual use.
Before I headed up to a National Park to take the Osmo Pocket for a spin, I wanted to try out the slow-mo. What better way than a trio of hummingbirds.
Editor’s Note: All video and photos are pulled straight off the Osmo Pocket with zero edits to mimic the average consumer.
Works like a charm.
Before I dive into some of the other shots I captured, let’s talk about using the Osmo Pocket first. A one-inch touch screen is where you choose between all the settings the Pocket has to offer. It’s a tiny screen, but I didn’t have any issues navigating around. Here’s a basic overview of how navigating via the touchscreen works:
Swipe down for different settings.
Swipe left for modes.
Swipe right to view images/video.
Swipe up for a few more settings (selfie mode, recenter the Pocket, change tilt mode)
It’s all simple gestures we’re used to these days. With a one-inch screen, that’s about the only way DJI could go about it.
There’s a lot of different settings and modes to sift through, but the touch gestures make it all feel intuitive. Besides the touch controls, the Osmo Pocket comes with two buttons – one multifunctional (it turns the Pocket off/on when and switches between photo/video when pressed) and a record button for photos and video.
The Osmo Pocket feels good in your hand and is a breeze to use. Both notches in its favor.
You can also hook your smartphone up to via an adapter. This gives you all the options to control in an even more accessible interface, plus you can control the camera’s roll, tilt, and pan.
Alright, let’s get back to what the Osmo Pocket can do. Want some slow-mo waterfall action? It can do that.
Panoramas over the one of the deepest canyon east of the Mississippi River? No problem.
And who doesn’t take the newest thing with a camera and start taking pictures of their dog?
I figured the Osmo Pocket would have no problems with video, but I was surprised by how well the pictures turned out.
But nothing is ever perfect. While the one-inch screen gets the job from a menu navigation stand-point, it’s not great at framing pictures. But that’s the pitfall of a one-inch screen. You sacrifice a little usability to get the whole package this small.
And that’s where the accessories come in. One of DJI’s faults has to be its Apple-like push to get consumers locked into a product ecosystem that demands accessory purchases to get the best experience. Is the Osmo fine by itself? Sure. Does it offer more with the expansion kit? Absolutely.
Even with the base extras, the DJI Osmo Pocket isn’t perfect. The smartphone adapter didn’t work smoothly all the time. A few times my smartphone disconnected from the Osmo Pocket while still plugged in. It doesn’t happen all the time, but it did do it enough to make it worth mentioning.
If you do end up buying the smartphone adapter, it’s probably a good idea to pick up the phone holder from PGYTECH. That will help with any connectivity issues, but it makes the $350 Osmo Pocket just over $400.
You can play a bit with what you buy to flesh out the Osmo Pocket. The expansion kit is the best deal to get you where you want at $109. It offers the ability to hook it to a tripod which is a must for any timelapse, long exposure, hyperlapse shots.
Or, you can get a little creative. YouTuber Make Art Now shows what’s possible when you think outside the box with the Osmo Pocket.
Make sure to subscribe to his channel. How he’s not up there with a million or more subs is beyond me. Every video is gold and jammed with tricks to keep you from spending a ton of money.
The DJI Osmo Pocket is a powerhouse camera that slips right into your pocket. It’s perfect for family trips, walking through the city, light hiking, or capturing moments around the house. If you’re looking for something more than the camera already in your pocket, the Osmo Pocket is an excellent place to start.