Busy weekend for DJI on the rumor front. The action camera has seemingly leaked, and now we have the specs of a possible Spark 2 launching this summer. Come on, give us the next generation Phantom. You know you want to.
If you’re a fan of the company, or just an enthusiast of all things drones and action cameras(?), you’ve seen the purported leaked images circling the internet.
I'm sure you have seen these pictures hours ago. pic.twitter.com/V0g2QTlOwL— OsitaLV (@OsitaLV) May 10, 2019
Hello Osmo Action. It’s an interesting play for DJI, muscling in on GoPro’s traditional turf. The Hero7 has been well-received thanks to its increased functionality and the slow evolution of eliminating the notorious GoPro shaky cam. And the price point is damn compelling at $399.
DJI is not only leaving their traditional market but have to do it with a compelling enough reason for consumers to jump ship from GoPro and other action camera companies.
Three areas they have to hit out of the park for the Osmo Action to work. First is the price. It doesn’t matter how good the camera is; it will not play when you have the Hero7 Black sitting at $399. Don’t believe it? Ask GoPro how the Karma Drone is fairing on the market. Wait…
Second is the camera. Bring the field of view in a bit and make sure it hits 4K60p. And cramming an excellent sensor in there wouldn’t hurt.
Third is accessibility. If you blow up the images, you can see the Osmo Action mounted on what looks close to a GoPro mount. That would be one hell of a coup because DJI can launch mainline products, but the company has a thing about promising accessories and leaving us to wait. Looking at you Osmo Pocket.
There have been a couple of dubious pictures of an internal three-axis gimbal inside the Osmo Action, but I’d be more impressed if they managed to port IBIS over. Both are expensive pieces of tech, so my guess is EIS (electronic image stabilization).
DJI Spark 2?
Hey, we all wanted a new drone this year, and it looks like DJI is delivering. Plus, it’s about time to see a Spark refresh. The first generation was a hit with fans thanks to its ruggedness and general good time when flying in sport mode.
One issue that has plagued DJI’s beginner camera drone is connectivity. Expect that to be addressed, but not with OcuSync 2.0. Here are a few specs being tossed about in the rumor mill.
- 4K video at 30 frames per second (increased bitrates)
- Three-axis gimbal
- 2x digital zoom
- Better battery life (18 minutes vs. 16)
- ActiveTrack 2.0
- New battery design (old batteries will not be compatible)
- Two colors – black and white
- Same official range but new antenna and controller designs to maintain stronger connections
Overall, not a bad upgrade. Image and video quality are getting a substantial boost, though it’s a bit of a let down if OcuSync 2.0 is left out. I understand why. DJI will reserve that technology for its flagships.
Pricing is expected to mirror the original Spark at $499, and as of now, the only release date we have is ‘Summer 2019.’
Not a bad way to kick off summer for the company. DJI launching an action camera and refreshing the Spark. No word on Phantoms, though I do get a distinct feeling we may see DJI make a play similar to the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0. A Mavic 2 Pro V2.0 perhaps? Time will tell.