When you’re shooting a film, budget is always a concern; cameras with a focus on performance are key. And if money is a concern, the best camera for filmmaking on a budget could be what you’re looking for. Featuring 4K video resolution at 60fps, and a compact design, the DJI Osmo Pocket can be your companion for regular use and on the move.
Why We Like It – DJI Osmo Pocket Review
Featuring 4K at 60 frames per second, the DJI Osmo Pocket is one of the smallest 4K video cameras on our list, making your action shots smooth as butter when out in the wild. If you like this camera, you should also read our review of Bubl: is the first true 360-degree camera.
The DJI Osmo Pocket provided some excellent video footage in 4K glory, including low light environments. For capturing video, a smooth framerate can make a world of difference, making use of 60fps. These two simple features translate exceptionally well into its built-in goodes such as Pro mode, Story Mode—short videos using preset patterns and camera motions—and slow motion video. To sweeten the deal, it comes with a three axis gimbal.
Audio quality was average, however. Two microphones with a noise-reduction algorithm is better than one. Attach a smartphone via USB C or Lighting and get further control through the DJI Mimo app. The Mimo app tends to fight with you; you’ll have to baby it.
The DJI Osmo Pocket is one of the smallest cameras for filmmaking we’ve handled, with dimensions of 1.45 x 1.13 x 4.76 inches. After pairing it with a smartphone device, and you’re shooting video, you’ll hardly notice it’s there; it only weighs 4.1 ounces. Unfortunately, buttons you’d associated with filmmaking are designated to additional attachments, like a control wheel, or done through the LCD screen (which is easy to use).
Still, when we review DJI devices, the high quality build is hard to miss. For waterproofing, consider another camera DJI released, the Osmo Mobile, or the GoPro Hero 7 Black.
The price you pay for what you’re getting in return is a really great deal. Its biggest weakness is needing additional accessories to cover its average audio equipment. And with how affordable the DJI Osmo Pocket is, you’ll want to find better audio equipment as soon as possible.
We loved that it focused primarily on video quality and video features over image quality, where devices such as the Sony Alpha a6300 and Fujifilm X-T30 were more concerned with. Its video performance can stand toe-to-toe with the best on our list, at a fraction of the price.
DJI Osmo Pocket Review Wrap Up
The DJI Osmo Pocket has a lot to offer, and we loved that it focused heavily on filming. We saw that with 4K, 60fps video, oodles of shooting modes, and three axis gimbal. The Mimo app can be hard to deal with, however, and really shines with additional attachments—but its low price encourages consideration of other attachments.
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