DJI Osmo Action Versus GoPro HERO7 – The King of Action Cams Dethroned?

May 15th, 2019

Please head to our full DJI Osmo Action hands-on review by clicking here.

Today, DJI has announced the Osmo Action – their first acion camera and a direct competitor to the current “King of action cams”, the GoPro HERO7. What are the differences between these two cameras? Which one is better? You will find the answers in our comparison video and the following article.

First of all, if you want to know more details and specs of the DJI Osmo Action, check our hands-on review of this camera. Last year when the GoPro Hero7 was announced, we tested the camera and its very capable HyperSmooth stabilization – more on that in our hands-on review of the HERO7. Now, which camera is better?

DJI Osmo Action Versus GoPro Hero7

Our action cam specialist Gunther Machu took both the Osmo Action and the GoPro Hero7 for a spin on his mountain bike. He filmed a couple of side-by-side comparison videos as well, when he mounted both cameras on top of each other on his chest mount. You can see these comparison shots in the video above.

DJI Osmo Action Versus GoPro HERO7 – 240fps 1080p modes Comparison.

When we compare the stabilization of both cameras, the new Osmo Action’s RockSteady even outperformed the very good HyperSmooth of the Hero7. It is hard to believe, but the Osmo Action really does have better stabilization, which is visible in the side-by-side POV shot from the mountain bike. For this shot, the cameras were both set to manual exposure – GoPro at -0.5 and Osmo Action at -0.7.

When it comes to angle of view, GoPro has a slightly wider lens, which fits the image more than the Osmo Action. When we then turn on the de-warp feature of the Osmo Action, the angle of view becomes even narrower.

DJI Osmo Action Versus GoPro Hero7 – 240fps 1080p modes Comparison.

When comparing the slow motion capability, both cams top out at 240fps in 1080p. As you can see from the footage, GoPro produces more pleasing images whereas Osmo Action’s image is over-sharpened with a bit more noise, especially in the shadows. All slow motion shots in Gunther’s test were shot in 240fps on both, the Osmo Action and Hero7. Color was set to D-Cinelike on Osmo and Protune Flat on GoPro.

Generally speaking, the image from GoPro is slightly more pleasing. This is partly thanks to a higher maximum bitrate. GoPro’s Hero7 tops out at 75Mbps in H.265 whereas the Osmo tops out at 100Mbps, but only in H.264.

DJI Osmo Action has a slightly larger battery than GoPro.

Very important information and perhaps one of the best advantages that the Osmo Action has over the GoPro Hero7 is battery life. Osmo’s battery is only slightly larger (80mAh more), but the camera does a better job at power management and offers a significantly longer battery life.

DJI Osmo Action Back Display is significantly larger than GoPro’s.

When comparing the displays of both action cams, the Osmo Action has a larger 16:9 back screen, as opposed to the 4:3 of the GoPro. It also features a full-color front screen, which is great for vlogging or in general, when filming action scenes with a selfie stick, for instance.

Last but not least, it is much easier to change the front glass element with the Osmo Action than it is with the GoPro Hero7. The Osmo features a simple thread to screw the filters on and off whereas GoPro’s system can be very hard to detach or attach, at times.

Conclusion

DJI did a really good job with their first action camera and they even offer it for a lower price than the Hero7. The GoPro HERO7 still remains the king of action cameras when it comes to image quality, but the new Osmo Action introduced very interesting features, including the HDR mode, de-warp feature, and the full-color front display. It even beats the GoPro when it comes to stabilization, which is very impressive. Which camera is better depends on what you are looking for. For image quality, the GoPro is better, for other features I would prefer DJI’s Osmo Action. If DJI polishes the image a bit with a future firmware update, it might actually become the overall winner.

What do you think of our comparison? Which action camera left a better impression? Are you considering switching from GoPro to DJI? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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Ignatz
Ignatz
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November 28th, 2019

I wonder if quality control is better on the DJI. All three GoPro products that I’ve tried have be crap – including a Hero7 that nearly made the batteries explode and then completely fried itself.

 Wesley Huang
Wesley Huang
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September 22nd, 2019

What about underwater and low temperatures? It need to test for fall, under saltwater and freshwater in deeper spot, some little bit extreme conditions like 10C, even how long does it last in – 40 C, and close to 50 C

Toai Tran
Toai Tran
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May 18th, 2019

Finally gopro will closed forever. I have 5 and 7 I hated.

 Sparky McLenscap
Sparky McLenscap
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May 17th, 2019

Now compare them to the Yi 4K.

Ed Hecht
Ed Hecht
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May 16th, 2019

I’ll say it again: Even in much larger sensor cameras, 120/240 fps is and will remain a gimmick that looks shoddy. You’ll get better results slowing down 60fps to about 20.

Fady
Fady
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May 16th, 2019

dji cropping is nasy

Sébastien Meunier
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May 16th, 2019

Did I hear that right at 16:25 in the video?!? Did you guys say that the Hero7 Black (and Hero6 Black) don’t have Linear FOV anymore?

Linear FOV has always been available on the H6B and H7B! I can’t believe you made a 20 minute video comparing the 2 cameras and never even tried to find Linear FOV. ?

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May 16th, 2019

Dear Sébastien, you are correct, I am sorry for the mistake. The H5B had it, the H6B didn’t have it but the H7B now has it again – I got confused.

Richard Maxwell
Richard Maxwell
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May 16th, 2019

Just getting into this. I have a DJI Phantom 3 Pro so I am familiar and the drone cams do a great job. Thinking about getting an action cam and I actually like the DJI a little bit better but I’m not a camera expert.

Stan
Stan
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May 16th, 2019

DJI simply copied GoPro’s look, layout, HyperSmooth etc. Leaving off things like TimeWarp, HDMI, A grading friendly mode while stabilized, H.265, Wide angle etc. On the stabilization, they are simply using a larger crop. Sure you can gain some in-camera stabilization by doing so, but with the narrower FOV and increased EIS cropping many POV type action shots will suffer. I’m quite underwhelmed. Plus GoPro has a 7+ or 8 coming along with a Fusion 2 for the Fall season.

Chris Nicholls
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May 15th, 2019

They could have maybe spent 10 minutes trying to make it look slightly original. Probably going to be a great camera still.

Magnus Wolff
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May 15th, 2019

H264 ruins it for me, matching and grading footage from these cams is hard enough as it is :/

Hope I’ll be able to pick up a cheaper H7B tho!

Jess Ponikvar
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May 15th, 2019

I’d be amazed if anyone can catch the type of stabilization GoPro has in the 7. It’s honestly like a gimbal. Amazing tech.

Silton Buendia
Silton Buendia
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May 16th, 2019
Reply to  Jess Ponikvar

The OSMO action smokes the GP7, check youtube for the comparison the H7 looks pretty bad when compared side by side.

Ed Hecht
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May 16th, 2019
Reply to  Silton Buendia

GPH7: 75Mbps
Osmo: 100Mbps
It DOES make a difference.

gianmario
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May 19th, 2019
Reply to  Ed Hecht

gph7 in h265 osmo in h264…is not the same

Lexx Bodylev
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May 15th, 2019

GoPro have one year from release and beats the newest OSMO in everything…

Elang Perwira
Elang Perwira
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June 22nd, 2019
Reply to  Lexx Bodylev

No, Gopro had 7 years ahead. It tried to challenge dji in drone business and nearly bankrupt. And now Dji challenged gopro in action cam, and go pro surely will bankrupt this time.

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