DJI just announced the smallest camera with mechanical gimbal ever – DJI Osmo Pocket. It can take 12MP stills and record true 4K video at up to 60fps. There will also be a handful of accessories available for the new Osmo Pocket.
Right now, DJI is having an event in New York City called “Because Life is Big” and they announced their smallest camera with a 3-axis mechanical gimbal ever – the DJI Osmo Pocket. Nino Leitner from the cinema5D team is attending the event to bring the fresh information to our readers – we will also share a video about the announcement with a first hands-on tomorrow.
DJI Osmo Pocket
Just like previous generations of Osmo, this is a very compact camera with a mechanical gimbal and a handle. Although the word compact is getting a whole new dimension here – the DJI Osmo Pocket is incredibly tiny – it only weighs 4.1 oz (116g) and it is 4.8″ (122mm) long. The camera can record true 4K video at up to 60fps with 100Mbps bitrate.
The DJI Osmo Pocket uses built-in dual microphones and advanced noise-canceling algorithms to ensure high quality audio. The built-in Li-Po battery offers up to two hours shooting video in 4K (30fps), but it is not interchangeable. On the back of the camera grip there is a touchscreen display to monitor the image and control the camera, two buttons for quick controls and a universal port to connect various accessories.
- ActiveTrack – DJI’s image recognition algorithms allow Osmo Pocket to recognize and follow subjects of choice.
- FaceTrack – FaceTrack takes ActiveTrack one step further – it automatically recognises a human face and locks the subject in center of the frame at all times. It does not identify individual faces, but keeps the camera centered on one.
- Timelapse & Motionlapse – classic feature for capturing and speeding up the content, Motionlapse adds the dynamic element of camera movement to the timelapse.
- FPV Mode – FPV Mode lets users capture the video from their perspective. Instead of locking the gimbal to maintain the horizon, FPV tells the camera to follow every tilt and pan.
- 3×3 & 180° Panorama – For capturing wide-angle photos Osmo Pocket offers two Panorama modes. 3X3 takes an expansive 9 images in total while 180° mode captures 4 images. Osmo Pocket software stitches them together automatically.
DJI Osmo Pocket Key Specifications
- 12MP 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor (pixel size of 1.55 μm)
- 12MP JPEG or DNG RAW Still Photos
- 80° FOV lens
- f/2.0 aperture.
- video at 100Mbps saved to micro SD card
- video resolutions: 4096×2160 @ 24/25/30/50/60fps, 3840×2160 @ 24/25/30/50/60fps, 2704×1520 @ 24/25/30/50/60fps, 1920×1080 @ 24/25/30/50/60/120fps
- handle with retractable extension
- wi-fi & bluetooth monitoring & control
- POV, ActiveTrack & FaceTrack modes
- standard time-lapse & motionlapse
- NightShot & 3 x 3 panorama modes
DJI Mimo App
DJI also announced an all-new app called DJI Mimo. It is an all-in-one solution for capturing, editing and sharing the content. Smartphone with the app can be simply connected with the DJI Osmo Pocket with either USB-C or Lightning connector and it offers full control of the camera. (There is no support for USB Micro because it lacks some functionality that is needed to control this device.) The app includes tools like HD live view during recording, overexposure alerts, histograms, simple editor and a content sharing platform.
Story mode is a new video recording method for quicker social media content creation with easily applied presets and filters and a final runtime below one minute. After finishing, Mimo automatically generates a short story, ready to be shared.
Pro Mode offers more control and gives users access to camera setting adjustments and exposure settings. Osmo Pocket automatically detects and illuminates low-lit scenes into bright photos. This eliminates the need for a tripod as the gimbal can keep the camera still for a shutter speed of up to three seconds.
Users can either remove the microSD card from the gimbal and transfer the files to a computer or import it all through the app, then edit and manage them all in DJI Mimo. There is even a learning platform included in the app. It is called DJI Academy and includes tutorials how to make better content with the new DJI Osmo Pocket. According to DJI, the app will be available soon.
DJI is offering a handful of accessories for the DJI Osmo Pocket. Lots of them can be connected with the camera via the universal port on the grip. Examples of accessories:
- charging case – good for transporting the DJI Osmo Pocket. It also offers space for SD cards, ND filters and smartphone connectors.
- ND filters – DJI offers multiple strenght ND filters for the DJI Osmo Pocket in a set. Unfortunately no info which ND values they exactly are.
- Wi-fi module – for wi-fi or bluetooth connection with a smartphone to offer control possibility.
- controler wheel – features a wheel for precise pan and tilt control and two buttons for improved shooting composition.
- waterproof case – allows filming at up to 60m under water.
- 3.5mm jack adapter – connects an external microphone for better sound quality.
- smartphone connector – there is USB-C as well es Lightning connector to connect smartphone and fully use the DJI Mimo app.
- extension rod – features an expandable length, gimbal control stick, operation buttons on the handle and 1/4″ tripod mount.
- accessory mount – provides action camera mount to get the Osmo Pocket working on different mounting points.
Price and Availability
As was usually the case with latest DJI product announcements, the Osmo Pocket is available immediately for pre-order. The price will be $399,- in the USA and €359,- in Europe. Pre-orders will start shipping on December 15th.
Did you use any of the older DJI Osmo cameras? What do you think of the new DJI Osmo Pocket? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.
Check back tomorrow for a first hands-on video of the Osmo Pocket from the launch event in New York City.