DJI challenges HERO7 Black with tiny 4K Osmo Pocket

DJI just revealed the smallest gimbal its ever created: the Osmo Pocket gimbal. Will it compete well with the HERO7 Black? Maybe.

First things first, let’s go over the basics

The DJI Osmo Pocket’s camera has a 1/2.3-inch sensor that’s capable of shooting 4K video at up to 60 fps. As for shooting stills, the camera is said to shoot 12-megapixel pictures at 100 Mbps. The camera is attached to a three-axis gimbal and can last up to two hours of 4K shooting — however you will have to shoot at a frame rate of 30 fps.

DJI's Osmo Pocket shoots 12-megapixel pictures at 100 Mbps
DJI’s Osmo Pocket shoots 12-megapixel pictures at 100 Mbps

On its back, there’s a one-inch touchscreen that controls that camera and monitors the live feed. Additionally, the stabilizer has smartphone support with a new app called DJI Mimo. Plus, there are dual microphones for recording audio.

The Osmo Pocket is set to ship December 15th for $349.

A small form factor

This is a small stabilizer. It’s certainly the smallest DJI has ever made at just four inches tall. It seems like an easy fit into any pocket. When the system is turned off, the camera tilts so it can fit into a case — which can then fit into the typical pocket.

DJI Osmo Pocket
Osmo Pocket

However, even though this stabilizer/camera is super tiny, it still has some of DJI’s more advanced shooting modes, like time-lapse, auto panorama, face tracking and object tracking.

How will the Osmo Pocket fare against the HERO7 Black?

Our initial impression is that the Osmo Pocket is a lot like the HERO7 Black. But the big difference is price. The HERO7 Black costs $399 and the Osmo Pocket is about $50 cheaper coming in at $349. Both cameras shoot 4K at 60 fps and 12-megapixel stills, so the Osmo Pocket could prove to be a strong competitor. When it comes down to it, if both systems prove to be similar, people will go for the cheaper option.

Pricing and availability

DJI’s Osmo Pocket will be selling for $349 and is available for pre-order at the DJI store. The systems will start shipping December 15th.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's Managing Editor.

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