Osmo Action mounted on a helmet
DJI branching out into the action camera market with the Osmo Action. Image courtesy DJI.

The leader of the drone market, DJI is going into completely new territory. Today, the company announced its first ever action camera: the Osmo Action.

Right out of the gate, it seems that DJI gets what makes an action camera great. And this camera’s got all the specs to prove it. It even rivals GoPro’s highly successful HERO7, which helped bring GoPro out of its financial slump. You can see how they stack up to each other in our comparison blog.

Looking at the camera without comparing it to any other action camera, the Osmo Action seems to deliver. It sports a 12-megapixel camera that can shoot 4K 60fps video at 100 Mbps and 1080p at up to 240fps. The camera also has a completely unique feature: a front-facing monitor. This is groundbreaking for those using these kinds of action cameras for vlogging.

Osmo Action
DJI Osmo Action. Image courtesy diyphotography.net.

How is the image quality?

The Osmo Action’s sensor is a 1/2.3-inch sensor. That sensor is behind the camera’s ability to shoot 4K 60 fps at 100 Mbps along with 12-megapixel photos. Additionally, the camera is capable of shooting HDR video with an additional three stops of dynamic range. And, the camera has a three-glass aspherical lens that records “low-distortion” content, according to DJI. That lens should help reduce warping effects in the image.

When it comes to keeping the image stable, the Osmo Action features DJI’s RockSteady Electronic Image Stabilization tech. “High-performance stabilization algorithms work in conjunction with EIS to record every movement in smooth, stable, high-quality video, even when recording 4K/60fps,” writes DJI.

The Osmo Action has two screens

The Osmo Action has two screens located on the front and back. The camera’s rear display is a 2.25-inch touchscreen with a water- and fingerprint-repellent coating. The front display is a 1.4-inch front screen primed to attract many vloggers.

When looking at its durability, it appears the Osmo Action can handle many extreme conditions. It’s dustproof, shockproof, waterproof and can operate in sub-freezing temperatures.

Osmo Action being held
The Osmo Action’s front camera has a front facing camera for vloggers. Image courtesy diyphotography.net.

More notable Osmo Action features

There’s a number of recording features built into the camera. There’s a slo-mo mode that can slow everything down by 8x in 1080p 240 fps. It can also slow the image by 4x and shoot in 1080p 120 fps. A time-lapse feature and custom exposure settings are included as well.

Using DJI’s Mimo app, the Osmo Action can connect to your phone with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. You’ll have access to a live feed of the camera, multiple story templates, and in-app quick editing.

Pricing and availability

The Osmo Action is out now for $349. You can learn more at DJI’s site.

Image courtesy DJI and diyphotography.net

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