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DJI Osmo Pocket is the smallest stabilized camera on the market

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Used with one hand and can be connected to a smartphone, it is probably the best stabilized camera available today

DJI Osmo Pocket is the smallest stabilized camera on the market

There had to be a reason for the collapse of the price of Osmo Camera and we found it in the arrival of the new device DJI Osmo Pocket , which represents a major leap forward.

First of all, let’s explain what we’re talking about: a small stabilized camera, able to capture 4K movies with 60 frames per second, which you can manage with one hand and with maximum ease thanks to its compactness and lightness.

DJI Osmo Pocket: what is it for?

To answer the question with extreme precision I should try it: some time ago I bought on the wave of enthusiasm the first Osmo Camera , the stabilized gimball that makes shooting in 4K: on paper it seemed an object of those indispensable for a video maker.

Shortly after, however, I sold it, because the absence of the zoom was by itself a reason to make it uninteresting. Other professionals still use it today with full satisfaction: as always, it depends on the needs.

However, to answer the question, I can tell you that it is the most compact solution I know for shooting stabilized with quality videos.

This, in a certain sense, is the natural evolution of that Osmo Camera , which over time has become miniaturized thanks to new technologies and has become little bigger than a razor.

DJI Osmo Pocket : is a stabilized 5-axis recording tool, with a series of accessories that complete the offer and obviating some of the missing items of the DJI portfolio, that is Osmo Mobile : with the pocket version you can use a external microphone to improve the sound of the shots, a detail that I think is fundamental.

Osmo Pocket weighs 116 grams, is just over 12, about 3 cm wide and has a depth of about 3.5 cm.

The battery promises to work for about 140 minutes of shooting, they are more than two hours, should be enough for anyone, but for those who were not enough there is also an extra battery that can prolong the use.

The memory support is the Micro SD card, there are accessories to connect the external microphone, as already mentioned, but there is also the possibility to directly connect a smartphone with which you can then edit and share videos shot with Osmo Pocket .

Once the phone is docked, you can take advantage of many of the features that were already available in the DJI app combined with both Osmo Mobile and Osmo Camera.

But what is the difference between mechanical, electronic and optical stabilization?

In sequence from the left: mechanical, electronic, optical stabilization
In the image above you see the differences between the different types of stabilization, with the mechanics clearly in the front row for image quality.

DJI Osmo Pocket: camera details

To get into the technical detail of the camera, we can see that the sensor is 1 / 2.3, the videos are 4K with 60 frames per second, the pixel size is 1.55 μm.

For the photos, we are talking about a 12 mpx sensor, with an F / 2.0 aperture.

The shooting modes can be the most disparate, starting from the one that simulates a person’s point of view, First Person View , but there is also the Active Track , to hook a subject and follow it when it moves.

There is a Timelapse mode , as well as a special night shooting option.

There is also a panorama mode for photo shoots, which completes the list of options available in the DJI Osmo Pocket.

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