DJI, the world leader in drones and stabilization systems, has just launched the third generation of its Osmo Pocket gimbal camera. Called Osmo Pocket 3, this camera is distinguished by its 1″ CMOS sensor, its rotating touch screen and its many intelligent functions.
It aims to be the ideal camera for vloggers, travelers and content creators. But what does it offer more than its predecessor, the Osmo Pocket 2? Is it easy to use and pilot? And above all, is it worth buying? We will try to answer these questions in this article.
The Osmo Pocket 3 has been available for sale since October 25, 2023 on the official DJI website and from authorized resellers. Its price is €539 for the standard version, which includes the Osmo Pocket 3, a USB-C to USB-C PD cable, an Osmo Pocket 3 protective cover, a DJI wrist strap and an Osmo Pocket 3 handle with a 1/4″ thread.
There is also an Osmo Pocket 3 Creator bundle, sold at a price of €679, which adds a DJI Mic 2 Shadow Black transmitter, a DJI windscreen Mic 2, a DJI Mic 2 magnetic clip, an Osmo Pocket 3 battery grip, an Osmo mini tripod and a carrying bag for the camera.
|Dimensions (L x H x D)||124 x 38 x 30 mm|
|Image sensor||Large 1″ CMOS sensor|
|Definition of photo sensor||20 Mp|
|f/2.8 with 93° field of view|
|Autonomy||– Up to 116 minutes in 4K/60 fps video
– Up to 166 minutes in Full HD/24 fps video
|Recharge time||– Up to 80% in 16 minutes
– Up to 100% in 32 minutes
|Touch screen||2″ rotating LCD|
|Battery||Built-in 1300 mAh LiPo|
|Memory card||microSD up to 256 GB|
|ISO Range||– Video: 100-6400
– Photo: 100-12800
|Maximum resolution< /td>||– Video: 4K/120 fps
– Photo: 5472 x 3648 pixels
|Recording format||– Video: MP4/MOV (H.264/H.265)
– Photo: JPEG/DNG
The Osmo Pocket 3 therefore has a fairly powerful integrated battery, which allows it to record up to almost two hours in Full HD or almost an hour and a half in 4K. Charging time is also fast, thanks to the included USB-C PD cable.
These specs are significantly better than the Osmo Pocket 2, which had a battery life of 73 minutes at 4K/60fps video and a cooldown of over an hour.
The Osmo Pocket 3 also compares favorably to many competitors, like the Feiyu Pocket 3, which has a battery life of 90 minutes on 4K/60fps video and a recharge time of more than two hours.
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The Osmo Pocket 3 brings several new features compared to its predecessor, the Osmo Pocket 2. The most important is undoubtedly the 1″ CMOS sensor, which offers better image quality, greater depth of field and better sensitivity in low light. The sensor on the Osmo Pocket 2 was 1/1.7″, which is already very good for a camera of this size, but the sensor was 1/1.7″. allows you to obtain even more impressive results. For example, the maximum photo resolution increases from 16 to 20 megapixels, and slow motion mode can reach 120 frames per second in 4K, compared to 60 frames per second in 4K for the Osmo Pocket 2.
The other major new feature is the 2' rotatable touch screen, which allows you to easily switch between horizontal and vertical mode. This provides more flexibility to adapt to different broadcast formats on social networks, such as Instagram or TikTok. The touchscreen also allows you to control the camera and access settings without the need for a smartphone. The Osmo Pocket 2 had a fixed 1.08” touchscreen, which is more limited in terms of functionality and readability.
A new stereo recording system appears. Finally, the Osmo Pocket 3 offers a multitude of intelligent functions, which rely on three-axis mechanical stabilization and artificial intelligence. Among these functions, we can cite ActiveTrack 6.0 tracking, which allows you to automatically follow a moving subject or object. There is also dynamic framing, which adjusts the composition of the image based on the number and position of people.
Or the Story mode, which offers pre-recorded models with effects and transitions, the Timelapse mode, which allows you to create time-lapse videos, the Panorama mode, which allows you to take 180° or 360° panoramic photos , or the Glamor mode, which improves the rendering of skin tones in particular, for more successful videos and selfies.
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The Osmo Pocket 3 retains the compact and sleek design of the Osmo Pocket 2, with a few minor changes. The camera measures 124 x 38 x 30 mm and weighs 117 g, making it easy to carry and store in a pocket or bag.
It is made of plastic and metal, with a matte finish and a non-slip coating. It has a magnetic protective cover, which protects the lens and the gimbal when not in use. The small stabilized camera also has a wrist strap and a handle with a 1/4″ thread, which makes it easier to hold or attach to a tripod or other accessory.
Beyond that, the design of the Osmo Pocket 3 is distinguished by its rotating touch screen which is now 2', and offers improved visibility for a better overview of shots and easier navigation in the menus. The touchscreen provides access to all settings and modes of the gimbal camera, as well as the Smart Editor function, which allows you to quickly edit videos and photos.
The whole thing can also be controlled from the smartphone for more advanced features, and even easier and more granular editing. On the rest of the casing we find three physical buttons: a power button, a trigger button, and a multifunction button. The power button turns the gimbal camera on and off, as well as switching between photo and video modes.
The shutter button allows you to take a photo or start/stop video recording. The multifunction button allows you to access the main menu, return to the previous screen, or change the gimbal stabilization mode (follow, lock, tilt locked or FPV).
In the #8217 ;overall the design appears more solid and robust – and more refined than that of competing proposals like the GoPro Hero9 Black or the Feiyu Pocket 3.
The Osmo Pocket 3 is a gimbal camera that is very easy to control, even for beginners. Simply take it out of its pouch, turn it to turn on the rotating touch screen, and choose the desired mode. The touch screen offers an intuitive and user-friendly interface, which allows access to all the settings and modes of the gimbal camera in just a few gestures. The touch screen also allows you to view the framing in real time, as well as essential information such as battery level, gimbal mode, or recording duration.
The Osmo Pocket 3 can also be controlled remotely from a smartphone, using the DJI Mimo App. This application allows you to control the gimbal camera via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection, transfer files, and access advanced features such as Live Stream or Smart Editor. The DJI Mimo App also offers a better user experience, with a more comprehensive and customizable interface.
The Osmo Pocket 3 is a gimbal camera that offers excellent value for money, for amateurs and professionals alike. It is a high-performance, compact, intelligent and easy-to-use device that captures high-quality images with optimal stability. It also stands out for its rotating touch screen, which offers greater flexibility to adapt the image format to different broadcast media. It also benefits from the latest DJI technologies, such as ActiveTrack 6.0, Glamor Effects or the Smart Editor.
The purchase of the Osmo Pocket 3 is justified if you are looking for a compact and intelligent gimbal camera, which will allow you to produce professional quality videos with great simplicity. It is particularly suitable for vloggers, travelers, athletes or video enthusiasts, who want to share their most memorable moments on social networks or other platforms.
It is also interesting for owners of the Osmo Pocket 2, who are looking for better image quality, and are attracted by its well-thought-out new features such as the rotating touch screen and the new intelligent functions of the product.