The New DJI Osmo. To Pocket or not to Pocket?

The DJI Osmo Pocket

DJI launched the new Osmo Pocket. A highly compact three-axis stabilised camera .

The New DJI Osmo. To Pocket or not to Pocket

Designed to be incredibly easy to use, Osmo Pocket offers a host of intelligent features to help capture creative videos and Images in an easy carry system.

DJI say innovation is at the heart of every product they create and DJI Osmo Pocket is here to change the way photos and videos are captured.

Aimed not just at professionals but by parents, couples, adventurers, travellers, and everyone in between. But is it any good?

Where was the Big Launch?

A week before, DJI started to tell us that the life was BIG. Many jumping to the conclusion it could be the new DJI Phantom 5 drone..

Some may think the 28th November is a strange time to launch a new product, especially if you’re looking to harvest the lucrative Christmas market.

A hold up in the supply chain could easily tarnish the brand with disappointed customers with missing Christmas gifts on the 25th. The organised would have already brought gifts and the last pay day of 2018 has already been spent.

So why the rush?

Rushed or Overdue?

Its has been a hit/miss year for DJI with product launches. There was the abortive pre launch of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Zoom which was pulled at the last minute, leaving Argos to announce to the world what was on the way.

The New DJI Osmo. To Pocket or not to Pocket?

Leaked pictures showed what turned out to be the DJI Osmo Pocket. So when the DJI Mavic 2 pro & Zoom where launched in August 2018, many where left asking where was the missing link?

What You get with the DJI Osmo Pocket ?

For £329.00 the DJI Osmo Pocket comes with:

  • Osmo Pocket Stabilised gimbal
  • Cover
  • Smartphone adapter (lightning)
  • Smartphone adapter (USB-C)
  • Power Cable

For a 4k video stabilised gimbal it seems great value for money right? But what about a spare battery for when you want to shoot video longer than the claimed 140 minutes?

But wait …. there is no spare battery? Worse news still, the battery is build in and cannot be replaced by mere mortals.

The LiPo 7.7 volt battery carries 6.7 watt-hours of power which DJI claim will last 140 minutes when shooting 1080p video at 30fps. Charging time from empty will take over an hour. It is important to know that the shooting time quoted is without using a smartphone.

The New DJI Osmo. To Pocket or not to Pocket?

Battery Warranty?

So, if you cannot change the battery on the DJI Osmo Pocket, you need to be sure that it’s going to last the course. The DJI Warranty will only cover your new DJI Osmo Pocket for a period of 6 months.

Leaving new DJI Osmo Pocket owners with the possibility of being left with a video camera that doesn’t work after 7 months.

How much will a battery replacement cost?

Suddenly the DJI Osmo Pocket is starting to look like an expensive disposable video camera.

Why Not Waterproof?

For a 4k video aimed at the great outdoors, vloggers and adventure filmmakers, for the life of me I cannot understand why DJI cannot come up with a mainstream waterproof drone or video camera?

The visual similarities between the DJI Osmo pocket and the GoPro Hero 7 black control screens are eerie. But with the Gopro hero 7 being water proof and shock proof you have to ask which one would you take to the beach or ski slope?

You have to ask, at what point does image quality become more important that functionality and product life?

It could have been the Ultimate Camera.

The concept was great, but you have to question the execution of the DJI Osmo Pocket gimbal.

Not waterproof? No way of changing battery? long recharging time? No Hasselblad lens? Just too many oversights.

Just think what the DJI Osmo Pocket could have been…