DJI OSMO POCKET

Design, Construction & Connectivity

The DJI Osmo Pocket is one of the most interesting innovation that sparked major public interest in the camera industry. With many years of drone-making experience, DJI is stepping up their game to create gimbals that produce smooth footage. On the front, there is the universal port, record button and multi-function button. On the bottom, there is the USB Type-C port. On the left, you will find the Micro-SD card slot. In terms of overheating issues, from my intensive test outdoors in summer weather, the Osmo Pocket did heat up in direct sunlight but never shut down whether in the process of recording.

User Interface & Experience 

The sensor of the A7III is of same resolution as its previous model but promises for better low-light performance and up to 15 stops of dynamic range. The A7III's ISO range now extends from 50-204800, with the standard set at 100-51200. The camera can shoot 14-bits RAW files and both RAW and JPEGs at the same time. For RAw options, you can shoot Uncompressed or Compressed RAW. Autofocus speeds have also been boosted up to twice the previous model with up to 693 AF phase-detect points; a total of an impressive 93% coverage across the frame. Eye AF is also included in the package to help the photographer capture stunning portraits. The touchscreen on the back of the camera can also be used to set Lock-On AF which is a good thing to have. However, it is rather slow and laggy. Luckily, Sony did add in a manual joystick control to ease the job of focusing. The camera can also take 10 frames per seconds which equivalents to 177 shot with AF/AE tracking. On the video side, the A7III now shoots 4K HDR movies with HLG support. There is S-Log2 and S-Log3 support which means a high 14 stops of dynamic range, In 1080p, the A7III is capable of 120fps video for slow-motion shots. In-body 5 axis stabilisation is also included in the package. While many have complained about the complexity of settings in the Sony menu, I personally find it very useful. My advice to all is to take a few minutes go through the menus, set things up the way you like and add in your most changed settings to My Menu, and you will never have to set things up again when you go out to shoot. You can also set custom buttons to your likings so that you can access and change things up quickly during photoshoots. 

PROS

  • Ergonomic Handgrip

  • Easy to use Interface

  • Touchscreen

  • Solid Gimbal Stabilisation

  • ActiveTrack 2.0

  • 4K 60p Video Recording

  • Paranoma Shooting

  • 1080p 4X Slow Motion

  • Timelapse, Motionlapse and Hypelapse

  • USB Type-C Charging

CONS​​​

  • Non-Removable Battery

  • No Built-in Wi-Fi capabilities

  • Lack of standard tripod mount

  • Not Water-resistant

  • Finicky Auto-focus

The Bottom Line

The DJI Osmo Pocket is definitely a contender for those looking to shoot stable video footage without the heavy gear. Staying true to its Pocket name, it fits in your pocket and brought the joy of content creation right into the palms of the regular man. It has a few downsides like the non-removable battery, lack of built-in wireless capabilities and finicky auto-focus that is hard to close an eye to but if you do not mind living with it, the Osmo Pocket is a great leap forward for videographers and photographers alike.

WE RATE IT!

8/10

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