Manual cardans were mainly the sphere of professional videographers. But DJI wants to make a difference with ultraportable shooting on its popular line Osmo. Osmo Pocket is a four-cylinder version of the drones manufacturer's camera stabilizer, which can be connected to the iPhone or used as a standalone one.
At $ 349, it’s not exactly cheap — in fact, it’s about twice as much as Osmo Mobile 2 currently builds on Amazon. This is partly due to the inclusion of a one-inch touch screen that allows you to shoot and view video without an external camera. Of course, it can also be used in tandem with an iPhone or an Android device via a USB dongle or USB-C.
I suspect that pricing will impede the ability of the product to reach a more popular audience – especially with all the things that users currently can only do with the iPhone. But Pocket includes impressive DJI technology and shooting modes to make some pretty cool videos.
The device can actively recognize and track the image with a few taps. There are also built-in functions FaceTrack, Time-lapse, FPV, selfie and panoramas. For fast, high-quality images, there are several different shooting modes, similar to those found on the tracks of the Mavic company. There are 10 templates in story mode, and Pro mode gives the arrow a wide range of controls over the final image.
The propeller shaft provides three-axis stabilization to keep shots steady, while the camera can shoot 12 megapixel images and 4K video up to 60 frames per second.
I had the opportunity to play a bit with the device this week, ahead of today's announcement, and found that it is quite intuitive. In the near future we will have more time with the cardan, and we hope to get a better idea of what justifies the price of $ 350. At the moment, this seems prohibitively expensive for a product that is clearly trying to sneak in time for the holidays.
This is a very valuable price for a product that admittedly does for some very cool Instagram stories, but I am more than happy to be mistaken here. The company is going to offer a bunch of different accessories to make the Osmo a bit more diverse, including a waterproof case and a camera mount, so it can double as something like a GoPro. There is also wireless charging that extends battery life by about two hours.
Osmo Pocket is available through DJI for pre-ordering today and starts shipping on December 15th.