DJI’s newest product, the Osmo Pocket, is the smallest handheld stabilizer the drone / camera company has made. It takes a bunch of things the Chinese company has done really well and puts them into an impressively small form factor. It’s meant to offer drone-like footage in a size that is comparable to a GoPro (even if it can’t take the same kinds of wear and tear). The Osmo Pocket costs $349 and ships December 15th.
The Osmo Pocket stands just four inches tall and weighs barely over four ounces (116g). When you turn it off, the gimbal tilts the camera on end so that the whole system can fit into a small case, which then easily slides into a pocket — hence the name.
Instead of using the large Zenmuse camera found on the original Osmo or a smartphone as the camera like with the Osmo Mobile, the Pocket borrows more from the camera and gimbal tech found on the company’s smaller drones, like the Mavic Air.
Like a Mavic Air that can’t fly
The camera that sits on the three-axis gimbal uses a 1/2.3-inch sensor and can capture 4K footage at up to 60 frames per second at 100Mbps. DJI says the Osmo Pocket will last for up to two hours shooting in 4K at a slightly lower frame rate of 30 fps. The Osmo Pocket also captures 12-megapixel photos, and it has dual microphones for recording audio.
There’s a tiny one-inch touchscreen on the Osmo Pocket where users can frame their shot or toggle through settings. It’s a bit hard to make out at arm’s length, but users can also plug their iPhone or Android phone (it comes with USB-C and Apple Lightning adapters) into a modular port on the side of the Osmo Pocket for a bigger viewing screen and more granular controls, using the company’s new app. While it may be smaller than previous DJI stabilizers, the Osmo Pocket still offers some of the company’s advanced shooting modes, too, like object tracking, face tracking, time-lapse, and auto panorama.
DJI also plans to sell a number of accessories for the Osmo Pocket. There’s a mount that will let users attach it to things, GoPro-style, as well as a Wi-Fi controller, a set of ND filters, a waterproof case, an extension rod, and a 3.5mm adapter for external microphones. Also coming soon is a carrying case with a battery that can charge the Osmo Pocket while stored. You can find pictures of those accessories at the bottom of DJI’s product page.