DJI has successfully, and in a very short span of time, put cameras in the pockets of hobbyists to professionals. Whether they be in the sky or on ground, they have revolutionized everyday capture in a cinematic way. After much speculation DJI released the Osmo Action, a direct competitor to the camera that started it all for GoPro. Retailing at $349, the Osmo Action is only available for pre-order on B&H and Adorama.
DJI Osmo Action: Specs
- Dual Screen: The 2.25-inch rear touchscreen employs a water- and fingerprint-repelling coating, and the 1.4-inch front screen makes vlogging and selfies easier than ever before.
- Slo-mo: 8x slow motion in 1080p 240fps or 4x slow motion in 1080p 120fps creates a visually appealing effect when documenting action-packed scenes.
- Timelapse: To turn minutes into seconds, Timelapse is perfect for capturing unique content with the effect of the world moving faster.
- Custom Exposure settings: Shoot for the stars with manual and semi-automatic settings that allow up to 120 seconds of exposure, perfect for capturing the night sky.
- Rocksteady EIS: High-performance stabilization algorithms work in conjunction with EIS to record every movement in smooth, stable, high-quality video.
- High Dynamic Range (HDR) video in 4K/30fps: Delivering an additional three stops of dynamic range to the scene, natural transitions between light and dark areas, and rich details that are often lost in complex lighting conditions
DJI Osmo Action: Accessories
- Camera Frame Kit: Included with Osmo Action, the Camera Frame Kit offers a universal mount for additional accessories and a window for the LED indicator to show camera status in real time while protecting the device.
- Adhesive Mounts: Attach Osmo Action to flat or curved surfaces including skateboards, bikes, helmets, and more to capture fast-paced moments. Both the curved and flat adhesive mounts are included with Osmo Action.
- Waterproof Case: The waterproof case protects the device at depths down to 60 meters while providing a clear image using high-strength glass.
- 3.5mm Adapter: The 3.5mm adapter offers users the ability to connect an external mic for professional sound recording.
- Extension Rod: Capture unique angles using the Extension Rod, which features a rotatable phone holder and a ¼-inch screw adapter.
- Floating Handle: The Floating Handle offers a comfortable grip for Osmo Action and keeps it floating when shooting in water.
- Filters: Osmo Action comes with Neutral Density (ND), Polarizer, and underwater filters. ND filters (ND4, ND8, ND16, and ND32) reduce light exposure in various environments, while Polarizer filters reduce reflections and increase color saturation for a more appealing image. Orange Seawater and Purple Freshwater filters restore the natural color of underwater scenes.
- Charging Hub: Charge up to three batteries simultaneously in less than 130 minutes.
This product, similar to the Osmo Pocket were designed with the everyday human in mind. With entry-level cameras putting a huge emphasis on content creators, it comes at no surprise that DJI is reaching for that same demographic. The Osmo Action is their cutting-edge answer to what the creative community demands: “Exceptional image quality and stabilization in a unique and durable new form factor, with dual color screens and seamless software integration.”
“Whether you are capturing aerial content with Mavic 2, incredibly smooth content with Osmo Pocket, or heart-racing footage with Osmo Action, DJI offers a full suite of products for your creative needs.” – Roger Luo, DJI President.
The first question many consumers had, even prior to it’s conception or release, was how DJI’s flagship action camera would compare to GoPro‘s perfected process. Take a look at Peter McKinnon’s comparison video to see for yourself. Spoiler alert: the Osmo dominates the GoPro in low-light… in an almost embarrassing display while the stabilization comparison isn’t very negligible.