DJI Osmo Pocket & Accessories Review

DJI Osmo Pocket, is it a Game Changer?

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Now that I have the Osmo Pocket accessories I decided to share my revised opinion of the pocket camera gimbal. Is it really a game changer? Let’s take a deeper look.

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Hey, what’s up? It’s Jerad with Ditch Auto, and today, I am back to talk more about the DJI Osmo Pocket. You know, in the last video that I put together, I got a little bit of negative response because I didn’t really enjoyed the device. That’s a personal preference. I know that there are a lot of devices and a lot of options out there for all of us, and so sometimes, one person’s opinion differs with others, but now that there has been not only a firmware update to the Osmo Pocket but also the accessories have been released and I’ve had those for a little while now and been able to play around with them, I wanted to come back and talk more about the device and talk about if it’s an actual game-changer like a lot of people are touting it as, so let’s talk about it.

All right, so the Osmo Pocket comes in this little package. You get this nifty little carrying case, which I actually like. The Osmo Pocket itself, I think, is a fantastic little camera. My arguments the first time around was just in comparing it to the other things that we probably already have. Most of us have a phone, a good phone, like I have the iPhone XS Max, so it has a fantastic camera, and I even have the Google Pixel 3 that I use often as well. Great cameras in a phone. I kind of classify this as more like a phone camera because of the small sensor and the small package. Basically, what you’re gaining here is some good stabilization, and we’ll talk a little bit about that as well.

There’s a few other things that this little camera definitely can do that a phone maybe can’t, and that is the pro features that have been added to the little camera. That really has changed my mind, I would say. Now, one of the things that wasn’t available before the firmware update was the different color profiles that you can put in to pro mode on this camera and color match your footage because most of the projects that I’m shooting aren’t going to be just on an Osmo Pocket. They’re going to include footage from a variety of other cameras, and so I want to be able to color match. Some of you might not find that to be an issue or something that you care about, but for me, I do. Considering that DJI touts this as a pocket camera that can capture cinematic moments, it needs to have those kind of features. Since they added those features, I’m really glad about that.

Now, the accessories are another thing. I’ve kind of just been storing my accessories in this little lens holder for lack of having anything better to store them in, but I bought the accessory pack. Now, I have some other things here on the table I’m going to talk about along with this video, but we’re going to focus more on the Osmo Pocket here at the beginning, and we’ll talk about comparing it to a few other things and some of the accessories that I’ve even added into the mix to make the experience of the Osmo Pocket even better.

The main one that we were all holding out for was basically this clamp bracket that allows us to attach a tripod or something to the Osmo Pocket to hold it steady. The Osmo Pocket will stand up on its own, but you can’t do a timelapse for a long period of time and leave the camera unattended. You’re going to come back, and it’s going to have toppled over. A lot of people, and I even said this in the last video, would set it in the case and then set the case down, but that’s not any better. The case is rounded, and it’s actually even easier to tip it over sitting in the case. Anybody who got on me about using the case as a stand, I don’t know what world you live in. There’s winds, there’s all sorts of things, there’s kids, there’s every sort of distraction and thing that can come by and disrupt your little camera and tip it over.

The WiFi stand is also fantastic because you couldn’t charge, say you were standing it up like that and you’re not going to buy any accessories. Now, you can’t charge it, which means you’re limited to the length of timelapses and stuff that you can do because you can’t plug a charger into the base of it, but if you use the WiFi adapter, now, the charging port comes out the back, and now, you can connect to the Osmo Pocket wirelessly without having to have it plugged into your phone to make any changes or adjust the camera aside from using the tiny, tiny, tiny little display to do it, which I consider using the display to make adjustments on the camera a last ditch effort if you don’t possibly … if you forgot.

I mean, I’m glad that you can touch the screen and make changes to the settings, but it is not a very enjoyable experience considering the fact my finger is just about exactly the same size as that screen. That makes it challenging for me to tap on each of those little quadrants, and I’m constantly tapping and making a change that I didn’t mean to make, so that tends to happen quite often, so the WiFi adapter is great. I haven’t messed around with it too much, but I do like this additional adapter that allows you to move the head around.

You can switch here between moving it up and down and left and right, which is cool. That’s just really simple switch there although I had found, when I’ve been using this, you really … you have to use this switch mid-movement, so it absorbs some of the vibration because I’ve been switching it without the camera moving and not only can you hear the switch go off as you’re switching it, but you introduce a little bit of camera shake in that instance. Then, you get two additional buttons here, which is awesome as well.

Let’s take a look at a few of my setups here that I’ve kind of started messing around with. I’ve been using the clamp a lot more because I find it just being a lot easier for me to use this device in the clamp, mounting it to something else. I see this as something that’s either kind of a run and gun device that I will just grab and go and get a couple of shots and put it away or I’ll do really cool timelapses. Yes, I have my phone, and I can do timelapses from my phone, but my phone is constantly getting messages and stuff like that, which is causing issues. This type of device here is great because it’s standalone. You don’t have to worry about it, and it also has timelapse and like a movielapse type version. I can’t remember the exact name off the top of my head.

One version will automatically create you a timelapse video file that’s ready to go. However, it is a smaller format. It’s like 1080p, which is okay. It’s good for sharing online, but it’s not good if you’re wanting to do a 4K project, but then if you put it in timelapse mode, it’s actually taking photos. Every time in the timelapse, the interval, whether you have it set to one, two, three, five, 30 seconds, whatever the interval is, it’s going to take a photo, and then you take that batch of photos and you drop it into your video, set it to one frame per photo, and then you have your timelapse. That’s my preferred kind of go-to mode.

When I set up the bracket on here, I set it so that I have enough room to slide the WiFi adapter onto the bottom of it. You can kind of position this bracket almost wherever you want, so you’ll want to position it in a way where you’re going to be able to fit the WiFi bracket on the bottom of it because if you want to check in on your timelapse or anything like that, you’re going to want to do that WiFi because the screen is so tiny that it’s almost impossible to see what’s going on, and you get up super close to it, you may cast a shadow into your timelapse or something like that, so having this connected like so and then just opening up the app on your phone and reconnecting to the device and seeing where it’s at is kind of the best route for me.

I take this and I’ll actually mount it to … I have this GoPro tripod mount here, which has a quarter-20 in the bottom of it. I’ll take that and mount it on here like this, and then, I can mount this to one of my favorite tripods, which is the Manfrotto Pixi, and so I’ll just go ahead and screw that onto the base like so. Then, I can position my camera and boom, I am ready to go. I can set this however I want. Now, one thing that I do think is a little annoying about this camera in timelapse mode is that if you try to kind of put it in a flashlight position, it doesn’t like that.

It likes to be pretty close to straight up and down, as close to straight up and down as you can get it. Otherwise, you’d get a notification saying please hold the camera steady, which is silly because the camera is being held steady. However, it just doesn’t like being at too much of an angle. Hopefully, they’ll fix that. Maybe that’s just an oversight in firmware. I have no idea why something like that would exist at all because you can use this in flashlight mode. You can power it on and have it point in any direction that you want except for when you’re doing a timelapse. It starts to give you problems.

This typically is my setup. The only thing that’s kind of annoying is that when I have it pointing straight up and down, there’s only a little bit of space left here for my charging cable, so one of the things that I’m going to do is get like a little 90-degree charging cable so that I can get that in there easily. Now, when I am going handheld and I want more power, and this is also another thing that I can do if I really want to go kind of crazy with my setup here, is I can take this Wasabi Power kind of selfie stick looking thing, but what’s inside of this is a battery. This battery here is 5,200 milliamps, which means it’s going to charge this thing for quite a while and give you an extended battery life. What I’ll do is I’ll take this and put it in here because this was probably originally designed for a GoPro.

All right, get the bracket in there. Tighten it down, and then, I can mount … This has a quarter-20 in the bottom of it, so I can mount the Manfrotto Pixi to the base of it like that and then, I take a charging port right from the side here, so charging port USB, and this came with the appropriate cables, a little USB right into the back up here, and I’ve got an extended battery life. The only thing that I’m running into is just a little bit of a tight space for that cable, so that 90-degree adapter is going to work good or if you have some GoPro angle adapters to kind of space it out a little bit, that will also help.

This is probably going to end up being my preferred setup for timelapses. I’ll add in a couple of adapters here. I can angle this a little bit. This will be out back this way a bit, and I could timelapse for quite sometime with this setup because of the added battery power that’s in the Wasabi stick here. I don’t have to worry about any other battery packs or anything like that sitting or dangling around. This is a pretty solid setup. Then, I could just simply detach from here and go and have my kind of run and gun setup with a little bit more to hold onto than the device itself, which I actually like.

This is nice. This is nice, small, and pocketable, and this is quite large in comparison but the fact that it has a battery, it has a quarter-20 in it already on the bottom, it just makes it for an all around better package for getting around all day. I’ll make sure to link to this stuff down in the description below in the video because I think this stuff makes this device much more usable. I have gotten over the fact that, yes, you’re going to need accessories for this little device just like with all of our other cameras. I mean, even a GoPro, and this, I don’t believe, was created to compete with the GoPro but even a GoPro needs accessories in order to make it useful. Yes, it comes with everything you need when you buy it but some accessories definitely help it out, mounting something like this, getting extra power. I mean, there’s a lot of reasons why you need the accessories. Even though I’m frustrated that this little accessory pack cost an extra hundred bucks, it’s proving to be quite useful.

Another thing that I typically will end up using if I’m shooting at night is this Lume Cube. This is the Lume Cube Air. It’s a lighter weight version of their Lume Cubes, has a little bit less of a battery life length than the previous version, but I can use a GoPro adapter and mount it right here using an angle adapter and then have essentially a light. If I put these both, kind of if I put this in flashlight mode shooting forward, which would be like this shooting forward with a light underneath it, it basically sees in the dark. It’s a kind of a cool feature, I think, to be able to add on things to this little device and make it more useful.

With that said, there are a couple of things that I find comparable to this device. Like I said, I think the novelty of the device itself, the novelty of this little guy is the simple fact that it is standalone, it doesn’t have to be connected to your phone all the time, so you’re not worrying about phone calls and stuff disrupting your video shooting, but this right here is probably one of the best things that you can get for your smartphone. This is the Movi from Freefly Systems, and if you want to shoot with your phone, if you’re considering like, do I get an Osmo Pocket because it’s going to cost me 400 bucks, do I get something like this, which is $300, I believe, and just use your phone? That’s what it’s really going to come down to because if your put your iPhone or a higher-end Android on a Gimbal, you’re essentially getting just about the same quality that you’re going to get out of this little guy.

I do think that the sensor is a little bit better on this than the top line smartphones that are out right now, but if you want to save yourself some money and use something else like this Movi, you can download the app Film like a Pro and get essentially all of the pro features that the Osmo Pocket has, so there’s alternatives. Don’t feel like you are stuck in a world where you’re only going to be able to use these little things and have to have tons of different cameras you can make do. I think that’s what my comments were in the last video. I just didn’t go enough into detail on why I believe that.

The Osmo Pocket’s great. I’ve been showing you some footage and some different situations throughout this video, and so I hope that this video has been informative. There are a lot of videos out there on the Osmo Pocket. It’s a great little camera. It just really comes down to whether or not it’s going to add value to your life when it comes to creating memories and filming and doing all that stuff. For me, I don’t think this is going to replace any of my bigger stuff. This might be a grab and go thing for fun, little last-minute jaunts with the family where I don’t want to grab a bigger camera or I don’t want to carry this thing around, which is a little bit more … This isn’t pocketable like this is, so in those instances, the Osmo Pocket’s perfect for that, but at the price of $400 or $399, is this justified and then having to spend maybe another $100 on accessories, that’s where I start to call into question whether or not this really is truly a game-changer like some people are saying or if it’s just another thing to spend money on.

Whether or not something is a game-changer, I think, these days is very specific to how I would use it and very specific to how you would use it, so analyze yourself and your situation before you go out and spend a bunch of money on something that you may or may not use all the time. You want to make sure that you’re going to get good use out of your technology. That’s going to do it for this video. I hope that you enjoyed it. Make sure to subscribe to the channel here on Ditch Auto. If you enjoyed the video, give us a thumbs up, and we hope to see you back here on the next one. Take care.

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