three years Ago, I tested the first so-called Gimbal from DJI. The Chinese drone manufacturer at the time had rebuilt his aircraft developed a technique for image stabilization to a stand-alone product, Osmo. The handle is basically a three axes, movably attached camera together with the hand and Joystick on the motorized Mechanism control, the camera can be remote control.

The elaborate Mechanism is used, movement of the film balance, so that the video images look perfectly calm and free from Camera shake. My conclusion at the time: Super camera, great video quality – with 749 euros but, unfortunately, very expensive and also heavy and bulky.

With the new model, the Osmo Pocket, to have invalidated DJI, the points of criticism of the time now. At least in terms of size, is managed at the first glance. The Osmo Pocket is significantly smaller than the Ur-Osmo of 2015 – and also than many of their competitors.

For comparison I put him next to a Gimbal, as I use it occasionally to rotate Videos for SPIEGEL ONLINE. The difference is striking: The Osmo Pocket is smaller than the handle of my Standard Gimbal.

Osmo Pocket (M.) Works, a size comparison with a Standard Gimbal and the iPhone Xr

without a Smartphone

From its predecessor, the Osmo Pocket even more: it is about self-sufficient and works even without a Smartphone. This requires, of course, fine fingers. Because the control is in Stand-alone mode on a thumb-nail large Display. Otherwise, there is only a record button and a multi-function button, which also serves to turn on and Off.

As you can with the Pocket even without a Smartphone, filming and photography, many of his ways, but then broke. For full functionality you need is a Smartphone, the DJI App. This can be a iPhone or an Android phone. The latter devices should be with a USB-C connector, equipped. DJI supplies with the only two connectors, one for iPhones and a USB-C connector. Anyone who has a mobile phone with an old Micro-USB-socket, you must hope that DJI offers in the future, a matching Adapter.

DJIs super quiet mini camera in the Test

DJIs Osmo Pocket is approximately four fingers and a thumb thick. Nevertheless, a full-fledged 4K video camera with image stabilizing Motor Gimbal plugged into the device.

The camera works in the DJI drones built-in devices. Your 12-Megapixel Sensor allows for photos up to 4000 x 3000 pixels. The maximum video resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixels at up to 60 frames per second.

The Osmo Pocket can handle microSD memory cards up to 256 GB capacity. Is included no card.

The battery is charged via a USB C. A suitable cable is not supplied with a power supply.

controls there are only two: on the left of the recording, a multi-function key button on the right.

Under a cover, a contact rail, the plug can be inserted, connect the device with Smartphones.

a Lightning connector for iPhones and a USB-C connector for modern Android Smartphones are Included.

to Use the Osmo Pocket without a Smartphone, you push the Adapter is simply reversed in his drawer.

Thus equipped, one is the Osmo Pocket on his Smartphone. On the you have previously installed hopefully the right App, which will then start automatically.

closes During the Osmo Pocket on the front around the screen of the smartphone, he hangs on the back. Actually, you could use it as a handle, but the connection by the connector is shaky.

size comparison: Below is a typical Standard Gimbal for Smartphones is to see about the Osmo Pocket and, for comparison, a iPhone Xr.

one way or the other: The small plug is the only connection between the Smartphone and the Osmo Pocket. Very stable this is not, the Smartphone is always mounted a little shaky. When filming, you should hold on to both devices, which is a shame, because as a result, the operation of the App is difficult.

the App offers plenty of features. For example, a panoramic mode in which the camera rotates automatically, so that you to take four photos in different directions and this results in a 180-degree recording can create. Of course you can make even ordinary photos and Videos, where you control the camera via a virtual Joystick on the screen.

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The so-called Story mode, in which the Osmo Pocket cuts of the film were the snippets automatically to a Clip together, with Transitions decorated and with music, I don’t like. The results seem static, the music can’t affect you – it sounds like industrial advertising film.

Cool, however, are the lapse functions, which can be very finely adjusted. Noteworthy is the possibility of an animated video sequence recorded with the camera, for example, follows within an hour of a predetermined line of movement. Such time-lapse photography with normal cameras and Smartphones will not be possible. Practically, also, the Option, to an object on the screen, select the camera then follows automatically, as in the following example, the video the Christmas Tree:

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The picture quality is mostly good to very good and the image stabilization works generally well, if you Go around the, not every step perfectly clean balancing. The video resolution can be set between Full HD and 4K at up to 60 frames per second, photos are shot with 12 mega pixels. In low light the results are unfortunately not compelling, to take photos, I would use a Smartphone. The battery life was in the Test, 1.5 to 2 hours.

conclusion

advantages and disadvantages

Very small

Good camera

Moving time-lapse shots

Even without a Smartphone.

Little stable connection to the phone

No tripod screw

a Lot of complain about it when Osmo Pocket. The mechanical connection with the Smartphone might be like to be a little more stable, but otherwise the small Gimbal is suitable for example very well for the holidays. It not only gets easier in the pocket than his predecessor, he fits with its list price of 359 Euro is also much better for the wallet.

What is now still missing is a Mini-Joystick to control the camera without a cell phone and a thread, with the Gimbal on a tripod screw.

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