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DJI Osmo Action – Release the Creative Photographer Inside You

Being known as a drone producer, actually a giant in the industry, DJI has also touched the market of action cameras, releasing the DJI Osmo Action, the company’s first product in terms of portable cameras.

DJI Osmo Action specifications

Dimensions65 x 42 x 35 mm
Weight124 grams
Front screen1.4 inches, 300 dpi, 750 nits
Rear screen2.25 inches, 325 dpi, 750 nits
Sensor12 Mpx CMOS 1 / 2.3 inches
Lensf / 2.8 145 degrees
ISOPhoto and video: 100-3,200
Shutter speed120-1 / 8000 seconds
Maximum image size4000 x 3000 pixels
Video quality4K (16: 9): 60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24 fps
4K (4: 3): 30, 25, 24 fps
2.7K (16: 9): 60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24 fps
1080p: 240, 200, 120, 100, 60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24 fps
720p: 240, 200 fps
Slow motion720p 120, 240 fps, 4/8 speed
1080p 120, 240 fps, 4/8 speed
HDR4K: 30, 25, 24 fps
2.7K: 30, 25, 24 fps
1080p: 30, 25, 24 fps
Maximum bitrate100 Mbps
File SystemFAT32 (≤ 32 GB), exFAT (≥ 64 GB)
Supported formatsJPEG / JPEG + DNG, MOV, MP4 (H.264)
Supported memory cardmicro SD; Max. 256 GB
Audio output48 KHz; AAC
Battery1,300 mAh, 5,995 Wh, 3.85 V
Supports between -10º and 40ºC
Average autonomy111 minutes (at 1080p / 30 fps without EIS)
91 minutes (at 4K / 30 fps with EIS)
64 minutes (at 4K / 60 fps without EIS)
Load time88 minutes
ConnectivityWifi: FCC / CE / SRRC: 2.400-2.4835 GHz, 5.725-5.850 GHz MIC: 2.400-2.4835 GHz
Bluetooth 4.2

DJI Osmo Action design

DJI Osmo Action is a product where DJI shows again a high level of materials used, design and of course, the image quality, which is one of the first things to ask from an action camera.

Being quite similar with Go Pro Hero Black, Osmo Action weights only 124 grams and the rectangular dimensions are 65 × 42 × 35 mm. Because it’s a product which will be used a lot, in different conditions, the case is very durable, made of metal and covered with a rubber strip, to improve the grip.

There are three most used functions and the buttons are present on the sides. The on/off and the shutter buttons are located at the top of the camera and on the left side, we find the button that changes the camera modes, near by the microSD card and the USB C slots. Basically very easy to use, no headache.

To adapt better with the content creators’ requirements, Osmo Action comes with a front 1.4-inch screen with a RockSteady stabilizer installed, for the user to easily see the recording while grabbing self-recordings and selfie shots.

The main screen, the one on the back of the camera is a 2.25-inch touch screen, allowing the user to switch between the screens and options. The displays can be easily seen in any conditions of bright daylight thanks to the 750 nits brightness.

Handling

Being very comfortable in the interface and controls, Osmo Action has different camera modules, accessible trough the QuickSwitch button.

The user is able to switch between the following:

  • Video – standard video option, with resolutions from 720 to 240fps up to 4k at 60fps.
  • HDR Video – higher dynamic range, with resolutions from 1080p at 30fps up to 4k at 30fp
  • SlowMotion – records video in 8x slow motion in 720p and 1080p resolutions
  • Timelapse – grabs timelapses and hyperlapses (photo every 0.5sec)
  • Photo – the camera is used to take 4000×3000 photos in JPG and RAW.

Another option than using the camera’s interface, is the Mimo app available on iOS and Android which allows users to control the camera remotely and access other functions such as live view, templates or quick video editing.

Video and photo quality

As we expect from any other product from DJI, the resolution and fps of this camera are very accurate, recording with a 12MP sensor, at a maximum resolution of 4K at 60fps and 1080p. Based on the small dimensions, the lens have an aperture angle of f/2.8 at 145 degrees.

When it comes to shooting photos and videos, Osmo Action is a very fast camera producing smooth videos, thanks to the RockSteady sensor which handles the fluidity and stabilization of the movements in the video. This is actually a thing that DJI has been developing and improving on drones, gimbals and cameras.

The RockSteady technology can record in slow motion, up to 240 fps in FullHD, as well as in timelapse and hyperlapse modes or configurable exposure. Also, the system eliminates any vibrations and provides a smooth video even when recording in 4K at 30fps.

Osmo Action grabs pretty nice photos with good colors, and what’s more appreciated, is the ability to shoot in RAW, giving the editors better options when handling with production photos. The camera is able to record in various temperature conditions, from -10º to 40º Celsius, as well as in dust, and it’s resistant to drops from up to 1.5m.

A down point will be that when the brightness decreases, the sensor puts a noise into the image, but the video quality still remains good.

Speaking about the sound, the quality is very good, when the environment is not too noisy.

Battery autonomy

Recording in 4K, the battery can reach up to 93 minutes of autonomy, with the RockSteady stabilization system activated which is not bad, for a battery with a capacity of 1300mAh. It’s recommended to have a second or a third battery when going in long trips.

Is it worth buying Osmo Action?

In a comparison with other manufacturers, DJI comes with differences in improvement, in our case speaking about the front screen and the RockSteady sensor that Osmo Action has. For those who are producing great video content, as Youtubers or Instagrammers, Osmo Action beats everything with the stabilization and the capability of taking selfie videos.

Conclusion

It’s clear that DJI wants to gain ground, making big steps in the audiovisual world. Due to its aspect and quality, DJI Osmo seems to be very useful to many users and for sure, in the same time, being a big competitor of the GoPro.

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