DJI OSMO Action Review: 17 Things To Know!

17 things you need to know about the new OSMO Action. Now of course this is not DJI’s first camera on the market though it is finally the first action camera. The closest that got to that was last December when they released the OSMO Pocket which was a tiny little camera but it was waterproof and it wasn’t a very wide-angle lens and it wasn’t really good for action. But this is here now and I’ve been using it for a few weeks so I’ve got a pretty good idea of what works well…and what needs some love still. Now of course this is definitely not a marketing video in any way, shape, or form. It’s not sponsored or any of that jazz this is just me testing out the cameras last two weeks I’m gonna tell you the good, the bad, and a little bit of the ugly as well. Now there’s more information than I could fit in this one video, so I’ve also got a full-text photo, and more video, in-depth review you can hit in the description down below there. It’s like six or eight thousand words and before we get to the 17 official items I’ll give you one little freebie the price here on this is $349 bucks about 50 bucks cheaper than the GoPro Hero 7 Black, and it’s available starting today. With that let’s dive into #1, which is the new dual-screen displays. And this is probably the feature you’re probably gonna see and hear the most about the new OSMO Action, and honestly for good reason. So the way it works is on the back there is a two and a quarter inch so 2.25-inch display full-color touchscreen 750 units of brightness it’s super bright. And on the front, there is a 1.4-inch screen that is non-touch but you can go ahead and use that for framing.

To switch between the two you simply double tap on the back using two fingers and that swaps it to the front screen or you can long hold the quick shot button on the side for about a second and a half, to two seconds and that switches the front screen as well. Now my experience is this has actually been more useful than I expected it to be. Of course with action cameras when you hold them out like this they’ve got such wide-angle lenses, that it’s kind of hard toscrew up, but what this gets you is a little bit better framing. So if I’m holding out like this I can go ahead and sure there’s not a bunch of extra space above my head, where things are more centered. Now there are two modes for the way the front screen displays. The first mode is that it zooms the image in, basically just to the center so it fills the entire screen. And the second mode is that it has bars on the top and bottom so that you get the same view that you’re recording. number 2 on the list is what DJI callsRockSteady which is simply their stabilization it’s very similar to GoPro’s hyper smooth except called RockSteady now what’s interesting here is this is not the companies the first use of this technology just the first time they’ve kind of branded and told you about it. In fact, the same technology used here you saw way back in the DJI spark drone about two years ago.

They simply poured it into here remove the half of the gimbal that you had in a spark and now it’s in an action cam and my testing it’s done really darn well I’ve been mountain biking road biking running I mean all sorts of stuff and as you can see on the screen here side by side with the GoPro Hero seven black it holds its own like across all these scenarios no problems at all I’ll go ahead up in the corner as well and link the whole video of just sample footage it’s just sample footage across the board of all sorts of things including a bunch of things with rocksteady enabled. On the Osmo action, it’s definitely quite a bit narrower than the GoPro Hero seven black but it becomes even more pronounced when you go on to the super view mode on the hero seven black at 1080p in which case it’s just substantially wider. Next on the list is what did DJI calls D warp which basically means it’s no longer fisheye but there is still a fisheye option which is actually the default and by FISH high just means that’s super awesome people call it fisheye some people there’s different names for it. Ah, it’s what you’re familiar with on a GoPro action camera. Of course, GoPro has something called linear mode, but the problem with GoPro’s linear mode is the tops out at2.7 K 60 so you can’t do 4k in linear mode. 

Osmo action, you can do 4kat 60 frames per second in their “D warp” mode. This means that you don’t have any sort of warping on the image itself. Speaking of easy options. Moving on to the next item which is waterproofing. This unit here is waterproof to 36 feet without an additional case the DJI does sell an additional dive case if you’re happening to go down deeper than that. Next, we got the user interface, in a lot of ways it’s pretty darn similar to GoPro’s but there are some differences. Starting with the similarities though you’ve got like the gallery can go in there and look through different images and whatnot that you’ve already taken or different videos that you’ve already taken. You can swipe from the right to get to the settings menu. You can go ahead and swipe up to get to resolutions and you can go ahead and press in the bottom left-hand corner of the ability to change modes on the display itself as opposed to using the quick shot mode off.

When you compare that too for example the GoPro Hero 7 black and big bold white text that you can see from far far away, so that’s a little bit of a nuanced polished thing that I’m hoping DJI fixes over time. Number six on the list are the buttons, there are three buttons on this camera. (1)There is a record, start, and stop button which also takes photos. (2)there is a display power on/off button, takes about a second and a half or so to power on the camera and be ready to go, and then (3)there’s a quick shot button that changes different quick shot modes. So it’s kind of a way to basically change modes from video to photo and whatnot. There actually some customization you can do in that as well that we’ll get to in just a moment. But first, we need to talk about sound. The camera has two microphones on it one is on the top right next to the display button, and the second is on the right-hand side just on the right-hand side. That is different than GoPro which has three microphones. The reason you want more microphones is for noise reduction. The more microphones they have the more they can cancel out that wind noise. Still, in my testing, it’s not too bad. I put it side-by-side of the GoPro Hero seven black. For example here is the Osmo action, … and then here is the GoPro Hero seven black. Now both of those sounded pretty similar, but there are also times where both of them just sucked. It just seems really it seems to depend on like the wind angle and the speed and all that kind of stuff. So it’s generally good for most scenarios but there are still some holes in both company’s offerings. So for that, you may want a microphone, which gets us to number eight on the list.

This camera does not have an a3.5 millimeter port, just like GoPro doesn’t have a 3.5 millimeter port on it. Instead, they have a USBC adapter. Now in the case of GoPro’s, which’s the size of like a Twinkieversus this thing here is a whole heck of a lot smaller very similar to that of the Osmo pocket, that came out earlier this year, the adapter came out earlier this year. Unfortunately, those adapters are not interchangeable. For one, you can’t use a GoPro adapter on this and you can’t even use the DJI Osmo pocket adapter on this either. So that’s something I’m definitely looking forward to testing once they go ahead and release that. Next, we got battery life there are two claims made here, number one is at 4k 30 with RockSteady enabled you’ll get 91 minutes, and then at 1080p 30 (withRockSteady disabled) you’ll get 1 hour 56 minutes. In my testing, both of those seem about right, and the good news here is you can remove the battery and swap out for additional batteries, or buy additional batteries.What’s actually kind of interesting is the battery door is attached to the battery itself. So like when you remove the battery door, you remove a chunk of the case. Which there’s nothing wrong with that it’s just something you didn’treally expect the first time you open it up that the side of the case comes with it, and is like glued onto the battery. Number ten on the list is that this camera supports HDR, or it can produce HDR content.

This is something we saw a DJIannounce last year along with a maverick 2 series, and we’re seeing there as well. Now the only downside is that if you’re expecting to use that from an action standpoint, it’s not gonna happen. Yes, you can technically do it, but the stabilization is not supported in action mode. Now, you may say “oh I’m pretty steady”… no no you’re not. Nope. So here’s me riding on the road, I’m smooth pavement just holding it out in front of me, and it looks horrendous.Now compare that to a few seconds later where I turn on stabilization in regular non-HDR mode and it looks beautiful. Now, of course, if you want to use HDR in a static setting like the camera is on something, no problems at all look really really good. In fact, it looks even better at night than the regular mode does, it just, really things pop there at night in that scenario. But from like any sort of movement at all, and it’s a complete lost cause. Now moving on to something pretty cool which is quick shot modes. This allows you to go ahead and move between different modes as we talked about earlier. Video to HDR, or to photo whatever you have there. But more importantly, you can customize those, so you can for example remove the HDR as one of your quick shot modes because maybe you think it’s useless.

And you can go ahead instead and add a custom mode. So like some DSLR cameras you can create these new custom modes that have custom settings on them, for example, exposure, and white balance, and all this kind of stuff. So you can very quickly (as the name implies)switch to that mode. Since we’re on the modes train let’s talk about photo modes. The camera has most of the things that you would expect. For example, you can take a single shot, you can take a time shot, you can take a time-lapse photoshoot, or a time-lapse video as well. You can take an auto-exposure bracketed shot, so basically to combine those in to get more dynamic range, and then there is burst mode. Now before we talk about burst mode let’s talk about the good. Which is the other modes, they all have different ways that you can customize the settings. So you can play with exposure and white balance, and in particular, for both video and photo, you can go ahead and set the white balance to any value you want. So unlike on the GoPro, where you have like these kinds of four preset defined options. In this case, I can go in any increment of 100, all of the ways up and down a scale, it’s pretty darn cool.

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