Even though it’s not even a drone, the drone world can’t get enough of the DJI Osmo Pocket. The DJI Osmo Pocket, which was announced last month, is a handheld camera on a 3-axis stabilized gimbal in a package so tiny that it literally fits in your pocket.
Reports from readers are in that the first batch of pre-orders have shipped, and DJI today sent out an email to customers confirming that the Osmo Pocket is now available, and will ship within 1-3 business days. (DJI initially promised it would ship by Dec. 15, so it looks like the dronemaker is ahead of schedule).
That means any orders placed by the end of the weekend would theoretically arrive well before Christmas. And it’s already shaping up to be an ideal Christmas gift: well under the price-tag of any good quality drone, a perfect complement to any dronie’s equipment collection, and honestly — small enough to be an epic stocking stuffer.
The DJI Osmo Pocket has truly incredible specs for its pricetag, including a high-end camera with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. It’s capable of shooting video at 4K/60fps at 100 Mbps, and it shoots photos at 12 MP with a pixel size of 1.55 μm for footage. The device itself has a battery life of more than two hours.
Major publications including Time Magazine and PC Mag have already gotten their hands on the tiny, stabilized camera and published reviews. The general consensus? The camera is incredible — but the device itself could use a bit of work.
“The Pocket does wonders when it comes to actually capturing video,” Time Magazine’s review states. “Every video, whether recorded in the middle of the day or at night, was smooth as silk, and the Pocket’s microphones do a good job of recording quality audio as long as there’s not too much wind. Budding directors will fall in love with the cinematic look the Pocket delivers, and social media addicts will certainly impress their friends with stabilized videos and smooth sweeping footage.”
Even the external mic seems surprisingly impressive. “While the internal microphone did disappoint during a gust of wind, it was otherwise quite good when recording test video in New York’s noisiest location, Times Square,” according to PC Mag’s review.
And as for the downfall? Early reviewers suggest the Osmo Pocket is quite delicate — so invest in a good carrying case. (The Osmo does come with a lightweight cover, but rougher users might want to invest in a sturdier means of protection. Some third-party brands are already quickly developing their own cases for the Osmo Pocket). PC Mag also called out that the small size prevented some ergonomic challenges in itself.
Additionally, DJI dropped an updated version of its Mimo app, now available for download at the iTunes app store and Google Play store. The new firmware for the DJI Osmo Pocket claims to deliver better auto-focus, improved audio and 120 fps at 1080p for slow-motion.
The DJI Osmo Pocket costs $349 and is available here.