New and Noteworthy: Week One
We finally wrapped our blog series on wedding videography after an extra week, so we are now moving on to other topics for the remainder of June. As a company that shoots and edits a lot of video, we try to keep our pulse on the newest releases and their reviews. It is easy to get excited about a new piece of video equipment hitting the market, and there never seems to be a shortage of new releases. Since it has been a while since we have dabbled in specific equipment pieces, I think it is about time that we showcase some new(ish) video equipment on the blog.
So, first up, is the Osmo Pocket. Technically, it started shipping last December, but we still consider it a recent release in the grand scheme of things. From DJI, it is the smallest 3-axis stabilized handheld camera the company has ever released.
So, what should you know about the Osmo Pocket?
-ActiveTrack (tap on a subject on the screen and it will automatically follow)
-Motionlapse (basically time lapse with smooth camera movement)
-NightShot (it automatically illuminates low-light settings)
-ISO range for photo and video: 100-3200
-1 2/3-inch sensor, 80° FOV, and f/2.0 aperture
-shoots 4K/60fps video at 100 Mbps, slow motion video at 1080p/120fps 4x, and photos at 12 MP with a pixel size of 1.55 μm
-potential 140 minutes of shooting time when shooting 1080p video
Where It Excels
For those of us who are accustomed to lugging around video equipment, the compactness of the Osmo Pocket is refreshing. It won’t replace all of the professional grade equipment, but it is a small gimble that does provide 4K footage in the form of something that is only 4.8 inches tall. It lives up to the “on the go” marketing campaign that DJI launched, and it can be a handy tool for some different angles and perspectives.
DJI has proven time and time again that they know what they are doing in the world of gimble stabilization, and the Osmo Pocket continues that trend. Simply said, it provides some seamlessly smooth footage for something that provides a lot of first-person views. The truth is that we are a big fan of their other Osmo products, and the Osmo Pocket is no different.
For what it is, the Osmo Pocket provides some truly beautiful footage. You can shoot in 4K or 1080p, and while 12 MP is not the most impressive thing for photos, it can still result in some impressive shots in the right hands. For some examples, just follow this link to the sample videos on DJI’s website, and you will see what we mean.
The Osmo Pocket rings in at $349. So, it’s not the cheapest thing on the market but also not anywhere close to the priciest.
In conclusion, the Osmo Pocket is not going to replace any of your professional gear, but it can be a helpful piece to literally have in your backpocket. It is difficult to find something so useful that is so compact, and I think that vloggers in particular will find this piece of equipment useful. We also think it can be helpful with behind the scenes shots.
Next week we’ll continue with another new and noteworthy piece of equipment, and if you have any questions about videography, feel free to check out our website here.