I’ve been a loyal GoPro customer for many years. Probably way too long. Recently I couldn’t resist the temptation to test the new, super compact DJI Osmo Pocket. And I have to admit, I’m blown away by the experience this microscopic device delivers in every aspect and form. I guess I love everything about this device: size, software, ergonomics, video and image transfer capabilities, ease of use, quality of images and videos produced, … everything. I use it primarily for videos and my productivity has grown exponentially and it is always either in my pocket or my backpack. The physical interface on the device consists of two buttons: on/off and then start/stop recording. Not just intuitive, but extremely responsive limiting the time from when you remove the Osmo Pocket from its case to filming to not more than 5 seconds at max. There’s a third element – a connector to plug it in a phone – but despite being the default solution, I decided not to use it (see more below).
The thumb sized touch display exposes a series very intuitive menus to change all settings (an early Feb 2019 firmware update removes the need to connect the Osmo Pocket to a smartphone to change any photo/video settings), making it super simple to control the device: what a difference vs the cumbersome and archaic GoPro ergonomics and interfaces!
Many video tutorials and reviews on YouTube: I enjoyed this one. In addition, check for the increasing number of accessories – official and from third parties – available on Amazon. One physical limitation is represented by the lack of any form of industry standard interface for tripods, stands or any other potentially useful way to carry the Osmo Pocket. The only interface at the base of the device is a multipurpose USB Type C. Charging the device requires a standard cable connected to a computer. When turning on the Osmo Pocket, it immediately recognizes the connection and prompts on the screen to trust the device: macOS recognizes it as an external device, allowing for download of videos and photos. Besides charging and connecting to a storage unit, the USB Type C cable allows to hook it up to a smartphone. I personally find this solution much more convenient than physically connecting the Osmo Pocked to a phone port (Lightning for Apple or other forms of USB ports), something you will perceive as the default option based on the quantity of videos and photos showing the two hardware components tied together. My impression so far is that the Osmo Pocket doesn’t;t need a phone and it delivers its full potential as a stand-alone device.
I bought several accessories including some polarizing filters and mounts to make this superlative gizmo even more versatile. The Carabao Cup final Chelsea – Manchester City my next opportunity to test it. Go City!