DJI Osmo Pocket Review with the Panasonic GH5 (UPDATED)

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Before using the new DJI Osmo Pocket I had to switch from 60p to 50p now this is something you can’t yet do on the Pocket itself you need to use the Mimo APP on your iPhone to do this. Once it’s changed it stores it on the Osmo automatically. 

Think I have found a bug, if you are connected to your iPhone you can only get 50p in PRO mode but if you disconnect the Pocket from the iPhone and switch off PRO mode it will revert back to 60p. This has been addressed with firmware 1.0.4

The one thing I was not prepared for was the ability to film indoors using your home lighting and how good the pictures are. 

Me filming indoors at night with the Osmo Pocket (PS My lighting is daylight balanced)

I really do think the Osmo Pocket much like the other Osmo’s should come with a stand as part of the deal, it does stand up on its own but you are always very wary of it falling over.

Having now used the Pocket in a professional interview I am very pleased with the results.

One of the trickiest parts of the DJI Osmo Pocket is trying to find how to launch it into PAL (UK) mode. This can only be done with the Mimo APP within the iPhone/Android itself. You have a choice of 1920 HD or 3840 4K, with frame rates of 24, 25 or 30 then 48, 50 or 60p and set to a quality of fine, you choose by taping on your preferance.

The Osmo Pocket was used in conjunction with a Panasonic GH5 and gave a very good account of itself.

Another problem is the position of the two internal microphones, not that you are using the sound for anything other than sync track but its the hole bottom left that catches you out when holding the Osmo in your hand.

Why do companies like DJI never consult the people who use their products when designing these units and they would have been told not to position a second mic in the base of the unit

Dont expect the Osmo Pocket to give you Steadycam results as like all its predecessors it suffers from a noticeable bounce while walking.

We used the Osmo Pocket with the iPhone attached for a better viewing experience.

The picture quality is far better than I was expecting especially in 4K 50p and almost matched the Panasonic GH5 picture profile with a little tweak in FCPX. Like most of these things it’s the reds that are hard to match, but when you watch the video you are not so aware of this.

PlusPoints 

  • Shoots smooth, stabilised video in all lighting conditions
  • Incredibly compact and genuinely pocketable
  • App offers lots of depth and versatility
  • Good battery life for its size
  • First of its kind filming 4K 50p
  • Very good 4K pictures
  • Great tool for indoor family filming in limited lighting

Minus Points

  • Needs accessories to unlock its full potential
  • Autofocus can occasionally be sluggish
  • Audio quality is only average
  • Not waterproof without a case
  • Dont like the second mic situated on the base
  • In built screen is only useful as a guide
  • Noticable bounce while walking

I am truly stunned by the pictures coming out of this tiny Osmo Pocket. Comparing it beside the GH5 was a good way to test how good the pictures are and I have to admit I was taken aback with the depth of picture quality compared to all my other two Osmo’s. For £329 this is indeed a 3 axis camera that  sets the standards for others to follow.


Having bought this item in the Osmo Pocket Expansion Kit I am rather disappointed in the WiFi performance as it keeps cutting out. I hope this will improve over firmwares.

Below is a short edited video to let you see the Osmo Pocket beside the Panasonic GH5. You can watch the full 11m film at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbP3G5FsDS4&t=5s

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5 comments on this post

  1. Len Kaufman says:

    The big problem I encountered with the Osmo Pocket is really bad moire…bad enough to make most of the 96 clips I’ve shot so far, unusable.

    I’m aware of the issues of small sensors and moire, but this was ridiculous.

    I’ve heard that moire is more apparent if you’re playing 4K on a 1080p monitor, which describes my monitor. I’ll have to check it on a friend’s monitor.

  2. Len Kaufman says:

    Addendum…On my Osmo Pocket, it is VERY easy to change from 60p to 50p…in fact TOO easy. It has happened by accident a few times. The tiny screen is too sensitive. No cell phone was needed to make the change.

  3. Jane Bowles says:

    Thank you for that.

    Audio wise I have set up a lav mic into a Sony PCM M10 or Sennheiser G3 wireless and used the pocket audio as slate. However, you can work on the pocket audio to quite an extent.

  4. ArranEye says:

    Impressive demonstration. As I’m sure you’re aware, the fairly recent addition of colour curves to FCPX facilitates specific colour matching, such as these reds.

  5. marc hofer says:

    I really discovered a lot of moire on 50p FullHD. I was quite surprised as on the Mimo App it wasn’t that apparent, but later on Premiere and the larger test monitor it came out pretty strong. Hope that DJI finds a way in signal processing to ease that effect in the future.

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