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DJI Osmo Action Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.7
Reviewed Mar 31, 2021 at 09:50 am
DJI Osmo Action Picture
5.7
Travel Photography
7.0
Landscape Photography
5.4
Sport & Wildlife Photography
7.0
Vlogging
5.5
Studio Video
8.5
Action Video
Body Type
Action Cam
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
1/2.3-inch
Tested Lens
Built-In Lens

The DJI Osmo Action is a portable, well-built camera designed for action video. The manufacturer says it's waterproof, though we don't currently test for this, and you can easily mount it on a helmet rig or chest mount to shoot footage. It's compatible with the DJI Mimo app, too, so you can control all of the camera's functions through your smartphone. While video quality in 4k and FHD isn't the most impressive, it has a great video stabilization performance, which helps smooth out camera shake in your footage.

Our Verdict

5.7 Travel Photography

The DJI Osmo Action is middling for travel photography. It isn't intended to be used for this, and it lacks an autofocus system to help you track moving subjects. Also, its minimum shutter speed performance is poor, so you don't have a lot of flexibility when shooting in low-light situations. That said, it's very portable, and it offers good image quality, so your photos are pretty sharp and detailed.

Pros
  • Good image quality.
Cons
  • No autofocus system.
  • Not meant to be used handheld.
7.0 Landscape Photography

The DJI Osmo Action is decent for landscape photography, though it's not intended for this use. This well-built, portable camera offers good image quality, and its screen is bright enough to be readable in direct sunlight. However, it doesn't have an autofocus system to help track moving subjects, and it isn't meant to be used handheld, which can be inconvenient. You also can't switch out its lens since it's built into the camera.

Pros
  • Sturdy, waterproof design.
  • Good image quality.
Cons
  • No autofocus system.
  • Not meant to be used handheld.
5.4 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The DJI Osmo Action is sub-par for sport and wildlife photography. It isn't really designed for this use, and it doesn't have an autofocus system to help track fast-moving subjects. In burst mode, it has a continuous shooting speed of just seven frames per second, which is disappointing if you're looking to freeze the action of moving subjects. That said, its image quality is good, resulting in pretty clear and sharp images.

Pros
  • Good image quality.
Cons
  • No autofocus system.
  • Slow continuous shooting speed of 7 fps.
7.0 Vlogging

The DJI Osmo Action is decent for vlogging. It has a portable design and an impressive video stabilization performance to help smooth out camera shake if you record while walking. There's also a second screen at the front of the camera that's designed to help you see yourself while you record, which is nice. Unfortunately, its video quality isn't very impressive, so your footage may not appear very sharp or detailed.

Pros
  • Great video stabilization performance in 4k and FHD.
Cons
  • Middling FHD and 4k video quality.
5.5 Studio Video

The DJI Osmo Action is middling for studio video, though it isn't really intended for this use. Video quality is mediocre in 4k and middling in FHD, resulting in footage that isn't very sharp or detailed. It also lacks a video autofocus function to help track moving subjects, and it doesn't have a lot of inputs for videography accessories like headphones or a microphone. That said, its menu system is pretty easy to use, though it's easy to accidentally make an input on the main touchscreen, so you may want to use the DJI Mimo app on your smartphone instead.

Pros
  • Easy-to-use menu system.
Cons
  • Middling FHD and 4k video quality.
  • No autofocus system.
8.5 Action Video

The DJI Osmo Action is excellent for action video. This portable camera can easily be mounted on a helmet rig, and the manufacturer claims it's waterproof, though we don't test for this. Its impressive video stabilization performance can help to smooth out camera shake. It also has a lot of frame rate options in FHD, so it's suitable for filming slow-motion video. That said, video quality in 4k and FHD isn't the most impressive, so your footage may not be very sharp or detailed.

Pros
  • Sturdy, waterproof design.
  • Lots of frame rate options in FHD.
  • Great video stabilization performance in 4k and FHD.
Cons
  • Middling FHD and 4k video quality.
  • 5.7 Travel Photography
  • 7.0 Landscape Photography
  • 5.4 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 7.0 Vlogging
  • 5.5 Studio Video
  • 8.5 Action Video

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
9.7
Design
Portability
Height 1.7" (4.4 cm)
Width 2.6" (6.6 cm)
Depth 1.4" (3.5 cm)
Volume
6.2 in³ (102.0 cm³)
Weight
0.26 lbs (0.12 kg)
Weight With Lens
0.26 lbs (0.12 kg)
9.0
Design
Build Quality

  • Body is made of hard plastic with rubberized plastic, which feels robust
  • Output door hinge is sturdy and locks in place
  • Battery/card door locks tight
  • Built-in heat sink and vents help to dissipate heat
  • Manufacturer says it's rated for 11m deep waterproofing and it can withstand temperatures as low as -10C, but we don't test for this

Design
Body
Water Resistance
Waterproof
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
No
Customizable Button
No
Command Dial
0
Tripod Mount
No
Lens Mount
No Lens Mount
Built-In Flash
No
Design
In The Box

  • DJI Osmo Action camera
  • Osmo Action Safety and Guidelines
  • 1x AB1-1300mAh-3.85V battery
  • Battery and SD card holder case
  • Camera body case
  • 2x camera mount accessory
  • USB-A to USB-C cable

6.0
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
No Hand Grip
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
No Hand Grip
Hand Grip: Large Hand
No Hand Grip
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
No Hand Grip

  • Not intended to be used as a handheld camera for taking pictures and recording video
  • Body is small, so if you use it handheld, you may accidentally make inputs on the touchscreen
  • The DJI Mimo app makes it easier to adjust the camera's settings
  • Buttons can be hard to press

8.5
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
DJI Mimo

  • Menu is simple to use and easy to navigate using the touchscreen
  • Compared to the DJI Osmo Pocket, you don't have to swipe through as many menus to reach the different settings
  • You can control the camera's settings using the DJI Mimo companion app

Design
Viewfinder
Type
No Viewfinder
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Advertised Magnification
N/A
6.4
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Dual Screen
Screen Max Brightness
615 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Size
2.2" (5.6 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
12 MP
Processor
Unspecified
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
ISO Minimum
100
ISO Maximum
3,200
Tested Firmware
V01.10.00.40
7.5
Design
Battery
Battery Type
AB1-1300mAh-3.85V
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
Yes
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
N/A
Tested Battery Life In Video
85 min
6.6
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Built-in
Maximum Aperture
2.8
Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)
f/15.6
Minimum Focal Length
3 mm
Maximum Focal Length
3 mm
Max Focal Length (Full Frame Equivalent)
17 mm
Luminance
97.3%
Light Falloff
53.7%
Photo
Photo
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
RAW File Format
DNG
Shutter
Electronic
Minimum Shutter Speed
120 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
1/8,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Focus Peaking
No
Zebra Pattern
No
Histogram
No
Time Lapse
Yes
6.4
Photo
Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
3 fps
High Speed Continuous
7 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
7 fps
Raw Buffer Size
7 RAW Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
7 JPG Photos
Buffer Empty Time
6 s
0
Photo
Autofocus
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
N/A
Manual Focus Assistance
No
Face Detection Distance
N/A
Eye Detection
No
Face Tracking Success Rate
N/A
Object Tracking Success Rate
N/A
4.2
Photo
Image Stabilization
In Body Image Stabilization
No
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/80 s
7.6
Photo
Image Quality
Dynamic Range At ISO 100
7.21 f-stops
Color Accuracy (dE2000)
14.73
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 800
34.4 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
1.829 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 1600
36.96 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 1600
2.557 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 3200
37.54 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
2.103 pixels

ISO Setting Sample Photo
ISO 100 Photo
ISO 200 Photo
ISO 400 Photo
ISO 800 Photo
ISO 1600 Photo
ISO 3200 Photo

6.5
Photo
Luminance Noise
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 100 40.49 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200 38.17 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400 35.95 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800 33.07 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600 30.89 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200 27.7 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200 N/A
Sample Gallery
Sample Gallery
The Skate Park

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Polish Church

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Studio

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Stairway

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

General Video
General Video
Video Feature
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
No
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
No
Recording Light
Yes
General Video
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
No
General Video
Video Exposure Assistant
Zebra Line
No
Histogram
No
Waveform
No
General Video
Recording Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
No
4k Video
9.5
4k Video
4k Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
Yes
30 fps In 4k
Yes
24 fps In 4k
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
0
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In 4k
No
Face Detection In 4k
No
Face Tracking In 4k
0
Object Tracking In 4k
0
8.0
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
No
Walking Test In 4k
7.74 pixels/frames
Running Test In 4k
14.55 pixels/frames
Crop
1.3 x
7.9
4k Video
4k Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
100 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
100 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 bits
Record Time Limit N/A
Overheat Recording Interruption
No
6.1
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
5.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
6.3
4k Rolling Shutter
2.35°
Full HD Video
10
Full HD Video
FHD Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
Yes
120 fps In FHD
Yes
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In FHD
No
Face Detection In FHD
No
Face Tracking In FHD
0
Object Tracking In FHD
0
8.2
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
Walking Test In FHD
4.27 pixels/frames
Running Test In FHD
7.59 pixels/frames
Crop
1.3
8.3
Full HD Video
FHD Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
100 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
35 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8
Record Time Limit N/A
5.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
5.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
4.6
FHD Rolling Shutter
1.83°
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
microSD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
4.5
Storage And Connectivity
Input / Outputs
USB
USB-C
HDMI
No
Headphones
No
Microphone
No Microphone input
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The DJI Osmo Action is available in 'Gray/Black', and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another version, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

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