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DJI Osmo Pocket Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.7
Reviewed Mar 25, 2021 at 09:23 am
DJI Osmo Pocket Picture
7.1
Travel Photography
7.2
Landscape Photography
5.0
Sport & Wildlife Photography
6.1
Vlogging
6.5
Studio Video
5.8
Action Video
This camera was replaced by the DJI Pocket 2
Body Type
Multi-Axis Stabilized Handheld
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
1/2.3-inch
Tested Lens
Built-In Lens

The DJI Osmo Pocket is an unusually-designed handheld camera with a built-in three-axis gimbal. It does an exceptional job of smoothing out camera movement, so handheld video shouldn't have an especially shaky quality if you're recording while walking or running. It's also capable of recording 4k video at 60 fps without a crop, which is fairly impressive. It's also small enough to be easily carried in a coat pocket or a bag and feels quite well-built. Unfortunately, its autofocus system struggles in photography, and it's incapable of shooting images continuously. Its small touchscreen interface can also take some time to get used to.

Note: Due to this camera's unique design, several exceptions were made in regards to camera settings to achieve representative results within our current testing methodology, specifically within the Image Quality, Luminance Noise, FHD and 4k Video Autofocus, and FHD and 4k Video Quality boxes.

Our Verdict

7.1 Travel Photography

The DJI Osmo Pocket is decent for travel photography. Image quality is good overall, with low levels of noise even at high ISO levels. It also has a fairly broad shutter speed range and is light enough to carry around for extended periods. Unfortunately, its built-in lens has a fixed focal length, and the camera isn't equipped with a digital zoom feature.

Pros
  • Good image quality.
  • Sturdy, compact design.
  • Fast maximum shutter speed.
Cons
  • Small, occasionally sluggish touchscreen interface.
  • Fixed focal length with no digital zoom.
  • Terrible autofocus performance in photography.
7.2 Landscape Photography

The DJI Osmo Pocket is a satisfactory option for landscape photography. Image quality is good, as you should be able to shoot at fairly high ISO levels without incurring too much graininess, which is good for nighttime shoots. Its compact, lightweight design makes it easy to bring to remote locations. It feels well-built and is comfortable to use. Its built-in wide-angle lens lets in quite a bit of light, but it doesn't have an adjustable zoom length, which can be somewhat limiting.

Pros
  • Good image quality.
  • Sturdy, compact design.
Cons
  • Small, occasionally sluggish touchscreen interface.
  • Fixed focal length with no digital zoom.
5.0 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The DJI Osmo Pocket is poor for sports and wildlife photography, though that isn't its intended use. It can't shoot photos continuously and offers poor autofocus performance in photography, which makes it difficult to capture clear images of fast-moving subjects. There's also no way of zooming in on far-away subjects, as the camera lacks a digital zoom feature, and its built-in lens has a fixed wide-angle focal length. That said, image quality is good, and it has a fairly fast maximum shutter speed.

Pros
  • Good image quality.
  • Sturdy, compact design.
  • Fast maximum shutter speed.
Cons
  • Small, occasionally sluggish touchscreen interface.
  • Fixed focal length with no digital zoom.
  • Incapable of shooting photos continuously.
  • Terrible autofocus performance in photography.
6.1 Vlogging

The DJI Osmo Pocket is acceptable for vlogging. It's small and light enough to be carried around for long periods. The integrated three-axis gimbal smooths out camera shake in handheld video to a remarkable degree, and its autofocus system does a superb job of tracking moving subjects' faces. Unfortunately, its screen is very small, which can make it quite tricky to see what you're recording when holding the camera at arm's length to properly frame yourself. It comes with adapters to connect your phone to the camera to use it as an external screen, but we don't currently test for this.

Pros
  • Sturdy, compact design.
  • Good autofocus performance in video.
Cons
  • Small, occasionally sluggish touchscreen interface.
  • Mediocre video quality in 4k and FHD.
6.5 Studio Video

The DJI Osmo Pocket is okay for studio video. Video quality in 4k and FHD is mediocre overall, as object textures and surfaces could be more sharply rendered. That said, its autofocus system does a good job of maintaining focus on moving subjects. Also, while its menu system takes a bit of time to get used to due to its small touchscreen interface, it's quite intuitive once you get the hang of it, though it can be sluggish to respond to inputs. Its accessories port also allows you to fit a wide variety of accessories, including the included adapters for your smartphone to use as an external control interface, though we don't currently test for this.

Pros
  • Sturdy, compact design.
  • Good autofocus performance in video.
Cons
  • Small, occasionally sluggish touchscreen interface.
  • Mediocre video quality in 4k and FHD.
5.8 Action Video

The DJI Osmo Pocket is middling for action video. It's small, lightweight, and feels solidly-built, but isn't rated as being rugged or water-resistant, though we don't currently test for that. Also, while it can record at up to 120 fps in FHD, it can only do so in a dedicated slow-motion mode, and using the feature does incur a crop. It's also incapable of recording at more than 60 fps in 4k, but it can do so without a crop, which is useful.

Pros
  • Sturdy, compact design.
Cons
  • Small, occasionally sluggish touchscreen interface.
  • Mediocre video quality in 4k and FHD.
  • Incapable of shooting 120 fps without a crop in FHD.
  • 7.1 Travel Photography
  • 7.2 Landscape Photography
  • 5.0 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 6.1 Vlogging
  • 6.5 Studio Video
  • 5.8 Action Video
  1. Updated Apr 02, 2021: Retested video autofocus performance in FHD and 4k. The camera's 4k Video Autofocus Performance score has been adjusted.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
9.7
Design
Portability
Height 5.0" (12.6 cm)
Width 1.1" (2.9 cm)
Depth 1.5" (3.8 cm)
Volume
8.5 in³ (139.0 cm³)
Weight
0.25 lbs (0.11 kg)
Weight With Lens
0.25 lbs (0.11 kg)
8.0
Design
Build Quality

  • Body is high-grade plastic
  • Sturdy gimbal mechanism
  • No input covers
  • Two control buttons offer good physical feedback
  • Comes with a protective cover for the accessory port
  • Comes with a protective case for transporting the camera, though it can't be used while in the case

Design
Body
Water Resistance
No
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 Pocket camera
  • Cover
  • Accessories port cover
  • Quick start guide
  • Wrist strap
  • USB-C adapter
  • Lightning adapter
  • USB-A to USB-C cable

7.5
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
No

  • Boxy, narrow shape can be awkward to hold for extended periods
  • No dedicated handgrip, though the front of its body has a rougher texture that provides a more secure hold
  • Only having two buttons means that camera operation relies heavily on multi-tap inputs
  • Small screen can be hard to see

8.5
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
DJI Mimo

  • You can access various configuration menus by swiping on the screen in different directons
  • Dedicated menus for general settings, video and image configuration options, and gimbal movement, not to mention a 'Pro' menu that allows you to adjust file formats, shutter speed, ISO, audio recording volume, and white balance
  • Your smartphone can be used as an external screen after downloading the camera's companion app and using the included smartphone adapter, which makes it easier to sort through the many sub-menus, though we don't currently test for this

Design
Viewfinder
Type
No Viewfinder
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Advertised Magnification
N/A
3.5
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
No Articulation (Fixed Screen)
Screen Max Brightness
545 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Size
1.1" (2.9 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
01.10.00.30
8.9
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Built-In
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
Yes
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
N/A
Tested Battery Life In Video
118 min
6.3
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Built-in
Maximum Aperture
2.0
Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)
f/11.2
Minimum Focal Length
4.66 mm
Maximum Focal Length
4.66 mm
Max Focal Length (Full Frame Equivalent)
26 mm
Luminance
87.8%
Light Falloff
49.3%
Photo
Photo
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
RAW File Format
DNG
Shutter
Electronic
Minimum Shutter Speed
8 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
1/8,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Focus Peaking
No
Zebra Pattern
No
Histogram
No
Time Lapse
Yes
2.0
Photo
Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
N/A
High Speed Continuous
N/A
Silent Shooting Continuous
N/A
Raw Buffer Size
1 RAW Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
1 JPG Photos
Buffer Empty Time
1 s
2.5
Photo
Autofocus
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
N/A
Manual Focus Assistance
No
Face Detection Distance
59" (150 cm)
Eye Detection
No
Face Tracking Success Rate
N/A
Object Tracking Success Rate
N/A
9.0
Photo
Image Stabilization
In Body Image Stabilization
Yes
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/5 s
7.7
Photo
Image Quality
Dynamic Range At ISO 100
7.75 f-stops
Color Accuracy (dE2000)
13.58
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 800
39.02 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
1.699 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 1600
37.3 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 1600
2.46 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 3200
34.58 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
1.99 pixels

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

6.3
Photo
Luminance Noise
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 100 39.66 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200 37.76 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400 35.67 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800 32.95 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600 30.16 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200 27.21 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
7.4
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In 4k
No
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Tracking In 4k
9.2
Object Tracking In 4k
6.3

Update 02/04/2021: This camera's autofocus performance was retested in order to reevaluate its autofocus capability in 4k. Its subjectively evaluated face-tracking score was lowered, and its '4k Video Autofocus Performance' score has been adjusted.

9.5
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
Yes
Walking Test In 4k
6.34 pixels/frames
Running Test In 4k
10.99 pixels/frames
Crop
1 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
6.5
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
6.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
6.9
4k Rolling Shutter
N/A
Full HD Video
8.5
Full HD Video
FHD Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
No
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
7.8
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In FHD
No
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Tracking In FHD
9.0
Object Tracking In FHD
7.7

Update 02/04/2021: This camera's autofocus performance was retested in order to reevaluate its face-tracking capability in FHD. Analysis of these new test results didn't result in any differences to the subjectively assigned results, and the score hasn't been adjusted.

9.7
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
Yes
Walking Test In FHD
3.64 pixels/frames
Running Test In FHD
5.27 pixels/frames
Crop
1
8.2
Full HD Video
FHD Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
80 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
30 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8
Record Time Limit N/A
6.1
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
7.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
5.2
FHD Rolling Shutter
N/A
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
microSD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
2.5
Storage And Connectivity
Input / Outputs
USB
USB-C
HDMI
No
Headphones
No
Microphone
No Microphone input
Wi-Fi
No
Bluetooth
No

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The DJI Osmo Pocket is only available in one color variant: 'Matte Black', and you can see its label here.

If you come across a different variant, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

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