New DJI OSMO Waterproof Action Camera

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - May 15th, 2019
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Our friends at DJI have just announced the new Osmo Action, and, as the name implies, this the DJI take on the popular GoPro style action camera.

DJI are very well known for their excellent drones cameras, their professional gimbal systems for stabilizing larger cameras or smartphones, and recently their mini all-in-one DJI Osmo Pocket 2 received top reviews as smaller option to capture excellent 4K video, keeping the video capture stable while on running about.

The new DJI OSMO Action Camera is intended to be attached to helmets, bikes, skateboards, surfboards and snowboards (and its size means it'll work with almost all the existing GoPro mount kits available now). With action being the theme it's understandably built to last, tough enough to survive a 1.5-meter drop, and waterproof down to 11 meters should you want to take it for a surf.

Loaded with a wide range of high-resolution features within its tiny frame. It supports up to 4K 60FPS video recording, captures slow-motion video at rates up to 1080p 240FPS, and utilizes DJI's 'RockSteady' Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) to keep footage looking great. 

You also get a bunch of fancy features to make videos with, including the classic time-lapse and hyperlapse modes. Still images can be captured in up to 12MP resolution in raw or JPG format, and when you rotate the camera 90° when taking stills, it will automatically change to Portrait mode.

When recording in 4K 30FPS format you can take advantage of the camera's High Dynamic Range (HDR) support, and it features a wide dynamic range to ease transitions between light and dark. 

All captured video is saved to a microSD card in a slot, this supports microSD /SDHC/SDXC cards with a minimum of 30 Mb/s write speed and a maximum 256GB capacity.

This pocket-sized camera somehow manages to fit not only one, but two displays on its tiny frame. The back 2.25" 16:9 display has a crisp 640 x 360 resolution that covers the entire back of the unit. The front 1.4" 320 x 320 square display sits right next to the lens and allows you to preview your image while you're in the action or taking selfies. Both displays feature touchscreen control, saving precious housing space from those pesky old-fashioned buttons. In order to avoid accidentally pressing anything on the touchscreen while shooting, there is a handy screen locking switch on the side of the housing.

The Osmo Action can also be controlled via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi from an iOS or Android smartphone using the DJI Mimo app.

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