DJI Osmo Pocket FINALLY has Good Autofocus?!

by birtanpublished on April 1, 2021

You keep asking about it so I bought another ozma pocket and we're gonna give it the old ten month checkup I mean this is basically an all-in-one stabilized camera video platform that on paper should be able to be your one-stop shop for all your travel video needs but before I sold my original one a few months ago it was okay ish I mean I had problems with its focusing system and I thought the field of view was a little too narrow for what you're actually paying for but since my final video on the subject DJI did release a firmware update that is supposed to substantially upgrade the

Troubled continuous auto focusing system so how does the Osmo pocket stack up ten months later let's find out what's up everyone i'm the everyday dad and if i can figure it out you can figure it out man it's just follow-up week around here i mean that is because a lot of really great gear is on the horizon so this is like the perfect opportunity to see how like the last generation went and now it's the Osmo pockets turn I actually really like what this could be now if you remember my minimalist video gear from NAB I was only rocking this camera and I did get some great shots out of it

But like I said in the intro the focusing system was just it was darn rough and I couldn't trust whether or not my videos were actually in focus and if you can't trust that then why have a camera right there's no better time than the present so let's hop out there and see how the autofocus system is doing okay let's do the autofocus test of the DJI Osmo pocket with the newest firmware I've just got it right here we are gonna set it to continuous autofocus flip it flip it good do the face tracking one to do the face tracking I do I do very much like the face check on this camera

Record okay now this is not gonna be necessarily a vlogging test this is just more of a test of how is the autofocus doing so we do have it set to continuous autofocus and we're just going to see if the focusing is working better because when I first got this camera and even five months later you know when we made those series of videos the autofocus was not good like it was not good to just was not usable it wasn't trusts were and if it's not gonna be usable or trustworthy I can't like I can't bring it with me like the point of a camera is

To have it at the bare minimum the image has to be in focus right and if you're gonna have a small camera like this I would just prefer that it have infinity focus or because like this camera the canon eos r does have really good autofocus it's got canons dual picks a lot of focus so I don't have to worry about it I see the box around my face I know we're good I see the black star on this face hopefully we're good you guys know I have no idea right now but we're good okay so this has been like the vlogging autofocus test now let's set it down

We're gonna do an autofocus test so the big thing that I recently got so the big thing this time around with this camera is I got the wireless module so I really want to see if this module paired to my phone will make a better like overall experience so let's set it down okay so now we've got the Osmo pocket we're gonna set it down real quick and we're just gonna see how the wireless module works so what I really like about this wireless module is how easy it is to connect to your phone so check it out all you have to do is camera all you have to do is hit connect I guess it

Connected like what we weren't even paying attention so all you have to do is like hit connect it connects it takes a few seconds like I thought I was gonna have to go into settings and mess around that it just works that's so awesome like that's DJ I've got to give them credit their app is working really great here okay we're now we're focusing on me let's record and again we are in continuous autofocus and the tracking on this thing is just still so good like I got to give DJI credit on one thing is their tracking has always been on point whether it's their drones or these kind

Of cameras like when they do tracking it really works but we are in continuous autofocus so let's see is the autofocus working or not can you see my backyard that needs mode it's just the hill the hill sucks so much to move so we don't we don't do it that often okay how is the autofocus working because the tracking is working just phenomenally well I really really hope the autofocus does well in this because again if you guys remember when we were doing me reviewing the cheapest series what I wanted this for was to be like a camera man

So it would you know somebody could be following me and hanging out with me so somebody could be following me instead of just having like a locked-off shot like the eos are over here which is fine it's a fine looking image and it's a fine looking shot but I like having a little more dynamic stuff and if it looks like I have a cameraman that's a little more fun so I've been tracking this on the phone you guys can see the phone right here I really hope that you guys know if this has been in focus or not I really hope it's in focus because this wireless module is

Basically come on face you get my face oh you gave up you gave up on my face Osmo there you go so this wireless module is easily I really hope this looks good because the wireless module has been fantastic okay that's been the quick autofocus test with continuous autofocus with phase detection let's hop back inside and talk about the rest of the camera and we're back holy cow its september why is it so darn hot out there so I know DJI said they were unlocking phase detection autofocus with this camera however that's not how phase detection works so

Unless it's always been on the sensor and they intentionally decided to it for the last few months I mean that's just not how that kind of autofocus works now I will leave a link in the description to a video that Gerald and done did on the different kinds of auto focusing systems to give you a little more in depth on that but a quick synopsis phase detection in the current sense of the word like in a Sony camera sense means that the system is built onto the sensor itself to be able to determine that focus I mean heck if we could just add phase detection

Wherever I mean the Panasonic cameras would be the kings of everything because they also do not have it built on the sensor I do think the autofocus now is okay it did hold up outside really well it's gonna have to take me some time to build some trust with this system because like I said previously I missed a lot of shots oh okay DJI you've now got my attention and we will be using this a lot more because outdoors it did hold focus very very well now the video was kind of jumpy because the shutter speed was so high but overall the focusing work now the Osmo action is a

Very similar camera except it has everything in focus and I do wish no matter what I do wish it the pocket did the same thing because it would be infinitely more useful I wouldn't now be concerned is it in focus is it not in focus does it need to build my trust mean it wouldn't I have been using these single target autofocus using this little wireless module too because when you can control it with the phone and you can set the focus the first time it does work really well so I would almost say that you are required to have this wireless module to make this camera work

Because the whole point of the camera is to be tiny and to not have it like physically connected to your phone I mean hooking my phone up to it basically makes it a point-and-shoot sized camera which is not something I want in this device if I'm gonna do that I'm gonna just bring my point shoot and put it on a gimbal I do still think the image quality is great though the Osmo pocket continues to be able to record up to 4k 60 frames per second and the more that I use DJI Sinha like profile the more I like it I rarely ever grade it I mean basically I never greater because I like

How it looks straight out of camera now it's nowhere near as flat as the Canon log that were recording in right now with the USR but it takes that over sharpness and over saturation down a little bit and maybe it's me I mean it could totally be me but as I get older I find that I like a more subdued image the more I make these YouTube videos the more I try to subdue everything at the beginning was like everything needs to be oversaturated because that makes it pop and look cool I don't do that anymore the stabilization here of course continues to be class-leading except

There isn't really a class of cameras like this so technically everything this does is class-leading these are arguments I have with myself when I write the scripts for these videos but the stabilization is amazing and it's still the selling point of the camera well I do think electronic image stabilization is the future we're at a point right now where when you try to manually dial in settings on the two kings of II is the GoPro Hero 7 black in the Osmo action both are right there they're both right there you do get like wobbles that make your video look

Terrible and both cameras do it so it is something with like trying to electronically use an algorithm to judge stabilization you don't to worry about that here because thanks to the fully mechanical gimbal it doesn't matter if you're manually dying stuff in it does matter if you're in great light in low light in any light it just works and I mean as far as I go I can't give a feature any higher praise in that I mean look it's a full gimbal like that continues to shock me that they were able to build this usability does continue to be kind of met though I do

Like the front-facing screen but it's a square so if you want to see widescreen sixteen by nine you are going to lose a chunk of it because black bars are gonna come across and it's going to shrink it you'll be able to see everything in frame but it's gonna make it harder to see plus the menus are still pretty fiddly to work through and I do like that we now I have access to the full range of features from this teeny screen but it's just not the easiest to like try to go through because you gotta like flip and happen it is kinda rough now

Again I've been plugging the wireless module into it because controlling the camera with your phone is just so much easier and since it's so quick and easy to connect the little module you gain a lot of time just doing everything through your phone and then you just leave those settings in place when you use the camera by itself I look if this Wireless module is basically the true version of the Osmo pocket if you have not used the wireless module you haven't really used the ozma pocket yet you still cannot remove the battery which sucks and will continue to be a ding

Against the camera but I also just don't like integrated non-removable batteries in any tech so that's not necessarily me trying to single DJI out but it just stinks across the board I do like that all of the accessories are pretty much now available when it launched it was missing a lot of them so if you do want the dive housing you could use this and using this thing under water might be insanely awesome the audio adapter is now on hand but I personally never use it again I'm using the wireless module and I would just prefer to record my audio off camera if I need to be I've

Used my zoom h1 end because it just it's incredibly good but this the zoom h1 and I plug in a lot of videos but that's just because it's fantastic but at the end of the day so what right is the Osmo pocket finally the monster it was always meant to be yes and no now when I made the last video I was pretty firmly against the pocket it was just how it was it screwed up a lot of my images and it just wasn't able to do the things I wanted and the price was so high if it's not gonna do that you might as well just buy a regular camera but now using the new autofocus system and the wireless

Module absolutely changes the whole experience for me the autofocus is now usable which is very awesome and I like the tracking capabilities and it was like we saw it worked perfectly fine keeping my face and focus so I don't actually have to touch the camera however if you can all afford the camera itself and you can't get the accessories I wouldn't buy it again the accessories do add a very steep chunk on top of it and they have features that you basically need to make the camera work well so if you can't afford the accessories do not get this

If you do want a fully stabilized tiny little camera that no one is gonna know is recording pretty darn good 4k images then I do feel better about recommending this today than I did five months ago get those accessories thanks for watching just as the light died just the light died like right as we finished I think it overheated it's really hot in here

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