YOU Should Buy A DJI Osmo Action, And Here’s Why!

by birtanpublished on May 10, 2021

We've talked an awful lot about the brand-new DJI Osmo action it's small powerful durable and is really one of the only cameras out there that could be legitimately used for either action family or even filming yourself if you're an online content creator I've spent the last few weeks talking about it and comparing it to other comparable action cameras but today is not that kind of a video today I'm gonna try to convince you that you should absolutely go out and buy your very own DJI Osmo action let's get to it what's up everyone I'm they read a dead and if I can figure it out you can

Figure it out so this is my last planned single video on the DJI Osmo action and goodness got to go out with a bang right it's the most exciting video I do want to put this non disclaimer disclaimer up front this is my personal Osmo actions nobody sent this to me I've never been loaned one of these i pre-ordered it the day it was announced just like you there is an awful lot to like about this camera while it's a gopro three generations to come up with a really usable fully contained waterproof camera DJI was able to get about 95% of the way there on

Their first attempt but enough of that here's why you should buy one first up the video quality of this camera is incredible it could record up to 4k 60 frames per second or 1080p at 240 frames per second which are things that high-end cameras still have problems with yes it has a smaller sensor so there's overall less processing power required but even a few years ago if we'd have seen this we would our minds would have shattered with I mean it would've been unthinkable it would have been unthinkable for 4k 60 and 1080p 120 frames per second where I'm really

Impressed with the camera most though is the skin tones I mean I do think GoPros look better overall for environments but if you do want to use this as a selfie recording yourself kind of camera or recording other people that's an important facet of it the real reason that I like this so much and I ended up picking this as my travel camera over my previously stated Osmo pocket is because of one main thing the Osmo pocket has a depth of field and to make sure that the correct subject is in focus it has a contrast based autofocus system now those kind of systems work perfectly

Well if you want to take photos on an actual stills camera like currently on a jh5 and the Lumix cameras have a lightning-fast single point autofocus I mean some of the best you're gonna find but they struggle in continuous video autofocus hence why we're not using it right now this camera the sony a sixty-four hundred is on continuous autofocus because it's great well guess what the Osmo pocket also has problems with this contrast based continuous autofocus system and because of its teeny screen on the front you can't actually tell if

What you want is in focus or not until it's too late you I will come back review the footage and see oh hey how to focus great glad I ruined that clip the Osmo action decided not to fall into this trap and much like the GoPro it's borrowing inspiration from everything is in focus I mean it sounds like such a simple thing right well of course everything should be in focus it's a camera you want to see everything should all be in focus well I mean when it does come to bigger cameras you don't always want everything to be in focus but those bigger cameras generally have some ways

To manage that focus whether through manual focus assist like the gh 5 or good phase detection autofocus like the a 6400 like these cameras have ways to manage having a shallower depth of field now this little difference makes the Osmo action hugely more useful in my opinion I mean just hands-down it's incredible I mean but this difference also enhances something that the Osmo action also includes and that's this front-facing screen now in all fairness I do feel like these screens on the Osmo cameras are pretty gimmicky at times I mean they aren't natively set to show

You a standard wide screen resolution you do have to change them into 16 by 9 and because the way it's shaped you will lose some of the screen realistic because the black bars are gonna go up on top and bottom not only that but generally like I said they are too small to tell what is in focus but here you don't have to worry about it because everything is in focus I mean that's genius right it sounds like it's smart it's very we're gonna it's smart that lets you not need to actually rely on this screen if this screen wasn't here the camera would still be just as useful

Because the only thing you really need to use this for is for framing and yes that's important but without it you could still use the camera and that's where this screen combined with its image quality really works since again it's a small screen you don't need to use it for things that larger cameras can do all you need to do is glance at it to make sure your exposure is somewhat close to being usable and you or whoever the subject is is framed correctly and boom you can hit record you're going so it's

Just infinitely usable like that's so simple and yet it really really works something else about the image quality I want to touch on really quickly before we move to other awesome reasons you should buy this camera you can be in the let's call it highest normal recording mode to 4k 60 and you can select a mode that will take out most of the fisheye Distortion that's another thing that is straight-up fantastic my biggest wish of the new and old GoPros as we've seen so far this week is that they include their linear mode when

Using 4k I mean they still have it when you want to use GoPros a more traditional camera you have to use it in less than 4k because in 4k you only get their wide mode but not on the Osmo action it does crop the image in pretty far I mean that's how the camera takes out a fisheye Distortion right but even then it's still a very wide field of view and can easily capture your entire surroundings so you don't have to worry about that weird look that I mean I hate fish i lookin footage because honestly it makes me dizzy to watch a fisheye video like i really really prefer

Anything else and a quick honorable mention in regards to the image quality is the low light indoor performance of this camera is shockingly ok what it's shockingly ok yes normal action cameras have unusable or pretty darn rough image quality indoors but the Osmo action actually looks okay like you could potentially use this as an indoor camera and for that I'm most impressed I think that's more impressive than anything else in the image quality but this can work well indoors may check it out and this is the like I said this is the indoor image quality of the DJI Osmo

Action and it is incredibly good like this is still the exact same setup that you just saw on both the G h5 which is a hybrid professional video camera the a 6400 which is a low-light beast this is the exact same I haven't touched a single thing except I set this up I turned it on and I hit record and the indoor image quality is fantastic I cannot say enough good things about the Osmo actions indoor recording capabilities like the thing and we're gonna talk about this here in a second but the thing about this is you could

Use this like I would potentially use this as an indoor camera there is almost no other action camera or a camera with a sensor the size of an action camera that I would use indoors like this it's incredible it is I mean you can see it right now this is also the audio that you can get internal to the camera indoors now does it sound as good as the XLR microphone you just heard no it's probably gonna be a little more echoey a little more tinny because of $350.00 action camera but this image quality is so good it's so good I almost wish I could do the rest of the video on it

But I'm not because I want to use these cameras okay back to the regular video and we're back we're going in depth in video quality is one of the main reasons because right I mean image quality is pretty important when you're buying cameras it's like the reason to buy a camera right well audio is pretty important too and as you just heard in the indoor test DJI didn't skimp out here and honestly they probably could have and gotten away with it because it is their first attempt and who doesn't like when people add competition to a stagnant industry like action cameras

Are a stagnant industry and it's nice to see that some competition is coming out the internal audio recording is pretty darn good for a camera that is fully waterproof I mean is it as good as the sony ft rx 3000 of the gopro hero4 black no absolutely not I'd rather have the more durable camera with okay audio because believe it or not I lead a pretty rough-and-tumble life maybe but if you know me you know that image quality is only important up to a certain level if it's difficult to get that good quality then it doesn't matter for the one person video crew if

You are like me and you are the camera operator the director the subject the editor the scriptwriter the financier that everything you just don't have time to mess with probably the least important part of that whole production and I know shockingly enough is a guy that talks about cameras for hours a day the camera is the least important part of any video production I'm just gonna say it the Osmo action is one of the easiest action cameras to use out there which is frankly pretty impressive because even a lot of cheap GoPro clones have touchscreens on the

Back anymore I mean having a touchscreen it is not just a way to say like oh it's got a touchscreen super easy to use right and what makes the interface for the Osmo isn't that it has that big touchscreen which is great don't get me wrong it's how the interface is intuitively laid out with a quick swipe in any direction you get taken to a main screen either previously recorded video manual settings resolution or just overall camera settings and like I said in the video where I compared this to the GoPro Hero 7 black I like that you can swipe through resolution and frame

Rate as opposed to tapping I mean again that sounds like a small thing but when you were out mountain bike unless you got in a chest harness or you're just like out in the woods I find it easier to scroll through the settings and get what I want instead of trying to tap like there are so my screw up settings all the time when I'm like trying to tap when I'm all sweaty and I'm just tired it's so much easier to scroll through something else I really like about the ease of use now that I'm getting used to it is the quick swap button here on the side when I first unboxed the camera I

Really didn't like it because the instructions on it were pretty vague and honestly that just put me in a foul mood to start off with what I'm human I'm allowed to get grumpy from time to time and the older I get the grumpy or I get but after using this button I do like how easy it is to not only swap between the front and the rear screens but also to swap camera functionality without needing to swap back and forth to the rear screen and then tap through the menus like if you're using the camera in front of you you want to change something you would then have to swap

The back screen tap tap tap tap tap but if you want to switch between photo and video mode you just hold the button and it'll switch for you sometimes using a menu less is actually using it more I'm 35 and that's deep and the last really big reason to buy this camera over something else is the stabilization it's that I have no words it's frankly fantastic for walking around or hand-holding like the best I've ever seen in an electronically stabilized system it does have some problems in a chest harness or using it for smooth pans and tilts that's where

The Rocksteady kind of like does some weird things but if you are walking showing the environment or talking to the camera it's better than the GoPro hyper smooth which shocked me like the hybrid smooth shocked me when it first came out I mean it it was the best this is better for walking or running even running with the camera and just regular kind of selfie stick looking mode it's perfectly stable no kidding this is the future of stabilization not just for action cameras but cell phones traditional mirrorless cameras everything I think

Every camera manufacturer will be moving towards this as we get more and more processing power inside of our cameras I mean there's only physically so much room to move a sensor around but algorithmically we can do so much more and this it's it's a very exciting notion and time to be enjoying cameras I mean honestly that's a lot of my biggest reactions to the camera overall when I first unboxed it there were a lot of things that irritated me but much like everything else in life now that I've had a chance to use it I'm totally sold on this I mean especially with the Osmo

Park I sold my Osmo pocket and this will absolutely be my travel camera so yes you should absolutely go out and buy the DJI Osmo action it's an incredible piece of kit that somehow worked its way into my camera bag thanks for watching

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