Looking back at technological trends of the yesteryears, there are certain patterns that we can see. One example is how devices have a tendency to become smaller and smaller over time — having better functionality in smaller packages.
During the 90s, cellphones were as large as walkie-talkies and later on shrunk when the likes of the Nokia 8210 came about. Fast forward to now, and not much has changed.
Stabilizers for professional cameras started out as huge rigs and were worn around the entire body. The size got reduced for DSLRs, then smaller for smartphones, and now, a full-blown three-axis gimbal with its own 4K camera can now be held and operated single-handedly.
This is the DJI Osmo Pocket. As its name suggests, it’s built for portability and ease of use since it easily slips inside the pocket. We’ve seen it coming, though. All DJI had to do was to take its camera-mounted stabilizer from its consumer drones and turn it into a handheld standalone product.
Having a stabilized camera for video shooting is the main reason you’d want to buy this. Although, there’s more to it than just capturing footage smoother than with your smartphone. For this review, we tested out its features, saw what works and what doesn’t, and compared it to another big name in the portable camera category: GoPro’s Hero 7 Black.
It has a candy bar-sized body
No built-in storage
USB-C port to keep with the times
Universal Port allows for additional connectivity
Built-in preview screen
DJI has pretty much polished the accompanying app for its drones and once again, they only needed to make a specific app for the Osmo Pocket. Called DJI Mimo, it’s made for this handheld device as an all-in-one software for shooting in Professional Mode and editing clips to produce a short video.
Those who have tried flying the company’s drones through the DJI Go app will feel at home using DJI Mimo. The layout is familiar, even with how the settings are lined up. Through this app, it’s easier to go for the Pro Mode that lets you have control over your settings. Remember: It’s always better to be able to tweak separate values the way you want to so you can achieve the shots you have in mind.
The sensor shoots 12MP photos and videos can go up to 4K at 60fps. You can also choose to go for a high frame rate of 120fps to achieve smooth slow-motion shots. Other features include First Person View mode, Active Track, and Motionlapse. We made a short video showcasing these shooting modes.
Image quality vs GoPro’s?
With its 1/2.3-inch camera, the Osmo Pocket has the same sensor as the first Mavic Pro. And, together with its RAW photo capturing and D-Cinelike color profile, you can turn your photos and footage into a cinematic piece good enough for professional use. Details are sharp during the day, and digital noise — although still present — is kept at a minimum when shooting at night. Recording videos at Full HD resolution is enough for your usual social media posts, although you can always go for 4K if you need a little wiggling room in manual post-production.
When you talk about a compact camera that would do great for travels, GoPro’s name almost always comes to mind. I personally have a lot of friends asking me which to go for between these two. I don’t blame them since it’s pretty common to see them as an alternative to the other.
If you simply want a handheld camera that shoots good photos and stabilizes your video clips, then I guess you can compare and choose between the two. For a quick shootout, we took side-by-side shots of a few scenes on both cameras. These were shot in standard mode and some samples were captured in GoPro’s wide mode to show the difference in field of view.
Now that you have an idea of their image quality, it’s worth noting that these two cameras are not so alike. Sure, they both have great video stabilization and offer a compact form factor, but a GoPro is more for adventure and sports with its wide selection of mounts and accessories. The accessories for the Osmo, since the product is still fairly new, are mostly sold out or not available in stores. Either way, these do not provide the same flexibility of use the GoPro mounts offer.
Another major difference is that the Osmo Pocket is not water- and dust-proof, unlike the Hero series that always has water resistance as part of its offerings. You could say the target market for these two cameras could be represented as a Venn diagram showing two different devices that slightly overlap with one another.
So who is it made for?
If the Osmo Pocket isn’t direct competition for GoPro, to whom does DJI target this device? To answer that, let’s first see where the Osmo Pocket delivers.
It’s very handy and easy to use. I went on an interstate trip in the US with the Osmo Pocket just in my… well, pocket, and taking it out and powering it up when I needed it was easy. Because of that, I’d say it’s definitely made for sightseeing during out-of-town trips.
Battery life is also satisfactory. During my travels, I made sure that the camera was fully charged before leaving the house. This would usually last me an entire day’s stroll — shooting photos and videos of the new places I visited.
Although, I’d still recommend bringing a dedicated powerbank since the battery isn’t removable like GoPro’s. And the battery understandably drains a lot faster when you shoot hyperlapse and other special modes.
Switching its camera from forward-facing to selfie mode happens in one swipe plus a tap, so it should be easy for vloggers to shoot while talking and even walking. Do take note, though, that audio reception through its built-in microphones can get tricky at times since it’s easy to cover the pinholes for the mic when you grip the entire body.
The company has already rolled out a firmware update that lets you access Pro Mode on the device itself without needing a smartphone to attach. This is an appreciated update since it’s not all the time you can afford to connect an extra smartphone just to go to the advanced settings.
However, having two ways to shoot would be a lot easier whenever you want to take your time and perfect your shot. This makes the Osmo Pocket a good tool for cinematic videography, as well.
Is this your GadgetMatch?
If you require more robust and flexible shooting equipment, you might want to look at GoPro’s selection. But if you find yourself doing the things mentioned above, the Osmo Pocket would fit your needs, undoubtedly.
I had a Hero 7 Black with me during the same trip and I only brought it out whenever I needed a wider shot or when I used a specific mount to capture a timelapse from a compromising spot.
The DJI Osmo Pocket is available internationally for US$ 349, but you can get one from Philippine retailers for around PhP 23,000.
Leica Q2 Monochrom takes photos in black and white
Sells for US$ 5,995
Today, smartphone photography continues to make enormous strides in delivering the best photo possible. Smartphone makers often tout their camera’s ultra-realism and completely accurate photo reproduction. However, sometimes, we just need to take a step back. In the camera industry, Leica is launching a new black-and-white camera, the Leica Q2 Monochrom.
Today, Leica announced the Leica Q2 Monochrom, the first full frame compact camera with a monochrome sensor. A worthy addition to Leica’s Q and Monochrom lines, the camera still boasts a fast Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH prime lens. Further, it has quick and precise autofocusing and protective weather sealing.
The camera purposely comes without a color filter array, allowing for better sharpness in black and white. With a brilliant ISO setting going up to 100,000, the Leica Q2 Monochrom can take vibrant monochromatic shots at 47.3 megapixels.
Also, the lens can lock onto its subject at an impressive 0.15-second clip. It also allows for a 10-frame-per-second shooting burst at full resolution.
For video, Leica expands their camera’s capabilities by packing in 4K video shooting. When it comes to framerate, the camera can shoot at up to 120fps at 1080p resolution.
The Leica Q2 Monochrom is already available for order today. It retails for US$ 5,995.
Fujifilm X-S10 price and availability in the Philippines
Fujifilm’s latest mirrorless camera!
Fujifilm’s latest mirrorless compact camera — the X-S10 — has now arrived in the Philippines.
The camera’s in-body stabilization (IBIS) is around 30% smaller than the previous model. Despite this, it’s able to deliver up to 6.0-stop so five-axis image stabilization. The less shaky the footage, the better.
It’s the first midrange X Series camera with a motion sensor retention mechanism. It’s a mechanical shock absorber that guards against slight vibrations.
For more hand-held stability, the X-S10 has a large, ergonomic magnesium-alloy grip. This should make it easier to hold the camera even when a larger lens is mounted.
One of the X Series’ appeals is its ability to cater to both experience and beginner users. As mentioned earlier, the X-S10 will have the AUTO/SP Mode. This will have the camera automatically adjust the settings to suit the scene.
For quick and accurate autofocus, Fujifilm combines the X-S10’s high-speed AF woith the X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor’s 2.16 million phase detection pixels. What you get is an AF as fast as 0.02 seconds.
Shooting from different angles is easier too with the vari-angle LCD monitor and viewfinder. It can rotate up to 180 degrees so it’s also ideal for getting yourself in the frame.
Pricing and availability
The Fujifilm X-S10 (body only) retails for PhP 55,990 and PhP 78,990 with a XF18-55mm kit.
Fujifilm Philippines will include one (1) free original Fujifilm NP-W126S battery for the X-S10 worth PhP 3,500 for pre-orders and reservations taken from October 29 to November 15, 2020.
All pre-orders may also avail of a PhP 2,500 each off on the following XF F2 aperture lenses: the 23, 35 and 50 millimeter primes.
Sony introduces a chic, classic color for Digital Camera ZV-1
Meet the ZV-1 in White!
Move over, black! Sony Electronics introduces a new color for its popular Digital Camera ZV-1 that works well in any season.
This new model now comes in chic, classic White with a matching windscreen — a highly demanded color for casual video shooters. You can pull off any outfit without worry. No more black cameras ruining your style!
In case you didn’t know, the ZV-1 is a lightweight, compact camera for your photo and video needs. It’s packed with user-friendly settings that are perfect for every beginner. Moreover, it hosts smart features suited for casual videos, live streaming, and Instagrammable photos.
Price and availability
The ZV-1 in White retails for SG$ 999. It will be available at Sony’s official stores and authorized dealers from early November 2020.
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