Did you get the shot? That’s always been a challenge with action cameras – but it has been improved with the addition of rear facing facing screens and smart phone connectivity. But what about those selfies? As one of the fastest growing uses of action cameras thanks to instagram and vlog culture, those rearward facing screens aren’t much help when you’re trying to frame a shot of yourself.
Enter the new DJI Osmo Action Camera. Not only does it have a rear screen, but it also has a screen on the front to guarantee you get the shot – no smart phone pairing required. More than just another screen though, the Osmo Action Camera looks like a true GoPro competitor with all of the features needed to make it easy to use, and hopefully easy to create quality media.
On the outside, the Osmo features a rugged body that is waterproof up to 11m without an additional water proof case (though one is available if you want to take it diving). Built with a three layer aspherical lens to reduce glare and distortion, the camera claims to produce quality images even in direct sunlight. The outer lens features a protective coating to repel oil, water, dirt, and finger prints for clear shooting and the rear screen features a hydrophobic coating to allow the touch screen to work under water.
On the inside, the batteries are designed to work down to -10°c, while the camera features an advanced cooling system to rapidly cool the internals when shooting for long periods of time.
While the rear touch screen allows you to operate the camera quickly, it’s also controllable through the physical buttons and through voice control, with five different commands available through your voice. A QS or Quick Switch button lets you navigate through shooting modes quickly, and SnapShot mode allows you to turn on the camera and start recording in less than two seconds by pressing the shutter button when the camera is off.
In terms of camera spec, the Osmo is capable of shooting in 4K up to 60fps in 16:9, and offers slowmo at 240fps in 1080p. The megapixel rating for photographs is not given. Image stabilization is provided in camera through their RockSteady technology, and HDR video is also available in camera. Custom exposure settings allow for up to 120 second exposure for night time photography, and the camera features standards like Timelapse, Timed shots, and more. Using the DJI Mimo app offers further control and editing options of the footage so you can quickly post things to the ‘gram.
Priced at $349 with everything shown above, the camera is priced $50 less than GoPro’s top option, though GoPro is constantly running promotions offering up to $100 off their cameras. It appears that the Osmo uses a GoPro style mount as well, so there’s a good chance your current mounts will also work with the new camera. Available now.