Review of the DJI Osmo Pocket 3: best-in-class 4K camera with a brand-new portrait mode - S3knetwork
December 10, 2023

Review of the DJI Osmo Pocket 3: best-in-class 4K camera with a brand-new portrait mode

The Osmo Pocket 3 is an extremely great piece of equipment, as you would anticipate when spending more than $500 or over £500. The gadget has exquisite design and meticulous craftsmanship, with each part fitting harmoniously with the whole. The Osmo tag was removed from the second version of this action camera, but it is now back.

For the Pocket line, the arrival of a new 1-inch sensor is revolutionary. Better photo and video quality is the outcome, along with significantly enhanced low-light performance and higher-resolution slow-motion video capabilities. Though it’s not very obvious, there is still some noise in the darker regions.

The new portrait option is the most noticeable improvement to the video resolution category. For TikTok video creators, recording directly in this direction at up to 3K resolution will be a dream come true.
Additionally, the screen has been raised from 1 to 2 inches, which makes a significant difference in terms of touchscreen operation and visual display. The screen is ideal for selecting focus areas and watching a live feed from the camera, but it isn’t big enough to make scrolling through settings and menus fun.
Tracking objects and faces while keeping a steady picture is made simple with face auto-detect and dynamic framing. The dynamic framing wasn’t as helpful to me as I had anticipated, but that could just be a function of how I work. I can’t see filmmakers using the new Spinshot feature much, as it just allows them to rotate their footage around 90 or 180 degrees without changing the orientation of the movie.

An improvement to the battery means longer recording times and a faster cycle of recharging. Although there are still some overheating issues with the gadget, it’s difficult to find an action camera that doesn’t.

The Pocket 3’s need may be questioned given the impressive and dependable stabilization on action cameras like the GoPro Hero 12 Black and Osmo Action 4. Still, I believe the Pocket 3’s portrait filming capability will help it stand out from competing models, and the addition of specialized audio recording gear is a bonus.

All things considered, this is an excellent camera that produces stunning slow-motion scenes and incredible video quality. This camera’s functionality is further increased by its timelapse and motion-lapse features, and if you can afford the price, you won’t be disappointed with the results you can get.

Retailing at $519 / £489 / AU$849, the Osmo Pocket 3 comes in a standard bundle that includes the device itself, an Osmo Pocket 3 handle with 1/4-inch thread, a DJI wrist strap, an Osmo Pocket 3 protective cover, and a USB Type-C to Type-C PD cable. That is significantly more expensive than the Pocket 2.

A DJI wrist strap, an Osmo Pocket 3 handle with 1/4′′ thread, a DJI Mic 2 transmitter (Shadow Black), a DJI Mic 2 windscreen, a DJI Mic 2 clip magnet, an Osmo Pocket 3 battery handle, an Osmo Mini Tripod, and an Osmo Pocket 3 carrying bag are all included in the $669, £619, or AU$1,129 Osmo Pocket 3 Creator Combo.

DJI makes a point of stating in the features list that the Pocket 3 is still pocket-sized. Given the increase in the size and weight of the camera, I believe it is important to mention this. This action camera weighed 116g in its initial iteration and 179g in its second iteration, which was essentially the same. The additional weight makes it feel much more substantial in the hand, yet it still feels good to hold. The larger sensor, larger screen, and overall larger dimensions are the causes of this additional weight. It is 14 mm longer, 4 mm broader, and slightly deeper than the Pocket 2. The 2-inch screen’s default portrait mode makes the length especially visible; we’ll talk more about it in a moment.

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