Hey everyone!
Here I am in my brand new place- I’m calling
it The Lair, every cyborg needs a lair, right?
I’ve got lasers and everything- but we’ll
get into that in another video.
Today we’re going to look at the Osmo Pocket,
a tiny little camera with a gimbal made by DJI right here in Shenzhen.
Yes, I know lots of other channels have covered
it,
but this is one of those few products where I think most reviewers just didn’t get it.
Let’s take a closer look, I’ll show you how
it works, and why I like it.
As you can see even in my hands it’s pretty tiny.
When you turn it on the gimbal self-calibrates.
This is the one thing I don’t like.
The field of view of the camera lens is much
too narrow for vlogging.
You can put a magnetic wide-angle lens on
which fixes the issue-
but only after the camera self-calibrates.
So you end up taking it on and off when
really if it were up to me
I’d like to be able to just leave it on all the time.
There’s a tiny touch screen on the front
and basic controls, I didn’t mess too much with that.
No need.
And the small display was perfectly fine for
framing shots,
but you can also connect it to your phone and get access to a lot more options.
It has an internal battery that seems to last
about two hours,
I didn’t have any problems with the battery dying and I always have a power bank with me anyway
so I don’t view this as a big issue.
Two hours is perfect for a day of vlogging,
trying to edit more than that each day and cut it down would be too time-consuming.
This brings me to my main point- I feel this
is an ideal vlogging and travel camera.
That’s why I asked my friends at Geekbuying to send
me one to bring to Japan with me.
I figured it would be perfect for the trip
and I think I was right.
Take a look at some of the footage I’ve been shooting,
most of this is from my Sponsors only vlog-
for only $5 a month, you can get exclusive access to my vlogs and see my regular videos before they go public.
Not bad right?
I don’t think I’d have gotten a lot of those
shots without the Osmo Pocket,
let me explain why.
You’ll notice that in a lot of my tool reviews
I focus a lot on size and weight.
Obviously, because my hands are about half the size and I’m about a third as strong as most guys-
who are the sorts of people these
tools tend to be designed for.
Take the classic vlogger setup with a DSLR or a micro-four-thirds camera on a Gorillapod.
I can carry that for about 20 seconds.
I’m just not strong enough, but here’s the
thing-
I’ve started noticing as I watch more vloggers use that kind of setup-
they aren’t strong enough for it either.
You see shots end not at a natural break in
the conversation or when the action stops,
but when the camera starts to shake because
they’re tired from holding it up.
Sure, they can hold it up 10x longer than
me,
but their content is still dictated by and limited by, their stamina.
They’re missing great, natural, unscripted shots because it takes time to get that whole thing out,
and there’s a physical limit on
how long they can shoot for.
Sure, they get super-duper ultra-high-quality
video of whatever they’re able to shoot,
but there are a ton of shots they just won’t get.
Taking a tool with legacy ergonomics dating back over a century,
that’s designed to be held close to your face with two hands,
and holding it backwards, at arms reach with one hand,
it was never a good idea.
It’s just something vloggers made do with because there were no better solutions available at the time.
The Osmo is a better way to do this- at the
cost of some quality,
but that’s to be expected if you get rid of half a kilo of glass.
It’s designed to be held with one hand, and light enough that if you want to hold it at arm’s length,
you can do that and the weight is hardly more than if you had nothing in your hand at all.
This lets you shoot more, longer- which means stamina is not dictating your content
and making you change scenes or workflow to accommodate physical factors.
Even with your cellphone camera, it’s either a selfie pole which is banned in many places now
or a gimbal and wide-angle lens, which
again, the weight will eventually get you.
But what about a big gimbal, they’re designed just for shooting stable video and can be held with two hands.
I love my Moza gimbals and Sony A6500 setup for shooting my projects outside,
but it only takes 10 minutes to get the video I need,
the project usually draws a crowd of people watching
so the gimbal attracting attention
is not an issue.
The time is predetermined and the location
scouted beforehand
so getting it out and set up is no problem.
But if you plan to shoot sporadically all
day, run and gun,
maybe shoot places like the Shenzhen electronics markets
where you really aren’t supposed to be shooting video
and if the guards see you with a big rig they’ll
stop you-
you want the Osmo Pocket for that.
On my trip to Tokyo, I went with someone so I could get help with video, my luggage and all that.
The basic kit for the whole trip consisted
of an
Insta360 for VR tours, and the Osmo Pocket for vlogging.
The whole thing could fit in my bear backpack,
anytime I came across a cool location I could just take out the appropriate camera
and I was good to go in seconds- no need to lug a heavy bag of equipment around all day.
And whether we admit it or not, those big camera bags always change travel plans
and reduce the number of places you visit.
Take a look at these shots from my sponsor vlog.
Imagine trying to navigate through those crowds with a full-size gimbal without knocking into people,
or the whole setup just drawing attention away from the subject.
It would be incredibly difficult.
As for quality- you can see more than good
enough for my needs.
Could the audio use work- yeah, but again,
it’s good enough for vlogging.
If you want to start getting into video I wouldn’t say the Osmo should be your first purchase-
that should be a good quality phone with a camera.
But if you are shooting outside of a studio or workshop, outdoors, food, travel-
I definitely think its the best option available for getting stable shots
that you’ll miss while dragging larger equipment around, or waiting to get it unpacked.
If you decide to buy one do me a favor and buy it from Geekbuying and thank them for giving me a review unit-
it lets me shoot better content for you to enjoy.
What do you think?
Small gimbals?
Big gimbals?
No gimbals?
If you’re a videographer how do you try and limit the weight of your kit?
Let me know in the comments section,
and as always- if you can’t sponsor that’s 100% ok.
I’m more stable financially thanks to all your help and support, but please if you can,
share my videos with your friends- I’d really
like to hit a million followers.
That’s it for today and I’ll see you all next
time.