The DJI Osmo Pocket is an amazing new piece of technology that has been released to the public. It’s a smaller version of the Osmo Mobile 2, but it does not have any buttons on it, so all commands are done through voice control. The GoPro Hero 7 is also a high-quality camera that can be used for many different things.
In this DJI Osmo Pocket vs GoPro Hero 7 article, LucidCam will compare and contrast these two cameras in order to help you decide which one might be best for your needs.
DJI Osmo Pocket vs GoPro Hero7
DJI Osmo Pocket
The Osmo Pocket is perfect for smooth, steady shots and vlogs. However, too much motion can cause a gimbal to become unstable. The built-in USB C port allows you to easily transfer footage to other devices and can be charged while you are filming.
- Handle for comfortable filming
- Hardware stabilization is superior to GoPro’s EIS in low light conditions.
- Even while filming, you can recharge your phone
- The HERO7 is not as durable.
- Accessory ecosystems that are smaller
The GoPro HERO 7 is designed for high-energy shots and can be mounted on nearly any object. It also supports high frame rates for slow-motion captures and can even be mounted to most other objects. It can withstand water and hard falls, making it ideal for sports filming.
- Accessory support available in a wide range
- Live streaming via Facebook and YouTube
- There are many options for slow-mo frames rates
- Less dynamic range
- Distortion can occur when the lens is larger
Design: Squares vs Rectangles
It’s very familiar, starting with the GoPro. The Hero7 is a familiar design. You’ll notice the biggest difference is that it is all black and not grey like older models. The only buttons are located on the top, one for recording video/pictures, and the power button at the side. You can also change any other settings via the touch screen and the mobile app.
This camera is durable, although it’s not bulletproof. However, it can withstand a few drops, thanks to the rubber sides and front. The large touch screen of the Hero7 would break if it was dropped out of a car’s window. However, the Hero7 will still be protected if it is kept in its protective housing. The Hero7 can also be waterproof for up to 30 feet without the need for additional housing.
The Osmo may seem fragile with its small gimbal and breakable gimbal, but it is very sturdy. The main body is made of some type of plastic. The screen is made from glass, just like the Hero7. However, it’s much smaller. Although it is tiny, the gimbal is made of all metal. There are no fragile ribbon cables that could snap! While I don’t think the Osmo Pocket will withstand more than a few drops, it is built to last for a product that has a 3-axis motion gimbal.
Although the Osmo Pocket’s durability isn’t as good as the Hero7, it does have an accessory port. The accessory port on the Osmo Pocket is for connecting your phone with it via one of the adapters. However, this port can be used for many other purposes. DJI will release a variety of accessories for smartphones that can connect to this port, including buttons and controls for selfie sticks.
You won’t be able to take your Osmo Pocket underwater from day one. DJI will make a waterproof housing for the Osmo Pocket, but it is not waterproof. This housing will allow you down to 196 feet, which is the same depth that the Hero7 waterproof housing.
I have never seen a better user interface on a camera than the Hero7. It’s simple to use. There aren’t many menus to navigate to change something like framerate. And you can do all of it from the back screen. The only thing I dislike is the lack of full manual controls. You can adjust white balance and color profiles using the Protune option. However, you cannot manually control shutter speed or ISO.
It should be easy to connect the Hero7 and your smartphone using the built-in WiFi. However, I was unable to connect my iPhone to the Hero7 for some reason. Other GoPro cameras have been connected to my iPhone without any problems.
You can use the touch screen on your back to control many of the settings on Osmo Pocket, just like the Hero7. If you don’t connect your phone, you can still change the video resolution and framerates as well as the gimbal settings. You can also view photos and videos that you have taken, but not all of the pro features.
Although the Osmo Pocket does not come with WiFi, you can still connect to your phone using the adapters that are included. I prefer this over the slower wireless connection. You can still control your Osmo Pocket wirelessly using a WiFi module. This plugs into the USB C port at the bottom. Once your phone is connected, you can access all the pro features of the GoPro and more. You can adjust the ISO and shutter speed. The manual settings of the Osmo Pocket will remain on even if you disconnect the phone from it.
Resolution and Frame Rates
These two cameras can shoot 4K video at 24 and 30 frames per second, respectively, but the Hero7 has the advantage of being able to shoot 2.7K at 120FPS or 1080P at 220FPS. The Osmo Pocket is capable of shooting a 4K video at 48FPS, which corresponds well to a 24-FPS timeline. The 4K 60FPS resolution is what I consider the best. However, the GoPro will offer higher frame rates and be more affordable.
These cameras have completely different field-of-views, making it difficult to measure Sharpness objectively. Here’s an image cropped of a color chart at 1.5 Feet away. Since people suggested it, I set the Sharpness setting to Medium on the GoPro. There is no sharpness setting on the Osmo.
This test shows that the Osmo Pocket appears sharper. Remember that the GoPro can focus to infinity, so it may be sharper when viewing faraway objects
Low light capabilities are another area that sets these cameras apart. The Hero 7 Black Edition’s maximum ISO is 3200. The maximum ISO on the Osmo Pocket is only 1600. Be careful. Once you view the footage, these specs are meaningless.
I had planned to perform a traditional test, where I manually adjusted the exposure and set up everything on a tripod. But then a friend called asking if I would be going out riding that night. The call made the video look much better in the end.
To get the best quality, I shot in 4K at 24FPS. I used Pro mode on the Osmo to change the color to “Cinelike” as well as turn off noise reduction. Protune was used to set the Hero 7 Black’s color to Flat. The Hero 7 Black can’t reach ISO 3200. I tried to find a way to turn off noise reduction on the GoPro but couldn’t find it in the settings. I also couldn’t find anyone online mentioning this feature, so I am going with the assumption that it isn’t possible.
This comparison was made to show how I used both cameras. I did not use the manual control on the Osmo Pocket or Hero 7 to achieve this. Both cameras used automatic white balance and exposure. Since consumer cameras don’t include metadata to video files, it is impossible to determine the ISO of each shot.
I don’t believe you need to think about ISO 400 or 800 settings when you’re shooting. The settings I used for the types of videos I use these cameras are ideal. Auto exposure allows you to shoot video from the Osmo Pocket while not having to attach your smartphone. This is my favorite feature of the Osmo Pocket.
Low light photography is a breeze with the Osmo Pocket’s image quality. This is partially due to the Osmo’s larger aperture. The Hero 7 Black was also in the hyper smooth mode, so the auto-exposure may have increased the shutter speed to reduce motion blur (but this is unlikely as there are still blurring artifacts).
Similar to the video characteristics, photos can exhibit a fisheye effect. This is especially noticeable at the outer margin or when objects are very close to the camera. You can use a linear FOV mode to take RAW photos. GoPro Hero7 Black photos are available in 4000×3000 (12 MP) resolution in either.jpg format or.GPR format. Adobe Lightroom recognizes.GPR as GoPro’s RAW format.
This photo was taken in RAW (and thus wide FOV), and then distortion was corrected in Adobe Lightroom. It doesn’t work magic to remove the fisheye effect. You will notice that the framing and appearance of objects are different.
DJI Osmo Pocket
Osmo also offers 4000x3000pixel (12 MP), photos in.jpg (RAW), similar to GoPro. After using Osmo for some time, I fell in love with the game-changer. You can choose to shoot a 3×3 or 180deg (4×1) panoramic photo. The DJI Mimo app will stitch your images at a lower resolution using jpg. You can save the 9 (3×3) and 4 (4×1) photos in JPEG or RAW when you enable pro mode. This allows you to download 8685×5819 (50MP! RAW format photos can be printed at high resolution. Printing photos for posters is something I enjoy.
GoPro’s distinctive look and wide-angle lens are what make it stand out. Some people like it, others don’t. This is due to the fisheye effect caused by a wide-angle lens, especially when objects are close to the camera.
The wide-angle has its benefits: the focal length is larger allows for sharper video and more objects to be in focus. Many users prefer a blurry background that looks more cinematic. DJI Osmo Pocket offers that, but more on this later. A wider field of view can be beneficial when mounted closer to the action, as it makes the video seem more dynamic.
You can opt for linear mode on GoPro if you don’t desire the fisheye effect. However, this mode has a lower resolution at 2.7K and 60fps.
DJI Osmo Pocket
Wide-angle lenses are often criticized for their fisheye effect. DJI Osmo Pocket videos may be better suited to this situation. It uses a narrower field of view lens and that results in less distortion of the image
A narrow-angle lens gives you depth-of-field and a shorter focal range. This means that you can still film yourself even if the background is blurry. However, you need to focus properly and it can be difficult to tune. This is especially true if DJI Osmo Pocket is not used with a smartphone.
Although continuous autofocus is possible, it can sometimes be difficult to lock an object. Osmo will try to focus a moving object using continuous focus mode. However, Osmo often tries to refocus to get a better result. This can lead to jerky videos.
Audio quality on both of these cameras is nothing to write home about. Both cameras provide good audio quality for general use. However, if you rely on audio to be clear and crisp, invest in an external mic. Later, you can sync the audio with your external microphone.
The Audio Amplification setting is the only audio option available on the Osmo Pocket. This setting can be found in the Pro settings. The audio is extremely quiet when this setting is set to “Low.” The volume is normal when it’s set to “Moderate.” Later, I tried to adjust the volume in my editing program so that I could hear the differences at the same volume. The best setting seems to be fine. If you were at a loud event, like a concert or other public gathering, the Osmo would not turn the gain too high and reduce the audio level.
Two audio settings are available on the Hero 7 Black. The first setting is used to adjust the processing. You have four options: Raw Audio, Low and Medium, as well as High. They all sound very similar to mine, with the exception of Raw Audio and High. The Raw mode sounds rawer while high makes it sound more like Osmo, where the voices are more punchy.
The Hero 7 Black has an additional audio setting that cancels out wind noise. Stereo Audio was the best setting. It sounded just like a regular microphone. It could pick up the wind when it was windy. It did cancel out some wind noises when I set it to Wind mode. However, it sounded horrible. I recommend that you keep it in Stereo Audio mode.
Depending on what you are trying to record, the Osmo Pocket’s audio can sound great or not. The Osmo Pocket is great for recording people talking. It has problems recording ambient sounds. The DJI audio algorithms seem to filter out the majority of ambient noise.
The Hero 7 Black falls somewhere in the middle. It does not sound as good as the Osmo Pocket for voiceovers and vlogs. The high tones make voices sound muffled and less clear. The Hero 7 shines when you aren’t trying to record vocals. It picks up ambient sounds better than the Osmo, which has a more processed raw sound.
These cameras have some disadvantages that are not present in an external microphone. If you want to record good audio, you need a microphone. A lavalier microphone for voice recording and an external recorder that has built-in mics to record ambient sounds and audio to an SD card are both good options.
If you don’t wish to use an external recorder, there is another option: a USB-C adapter. GoPro sells an adaptor that plugs into the USB-C port and has an audio jack at the other end. This adaptor allows you to use any microphone you like. DJI also offers a similar adapter, but it’s not yet available.
Both cameras use some type of stabilization. However, the way they work is entirely different. The Hero 7’s stabilization is entirely digital. The Hero 7 Black uses data from the gyro sensor to detect the camera’s rotation and then uses that information to stabilize the footage. The image is cropped by 10% to stabilize the footage. However, because the lens is so wide, the footage looks great.
This method of stabilization has two disadvantages. This is the biggest problem. The lens can only be fixed up to a certain width, and the lens cannot move fast enough to stabilize the camera. Low light conditions are another problem. The stabilization won’t work in these situations. Low shutter speeds can cause motion blurring from camera movements that are very noticeable.
The Osmo Pocket doesn’t have any drawbacks like digital stabilization. It’s possible to make large movements, and the footage will look almost flawless. The Osmo Pocket’s 3-axis gimbal measures gyro data, just like the GoPro. However, instead of digital stabilization, the data is used to drive the motors on the Osmo Pocket.
Another video showing how the stabilization works on the Osmo Pocket or Hero 7 is here. The stabilization can be turned on or off with the GoPro. There are several modes available for the Osmo.
Follow is the first model in the video. This mode is what I use for most shots. This mode locks the roll axis and stabilizes the pan and tilt. If you wish the gimbal to move faster, you can switch between sport and normal modes while in this mode. Tilt Locked is the next mode. It’s similar to Follow but locks the tilt of your gimbal, so it doesn’t look up or down.
The video also shows FPV mode. This mode unlocks the roll axis, making your footage look more traditional. The movements are all still stable, but the gimbal reacts much faster than it does in follow mode.
The Osmo Pocket’s battery life seems to be slightly better than that of the Hero 7. I had 20% left on my GoPro and 36% on my Osmo after shooting test shots in which both cameras were simultaneously recording in 4K at the same settings.
The Osmo Pocket’s USB C port is located on the bottom. This makes it easy to use the Osmo Pocket while charging. The Hero 7 has a side door that can be opened to charge the battery. Or you can just replace it with a new one.
GoPro Hero7 black ads highlight “Time-Warp” a time-lapse feature. It’s essentially a hyperlapse. This is a time-lapse that the camera records when it is moving, such as while walking. While walking. Because of its advanced stabilization, Hero7 black achieves better results. You can also achieve similar results using DJI Osmo Pocket, which isn’t often advertised.
Motion timelapse is another time-lapse technique that allows the camera to be tilted or panned. You can do this with the DJI Osmo Pocket. Osmo allows you to select a starting and ending point, and the gimbal adjusts the head accordingly. You will need a gimbal capable of supporting your Hero7 feature or a cheaper alternative such as a GoPro Panning device. It looks almost like an egg-timer.
It is great to see slow motion, especially when you are doing sports. It is an effect, not a feature. This is because a higher framerate video is recorded and played at a lower rate. You can also slow down a 4K video with DJI Osmo Pocket or GoPro Hero7 Black 50% (record at 60fps, playback at 30fps). The difference in resolution is even more noticeable at 1080p. GoPro Hero7 black records 1080p at 240fps, which allows a playback speed of 12,5% (8x), while DJI Osmo pockets are limited to 120fps
Gimbal versus action camera
DJI Osmo Pocket GoPro HERO7
Sensor size Value Value
Resolutions 4K (up to 60fps), 1080p (up to 120fps) 4K (up to 60fps), 2.7K (up to 120fps),1080p (up to 240fps),720p (up to 240fps)
Battery 875mAh 1220mAh
Mic input Yes (adapter required) Yes (adapter required)
Max bit 100 Mbps 78 Mbps
Weight 116g 116g
Waterproof No Up to 10m
Stabilization Gimbal stabilization Electronic image stabilization
There are key differences among the cameras that can influence your decision, regardless of what purpose you have for them. First, durability and form factor. The HERO7 camera is a rectangular, small-sized model that can accept a variety of accessories such as waterproof housing and adhesive mounting. The Osmo Pocket, a small stabilized camera that can be easily carried or stored in a pocket or bag, doesn’t have any durability or water resistance.
Both cameras feature has a built-in display to frame your shot. You can also mirror the feed to your smartphone for a larger display as well as manual controls. Both cameras can also record video at 4K60p. However, the GoPro supports much higher frame rates at lower resolutions. It can go all the way up up to 240fps at 1080p.
Your priorities will determine your preference for image quality. GoPro’s iconic wide-angle look on the HERO7 allows for a lot of content to fit within the frame, but can sometimes distort your image (although there is an option for a smaller field of view). The HERO7 also features a saturated look that is more appealing than the Osmo Pocket. This may be preferred by some for quick editing..
GoPro Hero7 Black has really cool features that the Osmo Pocket doesn’t have. It records GPS data which can be visualized using videos, e.g. A speedometer. This feature is great, especially when combined with moto vlogs or car sports. Although DJI Osmo Pocket doesn’t offer this feature, it could be implemented since it could access that information from the smartphone.
GoPro Hero7 Black is the first GoPro to live stream to YouTube and Facebook. Although DJI Osmo Pocket doesn’t currently support Livestream, it should be possible to do so with a smartphone attached.
Selfies (Stick & Controls).
When your GoPro is mounted to a stick, Voice Control is a great feature for taking selfies. A remote controller is not necessary. Simply shout “GoPro, take a picture!” Osmo Pocket Selfie Stick is available that has buttons to control the camera. However, this device is quite expensive.
Water and Durability
GoPro is the most durable camera available and has the best design. No problem if the lens scratches. The outer layer can be easily and inexpensively replaced. The camera is water-resistant up to 10m, even without cause. Other cameras, such as the DJI Osmo Pocket’s filigree-gimballed camera, are also vulnerable. The protected lenses on both cameras are not available. You can make the waterproof cases optional. This is the main feature that defines an “action camera”, which is a category that is known as GoPro.
Which is better?
These cameras are unique and I would purchase both. The Hero 7 Black has a wide field of view, good video quality, and is extremely durable. The Osmo offers better stabilization, a more cinematic field of view, manual controls, sharp video quality, and a slightly lower price.
Although DJI would love you to think this camera is the GoPro killer, in reality, these cameras belong in their own category. The GoPro Hero 7 Black Edition will be great for getting intense action shots just like you see in those GoPro advertising videos. For everyday videos, vlogs, travel, cinematic short films, that’s where I think the Osmo Pocket will be better. If I could only choose one camera, I’d go for the Osmo Pocket and then the GoPro or Osmo Action later.
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