DJI Osmo Action: A GoPro Killer

September 16, 2019

It’s time to dethrone the GoPro.

We’ve always known DJI to be makers of excellent drones and gimbals, but they’re now taking a chunk out of the action camera market with the Osmo Action. In a market that’s primarily dominated by GoPro, it’s hard to see other brands bringing their own devices to the mix, but that’s just DJI did – and it did it with flying colors.

From the outside, the Osmo Action looks similar to the GoPro, with the lens protruding out of the body and a 2.25-inch screen just behind it. Upon closer inspection, you’ll find there’s actually another screen at the front. The dual screens are a nice touch since it’ll be perfect when you want to shoot yourself on camera.

As an action camera, the Osmo Action is waterproof up to 11 meters without a case, so there are no limits on where you can take the camera. The dual screens did bring some sort of convenience when shooting videos and images. DJI made it even better by letting you switch from the back to the front screens by simply tapping the rear display with two fingers. Alternatively, you can also use voice or the QuickSwitch button to change screens.

The hard outer grey shell of the Osmo Action won’t win awards, but it does the job. There’s a metal ring covering the lens, which should be tightened especially when using it in water. The removable battery is located below the unit with the SD card and USB-C port placed on a covered area. 

Controls are located on the top and on the side, with most functions accessible on the rear touch display. My favorite on the Osmo Action is the QuickSwitch button on the side that instantly shoots even when the camera is off. This is also useful since it is a physical button, meaning if you’re wearing gloves, you can still operate the camera.

The Osmo Action can record up to 4K 60 fps videos at 100 Mbps that translates to some of the best footage we’ve seen on an action camera. DJI’s own RockSteady technology brings shake-free videos straight from the Osmo Action. Since they’ve been dealing with stabilization technologies for the past decade, you can be sure that all your footage will be, well, rock-steady.

Videos can be shot in varying resolutions, though HDR videos can only be shot at 4K 30 fps. Still, the Osmo Action produced some of the best images we’ve seen on an action camera. Outdoor shots are crystal clear, and it doesn’t lose track of some of the detail and color that is usually lost on other action cameras. Additional shooting modes on the Osmo Action include slow motion 1080 at 240 fps.

Despite the Osmo Action being an action camera, DJI clearly made this device for everyone. Even if you’re not the sporty type, the DJI offers an alternative way to bringing a full-sized camera since this tiny little device can do everything that your camera does.

You sync your media through the DJI Mimo app that’s available for Android and iOS devices. It does the job of organizing and compiling your images and videos, though we wished there could be more options that it can do.

While GoPro is somehow aimed for the active user, the DJI Osmo Action is likely the camera made for everyone. It’s easy to use (despite the pretty basic app), has dual screens and shoots some of the best footage we’ve seen from an action camera. Highly recommended.

We Love:

+ Dual screens

+ Great image stabilization

+ Excellent image and video quality

We Hate: 

– App could use more functions

Final Rating: 5/5

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.