DJI is increasing into new territory on Wednesday, Might 15, with the Osmo Motion, a water-resistant motion digital camera with each entrance and rear LCD screens and digital picture stabilization. The boxy, grey digital camera is a direct competitor to the GoPro Hero7 Black, with an identical design and consumer interface, and able to recording 4K video at as much as 60 frames per second. Like most motion cameras, it is usually suitable with the GoPro mount system. It’s obtainable now for $349, $50 lower than the GoPro Hero7 Black.

The Osmo Motion is DJI’s first try at a real motion digital camera. Greatest recognized for its drones, like the favored Mavic 2 sequence, the corporate beforehand averted competing within the motion cam section; the closest factor it made to an motion digital camera prior to now was the Osmo Pocket, a handheld gimbal digital camera. Whereas largely imitative, the Osmo Motion has a pair distinctive options which will give it an edge.

The second LCD display screen on the entrance of the digital camera is far more than the fundamental standing show discovered on the GoPro Hero7 Black. With it, you may test the framing of your shot even when mounting the digital camera in locations that make the first, rear display screen inaccessible. The entrance display screen, nevertheless, is way smaller than the rear display screen, measuring 1.four inches diagonally, and includes a tall 1:1 ratio slightly than the usual 16:9 widescreen ratio. You’ll be able to select whether or not it shows video in a letterboxed format, or full display screen with cropped sides. It is going to additionally show important info reminiscent of time remaining on the SD card, battery life, and the present digital camera mode and determination settings.

One other distinctive characteristic is help for interchangeable filters that screw in across the lens. You’ll be able to swap in a polarizer, underwater filter, or impartial density filter simply. Impartial density filters are nice for motion cameras, which are sometimes used open air on sunny days, as they in the reduction of gentle and permit for a slower shutter pace, leading to smoother, extra pure wanting video.

The Osmo Motion doesn’t inherit a Three-axis gimbal, one thing followers might have been anticipating from the corporate that places a gimbal in each one in all its different digital camera merchandise. As a substitute, the motion digital camera makes use of totally digital stabilization dubbed RockSteady. Like different EIS techniques, this crops the footage barely, however will yield a lot smoother outcomes. RockSteady appears to be like to be a viable competitor to GoPro’s glorious HyperSmooth stabilization within the Hero 7.

Customers can file 4K video as much as 100 megabits per second in both customary or D-Cinelike colour profiles, the latter being helpful for preserving extra dynamic vary. HDR video can be obtainable, though it’s doesn’t work with RockSteady stabilization. Nonetheless pictures are captured at 12-megapixel decision in both JPEG or RAW codecs.

Digital Developments has spent a number of days with the Osmo Motion and you may learn our first impressions in our hands-on overview.