Feiyu goes head-to-head against DJI with their new Pocket Handheld Gimbal camera

Apr 1, 2020

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Feiyu goes head-to-head against DJI with their new Pocket Handheld Gimbal camera

Apr 1, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Feiyutech has announced a new camera that looks somewhat familiar. It’s the new Feiyu Pocket Handheld Gimbal – a tiny 4K 60fps 3-axis stabilised camera that can be held easily in your hand. Yeah, it does resemble the DJI Osmo Pocket a little bit huh? Except, this one’s about 2/3rds the price of the DJI, priced at only $249

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While the two might look similar on the outside, there are some fairly significant differences on the inside. The sensor in the Feiyu is a little smaller than the DJI and the aperture’s a stop smaller. Although it does have a wider field of view and a slightly larger LCD.

Feiyu Pocket GimbalDJI Osmo Pocket
Sensor1/2.5″ CMOS1/2.3″ CMOS
Resolution8.5-megapixels12-megapixels
Video4K 60fps, 1080p 120fps, 720p 240fps4K 60fps, 1080p 120fps
Video max bitrateUnknown100Mb/sec MP4
StoragemicroSD (max 512GB)microSD (max 256GB)
Stills8-megapixel (3840 x 2160)12-megapixel (4000 x 3000)
Angle of view120°80°
Max aperturef/2.8f/2
LCD240 x 240 1.3″ Touchscreen1.08″ Touchscreen
Shutter speed1/8000 – 16 sec1/8000 – 8 sec
ISO100-3200100-3200
Built-in micYesYes
Wi-FiYesOptional (requires module)
Tripod mountYes (1/4-20″)None
USBUSB 2.0 Type CUSB 2.0 Type C
Microphone inputNoNo
Battery charge time1.2 hours (over USB)1.25 hours (over USB)
Dimensions124.5 x 40.5 x 30mm (4.9 x 1.6 x 1.2″)121.9 x 36.9 x 28.6 (4.8 x 1.5 x 1.1″)
Weight115g (4.06oz)116g (4.09oz)

While the specs might be close, and the outward appearance is definitely very similar, to say that it’s a clone of the Osmo pocket quite true. Sure, there maybe some “inspiration” from the Osmo Pocket’s design, but the internals are quite different, and you can also understand why it only costs $249 vs the Osmo Pocket’s $369.

In physical size and weight, they’re pretty close, and little features like the built-in 1/4-20″ tripod socket will definitely be valuable for some users, although the sensor in the Feiyu is slightly smaller than that in the Osmo Pocket, which will put some potential buyers off. Of course, the Osmo Pocket is a couple of years old now and sensor tech evolves rapidly.

Sensor size comparison: Wikipedia

Whether the 1/2.5″ sensor in the Feiyu can keep up with the slightly larger 1/2.3″ sensor of the Osmo Pocket will have to be tested once people start getting units in their hands and we start to see the side-by-side comparisons hit YouTube.

The DJI Osmo Pocket has certainly proven that this form factor of tiny gimbal-stabilised camera is very popular. So, it’s not much of a surprise that other companies are following suit on the idea.

With built-in Wi-Fi, the Feiyu Pocket Handheld Gimbal has iOS and Android apps for previewing, remote control and editing of your footage. And of course, you get the usual selfie and follow modes and the like. When it comes to storage, it takes a microSD card and can handle cards up to 512GB (vs the Osmo Pocket’s claimed limit of 256GB).

It will be interesting to see how this does compare once it starts being received by customers. At least now DJI might have some kind of decent competition in this type of product.

The Feiyu Pocket Handheld Gimbal is available to pre-order now for $249 and is expected to ship soon.

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13 responses to “Feiyu goes head-to-head against DJI with their new Pocket Handheld Gimbal camera”

  1. Freelance cameraman China/HK Avatar
    Freelance cameraman China/HK

    Without exact bit-rate, it’s hard to compare these products.
    Any real life sample to download?

    1. nzswedespeed Avatar
      nzswedespeed

      I believe it’s 120mbps

    2. Brett S Avatar
      Brett S

      Hi yes I also saw the bit rate written up somewhere as 120 Mb/s. That would be nice. The sensor size difference 1/ 2.3″ v 1/ 2.5″ is a difference of only 28.5mm2 v 24.7mm2 in sensor area so with native resolution for stills 8.5mp v 12mp then that means the photo sites on the Feiyu are larger which will aid in low light stills so long as the sensor and processor are decent quality

  2. Sibia Avatar
    Sibia

    Seems very similar and yet sounds less attractive f2.8, 120 angle, no mic input, price range is still high compared to fimi palm 4k 180$.

  3. Racoon Jack Avatar
    Racoon Jack

    Dji has 1/2.3 sensor size not 2/3 which is a big difference.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Oops, you are correct! Interesting, the spec sheet I had here said 2/3″. Indeed, it is a significant difference! I’ve fixed it, thank you. :)

    2. Epoca Libera Avatar
      Epoca Libera

      That is correct Jack . Besides a 1/2.5 sensor is considered as the same size with a 1/2.3sensor. And additionally a 1/2.5 sensor can be better in low light, if it is a newer technology. (For example Sony’s camcorder ax53 having 1/2.5 sensor is an upgrade and better in low light than previous model ax33 which has a 1/2.3 sensor).
      By the chance Feiyu Pocket is on -33% Pre-sale offer around 199USD. You can Google it.

  4. Dan Kehrig Avatar
    Dan Kehrig

    For the extra $100 that extra 4megapixel is worth it. Didn’t know we were going backwards in tech??? That thing should be at least 24megapixel! Imo

    1. Freelance cameraman China/HK Avatar
      Freelance cameraman China/HK

      4K is about 8 megapixel. More pixel means that they are down-converted and maybe moire and artifact will be present.
      IF they don’t use AI for stabilization, 8 Megapixel is actually what it should be.

    2. digital imaging engineer Avatar
      digital imaging engineer

      technically speaking, having same sensor size, lower megapixels performs better than higer megapixels in low light conditions.

  5. trusty truster Avatar
    trusty truster

    osmo does 1080 @ 120fps too

  6. Cuck Ooo Avatar
    Cuck Ooo

    That it?? You get paid a stash of cash for a few lines??