The DJI Osmo Action camera has been officially released. When it was first rumored, many of us had the same thought: how does it compare to the GoPro Hero7 Black? It seems that GoPro got themselves a new competitor in the world of small action cameras, but can DJI beat them? Here are a few side-by-side reviews to show you how the new Osmo Action stacks up against GoPro’s newest action camera.
When the GoPro Hero 7 Black was announced it was lauded as the “Gimbal killer” with some pretty amazing built-in image stabilisation. It’s even convinced a few people to finally upgrade from their GoPro Hero 4. But has DJI just announced a “GoPro killer”?
DJI recently announced the new DJI Osmo Pocket. A teeny tiny gimbal that seems to easily match the Hero 7 on specs, but features a true mechanical built-in gimbal rather than electronic image stabilisation. Dave Altizer at Kinotika took the two out for a spin to see how they compare.
Ever since the GoPro Hero7 leaked online, the emphasis was on the new and improved stabilization. Then, the company promised “hypersmooth” and “gimbal-like stabilization” when the camera was announced. To show off the capabilities of the new Hero 7, GoPro strapped the camera to an eagle and let it fly over a soccer field. And apparently, they weren’t joking when they said that “shaky video is dead.”
With all of the mirrorless stuff going on recently, it’s easy to forget about the little GoPro. But it seems that they’re still here, and they’re getting ready to launch the Hero 7. Unlike the past couple of generations, though, it’s not one camera, but three. With Session discontinued, and the Karma completely dead, it looks like GoPro are going back to their old ways.
Although we aren’t supposed to see the upcoming GoPro Hero 7 until later this month, a recently leaked set of photos gives us quite a good glimpse at the camera. A store display shows three variants of the new action cam, and it appears that only one of them will have the front-facing display like its predecessor.