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Osmo Pocket gimbal video camera report
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Author:  Mark NZL [ Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Osmo Pocket gimbal video camera report

- It's tiny! The reviews said it was but even so it surprised me. It fits happily in my (slim) hands. Yes you can casually keep it in your pocket (maybe not in your tight jeans!) - no backpack required.
- It's well built, and feels secure. Obviously the gimbal head is potentially delicate but is designed to give way if pushed about. The slim case locks everything in place and is simple to slide into.
- The screen is tiny but clear, and fine for framing the main subject. No you can't see enough detail to check focus or exposure, but just trusting it seems to work at least as well as Camera on my iPhone. (I haven't got time for manual focus and exposure. I want auto and if it's pretty much reliable that'll do because it easier when taking quick clips often.)
- Yes you can also attach it via the lightning connector to your phone and use the phone as a viewfinder for focus details and more elaborate control. Reviewers have said the connection is insecure but it seems firm enough on my iPhone X.
- I've loved the smooth stability of the videos. It will hold beautifully still or pan smoothly, easing in and out of the motion. Woohoo - smooth pans at last! You can do slow motion and subject tracking but I haven't bothered yet.
- You are allowed to quickly aim the gimbal head by turning it with your fingers. Easy.
- The 4K/30fps clips I take won't download directly to my iPad through the lightning connector (just to an iPhone). Instead I put the microSD card into my Adata card reader and can copy the clips directly into the LumaFusion folder in Files (and no need to fill up Photos with temporary clips).
- The screen is 4x3 and landscape videos are shown in fill screen mode so the edges of the shot can't be seen. I can't say that this has bothered me but it's good to remember at times.
- The three gimbal modes have confusing names and aren't explained well but they are forgiving of your ignorance! Generally in any mode the camera will try to hold steady and gently pan when you turn it. The Tilt and "FPV" modes let you tilt and roll the view more readily and in Follow mode you can select a subject to track.
- You'll still get a bouncy look if you shoot while walking. The horizon will be rock steady but nearby things will appear to go up and down. You can avoid this a bit by ninja walking and by not walking next to a fence or wall! From what I've seen online mounting it on your mountain bike (with the accessory) would be stupid.

So the Osmo Pocket clearly isn't for long productions and it certainly isn't an action cam, but for convenient, unobtrusive, travel and walk-about recording, it's just fantastic. If you're more of a big gear, painstaking setup and adjustments person, you might not have a use for it! If you haven't got the idea by now - I love this thing. Cancel my request for stabilising in LumaFusion!

Author:  noteworthyjohn [ Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Osmo Pocket gimbal video camera report

Thanks for your experience. I have one on order and realize it is not a video genie in a lamp, but should but could provide some nice alternative footage to my iPhone X. Depending on the mounting, there are definitely some options the phone can’t match.

Author:  knobbydave [ Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:18 am ]
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Good review Mark.

Sounds great for the sort of stuff you do

Author:  RobChisholm [ Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:30 am ]
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Thank you for the review Mark,

Very useful information regards to transferring to the iPad.
How easy is it to eject the SD card ?

I only ask as the session go pro SD micro card difficult to remove.

Regards Rob

Ps gave you a thumbs up. Nice place is this NZ

Author:  Mark NZL [ Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Osmo Pocket gimbal video camera report

Yeah the card is a bit awkward. You have to poke it with your fingernail. I gues microSDs are always like that.
We probably had the only day when those windmills weren’t in much wind. The Tararuas are notorious for wind. You would love it!

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