I get to play with a lot of tech but rarely does it make such a monumental impact on my overall workflow in the way that the DJI Pocket 3 camera has. This device is not only compact, it’s also easy to use and the quality is outstanding. But it’s the hidden features that make it more than the sum of its parts.
Welcome to the DJI Osmo Pocket 3 Creator Combo
The DJI Osmo Pocket 3 Camera and in particular the “Creator Combo” version of the device is so powerful it’s almost made my regular camera kit obsolete. I say almost because there are always going to be moments where I or a client will want a more cinematic look to a piece of content, but for the most part social videos or content filmed in a more “run and gun” style benefit greatly from this impressive device.
Included in the Creator Combo is the DJI Osmo Pocket 3 camera itself and small carry bag. Plus a protective cover to fit around the camera’s unique shape to protect the gimbal. There’s a DJI Mic 2 Transmitter, two handles that I’ll get to in a second and a magnetically attached wide angle lens adaptor. Looking back over that list it’s easy to see why the combo is considered to be perfect for a content creator as it has everything you need to begin your journey into creativity.
So everything you need straight away to create something out of the box. Well, except a micro SD card, you’ll need one of those.
The DJI Pocket 3 is like a hybrid between an action cam and a DSLR setup, so while you wouldn’t strap it to a moving vehicle or jump out of a plane with one it’s a perfect solution for Vlog style videos or product shots with the stability of a built in gimbal and an impressive 1 inch CMOS sensor that shoots up to 4k 60fps HDR with D-Log options and 10-bit colour. The image produced is really something and even in low light settings it shows its worth.
DJI Osmo Pocket 3 features a full-colour 2” display that rotates from portrait to landscape and is home to all of your settings for quick access and only needing to use one hand. You rotate the screen to turn it on and off letting you get into and out of action quickly. Just below the screen are the joystick for the gimbal and record button keeping your core activations simple but effective.
The feature that has blown the minds of everyone I’ve shown the device to is without doubt the ActiveTrack 6.0. Selecting a subject on the screen using face detection will see the camera follow you around so you are alway in frame. I’ve even walked behind a blocking structure and it’s picked me up again on the other side. There are some limitations to the tracking and it can get lost occasionally but is such an impressive but important feature that I’ve really begun to rely on.
Other features that I like are SpinShot, Motionlapse and Panorama which are all pretty self explanatory, but none are used as much as the ActiveTrack which is a perfect companion for a solo vlogger who wants to have that feeling that they are working with a camera operator.
The built in sound on the camera with three microphones supports omnidirectional stereo sound which sounds great, but I’ve found it more useful to pair it with the combos included DJI Mic 2 that seamlessly links to the camera without the need of an extra receiver. In fact if you were to buy a second mic, the camera supports two simultaneously..
The mic is impressive with sound that also includes a noise cancellation feature and 32 bit float to give you protection against accidental clipping in your audio, but it’s the way you attach it to yourself that is truly remarkable. The mic has a clip for attaching to your lapel or inner shirt which is great but pretty standard.
The powerful magnet is what sets it apart though, this allows you to almost completely hide the mic under your shirt or jacket with only a small square visible. They think of everything too, the square is printed differently on both sides, to help blend it into what you are wearing and also so that you can easily tell the difference between who has which mic if using more than one on a shoot. I need to mention the purpose built deadcat that attaches to the device as it clips in seamlessly and does an excellent job of protecting your sound from unwanted windy conditions.
This Tiktok is Filmed Using The DJI Osmo Pocket 3
Connections is what I’m really loving about DJI at the moment over other small cameras on the market. While other companies seem stuck on traditional screw methods for attaching your device to a tripod or other stand, DJI’s easy locking system allows you to release your camera at the press of a button making it more versatile and efficient during your shoot.
The Pocket 3 Creator Combo comes with two extension handles both with ¼ thread for your existing tripods, so screw it on and then lock in the camera. But if you want movement simply press the button and it unlocks leaving your handle behind and allowing you full freedom of movement.
Each of these handles are slightly different. The smaller handle connects through the usb at the bottom of the camera and then feeds the usb in a right angle out the back to allow you to still be able to provide extra power or link to a computer while on a tripod. The second handle is double the size of the first and includes a battery inside increasing battery life by an extra 60%. I’ve found that I use the handles regardless of a tripod to give the device more length making it easier to hold.
So how has this combo changed my workflow? I work in a really tight space, I have an office that is used for my day job as well as my gaming area and I try not to let it encroach on the rest of the house. So when I set up a camera on a tripod for filming, it generally takes up half of the room and there is very little movement to allow for a change of depth of field or even a variety of shots and angles.
Using a more compact camera like this allows me to set up extremely fast, on my desk allowing me to roam in the space and create better angles while at the same time maintaining a level of quality to the content. Then when I’m finished filming it’s an easy packdown and the camera goes away into a drawer rather than a large bag and cupboard.
Even when I’m out on a shoot the fast setup and ease of the gimbal for sweeping shots through a house or studio give a sense of professionalism without the need for a giant rig with multiple attachments everywhere. The ability to quickly set up and pack down is equally important to my clients as it is to me. Everyone is busy and ready to move on to the next job in their day so taking away some of the stress while keeping a consistency of quality is priceless.
This Tiktok is Filmed Using The DJI Osmo Pocket 3
I’ve found the DJI Osmo Pocket 3 to be perfect for filming two people in portrait mode as well. I work with a lot of teams and mainly create social content. So filming in vertical first is always my preference to give me a better understanding of the finished product as well as creating an easier edit. The Pocket 3 allows you to seamlessly change from portrait to landscape without sacrificing the extra features like stability.
The DJI Osmo Pocket 3 has quickly become my daily driver camera. It’s easy to grab as I’m running out the door for a shoot and offers quality as well as features you don’t get from shooting on a DSLR or on a mobile phone, it’s like a perfect hybrid camera that replaces your heavy cumbersome kit and while you might not end up with the same style of video as if you were to shoot on your expensive canon camera, you do have a perfect easy to edit solution to create a video for social media that has perfect vision and unbelievable audio and at a fraction of the price.