You probably already know about DJI, a company known not only for their premium and reliable drone, but also gimbals, with their latest addition, the OSMO pocket, a camera with a built-in gimbal.
But today, we’re going to go over their newest and first ever action camera, the Osmo Action, an action cam that might just have the chance of taking over GoPro’s flagship Hero 7 Action Cam
Before the Osmo Action was released, the Hero 7 has always been treated as the king of all action cams, due to its impressive specs and even more spectacular stabilization, dubbed Hypersmooth.
But ever since the addition of Osmo Action, GoPro can no longer stand on the throne alone.
With key features matching or even surpassing that of the Hero 7 (more on that below), the Osmo has lots to boast about.
DJI Osmo Action VS GoPro Hero 7 Black
If you’re looking for the best action cameras, these 2 are so ridiculously similar that it’s hard to distinguish which one’s ‘better’ or rather fits you best.
That’s why I’ve decided to go through some of the key differences.
Front Screen – Vloggers Check This Out!
Most notable of all, the Osmo action packs a second front full colour screen, while the Hero 7 only has a quick status screen to check whether it’s recording and what setup it’s in.
Previously on the Hero 7 and many other action cams, while vlogging, the only thing you can do is pray that you’re in the shot.
But that’s usually not much of a problem since the shots on action cams are so wide.
However, with this new addition of the full colour screen on the Osmo action, things just got a lot easier since you can now easily frame yourself in the shot without having to worry too much.
However, there’re 2 caveats of the colour screen.
Firstly, you won’t be able to switch screens without disrupting the recording.
So if you suddenly decide that you want to swap to the front screen to vlog yourself and your friends, sadly you won’t be able to keep all of that in one clip.
And secondly, only 1 screen can be switched on at a time.
Thus if you’re using the front screen and wish to make some minor adjustment in the settings panel, you’d have to manually switch the screen back and forth, which can be quite troublesome to be honest.
However, that said, the inclusion of a front colour screen is a great concept and one that GoPro should strive to do, but it certainly can be improved further!
RockSteady VS HyperSmooth (DJI >GoPro)
OSMO action has a “delay” to its stabilization but to me it doesn’t really affect the shots as you can see.
Contrary to many Osmo action users, I believe there’s nothing wrong with that “delay’ as I feel that it’s done purposefully to remove any accidental shake.
This should be common sense but at the end of the day, what matters is how stable and smooth your shots are.
By that, the Rocksteady stabilization on the Osmo action wins it.
Though the differences aren’t very profound, you can still see it if you look carefully at the background.
Futhermore, in panning axis, the stabilization on the Hero 7 is practically non-existent (8:17 on vide)
Slow Mo + Stabilize (GoPro > DJI)
Though slow mo that’s used very often, I’d still like to point out:
Hero 7 Black – Up to 1080p 120fps
DJI Osmo Action – Up to 1080p 60fps
If you’re relatively new to action cams, the audio quality you get from these mics usually suck. (compared to other devices such as phones, video cameras, etc)
This’s usually due to the built-in waterproofing on these action cams which can really muff the audio.
When comparing these 2 cams side by side, the audio on the Osmo action noticeably is softer and muffler compared to the Hero 7.
However, hope’s not all gone.
If you have the extra budget and don’t mind the bulkiness of carrying an external mic, you can opt for one through an adapter (for Hero 7 / OSMO action not released yet) which will improve its audio tremendously.
DJI entering the action cam industry is certainly an advantageous move for us, consumers, since it fosters competition within the industry which further drives up the quality of action cams and futher push prices lower. (Hero 7 dropped price to match that of Osmo Action)
You can see this all around such as when Yi decides to sell the 4K+ which was the first to achieve 4K 60fps shooting and many other companies follow suit.
Or even something more related, like the Hypersmooth stabilization on the Hero 7 Black, that pushed many companies (SJCAM SJ9, Osmo Action, etc) to release action cams that is capable of better results.
Anyways, if you’re looking for a new flagship action cam, you have 3 options: Hero 7, Osmo Action or if you’re not that urgent and can wait for about a little less than half a year, wait for the Hero 8.
But I can guarentee you no matter what your decision is, provided it’s a logical one, you can’t go wrong with it!