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DJI Osmo Pocket Overview | stuff

If you’re not filming event highlights, the bag can step in to make even the everyday look magical.

When you dive into the menus, you have the option to take 12-megapixel photos, take automatic panoramas, record in slow motion, and record time-lapse videos. The last of these features is especially impressive, especially when you provide Motionlapse mode: set a start and end point for your clip by manually moving the gimbal and tapping the screen. Select a recording interval and the bag will gradually capture a time-lapse panning for a truly cinematic effect.

Would you like to try it out? The wireless module (part of the extension kit) also serves as a practical base and enables remote control of smartphones at the same time.

When it comes to smartphones, the Osmo pouch enters another area when you connect it to your blower using the included Lightning or USB-C adapters. It’s a bit of a cumbersome solution with your phone sticking out at a right angle on the little nub, but it’s worth it: launch the Mimo app and you’ll find all of the above recording modes at your fingertips, and in many cases, too. both easier to control and with additional functions. For example, ActiveTrack takes on a different dimension on a phone screen, with the option to draw a square around an object that you want to track.

In the app you will also find the story mode, which offers a number of video templates with preset gimbals. It’s as easy as choosing a theme, recording each clip, and waiting for the app to put them together before launching a nifty mini-video with quick transitions. It’s not as customizable as many might want, but the results can be pretty impressive and it would take a while to manually replicate using the editing software.

However, the Mimo app is not immune to interference. It crashed a few times while some of the pre-programmed plot movements just didn’t result in any physical action on the camera. In general, it comes down to just restarting the app, but it’s a frustrating problem for the otherwise strong partner software.

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