The DJI Osmo Pocket is one of my favourite products that’s come along in recent times. I loved the GoPro Karma Grip combined with the GoPro Hero6 Black, but the DJI Osmo Pocket takes things to another level. Part of the reason behind that is the Osmo Pocket’s small size. You can slip it in your pocket ready to whip out and be shooting within seconds.
Quality-wise the footage is up there with the best action cameras, if not better in some instances.
Another great thing about the DJI Osmo Pocket is that it’s easy to use. However, there are a few accessories that can help you get a bit more from it. Here’s my pick below:
DJI Osmo Pocket Expansion Kit
The DJI Osmo Pocket Expansion Kit includes four items that can all be bought separately, but buying them together is cheaper. The kit is made up of the DJI Osmo Pocket Controller Wheel, Wireless Module, Accessory Mount Adapter and a 32GB Samsung microSD card.
Of those items, the DJI Osmo Pocket Controller Wheel is the most useful (unless you don’t already have a microSD card). It makes it far easier to pan the Osmo Pocket’s gimbal smoothly. What’s more, it has a switch so you can flick quickly between using the wheel to pan horizontally or vertically.
If you want to shoot time lapses or vlogs, the Wireless Module is another great addition. It’s basically a small docking station with wireless connectivity for the Osmo Pocket. Around the back, there’s a USB-C connection that slots into the Pocket’s USB-C port.
The Module’s Wi-Fi system allows you to wirelessly connect the Osmo Pocket to a smartphone running the DJI Mimo app. Once the connection is made, you can control the Pocket remotely with all the usual Mimo controls. You can even transfer video and stills wirelessly.
You can buy the DJI Osmo Pocket Controller Wheel for £53 from Wex Photo Video or $59 from Adorama, while the Wireless Module retails for £53 and $59 at the same outlets. Meanwhile, Wex sells the Osmo Pocket Expansion kit for £99. and Adorama sells it for $109, making the Expansion Kit’s value very clear if you want a couple of the components.
PolarPro Minimalist Case
The OsmoPocket comes with a neat little case, but it can’t hold all the components of the Expansion Kit. that’s where the PolarPro Minimalist Case comes in. This semi-rigid case opens like a clamshell to reveal the foam-filled interior that’s perfectly shaped to house everything you need.
Helpfully, the Osmo Pocket space is shaped to accommodate the camera with the Controller Wheel attached. That means it’s ready to roll with a press of the power button.
There are also slots to hold both of the supplied smartphone connectors. In addition, the zip-close mesh pocket can hold a set of PolarPro’s ND filters for the Osmo Pocket, the charging cable and the DJI Osmo Pocket Mic Adapter.
PolarPro Osmo Pocket Vivid Collect Cinema Series ND Filters
To get the best-looking footage, videographers routinely use ND filters to keep the shutter speed to twice the frame rate. It’s known as the 180-degree shutter rule and it’s advisable to follow it with the DJI Osmo Pocket.
PolarPro offers a range of ND filters that are specifically designed for the Osmo Pocket. Helpfully, they’re magnetic so they can be quickly popped on and off the camera as you need. They also come in a hard case to keep them safe. It’s a little bit fiddly to slip the filters back in the case, but it’s better than them rattling around.
PolarPro’s Vivid Collection contains three different strength filters, each with a rotating polarizer section that enables you to reduce reflection and glare and boost colour saturation. The filters are ND4/PL, ND8/PL, ND16/PL, which means they cut out 2, 3 or 4Ev of light.
The filers have a high-quality feel with an aluminium frame that’s lightweight and easy to grasp.
The Cinema Series is PolarPro’s highest-quality range of filters, using glass with a low refractive index. They also have 16 layers of coatings to reduce problems with reflections, scratches, fingerprints and water droplets. They are available for the Osmo Pocket for £52.99 / $59.99 on Amazon.
DJI Osmo Pocket Mic Adapter
If you want to get a bit more serious about the audio you record with your Osmo Pocket video, you need to get the DJI Osmo Pocket Mic Adapter. Lots of people have tried to get their microphone to work with a different adapter and it just doesn’t happen.
DJI’s Mic Adapter allows you to attach a wide variety of mics to the Osmo Pocket to record sound. However, I found it won’t let you connect an XLR mic via an iRig Pre. Happily, a quick change of cable to an XLR/3.5mm type solves that issue. Bingo, a nice mobile interview kit!
DJI seems to be drip-feeding this little USB-C to 3.5mm adapter into the market, so if you find one, snap it up. It’s set to retail for £35 in Wex Photo Video and $39 in B&H Photo Video. However, we found one on Amazon UK for £24.46 and Amazon US for $31.99.
PolarPro Osmo Pocket Wifi Tripod Adapter
This is one of those very simple little devices that is also super handy. If you’re using the DJI Wireless Module to control the Osmo Pocket remotely, the chances are that you need to mount the camera on something. Well, how about a tripod?
A thread in the base of this adapter allows it to be attached to a tripod quick release plate. That, in turn, lets it be popped on a tripod head. And it’s perfectly shaped to hold the Wireless Module while still letting you see the connection light and access the USB-C port. Nice.