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. For example, you might want an external mic, a case or a tripod mount. Here’s my pick of the best:
1. DJI Osmo Pocket Controller Wheel
If I could only buy one accessory for the DJI Osmo Pocket it would be the DJI Osmo Pocket Controller Wheel. 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.
Attaching the Controller Wheel means you can’t connect your phone, but with better control over the gimbal, there’s far less need to do that.
2. 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).
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 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. Meanwhile, the Wireless Module retails for £53 and $59 at the same outlets. However, 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.
3. PolarPro Minimalist Case
The Osmo Pocket 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.
The combination of the customised foam, mesh pocket and the rigid exterior make this the best case for the DJI Osmo Pocket.
4. 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. 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.
5. PolarPro Osmo Pocket Tripod Mount
This is a simple plastic cage that clamps on to the DJI Osmo Pocket. It has a 1/4-20 thread at the base and another its right side. This means you can mount the camera on a tripod and attach a light, mic or the Rode Wireless Go receiver on the side.
Helpfully, the cage fits around the USB-C port in the base of the Osmo Pocket. Consequently, you can connect a charging cable or the Mic Adapter while the Tripod Mount is fitted (but not if it’s mounted on a tripod).
The Tripod Mount is also compatible with the Controller Wheel.
It’s worth noting that PolarPro supplies the Tripod Mount as part of the Pocket Grip System. So, if you’re tempted by the Mount, it’s worth considering paying a little more to get the Grip as well.
6. PolarPro Osmo Pocket Grip System
While it’s useful to use your phone as a screen for the DJI Osmo Pocket, you need to support the phone with your hand to keep it safe. The PolarPro Osmo Pocket Grip System, however, has spring-loaded phone mount that holds your phone safely while it’s connected to your DJI Osmo Pocket.
Meanwhile, your Osmo Pocket is held inside the included PolarPro Tripod Mount which slots into the main grip section. This grip makes the whole set-up comfortable to hold one-handed. There’s also a 1/4-20 thread for mounting your camera and phone on a tripod.
There are also two more 1/4-20 threads on the top and bottom of the phone grip. These are useful for attaching a mic and/or light.
Buy the PolarPro Osmo Pocket Grip System from Adorama
7. 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.
8. Rode Wireless Go
Rode’s Wireless Go is a wireless mic system. It includes a transmitter with a built-in mic and a receiver that connects to the Osmo Pocket via the Mic Adapter. And as you can see from the image above, it’s very small.
If you prefer, you can connect a lavalier mic to the transmitter, but the Wireless Go’s inbuilt omnidirectional mic works very well in a range of conditions. The transmitter has clip to attach it to your clothes.
Rode includes an SC2 cable for connecting the receiver to the Osmo Pocket via the Mic Adapter as well as two USB-C cables for charging the batteries in the transmitter and receiver. There are also two fur windshields to reduce wind noise in blustery conditions.
The Rode Wireless Go is so easy to use that I had mine working within a few seconds of the batteries being charged.
As the Wireless Go has a range of 70m, you don’t have to be right next to your Osmo Pocket for it to record what you’re saying. This, the small size and the excellent audio quality makes the Rode Wireless Go one of the best mics for the DJI Osmo Pocket. Add in the PolarPro Tripod Mount or Grip System and a cold shoe to mount the Wireless Go’s transceiver to one of the 1/4-20 threads and you’ve got an excellent vlogging system.
PolarPro Osmo Pocket Gimbal Lock
While the Controller Wheel is great, you can’t fit the Osmo Pocket in its supplied case with it mounted. This means you have to slip it in and out of the accessory mount if you want to keep the gimbal and camera lens safe in your pocket or bag. However, PolarPro has a simple solution, the Osmo Pocket Gimbal Lock. This carefully shaped piece of plastic snaps onto the Osmo Pocket to lock the gimbal in one place and cover the camera lens.
Helpfully, there’s enough room in the Gimbal Lock to leave a PolarPro filter mounted on the lens. That’s very convenient when you’re rushing from one event to another. You just need to snap on the lock, stash the camera in your pocket and you’re off. Then when you get to the next shooting location you can remove the lock, start-up the Osmo Pocket and you’re ready to roll with the filter and Controller Wheel all ready in position.
Further good news is the Gimbal Lock is compatible with the PolarPro Osmo Pocket Tripod Mount.
10. 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.