It’s been a year since the release of the DJI OSMO Action 3 and now, the all new, although surprisingly similar DJI OSMO Action 4 has been released. It seems that DJI has taken a page from the GoPro song book, in as far as the OSMO Action took a performance boost last year and this year refines those features.
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Because of this the DJI OSMO Action 4 initially looks, aside from the 4 on the front like almost the same camera as the Action 3, however, check the specifications and there is a difference in the sensor. Going from a 1/1.7-inch to a 1/1.3-inch looks set to boost the video quality, low light and all round feature set.
Another thing to note is that action cameras have always been associated with outdoor sports enthusiasts, throwing themselves off mountains, speeding round racetracks and inevitably finding new and ingenious ways to film themselves narrowly avoiding death. However, in recent years it’s become obvious that action cameras are also well suited to many far more sedate activities and this has been the challenge for action camera manufacturers to find that wider appeal.
The small size, high image quality and features make action cameras a perfect everyday camera, and as they’re designed to tough it out in the most extreme conditions, being stuffed into a coat or bag pocket is something that they are more than sturdy enough to cope with. Having that second camera as a companion to your phone also saves on valuable storage space and battery life, not to mention the fact that the video quality is also a huge step-up.
With this new camera DJI has focus on what it is people are after from this small go anywhere cameras and that’s exceptional image quality, unparalleled flexibility, low-light performance and of course ease of use.
Improved Image Quality and Low-Light Performance
One of the standout features of the Osmo Action series has been it’s excellent image quality. Now the OSMO Action 4 sees an increase in its imaging potential with the invlcusion of a 1/1.3-inch image sensor, wide f/2.8 aperture, and 2.4μm-equivalent pixel size, enabling it to shoot 4K video at a staggering 120fps. The camera’s 155° ultra-wide field of view ensures you can capture shots full of detail, even in low-light conditions.
Rock-Solid Stabilization and Flexibility
Image stabalisation has really been the break through feature for action cameras in recent years and now DJI introduces a major boost to the already impressive RockSteady suite of stabalising tools. With its 360° HorizonSteady stabilization modes, including the FPV-focused RockSteady 3.0/3.0+ and the HorizonBalancing/HorizonSteady for horizontal shots, you can achieve stable and high-quality imagery in various sports and non-sporty scenarios. Moreover, the 10-bit D-Log M colour mode, offeris over one billion colours and a wider dynamic range, opens up a world of possibilities for post-production editing, making is an ideal choice to intergrate in with professional workflows as well as just having some fun.
Robust Battery and Versatile Features
One of the feature that is really making the Osmo Action 4 stand out is the battery life that offers over 2.5 hours without interruption. Recharging has also been addressed and it’s now possible to boost the battery charge in just 18 minutes to reach 80%.
To make the use of the OSMO action as easy as possible the actual handling of the camera has been carefully considered. A magnetic quick-release design allows for swift switching between setups, while dual water-stain resistant touchscreens provide a hassle-free way to adjust parameters during selfies, mode switching, or video playback. Customisable modes and a Quick Switch button make transitions between shooting modes seamless, and the native vertical shooting capability opens new creative possibilities without sacrificing quality.
Adventure with Confidence: Durability and Waterproof Rating
Like all true action cameras the DJI OSMO Action 4 has been designed for extreme environments, and can withstand depths of up to 18 meters without the need for a separate waterproof case. The camera and its accompanying Waterproof Case have an IP68 waterproof rating, giving you confidence to take it on aquatic adventures, even in high water impact pressure environments. The Osmo Action 4 is also dust-resistant and freeze-resistant, ensuring that it can keep up with the most daring pursuits.
Price and Availability
The Osmo Action 4 is available today from store.dji.com and authorised retail partners.
DJI Osmo Action 4 Standard Combo retails for £379 / €429,
DJI Osmo Action 4 Adventure Combo retails for £469 / €529.
Both combos include essential accessories to enhance the filming experience.