The new improved Osmo Pocket 2 was officially released today. Unfortunately, the great specs are paired with a spicy price tag too. In this article, we will try to discover if there are any good Osmo Pocket 2 alternatives for less money.
DJI is best known as the dominant market leader in drone technology, but it also has a wide range of handheld stabilizers for land-based photography with smartphones and cameras of all sizes. Back in December 2018, the original Osmo Pocket was the first palm-sized gimbal that has a built-in 4K camera and it was shortly followed by Xiaomi’s FIMI Palm gimbal.
The Osmo Pocket 2 combines a three-axis mechanical gimbal, with a 64MP camera built around a 1/1.7-inch sensor and a small live-view touchscreen. In contrast, the Feiyu Pocket gimbal has only an 8.5MP sensor, and the FIMI Palm only a 12MP one.
The second-generation DJI OP measures 124.7×38.1×30 mm and weighs 117 grams. It fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and is perfect for slipping into your pocket. By comparison, the Feiyu Pocket has a size of 124.5 x 40.5 x 30 and a weight of 115 grams.
The OP2 camera has a focal length equivalent to 20mm, a field of view of 93 degrees, and an f/1.8 aperture. It can shoot 4K Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) footage with up to 60fps and 100Mbps. 1080p Full HD footage can be recorded at up to 2400p for 8x slow-motion playback. The new Osmo Pocket 2 features 8X digital zoom, which is 2 times more compared to its contenders.
While the Osmo Pocket 2 is powered by a built-in 875mAh battery, its two biggest rivals by an 875mAh respectively a 1000mAh. In terms of working time, the Feiyu Pocket gimbal with more than 3 hours battery life promises the most. Unfortunately, all 3 pocket gimbals have an integrated battery that can’t be replaced by the owner.
Osmo Pocket 2 vs Feiyu Pocket vs FiMI Palm: In-Depth Comparison Guide
In the table below I will try to compare the most important specs of each pocket gimbal. I highlighted with red where the new DJI Osmo Pocket 2 excels, with green where the Feiyu Pocket shines, and with blue the FiMI Palm’s absolute pros.
|Osmo Pocket 2||Feiyu Pocket||Fimi Palm|
|Dimensions||124.7×38.1×30 mm||124.5×40.5×30 mm||127x31x23 mm|
|Weight||117g / 4.12 oz||115g / 4.06oz||120 g / 4.23 oz|
|Stabilization||3-axis mechanical||3-axis mechanical||3-axis mechanical|
|Gimbal range||Pan: -250°-+90°
|Pan: -245° – +65°
Tilt: -105° – +105°
Roll: -90° – +90°
|Gimbal modes||Follow, Tilt Locked and FPV||360° POV all-follow mode
Two basic follow modes
|Follow, Pitch Lock, FPV and All Locked|
|Controls||Mode & Shutter buttons + Optional 5-way joystick||Mode + Shutter buttons||5-way joystick + Shutter button|
|Display||1.3″ Touchscreen||1.3″ Touchscreen||1.22″ Touchscreen|
|Sensor size||1/1.7″ CMOS||1/2.5″ CMOS||1/2.3″ CMOS|
|Max video resolution||[email protected]||[email protected]||[email protected]|
|Max bit-rate||100 Mbps||120 Mbps||100 Mbps|
|Digital Zoom||8x||–||4 X|
DJI Matrix Stereo
|Tripod mount||Yes, adapter||Yes||Yes|
|Battery||875 mAh||875 mAh||1000 mAh|
|Run time||140 minutes||270 minutes||240 minutes|
I hope I managed to give you a bit of an overview on what’s similar and what’s different between these 3 pocket gimbals. With a 64MP sensor, the Osmo Pocket 2 seems to be the most versatile stabilizer right now. On the other hand, advertised for only $159, the FIMI Palm is the most affordable 4K gimbal that you can buy at the moment.