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  • Writer's pictureTom David Frey

How good is DJIs Osmo Action Camera really?

Updated: Jul 7, 2020

15th of May 2019, 9AM.

Last drumroll.

DJI announces a new camera.

The industries ground trembles.

The announced new camera targets the so-far monopoly held by GoPro, the world-renowned manufacturer of action cameras. It might not collapse like a sandcastle immediately, but GoPro should better wrap up warmly.

DJIs brand-new camera, the Osmo Action, aims no lower than the top.

But how good is DJIs new action camera really?

And how much does it cost (click here to unveil the current price)?

And can DJI really threaten the long-established GoPro monopoly or is the new camera nothing but hot air?

We in advance of the official launch had the chance to take the brand new DJI Osmo Action to test.

DJI Osmo Action Camera

What you should know

GoPro vs. DJI.

Rings a bell? It does.

The two companies had a fierce fight back in the days when GoPro tried to bring down DJIs monopoly in the drone industry.

But after the Karma drone fell out of the sky too often, GoPro decided to turn that dream down.

Now, we again have the fight, but this time it is DJI attacking GoPro.

The question is: will DJI be more successful and able to dethrone them? Time will tell.

DJI Osmo Action versus GoPro Hero 7 Black

Photo: DJI Osmo Action and GoPro Hero 7 Black in Hamburg, Germany.


The Camera

DJIs new action camera joins the ranks of the successful Osmo series, and it lives up to its name: Action!

The Osmo Action is small, lightweight, and features a futuristic looking, roundish lens.

Its main touch display on the back is larger than what we are used to from other action cameras.

It gets spectacular when turning the Osmo Action around: a small actual display can be found right next to the lens. Where other companies only show some text on their screens, the one DJI installed shows what the camera sees.

It is perfect for vlogging, helmet, and self-filming (is that even a real term?).