The Osmo Action Camera was released on may 2019.It has a price of $320 to $325.
Design and display
The Osmo Action has a similar big-lens rear-screen style and uses very similar housing to the entire Hero 7 line, and the same mounting system too.On the front is a 1.4-inch screen that gets nice and bright for great outdoor view ability – up to 750 nits, with a pixel density of 300 PPI. To the right of it is a giant lens, shielded by a screw-on lens protector.
A USB-C port and a micro SD card slot sit under a flap to the right of the Osmo Action. At the base is where you’ll find a couple of latches that release the battery, while on the back is the touch display. Power, record and quick switch buttons are dotted around the top and right side, and while they’re a bit spongy, they also deliver decent click-feedback.
Its screen is a quarter of an inch larger than that of the Go Pro Heroes at 2.25 inches, and that extra size is welcome, as is its 16:9 aspect ratio, making it feel much, much larger when shooting in that aspect ratio than the 4:3 Go Pro display.
Touch sensitivity is on-point and is helped along by an intuitive menu system. The primary display gets just as bright as the front one – 750 nits but it is a bit crisper at 325 PPI.
Video quality of footage captured on the Osmo Action is both crisp and slick, taking on the Go Pro Hero 7 and 8 head-on.
Its image stabilization, called Rock Steady, may not be as held-together as the Hero 8’s Boosted Hyper Smooth 2.0, which applies an aggressive crop factor, but it’s in the same league as both Go Pros’ default stabilization, juddering with heavy impact while keeping standard shake looking nice and clean.the Action shoots up to 4K 4:3 at 30 fps, or 4K 16:9 at 60 fps. 720 p and 1080 p frame rates climb up to 240 fps, though Rock Steady caps out at 60 fps irrespective of resolution. As for photos, they’re captured at 12 MP with good lighting, excellent video across resolutions, with plenty of detail throughout the scene. You can keep that fish eye ultra-wide look, or de-warp your image in the settings, reducing the angle of view, which at its widest is around 148 degrees. Dynamic range can be expanded with HDR mode, which works in the most challenging conditions. While when the Osmo Action first launched, it pulled up occasional ghosting when shooting HDR video
Running with a bespoke touch UI, the Osmo Action is easy to get to grips with. Power it on and you’re straight in there with a viewfinder and ready to shoot with the touch of a button.
Swipe down from the top, and the first item on the menu is an incredibly handy custom profile maker. The pull-down menu is also where you control brightness, lock the screen, access more settings, toggle auto-rotate, spot metering, voice control and toggle whether or not the front-screen shows a cropped image at 4:3 or a letter boxed one at 16:9.Back to the viewfinder, and a swipe in from the left pulls up your gallery, complete with filters so you can drill down into a specific type of video or photo captured. Pull in from the right of the viewfinder to access deep controls over your photos or video – dewarp, change color profile, etc, and swipe up from the bottom to set your frame rate and resolution.You can also tell it what to do by activating voice controls for basic tasks like recording, shutting down or switching screens, and in the settings, there’s an option to toggle the shooting modes that appear when you press the Quick Switch physical button. Between this feature and Custom Profiles, you can have whatever more you need be just a click or two away.
Battery and accessories
Screen-on time and Wi-Fi connections to a phone will be the biggest drains to the Osmo Action’s 1300mAh battery. You’ll be able to get through a full day out grabbing 30-second to two-minute clips shot at regular intervals, but if you’re planning on getting long bouts of footage, pack a power bank or a spare battery. The Osmo Action has two microphones, which struggle with wind and loud noise. You can fire up wind noise reduction in the settings, and this takes the edge off, but for anything beyond casual vlogging and reference audio, you’ll want to invest in a USB-C microphone adapter from DJI’s online store, or an external audio recorder.