DJI, the drone maker, has introduced the Osmo Action camera, a tiny 4K video camera with exceptional image quality and image stabilization.
DJI said the 1/2.3-inch sensor records 12-megapixel photos and 4K video up to 60fps at 100Mbps. A three-glass aspherical lens design records low-distortion content and aids in reducing warping effects for improved scenes. The lens cap is finished with two layers of anti-fingerprint coating to keep the shot clean during use, as well as an anti-reflective coating to reduce the unwanted effects of lens glare. This gives users more flexibility to shoot in bright conditions.
DJI said the Osmo Action is dustproof, shockproof, waterproof and has the ability to operate in sub-freezing temperatures. The camera has color screens on both the front and back and a design feature that allows for more convenient scene composition while on the move. The 2.25-inch rear touchscreen employs a water- and fingerprint-repelling coating, and the 1.4-inch front screen makes vlogging easier. With a brightness of 750 nits, Osmo Action can be used in harsh lighting conditions, including direct sunlight.
Osmo Action's has an interactive user interface, Action OS. Three dedicated buttons are used to power on, initiate recording and rotate through the video and photo capture modes. A SnapShot feature allows the Osmo Action to turn on and begin recording in under two seconds by pressing the shutter button once.
The camera can withstand drops to five feet and operates at a depth of 36 feet under water without a housing. It can withstand temperatures of 14 degrees F.
Incorporating experience creating three-axis mechanical gimbals, Osmo Action is the first DJI handheld camera to include RockSteady, DJI's Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) technology. High-performance stabilization algorithms work in conjunction with EIS to record every movement in smooth, stable video, even when recording 4K/60fps. The camera is also capable of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video in 4K/30fps, delivering an additional three stops of dynamic range to the scene, natural transitions between light and dark areas, and rich details that are often lost in complex lighting conditions.
Osmo Action has a removable battery with a run time of 93 minutes recording at 4K/30fps with RockSteady enabled, and 135 minutes recording at 1080p/30fps without RockSteady. Dual microphones let users take advantage of Osmo Action's Voice Control, and a speaker ensures outstanding playback quality.
Osmo Action retails for $349 and will start shipping immediately.
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