Since its announcement, the DJI OsmoAction 3 (opens in new tab) is on every thrill-seeker’s lips thanks to the action camera that goes back to DJI’s original design and offers the world’s best specifications to match, making it one of our cameras best GoPro alternatives (opens in new tab).
At a glance, the Osmo Action 3 shows that DJI has returned to a more traditional 70 x 44 x 32 mm (2.76 x 1.73 x 1.25 inch) single-unit design. This may give up some of the cool gadget factor of its modular predecessor, the DJI Action 2 (opens in new tab). However, the design allows for a single removable battery that can provide up to 210 minutes of operation. It’s also waterproof up to 16m (52ft) without an additional housing, beating the GoPro Hero10 (opens in new tab) around 6m (20ft).
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The EIS remains excellent from the previous generation; RockSteady and HorizonBalancing both produce smooth videos of aggressive action. For most, 4K is the ideal resolution for action, especially at up to 120fps. While it’s a little sad to see the modular design seemingly being abandoned, the Action 3 is easier to manage and more powerful. The only sacrifice is the larger size and weight, but even then it still has the GoPro beat.
The Osmo Action 3’s 155˚ lens (12.7mm EFL) is mounted in a shield used to protect the camera. The raised edge and the supplied rubber edge are intended to prevent damage to the view.
The Action 3 body sticks a color sensor in the “O” of the Action 3 badge, which can quickly change the white balance during a shot, for example if you break through the water’s surface. There are also three microphones – two on each end of the word “Action” and another on top of the case. These are used for active noise suppression.
The device weighs a not inconsiderable 145 g; This is normal for an action cam, but will be noticeable on a standard commuter bike helmet (although still 5g lighter than the GoPro Hero 10).
Like the current DJI Mini 3 Pro (opens in new tab) Drone, DJI also thought of portrait format creatives. The camera’s gyros detect what angle the camera is being used and automatically shoot at the correct one (a lock is in place), and the snap-in frame includes a vertical mount.
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