DJI Osmo Action 3, the unexpected challenger

It’s a bit of an unexpected surprise of the day since DJI took advantage of this return to already replace the Action 2. Here is the new DJI Osmo Action 3.

We did not expect to see DJI replacing the Action 2 so quickly with its modular system but the fact is that DJI has just formalized its brand new actioncam, the DJI Osmo Action 3. The first thing we notice is the return of the Osmo name, which we thought was ancient history, but the Chinese manufacturer must have realized that the brand Osmo was much stronger than expected.

“Since the launch of the original Osmo Action camera in 2019, we have continuously been inspired by its incredible images captured by its users,” said Paul Pan, Product Manager at DJI. “As our users go further, move faster and dive deeper, our mission is to provide them with a device that can meet their expectations. Each new feature has made the Osmo Action 3 the most reliable, robust and easy to use action camera. We can’t wait to see what they create as they push their limits with the DJI Osmo Action 3.”

DJI Osmo Action 3

A new battery

It’s 2022 and as you might expect, DJI has adapted to market demands. Also, the new DJI Osmo Action 3 offers a new 1770mAh battery that can recharge from 0% to 80% in just 18 minutes and up to 100% in 50 minutes. It also supports low temperatures down to -20°C. According to manufacturer data, with this new battery, DJI promises up to 160 minutes of video recording.

In the age of social networks, the DJI Osmo Action 3 obviously supports portrait format and its magnetic attachment system from Action 2 allows you to quickly switch between landscape mode and portrait mode, which is not the case of actioncams with such a format. Of course, the Osmo Action 3 is waterproof up to 16m deep.

DJI Osmo Action 3

Technologies

On the technology side, the DJI Osmo Action 3 offers a 1/1.7″ sensor with an ultra-wide 155° lens and is capable of recording videos up to 4K at 120fps. DJI has also worked on heat dissipation and allows recording in 4K at 60fps until the battery is depleted. And unsurprisingly, there is also the D-Cinelike mode which is also available in Slow Motion and Timelapse modes.

Of course, we find the RockSteady stabilization which goes to version 3.0 and which is compatible with 4K recording at 120fps. There is also HorizonSteady horizon maintenance and HorizonBalancing technology which corrects tilt horizontally to ± 45°. Coming perfectly between RockSteady and HorizonSteady, this mode puts priority on a fluid image in a dynamic environment, such as an FPV obstacle course for example.

DJI Osmo Action 3

A 2nd screen

GoPro offers a 2nd front screen, The DJI Osmo Action 3 also offers a front but touchscreen screen, which allows you to control the settings without having to turn the actioncam over. Note also the presence of 3 microphones with stereo recording and wind noise reduction. And finally, the DJI Osmo Action still offers a webcam mode and a live broadcast mode.

DJI Osmo Action 3

Additional Features

  • Shutter/Record Button and Quick Change Button allow for immediate recording and instant mode change.
  • Quick switching between five custom modes provides access to user-created camera modes at the touch of a button.
  • The multifunctional battery case can store three batteries and two microSD cards, quickly and smartly charge three batteries, and can be used with these batteries as a power bank to charge other devices like your smartphone.
  • A voice alert informs users of current modes without having to disassemble the camera.
  • Voice control recognizes voice commands to control the camera when hands are busy.
  • InvisiStick for skiing digitally recognizes and masks the selfie stick in winter sports situations.
  • Drop-resistant from 1.5m with Corning Gorilla Glass designed for touchscreens and lens protection.
  • Timelapse with low power consumption, preset for common scenarios (crowds, clouds, sunset) and dynamic timelapse video stabilization for smooth exposure and color temperature changes.
  • The Digital lens shoots in Standard (Dewarp), Wide, and Ultra-wide mode for all shooting modes.
  • Digital zoom up to 4x can be adjusted during recording for better image composition.
  • Compatibility of DJI mics via Type-C port and external mics via 3.5mm to Type-C cable.
  • Loop recording for continuous recording according to a preset time.

DJI Osmo Action 3

Price and availability

The Osmo Action 3 is available in several kits. The Osmo Action 3 Standard bundle is priced at 359 Euros and includes the Osmo Action 3, an Extreme battery, the horizontal-vertical protective frame, the quick-release adapter holder and the flat adhesive base. The Osmo Action 3 Adventure bundle is priced at 459 Euros and includes the Osmo Action 3, three Extreme batteries, the horizontal-vertical protective frame, two quick-release adapter mounts, an Osmo flat adhesive base and the battery case multifunctional.

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