The DJI Osmo Pocket has become a welcomed addition to my camera bag. It's ease of use, great results, and small size that takes up next to no space when compared to other gear has earned it's place in the bag. Since this camera is so small and compact (you can literally fit it in your pocket... as the name inplies), there are a few features that I feel they left off of the camera to retain it's small form factor and keep costs down. The features fall onto the accessories category, but some of these accessories are just helpful and nice to have items.
For example, you need to use a (at the time of this writing, unreleased) microphone adapter to use an external mic, and in order to mount the Osmo Pocket to a tripod - you'll need an adapter. Not everyone needs this functionality in a camera like this, so in order to retain a smaller price point and small form factor, you'll have to buy these accessories separately from the Osmo Pocket.
The DJI Charging Case has finally been released! It took a long time for this accessory to come but I'm excited to say it's finally released. At the time of writing this, I've just placed my order for one and have not received it yet. Case has a 1500mAh battery for charging, can hold 2 micro SD cards, four ND filters and 2 smart phone adapters!
If you want to use an external audio source, you are forced to use an adapter to make that happen. DJI has recently released the 3.5mm audio adapter for the Osmo Pocket.
While this technically isn't an accessory, the Osmo Pocket is a camera that I beat around a lot. Not because I'm being reckless with it, but just because I always have it with me either in my pocket, or my bag. So having the piece of mind that if something happens to my Osmo Pocket, like dropping it or something falling on it - the Osmo Shield will cover it! The best part is, it's only $29.
For filming timelapse, motionlapse or long exposures, using a tripod is a must - even considering the great stabilization of the Osmo Pocket, but to use a tripod you'll have to get an adapter.
Shooting time lapses and motion lapses with the DJI Mimio app and the Osmo Pocket is a breeze, but sometimes you can't leave your phone connected to the Osmo Pocket but want a larger screen to monitor your shots. This is where a Smart Phone / Tablet Extension Cord comes in handy! Being able to use an off-board screen is also nice for using a tablet, and is relatively in expensive compared to the DJI Wifi module.
The DJI Wifi Module is one of my favorite accessories for the Osmo Pocket, hands down. Since you have to use the Osmo Pocket with the app to access some of the more advanced features, the ability to communicate with the Osmo Pocket wirelessly makes the entire process a lot easier! The wireless module plugs into the bottom of the Osmo Pocket and also features a USB-C Port so you can power the device using a USB power bank or wall charger for long timelapse/motionlapse shoots.
The Osmo Pocket is powered by the USB-C port on the bottom of the device. Great news is that if you plan on doing longer shoots with the Osmo Pocket, you can use any USB external power bank to provide the juice you need for your shoot! There are plenty of cheap USB power banks on Amazon, I've linked below a few of my favorites - but any USB power banks should work here. Bonus, you can charge your phones/tables/go pros with these power banks as well!
Just like drones, ND Filters are one of the best accessories you can buy for your Osmo Pocket. Since the ISO should always be as low as possible (100), and the aperture is locked at f2.8, and the shutter speed should be double your frame rate to abide by the 180 degree shutter rule - filming in bright locations can seem impossible to properly expose. That's where ND filters come into play, allowing you to darken down your overall image to the proper exposure, allowing you to keep all your other settings within the 180 degree shutter rule for nice cinematic looking footage. I love Polar Pro, Neewer or Freewell filters. Polar Pro Cinema Series are the best of the best, but come with a price tag as well. Neewer or Freewell tend to be a little cheaper without looking soft.
- Polar Pro Cinema Series ND Filters on Amazon
- Polar Pro Cinema Series ND & Polarized Filters on Amazon
- Freewell ND Filters on Amazon
- DJI ND Filters on DJI
Sometimes having a ton of mounts for the Osmo Pocket allows you to film in new ways you didn't think were possible. Like using the suction cup mount to stick to a window and film a time lapse, where you wouldn't be able to fit a tripod. Or using the bike mount to attach to a sign high up off the ground where no other mount would be able to fit. Having a grab bag of attachments is pretty helpful sometimes. I found a 'cheap' grab bag assortment of adapters on Amazon, that I've found pretty useful. These action camera-style mounts are great tools to have and see which ones you use, and upgrade mounts as needed instead of going out and buying the highest end, top of the line mounts that you might not use as much as you thought. Get creative!
Give your phone more support when it's connected to the Osmo Pocket. Also features a cold shoe mount so you can add a microphone or light to the top of your phone. Love this because it reduces the strain on the lightning/usb port.
I find it difficult to use the on screen app controls to smoothly control the gimbal while filming - the DJI control wheel helps a lot by offering you greater precision when tilting and panning the gimbal. Can be used with one hand, and eliminates the need for your phone to be attached to the Osmo Pocket to control the gimbal tilt/pan.
Fast Micro SD Cards
An SD Card is mandatory to use the DJI Osmo Pocket. The Osmo Pocket records to a SD memory card, not your phone or internal storage. Since the Osmo Pocket can record 4K 60fps and 1080p 120 fps, you'll need a fast memory card with write speeds that can keep up with the data.
I've linked below all of the compatible memory cards at DJI and Amazon. Amazon usually has a better price, just a heads up.
- Sandisk Micro SD 128gb at Amazon
- Sandisk Micro SD 128gb at DJI
- Sandisk Micro SD 64gb at Amazon
- Sandisk Micro SD 64gb at DJI
The Osmo Pocket is a small camera, and it's easy to accidentally drop or put on a questionable surface when you're done using it - it helps to have a good case for the camera. Not only for protection, but it gives you a place to keep all of your Osmo Pocket, accessories and cables in one place so you don't lose them. The Polar Pro case is made to securely house the Osmo Pocket and all of the DJI accessories installed.
If you're looking for an upgraded action camera holder, either of these will work great. If you're looking for a smaller mount, check out the DJI Osmo Pocket Accessory Mount, and if you're looking for a mount that is a little beefier and has multiple attachement points, check out the Polar Pro Action Mount for DJI Osmo Pocket. The Polar Pro is a little more expensive, but allows you to mount your camera sideways, which is helpful sometimes.