It’s here, boys and girls. On May 15th, DJI will officially reveal their very own action camera to rival GoPro’s HERO7 and Sony’s RX0 II.
For now we only know details from leaks, which aren’t always reliable, but we will update you with the official specs after the reveal.
The most interesting feature so far is the inclusion of a secondary, front-facing display, something which will set it apart from its competitors, and it will prove useful for those who want to take selfies or V-log recordings.
Other interesting features include its waterproof housing, meaning you won’t need to buy an extra case. It will come with a removable bezel to allow the use of accessories like a fish-eye lens.
The Osmo Action may come with a 12.2 MP Sony IMX377 CMOS image sensor, the same one used in the DJI Mavic Pro, and it will probably be able to record video at 4K60FPS with 8x slow motion.
These are all specs that we could get in this camera:
• Image stabilization system
• Dual LCD display
• 1/2.3′′ 12MP CMOS Image Sensor – Sony IMX377
• Ambarella H2 image processor
• FOV: 145° f2.8
• Shutter: 1/8000-120s
• Video specifications: 4K60p with 8x slow motion, 1080p video 120k
• HDR and automatic time-lapse photography
• Shooting mode: single, AEB continuous shooting, countdown shooting, multiple continuous shooting, interval shooting
Here are some images from the leaks:
DJI & GoPro Rivalry?
For GoPro, the announcement of this action camera from DJI is a huge deal.
GoPro tried to enter the drones market with the Karma in late 2016. However, reviewers unfavorably compared it to competing devices from DJI, calling it an expensive and unfinished product. All Karma units had to be recalled in November of that same year, due to the drone suddenly losing power during flight.
Karma made GoPro lose 373$ million in Q4 2016, and has not had a profitable quarter since 2015. That is something which analysts claim could be fixed after the discontinuation of Karma. After all, the operating and R&D expenses were too great. GoPro seems to be confident in their profitability, though, thanks to the success of the HERO7.
But now, DJI has come to face them directly. With a product that will challenge GoPro’s essential monopoly on the action cameras market. Entering a new market is always difficult, and only time will tell whether DJI can succeed where GoPro failed.