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DJI Osmo Pocket handheld gimbal camera – The Quick Start Guide [video]

More and more details are coming out on the DJI Osmo Pocket ahead of DJI’s “Because Life is Big” event. DroneDJ just received the first images of the actual booklet that comes with the DJI Osmo Pocket handheld gimbal camera. Let’s take a look at the details from the DJI Osmo Pocket Quick Start Guide. 

The DJI Osmo Pocket handheld gimbal camera

In the Quick Start Guide, DJI refers to the device as the DJI Osmo Pocket handheld gimbal camera. On the front of the booklet, twelve languages are mentioned and an illustration of the device is shown.

When you open the booklet to page two and three, we learn a number of things.

What’s in the box

  • 1x DJI Osmo Pocket
  • 1x Cover
  • 1x USB-C Smartphone Adapter
  • 1x Lightning Smartphone Adapter
  • 1x Power Cable


“The OSMO Pocket is a handheld gimbal camera that combines mobility and stability in one device. It shoots sharp 12 MP still photos and stable video up to 4Kp60. the onboard touch screen displays a live feed from the camera and can control camera and gimbal movements. A mobile device connects to the DJI Mimo app where professional-quality videos can be created in Story Mode. Intelligent Modes such as ActiveTrack, Panorama, and Timelapse give you everything you need for the perfect shot.”

The Osmo Pocket has a:

  • Camera
  • Tilt Motor
  • Roll Motor
  • Pan Motor
  • Ventilation Area
  • Status LED
  • Shutter/record button
  • MicroSD Card Slot
  • Microphone
  • USB-C port
  • Power/Function Button
  • Microphone
  • Universal Port
  • Touch Screen

DJI Mimo app

The DJI Osmo Pocket handheld gimbal camera can be operated with the DJI Mimo app

Activating the DJI Osmo Pocket handheld gimbal camera

Press and hold the power/function button to power on/off. Activate the Osmo Pocket when using it for the first time by following the steps in the DJI Mimo app.

Operating the Osmo Pocket

To operate the Osmo Pocket, press the shutter/record button, power/function button or slide the touchscreen.

Charging the Osmo Pocket

To charge the Osmo Pocket, connect a USB adapter (not included) to the USB-C port using the provided power cable. The battery is fully charged when the status LED stops blinking.

Storing the Osmo Pocket

Place the Osmo Pocket into its cover as shown above for safer transportation and storage.

DroneDJ’s take

We are quite excited about the DJI Osmo Pocket. It seems to be a perfect vlogger camera setup for the YouTube crowd. One that should give you all the functionality you need at a very competitive price point. At the same time, DJI will offer more functionality with the additional accessories. Will it compete with a DSLR camera/gimbal setup? No, it won’t. But for people on a budget or who like to travel very lightly, the DJI Osmo Pocket might just fit the bill.

We have been able to find out a lot of information about the Osmo Pocket. There are also a number of things we don’t yet know.

For instance, we do not yet have any information on the control wheel we have seen in earlier images (it might control zoom, gimbal of maybe follow-focus but is unlikely given the size of the image sensor). We don’t yet know if the Osmo Pocket is waterproof. Or whether it will have indeed a zoom lens and/or an adjustable aperture. Many people have been asking us whether you will be able to mount an external microphone. Yes, it seems that that will be the case as the device has an extra port. It also comes with 2 microphones built-in which should give you decent sound in somewhat quiet environments. However as soon as there is any wind, you will want to add an external mic.

The price is rumored to be $349 which would put it in direct competition with GoPro. Last time that happened, DJI won. Most likely, you will be able to place your order tomorrow, right after the event at 4 pm EST.

Stay tuned for more information tomorrow!

DJI Osmo Pocket booklet front


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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at DroneDJ, where he covers all drone related news and writes product reviews. He also contributes to the other sites in the 9to5Mac group such as; 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, 9to5Toys and Electrek. Haye can be reached at or @hayekesteloo