DJI OSMO Action 4 Review – Larger Sensor, Great Feature Set

Are you tired of taking subpar action shots and videos with your current camera or smartphone? Do you want a high-quality, compact action camera that can keep up with your adventures? Look no further than the DJI OSMO Action 4. This impressive action camera boasts a larger sensor and a great feature set, making it the perfect companion for capturing all of life’s exciting moments. In this blog, we’ll take an in-depth look at the DJI OSMO Action 4, exploring its key features, performance, and how it compares to other action cameras on the market. Join us as we dive into the world of action photography and discover the potential of this compact powerhouse.

DJI OSMO Action 4 Review

Hello my friends, in today’s video we will take a look at the DJI Osmo Action 4. DJI has released their first action camera less than a year after the announcement of the Osmo Action 3. The Osmo Action 4 is not necessarily a direct replacement of the Action 3, it is a higher end action camera sitting above the Action 2 and Osmo Action 3. It promises better output and feature set whilst retaining all of the strengths of the previous generation. In this video, we will take a look at the performance and feature set of DJI Osmo Action 4 to find out whether you should consider getting one.

Physical Appearance

The physical appearance of the Osmo Action 4 is almost identical to the Osmo Action 3. The only visible difference is the darker color and different lens cover. This is very positive because it means that most of the accessories are interchangeable. Action 4 is 7 centimeters wide and weighs 145 grams. It is noticeably smaller than the GoPro Hero 11, for example. The front side and the edges are rubberized, which improves the grip and minimizes the damage in case of an impact. It is water-resistant up to 18 meters, which is 2 meters more than the Osmo 3 and 80 meters more than the GoPro. Overall, it feels solid and sturdy. The magnetic mounting system has been carried over, which is one of the favorite usability features of the series because it is extremely convenient to use. The magnetic mounting system is compatible with standard finger mounts, so you can still use it with your action camera accessories. Action 4 still uses a lens cover with a simple thread, which is, in my opinion, the simplest and also the best solution. You will not be able to use Osmo Action 3 filters because the size of the thread is different, but there is a good reason for that.

Image Quality and Lens

Osmo Action 4 uses a new 12-megapixel 1 over 1.3-inch sensor, which is a very large sensor by action camera standards. It is combined with an extremely wide lens with a 155-degree field of view and F 2.8 aperture. This field of view largely determines whether it is the right choice for intended use. The widest setting, ultra-wide, is very suitable for POV filming and mounted use. Wide and standard settings are available for point-and-shoot type of usage. The image quality is excellent with the low sharpness setting. It looks very natural and captures plenty of detail, there are no sharpening artifacts or similar defects. The 12-megapixel resolution of the sensor means that it can’t go beyond 4K, but 5.3K can go a bit further in terms of pure detail. 4K is available up to 120 frames per second. Importantly, you will get the same image quality regardless of the frame rate setting. Also worth mentioning is that it can shoot in 4×3 format up to 4K 60b, which is very useful for reframing or for filming for multiple platforms at the same time. You will get the best image quality in the ultra-wide setting, white and standard are basically digitally cropped but they are still more than usable. The colors are another strength of the Action 4, it captures a very solid amount of dynamic range without producing an artificial iPhone-style HDR look. The dynamic range has been tweaked a lot on the Action 3 by the firmware updates and I can say that the Action 4 benefits greatly from those findings. D-Log M is another novelty of the Osmo Action series, it is more flat than the D-Cinelike but it is not a real log profile, which is a good thing. The D-Log setting also supports 10-bit recording, which probably helps capture more color information. The low light performance is by action camera standards, it performs very well in low light. There will still be some noise or loss of detail, but this footage is definitely more usable than GoPro footage, for example. Overall, I am very happy with the video quality, larger sensor supported by sharpness settings provides very detailed and naturally looking video. It is complemented by very nice colors and a reasonable approach to dynamic range, which results in very solid overall image quality.

Stabilization and Display

Osmo Action 4 features the third generation of Rocksteady stabilization introduced last year. As expected, it works very well. The static shots look like on a tripod and panning is super smooth. Walking or even running also looks really good. It offers a horizon balancing up to 45 degrees, which means that you can roll the camera up to 45 degrees and still get a leveled horizon. Osmo Action 4 can also take very nice 12-megapixel ultra-wide stills, these capture a very solid amount of detail indicating that the lens is indeed really good. Both displays are carried over, and the aspect ratio is 16×9 which means that no space is wasted by the black bars if you shoot in 16×9. The front screen uses a 1.4-inch panel with the same 326 pixels per inch resolution. The image quality is basically the same. Overall, the Osmo Action 4 is a fantastic action camera that offers great image quality, stabilization, and usability. It is a worthy competitor to the GoPro and other action cameras on the market.

DJI OSMO Action 4 Review – FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about DJI OSMO Action 4

Q: What is the sensor size of DJI OSMO Action 4?

A: The DJI OSMO Action 4 features a larger sensor compared to its predecessor, providing improved image and video quality.

Q: What are some of the great features of DJI OSMO Action 4?

A: DJI OSMO Action 4 comes with a variety of great features, including a larger sensor, improved image stabilization, 4K video recording, and a range of shooting modes to capture stunning footage.

Q: Is DJI OSMO Action 4 suitable for professional use?

A: DJI OSMO Action 4 is a versatile and powerful action camera that can be used by both professionals and hobbyists for capturing high-quality images and videos in various outdoor and extreme sports scenarios.

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