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DJI Osmo Pocket Silicone Sleeve and Lanyard

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The DJI Osmo Pocket is truly an amazing camera, however, one small complaint I do have is that there is no easy way to connect a wrist strap or lanyard to it. For the most part and for everyday use this is really a non-issue. However, there are those circumstances sometimes where you want the extra security of lanyard or wrist strap. For example, if your zip-lining or on a rollercoaster while holding your Osmo Pocket, dropping it could be disastrous. I recently picked up a silicone sleeve and lanyard kit for the Osmo Pocket from Amazon, it was fairly inexpensive and seemed like it would work for those types of situations.

Installation is pretty straight forward and it fits nicely, once the lanyard is attached you are able to secure the Osmo Pocket nicely or perhaps you just want to hang it around your neck for easy access, it works great for both of these situations. There are some drawbacks however that should be considered. When installed in the silicone sleeve many of the Osmo Pocket accessories will no longer work. The Osmo Pocket will no longer fit in the case, nor will the scroll wheel lock into place. The wireless module cannot be used when the Osmo pocket is fitted in the sleeve, however, you are still able to plug the DJI Osmo Pocket directly into your smartphone. The other thing that could be a problem is overheating, the DJI Osmo Pocket tends to run warm and having it inside the silicone sleeve could potentially cause overheating on really warm days. I ran a test recording at 4K 60 for 25 minutes and I did not run into any problems. This test was done indoors, but outside on a 30 degree (Celsius) day could produce different results. It’s still winter in Canada so I cannot test that at the moment.

This sleeve may not be an accessory that you want to use on a daily basis but definitely, if you are getting some riskier shots it would be worthwhile to pick up even for those situations alone.

You can watch my video review below.

Silicone Sleeve & Lanyard (USA) https://amzn.to/2EUP2q7
Silicone Sleeve & Lanyard (CAN) https://amzn.to/2XR80q8

 

 


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Connecting A Microphone To The DJI Osmo Pocket

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When the DJI Osmo Pocket was first launched in December of last year, one of the accessories that were showcased was a microphone adapter that was needed if you wanted to use an external microphone with the Osmo Pocket. In my opinion, the Osmo Pocket already has pretty decent audio but adding an external mic with a wind cover can be extremely important for vloggers and filming outdoors on windy days, even a slight breeze can ruin your audio. Up until last week, this adapter was not available to purchase but has since arrived on the DJI website.

In this video, I go over how to connect and use a microphone with the DJI Osmo Pocket as well as different vlogging setups you can use with your Osmo Pocket. I also showcase and demonstrate a few different microphone choices that work well with your DJI Osmo Pocket, some that are small and cheap and others that are larger, more expensive but generally have better sound. Watch our video to see some interesting ways to set up a DJI Osmo Pocket vlogging rig with a microphone and light.

Osmo Pocket: http://bit.ly/2RU7iVT
Microphone Adaptor: http://bit.ly/2JfNX1o

Rode VideoMicro: https://amzn.to/2Tcn9yR
Rode VideoMicGo: https://amzn.to/2uc54Xx
Rode smartLav+: https://amzn.to/2ThmcFG
Rode smartLav+ TRRS to TRS: https://amzn.to/2UGnr2o
Small Microphone: https://amzn.to/2TbShP9

PGYTech Osmo Mount: http://bit.ly/2Tuy2jy
PolarPro Mount: https://amzn.to/2NyiVAw

Ulanzi Cold Shoe Extension: https://amzn.to/2F7o6n3
Ulanzi Cold Shoe Extension 2: https://amzn.to/2TL3njd

Small Osmo Light: https://amzn.to/2TdDMKu

Accessory Mount: http://bit.ly/2CMeyhz
Wireless Module: http://bit.ly/2Rs152b
Controller Wheel: http://bit.ly/2F3w2ar

 

 

DJI Osmo Pocket microphone adapter. This adapter is needed to connect a microphone to the Osmo Pocket.

 

DJI Osmo Pocket microphone adapter. This adapter is needed to connect a microphone to the Osmo Pocket.

 

Above is the Rode Video Micro, Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone, Rode Video MicGo, and small generic microphone. All great choices for the DJI Osmo Pocket

 

Ulanzi cold shoe extender style 2.

 

Ulanzi cold shoe extender style one.

 

Rode VideoMicro is a common microphone that will work with the DJI Osmo Pocket.

 

A small microphone that is the perfect size for the DJI Osmo Pocket.

 

The PGYTech phone holder plus for the Osmo Pocket is a good way to build a Osmo Pocket vlogging rig with a smartphone attached.

 

The PGYTech phone holder plus for the Osmo Pocket is a good way to build a Osmo Pocket vlogging rig with a smartphone attached.


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What Is The Best Portable Travel Camera In 2019

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The last part of 2018 saw the release of many new small and portable cameras that are perfect for travel and adventuring, most notably the GoPro Hero 7 Black, the DJI Osmo Pocket and the Insta360 One X. These cameras are all quite different and take a different approach to capturing footage. I have used all 3 cameras extensively in my personal life and in reviews and testing for my YouTube channel. I think all 3 cameras are very impressive and can capture beautiful content, they all have their advantages and disadvantages. But if I had to make a recommendation to someone who was in the market to purchase just one of these cameras for capturing their travels the choice for me is pretty easy.

I recently was able to test all 3 cameras out in a travel situation as I took my family on holidays to the Dominican Republic to get some fun in the sun and a break from the harsh Canadian winter. I took all the 3 cameras with me in my Minimalist Camera Travel Kit and used them all to capture memories of our trip. To cut to the chase I would definitely recommend if you want to purchase one small camera to capture your holidays when traveling the GoPro Hero 7 Black is still your best choice and there are several reasons why.

The first reason is its waterproof capabilities right out of the box. The GoPro Hero 7 Black is waterproof up to 33 feet as is without any additional housing. For most of us, this is more than enough. If you are a diver you can purchase a waterproof casing that lets you go even deeper. Both the Insta360 One X and the DJI Osmo Pocket are not waterproof and require additional housing. This can add cost to your setup not to mention more time to set up as well as more gear to carry. With The Hero 7 Black it is quick and easy to use in the water, just power on and go. Paired with the GoPro floating hand grip you have a camera with a comfortable handle that can be used in or out of the water. The handle also has a built-in wrist strap which is also important if your doing activities and you don’t want to chance accidentally dropping your camera.

The second reason is durability, the GoPro Hero 7 Black is built like a tank. This can be very important when traveling. If you are adventurous you may be in situations where your camera may be in a questionable situation and taking a few knocks, with the Hero 7 Black you don’t have to worry about it, it is designed to take some abuse. The insta360 One X has protruding lenses that can be damaged very easily and you always have to take care. I will say the DJI Osmo Pocket is built well and durable to a point. It has a mechanical gimbal that can capture some really nice buttery smooth video, but due to being a mechanical gimbal it does make it a little more delicate. In many ways, the footage for the Osmo Pocket can be smoother than that of the Hero 7 Black that uses electronic image stabilization, even though it’s quite good, in low light situations you can still get some unstable footage. At the end of the day when out adventuring I prefer the durability than extra worry about breaking my camera.

When it comes to durability this can be important especially if you let your kids use your camera when on holidays. Sometimes when trying to capture family moments of your kids it can feel staged, so what I like to do is hand my GoPro to them and let them have fun, the videos captured are more natural and due to the rugged build of the GoPro you don’t have to worry about them breaking it. I would be nervous about handing over my Osmo Pocket to my 1o-year-old.

Now when comparing the DJI Osmo Pocket to the GoPro Hero 7 Black, another important thing to consider is batteries. The Osmo Pocket has a built-in battery and they can not be replaced, were as the Hero 7 Black has batteries that can be swapped out when they are getting low. This is super important when traveling. You need a camera that can capture what you need throughout the day without having to stop every few hours to recharge it.

Now the GoPro Hero 7 Black does have some disadvantages over the Osmo Pocket, first off your footage will have that GoPro look, meaning the photos and videos will have a slight fisheye look. This is due to the extremely wide angle lens of the GoPro. The wide angle is nice when capturing footage but if this can be an issue for some. The Osmo Pocket also has many intelligent shooting modes such as tracking a face detection. It also can shoot stunning panoramas which the Hero 7 Black is not capable of.

At the end of the day no matter which camera you choose you will be happy. All three cameras are excellent and well worth the money.  I just find the Hero 7 Black is a good and affordable all in one camera that can help you capture your memories with little effort or worry.

Hero 7 Black: https://amzn.to/2H2M9qw
GoPro Floating Grip: https://amzn.to/2EzxTSx
Insta360 One X: https://amzn.to/2EMx0rl
DJI Osmo Pocket (DJI Website) http://bit.ly/2RU7iVT
DJI Osmo Pocket (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2XDRI3R


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