DJI Osmo Action 4 Review: A Powerful GoPro Rival

The DJI Action 4 is a capable action camera that checks all the necessary boxes.

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Version 4 of the DJI Osmo Action 3 has been released less than a year after its debut. This action camera guarantees superior low-light performance, better stabilization choices, and increased durability.

Compared to version 3, the DJI Osmo Action 4's sensor is substantially bigger, measuring 1/1.3". This causes the pixel size to rise from 1.6 to 2.4 meters. The lens has the same 155° Field of View and f/2.8aperture as before. The 10-bit sensor can record 4k footage at up to 120fps according to DJI and is claimed to improve overall image quality, reports The Verge.

The Action 4's circular lens cover, which stands out from the rest of the GoPro lineup the most despite having a larger sensor, appears to be about the same size.

You can shoot in 10-bit D-Log M format to get the best quality out of it. You can capture more before you need to transfer the information to a computer because the camera now accepts microSD cards with a maximum capacity of 512GB (up from 256GB). The Action 4 can capture 4K video at 120 fps and up to 130 Mbps, the same as its predecessor. You can shoot in 10-bitD-Log M format to get the best quality out of it. You can capture more before you need to transfer the information to a computer because the camera now accepts microSD cards with a maximum capacity of 512GB (up from 256GB).

To maintain the image's stability and eliminate image bounce, Rock Steady 3.0 technology and 360-degree Horizon Steady stabilization are used. Compared to the 148 degrees seen on the GoPro Hero 11, the 155-degree field of view offers a broader visual spread.

The DJI Invisi Stick feature is also available on the Action4 if you enjoy taking artistic photographs. This eliminates the selfie stick from the video.

This may be a helpful feature because many riders are experimenting with shooting in ways other than the standard POV (point of view)of a chest or helmet cam.

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Similar to mounting Action 3, Action 4 can be mounted. The camera is positioned in landscape mode thanks to a magnetic mounting device on the bottom. Here again, the superior magnetic latching mounting method is utilized. Although it doesn't appear to have altered at all, it continues to be convenient. If you purchase a few extra baseplates, swapping between mounts is significantly quicker than removing the conventional GoPro-style thumbscrews.

This model's resistance to water has improved; it can now be submerged up to 18 meters without extra housing. Since I spend most of my time on dry land, it doesn't really matter to me, but for diving fanatics, it might be a significant concern. Open-water divers can dive to a maximum depth of 18 meters for recreational purposes, thus those who participate can use their cameras carefree on any dive.

According to DJI, the Multifunctional Battery Case is a flexible power bank that can simultaneously charge up to three Osmo Action 4 batteries. Additionally, this can be used to charge other USB-powered gadgets.

It can be purchased independently or as a component of the Adventure Combo bundle, which costs $499/£469 and includes the Osmo Action 4 and a number of accessories.

The DJI Osmo Action 4 is available now and is priced at £379/$399.

Sam Draper
August 11, 2023

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