DJI Osmo Action 3 review

Does DJI’s 3rd generation action camera have what it takes?

DJI Action 3 review
(Image: © Adam Juniper / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

For most adventurers, the Osmo Action 3 is the perfect balance of quality and price. Stabilized 4K video looks great and the camera can take a lot – not just rough and tumble but temperature extremes. It isn’t cheap, but the RRP is comfortably less than a similar GoPro and won’t push you towards a subscription after 12 months.


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    Dual touchscreen control

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    Good vlogging tool in vertical or horizontal

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    No module confusion (compared to Action 2)

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    Extreme batteries included as standard

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    Cheaper than GoPro

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    No subscription payments required


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    12-megapixel images and 4K maximum video resolution

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    No period of cloud backup included

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    We’d like to see a start and stop timer

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    Vertical format use requires frame

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    Voice control somewhat spotty

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In 2019 DJI – already kings of the skies – took aim at GoPro with the Osmo Action. A lower price and the addition of a color front screen amounted to key features which eased aside the established camera, but that was the GoPro Hero7 Black. Times have moved on for both companies.

DJI’s follow-up – the Osmo Action 2 – reinvented the genre by attempting to be two devices in one. Made of magnetically detachable squares, the Action 2 was innovative and offered the option of small-and-light or longer battery life and reversible monitor.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook