DJI Osmo Pocket 3 review: the ultimate handheld video camera?

With a 1-inch sensor and a gimbal the Pocket 3's quirky styling seems to conceal rather more potential...

DJI OSMO Pocket 3
(Image: © Future)

Digital Camera World Verdict

An excellent camera which still defies categorization but somehow manages to be ideal for both vloggers and tourists while also having the grit to serve as a tiny portable TV studio. The bigger sensor and screen make for a huge improvement over the Pocket 2, though the price hike means this is far from a casual purchase.


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    Bigger display massively improves use

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    Creator combo offers high-quality vlogging

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    Video is crisp across light

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    No handle required for wireless mic

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    10-Bit video and 32-bit sound options


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    Big price jump over Pocket 2

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    Auto exposure tends to brighten

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    Takes a while to uncover all the features

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    More vulnerable than an action camera

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The DJI Osmo Pocket 3 is, as the name implies, the third in a line of a small camera, though it doesn't look a lot like you might imagine a pocket camera to. Nor, to be honest, do we think it'd fare well in a lot of trouser pockets. Instead, it takes the form of a handle-supported gimbal, a bit like a grounded version of one of DJI's drones. (We'd say – if you're devoted to the 'Pocket' name, it'd be safer to keep it in a jacket's inside pocket, like James Bond does with his pistol.)

DJI Osmo Pocket 3: Specifications

Image sensor: 1-inch
Lens: 20mm EFL / ƒ/2.0
(wide angle adapter available)
Focal range: 0.2m – ∞
Video resolution: 4K / 60fps (120fps)
ISO: 50-16,000
Still resolution: 3840 x 2160 / 3072 x 3072
Bit rate: 130 Mbps
Display: 2-inch (314x556px)
Size: 139x42x34mm
Weight: 179g / 0.39 pound

DJI Osmo Pocket 2

The most obvious alternative – if you're looking to save a bit of cash – is the predecessor; the DJI Osmo Pocket 2. This, too, has a gimbal and 4K shooting though lacks the low-light quality of the newer model.

Insta360 Flow

The Insta360 Flow is a gimbal mount for your phone with an extendable arm, 3-axis stabilization, and AI-based subject tracking called 'Deep Track 3.0' so (if you've got a good phone camera) this could be a low-cost alternative. 

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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