DJI OSMO Action 3 review: the action camera "for everyone" (cheaper than GoPro)

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After the attempt to revolutionize the action camera form factor, with the The modular design of the Action 2, the brand returns to the classic proving that it has learned from its "mistakes" and flexing its muscles with a product that yes, stylistically is less innovative than the previous generation, but which has all the credentials to be defined as the best action camera on the market: will it succeed DJI OsmoAction 3 to put a spoke in the works of GoPro's market dominance? The answer may surprise you.

DJI OSMO Action 3 Adventure Combo review

Unboxing

DJI OsmoAction 3 it can be purchased individually, or with different types of bundles, each of which is dedicated to a specific type of use. The sample we received for testing is the Adventure Combo with which, in addition to the action camera, various accessories are included.

In this bundle there is also a protective frame for the camera, a selfie stick that extends up to 1.5 meters, two lens protectors, an adhesive adapter on which to fix the action camera, two adapters to connect accessories to GoPro mounts, 3 batteries and the relative external charging case which will allow them to be recharged at the same time.

Design and materials

From an exclusively stylistic point of view, at the first approach DJI OsmoAction 3 it looks almost identical to the original model of a few years ago but looking more closely you realize that the differences are numerous. Starting from the excellent magnetic release mounting system that we have seen on the Action 2, but which on the new model has become extremely more solid and secure thanks to a new locking mechanism. The device is 70,5 x 44,2 x 32,8 mm large and weighs 145 grams.

Furthermore, DJI OsmoAction 3 it is equipped with a dual display (one rear and one front) which is touch, which allows you to manage all the functions of the device even from the front, without having to rotate the camera and use the larger rear screen: it is a very convenient solution especially when the camera is mounted on a selfie stick or in hard to reach locations, and could also be extremely useful for vloggers using DJI OsmoAction 3 to recover. The rear screen is 2.25 inches, while the front one is 1.4 inches.

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There is also a large side door that integrates an opening system very similar to that seen in the GoPro Hero 10 Black, and which protects a compartment in which the battery and the microSD card slot are disintegrated. Exactly on the other side there is a flap that protects the USB-C and the buttons have all been substantially repositioned, in areas very similar to those of the GoPro: previously, for example, the power button and access to the menus and the one for recording were all on top of the device.

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The idea of ​​integrating the replaceable lens cap again, seen in the first generation but eliminated in the Action 2, which in my opinion is a must in action cameras designed for action sports: its shape and positioning make this system particularly simple to disassemble, unlike the one integrated in the GoPro which is rather awkward to handle.

This protector is made with a knurled aluminum metal ring around the edge, which is protected by a rubber layer and uses good quality glass which does not affect image quality. Is it a system that works? Yes. Could it have been done better? Probably. Indeed, given the general build quality of the whole camera, I would have preferred that DJI had thought of a protection system made of more resistant materials, rather than aluminum which (of necessity) was covered in rubber.

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Finally, a little gem: in the front logo of the camera, the "O" of the word "Action" integrates a small temperature sensor for optimal image balancing. Honestly, it's the first time I've seen such a sensor placed on the outside of a camera, but it seemed to me a very intelligent idea which – as soon as I noticed it – immediately made me curious to see it in action.

Technical features

It may seem like a "nonconformist" thing to you but the characteristic of DJI OsmoAction 3 What I liked the most is not technique: it's intuitiveness. If you buy it and take home your first action camera, the DJI OsmoAction 3 it's practically perfect. And it is thanks to the 2.25” rear screen with a resolution of 640×360 pixels which, in addition to ensuring good image rendering, is equipped with an extremely responsive touch panel. The peak brightness of 750 nits also makes it easy to interact with the menus even in direct light conditions and the fact that the same reactivity is also found on the front screen is a plus that no competitor device can actually guarantee.

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The interface with which the camera is managed is customizable. It will allow you to store up to five different custom profiles to quickly switch between shooting modes and add these modes to the Quick Switch command.

It can then also be controlled with the smartphone via the DJI Mimo application, available for both iPhone and Android, and it is also possible to interact with DJI OsmoAction 3 with the voice: through the voice controls you can start the recording of a video, or you can take a photo with a countdown.

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The shooting and recording modes are multiple but, it must be said, from this point of view I found the GoPro richer. Poco bad though, because even though DJI OsmoAction 3 it has fewer video recording modes than its direct competitor, yet it has everything 99% of people could need.

The photographic sensor is a 1/1.7 inch f/2.8 CMOS with a field of view of 155° and a focusing range from 0.3mm to infinity. Videos can be recorded in 16:9 or 4:3 and reach a maximum resolution of 4k at 120 fps, while photos are taken at 12 megapixels.

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There are also slow-motion modes in 4K (up to 4x), Hyperlapse mode (in which, with a touch, you can switch to normal speed) and timelapse, and all videos can be compressed in H.264 or HEVC with a bitrate maximum of 130Mbps.

Here are all the video recording modes of the DJI OsmoAction 3:

• 4K (4:3): 4096×3072 at 24/25/30/48/50/60fps
• 4K (16:9): 3840×2160 at 100/120fps
• 4K (16:9): 3840×2160 at 24/25/30/48/50/60fps
• 2.7K (4:3): 2688×2016 at 24/25/30/48/50/60fps
• 2.7K (16:9): 2688×1512 at 100/120fps
• 2.7K (16:9): 2688×1512 at 24/25/30/48/50/60fps
• 1080p (16:9): 1920×1080 at 100/120/200/240fps
• 1080p (16:9): 1920×1080 at 24/25/30/48/50/60fps

In addition, DJI's new action camera integrates three electronic stabilization modes, including the excellent RockSteady that reaches the 3.0 generation. Here they are all:

Then we have available three types of electronic stabilization:
• RockSteady 3.0: eliminates vibrations in any direction;
• HorizonSteady: keeps the horizon line fixed even when the camera rotates 360°;
• Horizon Balancing: maintains the horizon line with a maximum inclination of 45°.

User experience and photo/video quality

Thanks to the magnetic attachment, the possibility of also recording vertical videos ready for Instagram and TikTok, and the reactive and intuitive menu, the user experience of the DJI OsmoAction 3 it is very different than the typical action camera. In essence, we are probably talking about the most user-friendly model out there, which is absolutely a good thing, especially considering that not all buyers of this type of camera only practice extreme sports. However, it is true that the DJI OsmoAction 3 it is waterproof up to 16 meters and ok, even if not everyone will take advantage of this feature, it must be said that DJI's action camera can be immersed 6 meters more than the GoPro Hero 11.

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In terms of photographic quality, we are average but there is no miracle. Net of the resolution, the shots taken in good light conditions are good. The dynamic range is not among the best, it must be said, but the temperature sensor positioned in the camera logo does its job very well: especially in complex environments, such as in the snow, shots taken with DJI OsmoAction 3 they are really well balanced and rich in detail.

Things change as night falls. It is in these contexts that the DJI OsmoAction 3 it doesn't excel, especially if you don't take pictures resting it on a fixed support. Actually, in circles poco bright shots are quite noisy and suffer from small bumps, and if you don't hold the camera still you could even fall into blur: only in this sense that GoPro does better, thanks to the HDR and "SuperPhoto" modes, which optimize the shot depending on the shooting conditions.

In short, when you take pictures with DJI OsmoAction 3 it is important to pay attention to the ISO: although on paper it can go up to ISO 12.800, my advice is to never exceed ISO 1.600.

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With videos, however, things are totally different, and I'll get straight to the point: videos recorded with DJI OsmoAction 3 they are of excellent quality, and very well stabilized. Sure, in my opinion GoPro's handling of dynamic range and range is still better, but I'm of the opinion that DJI's stabilization is better than GoPro's despite having more stabilization options.

RockSteday 3.0 is a truly excellent stabilization system, and it surprised me deeply: despite my (vain) attempts to put the camera in trouble, in reality the videos are always stable and fluid. From this point of view, the brand has done an excellent job.

Finally, a small note to the integrated microphones, which have always been a weak point on action cameras: in the DJI OsmoAction 3 the brand has improved a lot from this point of view, and as far as audio quality is concerned, its action camera is qualitatively better than the GoPro Hero 11. It must be said, however, that if you want truly "clean" audio, it will be necessary however, use an external microphone.

Battery life

Especially in action cameras, battery life depends on a factor that many do not take into consideration: overheating. The small shells, the poco space for dissipation and the positioning of the batteries themselves tend to make temperature management complex, and at high temperatures the autonomy decreases.

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With DJI OsmoAction 3 that of autonomy, however, deserves a good note of merit and, getting straight to the point, with its 2 hours of shooting in 4K at 60 fps, the brand's action camera guarantees superior performance compared to the GoPro counterpart.

It must be said, however, that although giant steps have been made compared to the previous generation, the problem of overheating has not been completely resolved even with the DJI OsmoAction 3, but it's more of a disabling factor in using the camera.

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Excellent, really excellent, the multiple charger present in the bundle that we received for testing: in addition to the possibility of recharging three batteries at the same time, it also integrates slots in which to put your microSD cards and can be used as an emergency powerbank and recharge smartphones and tablets . Convenient.

Selling price and conclusions

The official selling price of the DJI OsmoAction 3 it is 359 euros for the basic version, while to buy the Adventure Combo you will have to spend 459 euros but I advise you to always keep an eye on the box below, so as not to miss out on any discounts and offers. And yes, DJI OsmoAction 3 it is cheaper than the GoPro Hero 11. Of course, the GoPro counterpart offers more functions and better dynamic range management, but I am sure that for 99% of people what the DJI action camera offers is more than enough .

Review DJI OSMO Action 3 cheap action camera gopro features stabilization battery quality display price discount coupon amazon italy

It is an excellent product, launched at a competitive price that provides everything the vast majority of users may need. There are weaknesses, it is true, but its "point and click" nature makes it perfect not only for those who want to immortalize their sporting performances, but also for those who lead a more "traditional" lifestyle and need a such a device for one's daily life or holidays.



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