DJI Osmo Action 3 and GoPro Hero 11 Black compared: a first look

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I own a number of DJI products – from drone at microphones – and lately I’ve been asked for my opinion on the new Osmo Action 3 camera, specifically how it compares to the new GoPro Hero 11 Black.

Challenge accepted!

Because doing a proper comparison between the two cameras will take a bit of time, I thought as an appetizer I’d bring you a first look, and note some things I like and some things I don’t. not immediately like about this new action camera on the scene.

It’s the DJI Osmo Action 3 Adventure Combowhich is a bit different from the base model in terms of accessories, but when it comes to the camera they are identical.

Technical specifications

  • Sensor: 1/1.7 inch CMOS
  • Lens: Field of view: 155°
  • Opening: f/2.8
  • Focus range: 0.3m to ∞
  • ISO Range Photo: 100-12800
  • ISO range video: 100-12800
  • Photo at electronic shutter speed: 1/8000-30s
  • Electronic Shutter Speed ​​Video: 1/8000 s at the limit of frames per second
  • Maximum photo resolution: 4000×3000
  • Photo with digital zoom: 4X
  • Photo resolution: 12MP
  • Dimensions (L×W×H): 70.5×44.2×32.8mm
  • lester: 145g
  • Raincoat: 16m without waterproof case, 60m with waterproof case
  • Number of microphones: 3
  • Front screen: 1.4 inch 326 dpi 320×320
  • Rear window: 2.25 inch 326 dpi 360×640
  • Supported SD Cards: microSD (up to 256 GB)
  • Maximum video bitrate: 130Mbps
  • Photo size:JPEG/RAW
  • video size: MP4 (H.264/HEVC)
  • Audio output: 48kHz; AAC
  • Battery: 1770mAh
  • Battery operating temperature: -20° to 45°C (-4° to 113°F)
  • Operating time: 160 minutes

What’s in the box

In the Adventure Combo you get the action camera.

The Osmo Action 3 seen from the back

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Sounds familiar…

The DJI Osmo Action 3 next to the GoPro Hero 11 Black

The DJI Osmo Action 3 next to the GoPro Hero 11 Black.

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The kit also comes with three “extreme” batteries and a handy charging/carrying case (note that there is confusion about this as some posts say the kit comes with two batteries, but there are three) .

Two batteries visible in the carrying case and another one next to it.

Batteries and carrying case.

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These drums look and feel familiar too.

DJI Osmo Action 3 battery next to a GoPro battery

DJI Osmo Action 3 battery next to a GoPro battery.

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The kit also comes with a number of accessories.

Osmo Action 3 Accessories

Osmo Action 3 accessories.

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There are two accessories that particularly interest me. There is the protective frame designed to prevent the camera from taking too many knocks. It’s a little tight to get the camera in, so there’s no risk of it accidentally falling out.

The protective framework.

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The kit also includes two quick-release magnetic adapter mounts. These can be mounted on the bottom or the side of the camera.

I’m very interested to see how well they hold up to heavy use and if they can hold the camera in place when the going gets tough.

Quick-release magnetic adapter holder attached to the bottom of the Osmo Action 3

The magnetic quick-release adapter mount can be attached to the bottom or the side of the Osmo Action 3 – here it’s attached to the bottom.

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Side mounted adapter plate

Here is the side mounted adapter plate.

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There’s also a telescopic selfie stick that extends up to 1.5 meters to let you get those hard-to-reach angles.

Telescopic selfie stick

The telescopic selfie stick.

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Many of the Osmo Action 3’s ergonomics – from the buttons to the battery door – remind me of the GoPro Hero 11 Black. It’s both good and bad in my opinion. It’s good in that the system will be familiar to those coming from a GoPro to the Osmo Action 3, but it’s not so good in that it would have been nice to have seen a new version of the action camera rather than borrowing so heavily from the Go Pro.

The Osmo Action 3 with the film compartment open

A lot of things about the Osmo Action 3 are strongly reminiscent of the GoPro Hero 11 Black.

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Here is a first look at the new Osmo Action 3.

Yes, it’s an action camera, and yes, it’s very reminiscent of the action cameras that GoPro has been offering for a few years. But how it looks is secondary to how it performs, and my plan is to pit the DJI Osmo Action 3 against the GoPro Hero 11 Black in a number of real-world tests and see how both perform and what kind of output they’re capable of. to produce.

Because in the end, it’s the result that counts.

Stay tuned!

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