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Unveiling DJI’s Upgraded Osmo Action 4 Camera: Bigger Sensor, Steeper Price

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DJI Osmo Action 4 Camera

Within a year of releasing the Action 3, DJI has debuted the enhanced Osmo Action 4, equipped with a superior camera that thrives in low light conditions. Its new 1/1.3-inch sensor (shared with the Mavic 3 Pro, Mini 3 Pro, and Air 3 drones) is an upgrade from the previous 1/1.7-inch and outperforms the 1/1.9-inch sensor of the GoPro Hero 11. The addition of D-Log M ensures a remarkable dynamic range, significantly exceeding the capabilities of the Action 3.

Despite these improvements, many aspects of the Action 4 remain consistent with its predecessor. The 155-degree field of view and f/2.8 aperture persist, with the video recording quality topping at 4K 120p (10-bit HDR) under normal conditions. However, photo resolution has declined in comparison to the Action 3 (3,648 x 2,736 versus 4,000 x 3,000), as has the max 4:3 video quality (3,840 x 2,880 against 4,096 x 3,072). Meanwhile, the GoPro Hero 11 boasts 5.3K video at up to 60 fps, 4K at 120 fps, and 2.7K at up to 240 fps.

Gallery: A Closer Look at DJI’s Osmo Action 4 Camera and its Larger Sensor | 16 Photos

The exterior design of the Action 4 mirrors that of the Action 3, including a record button on the top and power button on the side. The right side holds the battery compartment/micro SD slot, while the USB-C port is on the left (from the front view). The same 1770 mWh battery provides 150 minutes of recording time, requiring only 18 minutes of charging to reach 80 percent. A microSD card is necessary, as the Action 4 lacks built-in storage.

In line with its predecessor, the Action 4 employs DJI’s innovative magnetic locking system, doing away with the need for a case when attaching accessories. It also remains compatible with all GoPro mount accessories, supplemented by a host of DJI’s own accessories such as a chest strap mount, helmet chin mount, 60m waterproof case, bike seat rail mount, neck mount, mini handlebar mount, the Osmo Action 360° Wrist Strap, and a new wrist remote to operate the Action 4.

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Now, the Action 4 can withstand water up to 18m or 59 feet (2m deeper than the previous model) or up to 60m (208 feet) with the waterproof case. The 1.4-inch 320×320 front screen and 2.25-inch 360×640 rear display are retained, each peaking at 750 nits to ensure visibility even on bright days. The Action 4 is equipped with three microphones and advanced wind noise reduction software, making for excellent audio recording in such a compact device.

The latest DJI stabilization technology, Rocksteady 3.0 and Rocksteady 3.0+, has been included to combat camera shake in all directions up to the maximum 4K/60fps. Other features include HorizonSteady, ensuring a level horizon regardless of camera rotation (2.7K max), and HorizonBalancing, which adjusts tilt horizontally within ±45°, facilitating stabilized recording at 4K/60fps.

Prior to operating the Action 4, activation through DJI’s smartphone app is required. The app also enables viewing, transferring of footage, and live-streaming via WiFi.

Gallery: Sample Images Captured with the DJI Action 4 | 7 Photos

DJI’s decision to introduce a camera so akin to the previous model, within less than a year, has sparked questions. However, negative reviews of the Action 3’s mediocre low-light image quality and inadequate stabilization may provide an explanation. The Action 4 addresses these issues, promising noticeable enhancements.

New features in the Action 4 include rapid-switching between five custom modes, voice prompts about the current mode, voice control, an improved InvisiStick that digitally conceals the selfie stick, support for external mics, and more. Furthermore, DJI offers the LightCut app, which wirelessly connects to the Action 4, allowing quick previews and auto-editing without transferring footage from the camera.

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After briefly testing the Action 4, I found that the image quality with the new sensor was significantly improved. While the Action 3 suffered from pixelation and blocky artifacts in low light, the Action 4 largely eradicates these issues. This leads to superior performance in challenging lighting conditions, such as during overcast mountain bike rides or underwater filming. The GoPro Hero 11, with its noise well managed for a relatively small sensor, is now closely matched by the Action 4 in low-light performance.

Although the RockSteady stabilization still lags behind that of the Hero 11 and the Insta360 X3 action camera, opting for a slightly higher zoom with RockSteady+ brings the Action 4’s stabilization very close to these competitors.

Gallery: Press Images of the DJI Action 4 Camera | 11 Photos

Despite the price hike from $329 for the Action 3 to $399 for the Action 4, it remains an appealing choice for content creators seeking high-quality footage or for those wishing to pair their video with DJI’s drones and other products. However, this increased cost positions it as a harder sell against the similarly priced GoPro Hero 11.

For those starting from ground zero, the Adventure Combo at $499 presents a much better deal. It includes the camera, three batteries, the Horizontal-Vertical ProtectiveFrame, a quick-release adapter mount, a mini quick-release mount, a curved adhesive base, two locking screws, a USB-C cable, the multifunction battery case, a 1.5 extension rod, an action lens hood, and an anti-slip pad.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about DJI Osmo Action 4 Camera

What are the main upgrades of DJI’s Osmo Action 4 camera?

The Osmo Action 4 camera from DJI comes with a larger sensor than its predecessor, which results in improved low-light performance. It features the same 1/1.3-inch sensor used in DJI’s Mavic 3 Pro, Mini 3 Pro, and Air 3 drones. It also introduces D-Log M, significantly enhancing the dynamic range compared to the Action 3.

How does the image quality of the DJI Osmo Action 4 compare to the previous model?

The DJI Osmo Action 4 offers better image quality, especially in low-light situations. The Action 4 eliminates pixelation and blocky artifacts observed in low light with the Action 3. However, its photo resolution is lower, and the max 4:3 video quality is also reduced compared to the previous model.

What is the price of DJI’s Osmo Action 4 camera?

The DJI Osmo Action 4 camera is available at a higher price of $399 compared to the previous Action 3 model, which was priced at $329.

What are the key features of DJI’s stabilization in the Osmo Action 4?

The Osmo Action 4 offers DJI’s latest stabilization versions, Rocksteady 3.0 and Rocksteady 3.0+, designed to eliminate camera shake in all directions up to the maximum 4K/60fps. It also supports HorizonSteady, keeping the Horizon level irrespective of camera rotation, and HorizonBalancing for stabilized recording at 4K/60fps.

Does the DJI Osmo Action 4 camera come with accessories?

Yes, the DJI Osmo Action 4 camera uses DJI’s magnetic locking system introduced with the last model, removing the need for a case to attach accessories. The camera supports any accessories compatible with a GoPro mount, and DJI also offers its own range of accessories, including a chest strap mount, helmet chin mount, 60m waterproof case, and more.

Is the DJI Osmo Action 4 waterproof?

Yes, the Osmo Action 4 is waterproof down to 18m (or 59 feet), 2m more than the previous model. With the waterproof case, it can withstand depths up to 60m (or 208 feet).

What additional features does the DJI Osmo Action 4 offer?

The Action 4 provides features like quick-switching between five custom modes, voice prompts, voice control, an upgraded InvisiStick, external mic support, and more. DJI also provides the LightCut app, which connects wirelessly to the Action 4, allowing for quick previews and auto-editing without needing to transfer footage from the camera.

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GadgetGeekGreg August 2, 2023 - 11:08 pm

$399?! I think I’ll wait for a holiday sale… or a price drop. But definitely intrigued by the improved features!

LensLover August 3, 2023 - 12:59 am

Better low-light performance? That’s a game changer! But they’ve lowered photo res? what were they thinkin?

NoisyNell August 3, 2023 - 2:02 am

Finally, improved audio recording on such a small device! It was about time, DJI. Recording in windy conditions has always been a pain.

SteadyCamSam August 3, 2023 - 2:46 am

Stabilization is still not up to par with GoPro? C’mon DJI, u gotta up ur game!

DroneDude August 3, 2023 - 3:55 am

I already have the Mavic 3 Pro. Might get this to match the footage. DJI’s taking all my money, lol.

UnderwaterUrsula August 3, 2023 - 4:55 am

Love the waterproof feature. Might take this baby for a dive!

BikeTrailBlazer August 3, 2023 - 5:03 am

As a mountain biker, better low light performance is tempting, but still not sure if it’s worth the upgrade from the Action 3. Will wait for more reviews.


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