In step with GoPro’s recent launch of its 2022 Hero 11 Black action cam line, DJI recently introduced its latest action camera in the Osmo Action 3.

Just prior to the Hero 11 Black unveiling, was the announcement of the DJI Osmo Action 3 camera, which boasts a 4K/120p video capture mode, longer-lasting battery and onboard charging via USB-C power cable.

Available in several configurations, the Osmo Action 3 Standard Combo retails for $329 and includes the Osmo Action 3 camera, one Osmo Action 3 Extreme Battery, the Osmo Action 3 Horizontal-Vertical Protective Frame, the Osmo Action 3 Quick-Release Adapter Mount, and the Osmo Flat Adhesive Base.

The Osmo Action 3 Adventure Combo carries a $439 retail price and includes Osmo Action 3, three Osmo Action 3 Extreme Batteries, the Osmo Action 3 Horizontal-Vertical Protective Frame, two Osmo Action 3 Quick-Release Adapter Mounts, one Osmo Flat Adhesive Base, and the Osmo Action 3 Multifunctional Battery Case.

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The Osmo Action 3 camera is equipped with a 1/1.7-inch (7.4 x 5.6mm) sensor that will record 4K video at up to a full 120 frames per second (fps). It also comes equipped with electronic image stabilization, and a “D-Cinelike Color Mode” that will enable extracting accurate color information in post-production. D-Cinelike Color Mode is available in video, slow-motion, and timelapse modes.

For underwater photography enthusiasts, the Osmo Action 3 camera is waterproof at depths of up to 16 meters (52.5 feet) without the need of an additional housing.

The camera’s fixed lens is capable of a 155-degree field of view.

DJI said the electronic image stabilization package, called “RockSteady 3.0 technology,” reduces camera shake in all directions at frame rates up to 4K/120p. HorizonSteady further helps to eliminate camera shake while also correcting for horizon stabilization through full 360-degree rotations.

DJI Osmo Action 3 Adventure Combo

A new HorizonBalancing feature corrects horizon tilts within +/-45 degrees with 4K/60p video, and offers a middle ground between the RockSteady and HorizonSteady systems.

For enhanced power performance, the Osmo Action 3 uses a new 1,770mAh Extreme Battery capable of a claimed 160 minutes of recording time for Full HD 1080/30p footage. The battery can be charged quickly (80% in 18 minutes) via the built-in USB-C power charging. A 30-Watt charger will fully recharge the batter in 50 minutes, the company said.

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The Osmo Action 3 comes with dual touchscreens on the front and rear and a three-mic stereo array and Wi-Fi live streaming at up to 1080/30p.

Other features include five custom shooting modes allowing easy switching between, Voice Prompts to check settings without the need to remove the camera. Shooters can use Voice Control commands to change shooting modes and other settings.

DJI also offers an InvisiStick for Skiing that accommodates shooting from extension poles, as well as digital zoom, timelapse modes and compatibility with the DJI Mic through the device’s USB-C port.

DJI Osmo 3 rear LCD touchscreen

Additional features include the following:

  • Shutter/Record Button & Quick Switch Button offers immediate recording and instant mode switching.
  • Quick Switching Between Five Custom Modes gives access to user-created camera modes at the touch of a button.
  • Multifunctional Battery Case stores three batteries and two microSD cards, intelligently fast charges three batteries, and can be used together with those batteries as a power bank to charge other devices like your smartphone.
  • Voice Prompt informs users of current modes without having to dis-mount the camera.
    Voice Control is said to be able to recognize voice commands with a high recognition rate to control the camera virtually hands free.
  • InvisiStick for Skiing recognizes and digitally hides the selfie stick in snowsport situations.
    1.5m Drop Resistance from Corning Gorilla Glass for the touchscreens and lens cover.
    Timelapse with low-power consumption, preset for common scenarios (crowds, clouds, sunset), and dynamic timelapse video stabilization for smooth exposure and color temperature changes.
  • Digital Lens shoots in Standard (Dewarp), Wide, and Ultra-Wide for all shooting modes.
    Digital Zoom of up to 4x can be adjusted while recording for better image composition.
    DJI Mic Compatibility via the Type-C port, and external mics via 3.5mm to Type-C cable.
    Loop Recording for continuous recording and overwriting according to a preset time.

DJI’s Mimo and LightCut apps will connect with the Action 3 over WiFi or Bluetooth to transfer media on-the-fly using integrated templates, editing and other functions. The LightCut app will parse through the footage and automatically select highlights to create videos that can be quickly shared to social media.

DJI is also offering a number of accessories for the Osmo Action 3, including a waterproof case, an extended-power battery, lens protectors, extension rods and various mounting accessories.

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By Greg Tarr

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