Updated: Jul 5, 2019
GoPro has been the king of action cameras since it helped create the action camera market but times have changed.
Today DJI announced the DJI Osmo Action camera. This is DJI's direct competitor to the GoPro Hero 7 Black and by all early accounts it looks to compete very well. For years it feels like GoPro has rested on its past success and stopped innovating and it has shown with several mediocre product releases. The GoPro Hero 5 and 6 series where not great products. Then in late 2018 came the Hero 7 Black.
The GoPro Hero 7 Black set a new standard for action cameras in that it was shockproof, waterproof and had amazing image stabilization built in. I have been using one since shortly after its release and I can attest to its ease of use and great out of the box image quality. For a while it looked like GoPro had found it's way back to the right path and was innovating again.
Now along comes the Osmo Action. DJI is no stranger to cameras and now with the technology of Hasselblad behind them DJI has become a serious contender. By all reports so far the DJI Osmo Action has excellent stabilization, is waterpoof and shockproof. The image quality looks on par with Gopro but it also adds some features that will challenge Gopro to truly innovate. The front facing screen and several shot modes that Gopro doesn't have.
The best thing about the cameras released today? Competition, in the end the consumer will win every time companies are forced to innovate to stay ahead of their competition. I for one look forward to seeing what the GoPro Hero 8 Black does to stay ahead of the competition and set it self apart. For now I have ordered the Osmo Action. Osmo Action content is coming soon!
You can buy and see more about the Osmo Action here: https://click.dji.com/ANgHI3MU655I9L3m-JdOVg?pm=link (affiliate link)
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