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Part 2 of 3: Process, Application, and Accessories
yet we In the first part of our DJI Osmo Action 3 review Among other things, we dealt with available resolutions, frame rates, and field of view options. In the second part of the test, we get to work via the touch screen, voice, and via the app.
The housing, designed in a classic action camera style, ensures classic operation of the DJI Osmo Action 3. The buttons for starting and stopping recording are located on the top, and the power and menu buttons are on the left side. The latter allows you to quickly change the recording mode (photo, video, slow motion, …). The most important control, however, is the 2.25-inch display on the back, and almost all inputs are made via the touch surface.
Swipe from left to right or right to left to change the recording mode, and there are touch buttons for most options. These are located on the left and right edges of the screen. By default, the playback mode, recording mode menu, frame rate and resolution settings, zoom and additional options (including exposure, white balance and field of view) for videos can be called up.
If you scroll from the bottom up you will also get to the frame rates and resolution settings, if you scroll from the top down to the other settings. This includes saving user defined recording profiles, quick change button configuration, screen brightness selection, general settings (wireless connection, volume) as well as activating and deactivating orientation lock, screen lock, and voice control. You can also specify whether the front display should display full screen or letterbox display.
Speaking of the screen on the front: this panel also has a touch screen, so it can’t just be used to control the image. Given the smaller dimensions, we find the control via the front screen not very comfortable, but if the worst comes to the worst, then of course the add-on can be worth its weight in gold. In practice, the touch screen usually worked right away, and we only had to enter entries again from time to time. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the display quality of the panels, both are sharp and easy to check out.
DJI Action 3’s manual options are particularly interesting to aspiring videographers. If the action camera’s professional mode is activated, then almost all important parameters can be set except for the aperture (which, like all action cameras, cannot be changed). This includes exposure compensation (minus three to plus three f-digits), exposure time (from 1/8000 second to 30 seconds) and ISO value (from 100 to 12800). In addition, a limited range is possible with the action cam’s auto ISO. The white balance (AWB or user defined in Kelvin) and color profile (Normal or D-Cinelike) can also be configured, as mentioned earlier.
The second screen on the Osmo Action 3, located on the front, makes it easy to check the image for vlogs or selfies. However, it is not always possible to use both screens at the same time, for example not in 4K and at full 120fps.
Of course, the DJI Osmo Action 3 can also be controlled via the app. The app for this is called “Mimo” and must be downloaded from DJI itself. It cannot be found in the Google and Apple app stores. If you want to use the app, you need a DJI account, which is also used to register a new camera. DJI regulates the warranty with this.
Mimo has a classic design, with all settings surrounding a large live view in the center. You can use the app horizontally as well as vertically, half of the vertical usage. The recording mode is determined by the options on the right edge of the screen, here you can choose between Hyperlapse, time lapse, slow motion, photo, video, and live broadcast. DJI has arranged the photo or video trigger and (at the top and bottom edge) the buttons for user-defined and playback modes in slightly offset order.
Other recording settings are changed using the buttons on the left side. These are used to change exposure (manual or auto, ISO selection, exposure correction), resolution and frame rate as well as other settings. Good to know: Pro mode must be activated for all settings in DJI Osmo Action 3, otherwise far fewer parameters can be changed.
Other settings include the possibility of loop recording, field of view selection and stabilization configuration, among others. Additionally, users can influence white balance, select color mode, display a grid, or control exposure using an overexposure warning and histogram. General settings and information include free space on the memory card, and the choice to compress or read the action cam’s serial number.
In practice, the application made a very good impression in testing, and the barely noticeable delay of 0.23 seconds also contributed to this. Uploading a new firmware version also works flawlessly via the app.
If you want to control the DJI Osmo Action 3 remotely, you can use voice control, among other things. Chinese and English are provided, and the commands “start recording”, “stop recording”, “take a picture” and “stop playback” are available.
In the third part of our test report on the DJI Osmo Action 3, we check the image quality of photos and videos and make a conclusion.
Author: dcamera.de editors