Both DJI and GoPro are very powerful names in the industry of action cameras in general. Now, you may say that DJI Osmo is a brand that deals with drones, and it is more than correct. Anyways, there is an interesting explanation that I would like to mention regarding GoPro and DJI Osmo.
Everybody worldwide knows that GoPro is one of the greatest names when it comes to action cameras, right? It indeed is. When DJI, the well-known brand of drones, started the journey of action cameras everybody was confused, and there was a very narrow competition with GoPro. What did GoPro do? They started releasing drones as well.
Was it a great competition for GoPro? Unfortunately, it wasn’t! Meanwhile, was it a great competition for DJI Osmo? Yes, it was! DJI was able to bring an almost perfect action camera like the DJI Osmo Action and GoPro didn’t quite do the best thing when bringing the Karma drone.
Anyways, I would gladly say that in this article, you will be able to find some of the main differences and similarities that the DJI Osmo Action and GoPro Hero 9, the two great action cameras, have within.
I don’t want to waste your time further, so let’s find out which one wins this battle!
DJI Osmo Action
DJI Osmo Action is one of the greatest action cameras that you can find, and it was released in 2019. Is it a great action camera? It definitely is, and it is one of those cameras that is used by many people around the world for different things. It means that when it was released the camera was super well-received.
GoPro Hero 9
GoPro Hero 9 is considered the main camera of the GoPro Hero series. It is known as one of the most powerful and powerful action cameras. Even though GoPro released GoPro Hero 10 the Hero 9 still remains one of the best overall cameras in this series and it is considered the best overall.
DJI Osmo Action vs GoPro Hero 9
Build Quality and Durability
Speaking in general, both of these cameras are very well built and they have amazing durability. However, there are some things that deserve to be mentioned.
DJI Osmo Action measures 2.56 x 1.65 x 1.38 inches and weighs 4.4 ounces. It sports a very powerful solid metal body and it is a great underwater friend for everybody. This camera can be used underwater easily at up to 36 feet (11 meters). Besides that, this camera can resist different types of temperatures, for example, it can perform perfectly at -10°C.
When it comes to GoPro, its dimensions measure 9.08 x 5.42 x 3.25 inches while weighs 11.2 ounces. As for the material that it is made of, the camera includes polycarbonate which is a strong and tough material. GoPro Hero 9 is also a rugged camera and it can work great underwater at 33 feet (10 meters).
Verdict: Based on the specialties mentioned above, both the cameras are durable, but if need a winner in this category, then you can clearly notice that DJI Osmo Action is a smaller one, lighter in weight, and it is used 36 feet underwater.
The Angle of View, Picture Quality, and Video Quality
You may know that action cameras have different angles of view, bring different pictures, and different qualities of videos as well. Now, these two cameras, DJI Osmo Action and GoPro Hero 9 are not an exception. They are different regarding these features.
DJI Osmo Action’s angle of view works at 145° and based on the 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor, you can capture 12MP pictures. When it comes to the video part, this camera brings to you 4K HDR videos, and that can only mean one thing: Videos are clear, and every color is shown in the best way possible based on the HDR.
Differing from DJI Osmo Action, the GoPro Hero 9 works with a 155° angle of view, and the sensor, that it owns helps you capture the most amazing 20MP pictures. Video recording is definitely one step further in GoPro Hero 9 since it allows you to record 5K videos which are the best ones that you can ever find in action cameras.
Verdict: What can I say? I guess you can notice that when it comes to these features, the GoPro Hero 9 is very advanced, and the winner camera starts from its angle of view and moves on to the pictures and videos.
The price of a product, in this case of an action camera, is one of the most important things and a thing that is listed in any buying guide of any research.
When it comes to DJI Osmo Action and GoPro Hero 9, there is a slight difference in the price tag but still, they are represented as action cameras under 500$. Yet again, what should be considered are the features that they own, those features that are mentioned above and below.
You can notice that above I mentioned some of the most important things that these two great cameras include. Is there anything more that should be known? Of course, there is! Here are some other things that definitely should be mentioned:
|Features||DJI Osmo Action||GoPro Hero 9|
|Display – Screen||Dual Screens (Front and Rear)||Dual Screens (Front and Rear)|
|Slow Motion Mode – Time Lapse Mode||Yes (8x SM) + Time Lapse||Yes (8X SM) + Time Lapse|
|Image Stabilization||RockSteady Technology||HyperSmooth 3.0|
|Microphone||Yes (2)||Yes (3)|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Battery||Removable 1300mAh Lithium Polymer||Removable and Rechargeable 1720mAh Lithium-Ion|
As we came at the end of this article, I would gladly say that these cameras, both DJI Osmo Action and GoPro Hero 9, are the flagships of the brands that they come from. They are both great cameras and as I mentioned throughout the article, they definitely do a great job.
If you are thinking about whether these cameras are worth buying, I assure you that they are! However, considering the fact of the features that they own, I don’t think there is a winner which deserves to be called a champion. They work great in their own ways!
If you are looking for an action camera for your children, then you should look for an action camera made for kids.
I really hope this article helps you find the differences and the similarities between DJI Osmo Action and GoPro Hero 9 and helps you clear the doubts that you may have!
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