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Fimi, producer of Xiaomi Mija Action Camera, Xiaomi Drone and FIMI X8 drone, just released their new camera Fimi PALM. It basically looks like DJI Osmo Pocket, a small camera featuring a mechanical gimbal. How do they compare:

Fimi PALM vs DJI Osmo Pocket - Comparison Review

Fimi PALM vs DJI Osmo Pocket

 

Fimi PALM vs DJI Osmo Pocket – Specs

 

Fimi PALM vs DJI Osmo Pocket – Body Design

There are a few things that really bother me on my DJI Osmo Pocket and I’m glad FIMI tackled those with their new Fimi PALM:

DJI Osmo Pocket vs Fimi PALM - Comparison Review - Body Design

DJI Osmo Pocket vs Fimi PALM – Body Design

 

5-way joystick
It is pretty hard to control the head of DJI Osmo Pocket. You can either do so with a virtual joystick or you have to buy the 65 USD Osmo Pocket Wheel Control. Great that Fimi PALM features a 5-way joystick built in.

Fimi PALM Joystick control

Fimi PALM Joystick control

 

Microphone
Both cameras offer 2 microphones built into the device. To connect an external microphone to DJI Osmo Pocket you need the 39 USD Osmo Pocket 3.5mm adapter. There will be a base stand for Fimi PALM that connects via USB-C and features a 3,5mm port.

Lanyard hole
Doesn’t seem that big of a deal, but I think it is. You can attach the lanyard only to DJI Osmo Pocket’s cover, not to the camera itself. Since the camera is very compact I discovered many situations I felt the camera is not secured. Great that you can attach a lanyard straight to Fimi PALM.

1/4″ thread
There is no option to mount DJI Osmo Pocket you need to get an accessories to mount it on a tripod or other gear. Great to have this thread built into Fimi PALM.

Phone Connector / Wireless Connection
You can plug DJI Osmo Pocket straight into your phone via the USB-C or Lightning (for iPhones), that’s definitely a big plus as file transfer is super fast. But you can’t remote control Osmo Pocket as it doesn’t have wireless connection built in, you can do with the 69 USD wireless module. Fimi PALM offers bluetooth and wifi built in, but doesn’t have phone connectors. Will be interesting to see if there is a lag in video transmission via wifi.

Battery
While DJI Osmo Pocket offers a 875 mAh battery built-in, that lasts for 140 min video recording in 1080p with 30fps. Fimi PALM offers a larger 1000 mAh battery that promises 240 min of video recording in 1080p with 30fps.

 

Fimi PALM vs DJI Osmo Pocket – Camera & Lens

Lens
I like DJI Osmo Pocket, compared to many of my action cameras, because if its narrow FOV lens. Many users dislike wide angle lenses with its fisheye effect, typical for action cameras, so in that case DJI Osmo Pocket’s 80° FOV videos might be more appealing.The narrow angle lens also results in a shorter focal range and that gives you depth of field. In other words you can film yourself while in focus when the background is a bit blurry, which looks more cinematic. Here’s an example:

Screenshot of a DJI Osmo Pocket vlog - notice the blur background

Screenshot of a DJI Osmo Pocket vlog – notice the blur background

Typical GoPro Fisheye Distortion during a vlog

Typical GoPro Fisheye Distortion during a vlog – notice the crooked background

Fimi decided to use a 128° FOV lens, so I’m very excited how they compare in terms of FOV and depth of field. This is an illustration from FIMI comparing their PALM to DJI Osmo Pocket:

Fimi PALM 128° FOV compared to DJI Osmo Pocket 80° FOV

Fimi PALM 128° FOV compared to DJI Osmo Pocket 80° FOV

 

Frame Rate & Resolution
Besides that not much info is currently available on Fimi PALM. While DJI Osmo Pocket shoots 4K at 60fps, Fimi PALM can only shoot 30fps in 4K. There is no on 1080p settings. DJI Osmo Pocket offers 120fps for slow motion, Fimi just states: “8x slow motion”. I’m currently not sure if that means 240fps in 1080p or 720p.

Bitrate & Codec
Both cameras offer 100 Mbps bit rate, but it seems that Fimi PALM is using .h265 codec while Osmo Pocket is using .h264 codec. That would mean that Fimi PALM actually offers a lot more detail within the 100 Mbit bitrate. But I want to test them both before confirming these infos.

 

Fimi PALM vs DJI Osmo Pocket – Features

Features provided by both cameras:

Active Track
PALM as well as Osmo Pocket offer active track. Simply mark an object on the screen and the camera will follow it by moving the gimbal’s head.

Time-Lapse
Both cameras offer timelapse and motion timelapse, where you can set the gimbal to move while recording a time-lapse.

Story Mode
The app of both cameras offer templates to create a story of your activity with ease.

 

Fimi PALM vs DJI Osmo Pocket – Conclusion

We don’t know the full specs of Fimi PALM so far, that’s a pity. I tried to collect as much info as possible to help you deciding on the new PALM. Simply because the Pre-Sale price of 145 USD is very tempting. Sure you can wait for the final specs and reviews, but that costs you 50 USD extra. So here’s my conclusion for now what we know and what we don’t know:

What we know

Fimi PALM

 physical joystick

 wifi & bluetooth built in

 1/4″ mount built in

 240 min battery life

 no 4K 60fps

DJI Osmo Pocket

Joystick via phone or optional accessory

Only with 69 USD wifi module

Mounts via optional accessory

 140 min battery life

 4K 60fps

What we don’t know

Fimi PALM

 3,5mm adapter in base – included?

 RAW photo available?

 no physical phone connector
(is there a lag with live feed video?)

 100 Mbit / .h265 codec
still not sure as these infos were published separately

DJI Osmo Pocket

 external mic adapter is 39 USD

RAW photo also with panorama photos

 Physical Phone connector
Faster file transfer and lag-less live video feed

 100 Mbit / .h264 codec
also in 4K 30fps, but .h265 is more efficient hence more visual quality and less storage space

Of course what we also don’t know is how the app will work, how good active track will work and how image quality compares to other cameras like the Osmo Pocket. Xiaomi Mijia 4K Actionn camera had a very good image sensor and is a camera I still rely on, so that’s credit for the company what they already one. I will compare Fimi PALM and DJI Osmo Pocket, but at that time the pre-sale deal will be over. I hope I could combine all infos so you can decide if you want to benefit of the pre-sale deal that saves you 55 USD compared to retail price.

 

Fimi PALM vs DJI Osmo Pocket – Price

DJI Osmo Pocket

is currently available as Black Friday Sale from DJI Website for 309 USD.
Also Amazon is discounting the prices for DJI Osmo Pocket:

 

Fimi PALM

Gearbest is hosting the global launch campaign – click to see promotion page

  1. 99 USD – first 100 units – deal ended
  2. 145 USD – next 900 units – get pre-sale deal
  3. 199 USD – retail price

 

Other Retailer:

  • Gearbest: 145 USD
  • Aliexpress: n/a
  • Banggood: n/a
  • Amazon: n/a

 

For the latest news, check out the Fimi PALM Facebook Group.

 

This is the current info released by Fimi:

Motion On Your PALM

This is the FIMI PALM! Held easily in your hand, it turns on in only 3 seconds. The built-in touchscreen and the 5-way joystick allow you to flexibly control the gimbal as well as the integrated camera. You will not need extra tools to film like a pro. The USB Type-C port supports fast charging and file transfer. And the 1/4″ standard thread supports a variety of accessories including extension rod and tripod. All these make the PALM a must-have for vlogging.

Main Features:

  • Portability: The 30.5 x 22.7 x 127.0mm body only weighs 120g. The lightweight, compact design renders the PALM highly portable and lets you film on the go.
  • 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer: Made remarkably stable and smooth, your footage is lossless and shake free.
  • 128° Ultra Wide-angle Lens: The PALM perfectly fits the best angle of human vision, captures more memorable moments while portraying a bigger world for you.
  • 4K UHD 100Mbps Image: Combined with the latest generation ISP algorithm chip from HiSilicon, the PALM uncovers more details that you could have missed.
  • 240-minute Battery Life: The PALM adopts professional Hisilicon SoC and a large-capacity lithium battery that has superior power management capability. With a USB-C port, it fulfills your daily filming needs and delivers stunning results.
  • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth: The PALM can be connected to your smartphone via the built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. During shooting, remote control and transmission allow for easy preview and smarter gimbal camera control. You can also download relevant materials wirelessly to your phone and edit footage on the app.
  • Smart Tracking: The PALM is able to recognize human faces automatically and follows. Or, you can tap on a subject on the touchscreen to keep it in the center of the picture.
  • Story Mode: The app provides not only a variety of one-tap templates and shooting patterns but also preset transition effects and background music. You can easily transform your footage into a cinematic video. Professional, polished works are at your fingertip.
  • Built-in Dual Mic & Microphone Port: With the base, you can directly connect a 3.5mm high-quality mic to the PALM. You are provided with more possibilities for external audio recording.
  • Integrated 5-way Joystick: It is easy to operate and control the PALM.
  • 4 Shooting Modes: From magnificent landscape to figures, the PALM helps you film from different perspectives: Pitch Lock Mode, FPV Mode, Follow Mode, and All Locked Mode. You just can’t get enough fun out of it.
  • Multiple Features: Creative frames; timelapse, motionlapse, hyperlapse; super hdr; professional AE/AW algorithms brighten pictures with distinct colors; long exposure; night shot; panorama; 8x slow motion; 3x stabilized zoom; mark and edit; HEVC coding for excellent picture quality and less space taken.
  • 240 x 240 resolution; 1.22 inch; 600-nit brightness screen.

Specification:

Battery Capacity: 1000mAh
Battery Life: 240mins (1080P/30fps video recording time)
Lens: 128° super wide angle
Video Shooting: 4K/30fps
Max. Resolution: 4K 100Mbps
Control Accuracy: ±0.02°
Controllable Range: -245°~ 65°(Panning) / -105°~ 105°(Tilting) / ±90°(Rolling)

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