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Fimi, producer of Xiaomi Mija Action Camera, Xiaomi Drone and FIMI X8 drone, released their latest camera Fimi PALM. It basically looks like DJI Osmo Pocket, a small camera including a 3-axis mechanical gimbal. But it is not the same – FIMI Palm offers some interesting features I was missing on my DJI Osmo Pocket, which I want to point out in my review.
In general I really like this type of camera for travel videos and vlogging. I prefer them over typical action cameras for these activities, but more on that later. Let’s start to compare them:

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, but then you can’t power it with an external power source. FIMI offers two options: a 9 USD USB-C to 3.5mm adapter or a 25 USD base with 3.5mm plug and USB-C port to power it alongside an external mic useage.

DJI Osmo Pocket vs FIMI Palm - USB-C to 3.5mm external microphone adapter

DJI Osmo Pocket vs FIMI Palm – USB-C to 3.5mm external microphone adapter

 

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 found myself in many situations I felt the camera is not secured. Great that you can attach a lanyard straight to Fimi PALM.

Mount – 1/4″ thread
There is no option to mount DJI Osmo Pocket you need to get accessories to mount it on a tripod or other gear (I use the PGY mount that also holds a phone and mic.). Great to have a 1/4″ thread built into Fimi PALM, even tough the positioning is not that great.

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. Also great to film with the phone plugged in to use it as a screen. Again the PGY mount comes in very handy. 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. This way you can control the head of the camera or set up a timeplase while Palm is placed on a tripod. On the other hand you can’t download the videos in best resolution to your phone.

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
Both cameras, similar as action cameras, offer fixed lenses – no optical zoom. I also like DJI Osmo Pocket, compared to many of my action cameras, because of 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. This is also gret for vlogging as your face isn’t distorted when you hold the camera close to your face. 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 (shot with GoPro)

Fimi decided to use a 128° FOV lens, which is not as wide as typical action cameras (around 170°) but still wider than Osmo Pocket. It’s a matter of personal taste and usage which lens, and therefore camera, is better suited. The wider angle lens definitely has some advantages: Stabilization is smoother and you can zoom-in in post production. FIMI put in their description “3x stabilized zoom” but I currently don’t know if this digital zoom will be available in 4K or only at lower resolutions. Here you can see how the lenses compare:

 

Video Specs

Frame Rate & Resolution
This is a clear win for DJI Osmo Pocket. While DJI Osmo Pocket shoots 4K at 60fps, Fimi PALM can only shoot 30fps in 4K. Also in 1080p DJI offers a way higher frame rate with 120fps, compared to thdissapointing 60fps for FIMI Palm.

Bitrate & Codec
Both cameras offer 100 Mbps bit rate, but Fimi PALM is using .h265 codec while Osmo Pocket is using .h264 codec. Fimi PALM actually offers a lot more detail within the 100 Mbit bitrate.

Time-lapse (Motion Lapse)
I like to do motion timelapse videos and great that both cameras offer this option. You can set waypoints and the camera head moves during the timelapse. But I was very disappointed as I found out both cameras only offer 1080p time-lapse and not 4K.
Update: The latest Firmware Update of Fimi Palm offers 4K Motion lapse and the movement of the head is also a bit smoother.
Motion Timelapse taken with Fimi Palm (auto settings):

Motion Timelapse taken with DJI Osmo Pocket (auto settings):

 

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

 

Photo Specs

Photo Resolution
Both cameras take 4000 x 3000 resolution .jpg photos. Due to the different FOV (field of view lens) the framing looks different. Both cameras also offer the option to take .jpg and .dng RAW photos. I noticed an interesting fact. While DJI Osmo also takes 4000 x 3000 RAW photos, the resolution of FIMI Palm is a little smaller with 3840 × 2880 pixel.

Panorama Photos
At first I didn’t pay much attention to this feature, but it is actually a super interesting one, especially on DJI Osmo Pocket. Both offer 3×3 and 4×1 options, that means 9 photos (resp. 4) are taken and stitched together, which you can do within the app. FIMI Palm also has a 1×4 option.
It’s important to know that both cameras do not stitch full resolution photos within the app! As mentioned both cameras take 4000 x 3000 pixel resolution photos. But the results I got within the app are about 4294 × 1070 pixel resolution for DJI Osmo and 4740 × 2082 pixel for FIMI Palm. Even though FIMI has a wider FOV lens, the panorama taken with DJI has a wider FOV (you can even spot FIMI Palm in my photo below). Interestingly the stitched photo of DJI is smaller in height. If you want to stitch them in full resolution you have to use another software, DJI offers DJI Media Maker for PC and Mac.
But here again another important finding: while DJI Osmo Pocket takes four 4000 x 3000 pixel photos, FIMI Palm takes four 2704 × 2028 pixel photos.
Conclusion: FIMI Palm gives you a higher resolution stitched panorama photo within the app. DJI Osmo Pocket gets you a higher resolution panorama but you need to stitch it on a computer! Same results with 3×3 photos: The app stitched photos are 2409 × 1732 pixel with DJI, 3882 × 3735 pixel with FIMI Palm. Individual photos are 4000 x 3000 pixel with DJI, 2704 × 2028 pixel with FIMI Palm.
Below are two examples of 4×1 panorama photos, unedited taken with auto settings, stitched within the app. (click for full resolution):

4x1 Panorama Photo taken with DJI Osmo Pocket (auto settings) vs Fimi Palm

4×1 Panorama Photo taken with DJI Osmo Pocket (auto settings) – 4294 x 1070 pixel

4x1 Panorama Photo taken with Fimi Palm (auto settings) vs DJI Osmo Pocket

4×1 Panorama Photo taken with Fimi Palm (auto settings) – 4740 x 2082

DJI also offers this feature in RAW at full resolution (but it is not stitched within the camera). If you use a comp ituter software allows you to get 8685  ×  5819 pixel – 50MP (!) resolution photos, even in RAW format. I like to print photos as posters for my wall, and that’s an incredible resolution to get great printing results. Below is a preview – click here for the original image – attention: 30MB data size)

DJI Osmo Pocket 3x3 panorama photo (taken in RAW)

DJI Osmo Pocket 3×3 panorama photo (taken in RAW)

 

Fimi PALM vs DJI Osmo Pocket – Conclusion

Here’s a short overview of my Pros & Cons of both cameras:

 

Fimi PALM

+ 128° lens
(matter of personal taste)

+ physical joystick

+ wifi & bluetooth built in

+ 1/4″ mount built in

+ cheap external mic adapter

+ 240 min battery life

+ lower price

 phone connection

DJI Osmo Pocket

+ 80° lens
(matter of personal taste)

+ 4K 60fps & 1080p 120fps

+ RAW panorama photos

+ physical phone connector

+ better active track options

+ great app & firmware

 extensive accessories (external mic, mounting, wifi)

 

Fimi PALM vs DJI Osmo Pocket – Price

DJI Osmo Pocket

is available from DJI Website for 369 USD.
But also check Amazon for frequent discounts given:

 

Fimi PALM

  • Aliexpress: 159 USD (official FIMI store)

 

  • Gearbest: 159 USD
    • Coupon: GB720SALE004

 

  • Banggood: 159 USD
    • Coupon: BGSPBP05

 

  • Amazon:

 

 

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