The Freewell ND/PL filters for the DJI OSMO Pocket are a number of the first ND/PL filter options obtainable for DJI’s newest creation. I reviewed the DJI OSMO Pocket late final yr and sadly, on the time, there have been no ND filter options obtainable. For skilled shooters to get probably the most out of the OSMO Pocket they actually do want to make use of ND filters, in any other case, it’s important to run excessively excessive shutter speeds.

Freewell ND/PL Filters for DJI OSMO Pocket Review

 

On low bitrate, inter-frame codecs operating excessive shutter speeds can pressure the codec. Less movement blur means extra superb particulars per body, due to this fact, tougher choices for the codec on what to maintain and what to crunch. By sticking to the 180-degree shutter rule you may be serving to the codec out.

The downside with the OSMO Pocket is you’ll be able to’t regulate the f-stop, so even in the event you use ND filters you aren’t at all times going to have the ability to obtain right publicity by following the 180-degree shutter rule.

What do you get?

Freewell ND/PL Filters for DJI OSMO Pocket Review

Included within the Freewell 4K Series Bright Day Filter 4 Pack for the DJI OSMO Pocket set are the next:

ND8/PL
ND16/PL
ND32/PL
ND64/PL

The filters are available in a small protected case and also you get a cleansing fabric. The filters offer you between three to six stops of ND relying on which one you employ. As the DJI OSMO Pocket performs higher at decrease ISO ranges similar to 100 and 200 you might be most likely going to search out that you’ll primarily be utilizing ND/PL Eight and ND/PL 16.

What are the filters made out of?

Freewell ND/PL Filters for DJI OSMO Pocket Review

Freewell claims that the filters are made out of 16 layers of multicoated optical glass. The glass is manufactured in-house by Freewell. These are hybrid filters that mix each ND and PL properties. This is an efficient mixture because the OSMO Pocket doesn’t have significantly good dynamic vary, and it doesn’t deal effectively with shiny reflective surfaces.  You can rotate the crimson ring to vary the polarizing impact.

The filter body is kind of skinny and regardless of the filters being spherical, they’ve little tabs on the facet so they’re just a little simpler to deal with. The filters include a lifetime guarantee.

Weight

Freewell ND/PL Filters for DJI OSMO Pocket Review

As the DJI Osmo Pocket makes use of a really small gimbal, you don’t need to add any extra weight to it. FREEWELL doesn’t quote any figures for a way a lot their filters weigh. I put them on a kitchen scale they usually barely moved the needle. I estimate that their weight is round 1 g (0.03 oz). This lack of weight signifies that utilizing the filters shouldn’t have an effect on the gimbals efficiency.

Build Quality

Freewell ND/PL Filters for DJI OSMO Pocket Review

With the filters being tiny and weighing in at 1 g (0.03 oz) it’s fairly laborious to find out construct high quality. The filter body feels good and durable and the glass is effectively protected. My solely gripe is that the writing on the filters is so tiny that you just nearly want a magnifying glass to see what ND power you might be utilizing.

Freewell ND/PL Filters for DJI OSMO Pocket Review

The filters even have a small crimson ring round them so they’re simpler to see. As they’re so small, in the event that they have been black and also you dropped one you most likely wouldn’t have the ability to discover it. I believe what they need to have performed is coloration code the filters so a coloration represents the power of the filter. Then all you would want to do is put labels within the field that confirmed the colour and an ND power. That manner you’d know precisely what filter you have been utilizing.

Do they connect firmly to the OSMO Pocket?

Freewell ND/PL Filters for DJI OSMO Pocket Review

The filters magnetically connect to the entrance of the OSMO Pocket. Now, there’s a little groove for the place they connect, you simply must line the filter up and place it down. The filters do keep on pretty securely and even in the event you knock the filter it doesn’t transfer. The downside I discovered is that as a result of the filters are so skinny they’re laborious to carry onto and I continually discovered myself touching the glass with my fingers. You may also flip the crimson ring to regulate the polarizing impact, however as a result of the ring is so skinny you might want to watch out that you just don’t find yourself placing your fingers on the glass.

Freewell ND/PL Filters for DJI OSMO Pocket Review

As they use magnets you’ll be able to really stack the filters to create stronger strengths of ND. While I wouldn’t really advocate placing that a lot glass in entrance of the OSMO Pocket’s digicam, you possibly can do that for capturing lengthy publicity timelapses or pictures.

How do they carry out?

Freewell ND/PL Filters for DJI OSMO Pocket Review

Having ND filters is one factor, but when they aren’t effectively produced from high quality glass then they will introduce pretty excessive coloration shifts, significantly when excessive power ND is used. This is very true whenever you mix each ND and PL properties right into a single filter. I made a decision to do some assessments to see how effectively the Freewell filters carried out. To do that I shot a coloration chart, first with no ND/PL filters getting used, after which with the assorted strengths of ND/PL. What I wished to see is that if there have been any coloration shifts or lack of sharpness when utilizing the filters.

The filters carried out pretty effectively, even at excessive ND strengths, however they do have a slight push in the direction of inexperienced. In saying that it’s pretty simple to right the small inexperienced tint in submit. The strengths appeared to additionally produce inconsistent outcomes. In considerably of a shock the ND/PL Eight had probably the most noticeable inexperienced solid, whereas ND/PL 64 appeared to look the most effective out of all of the filters.

When I in contrast the Freewell filters head-to-head towards the PGYTECH OSMO Pocket PRO ND/PL filters I discovered that they weren’t pretty much as good. That’s to not say these filters are unhealthy, however for my part, they aren’t pretty much as good because the PGYTECH filters which retail for a similar value. Maybe it’s because PGYTECH is utilizing German SCHOTT optical glass, which will be present in dearer ND filters that get used on digital cinema cameras.

The filters do endure from a slight lack of sharpness, however that is solely actually noticeable at increased ND strengths. If you employ the ND/PL Eight and ND/PL 16, you most likely received’t have the ability to understand any real-world distinction.

Freewell ND/PL Filters for DJI OSMO Pocket Review

I additionally examined the filters in real-world situations they usually actually make a distinction to the outcomes you’ll be able to receive when utilizing the DJI OSMO Pocket. Not solely do they permit you to maintain the shutter pace down, however additionally they do an excellent job of minimizing and creating extra nice flare. The ND/PL filters additionally assist the OSMO Pocket with shiny reflections and glare, and it’s good that Freewell has made the filter rotatable so you’ll be able to regulate the polarizing impact. The solely downside with having a rotatable PL filter on a small gimbal such because the OSMO Pocket is that you might want to rotate it everytime you set it on the digicam lens to position it within the right place. You can solely actually do that with the gimbal turned on and which means that you’ll most likely have to finish up resetting the gimbal after getting completed making the adjustment. It’s very simple to neglect that the filters must be rotated to regulate the polarizing impact and if you’re in a rush you might effectively find yourself taking pictures with it within the flawed place.

Freewell ND/PL Filters for DJI OSMO Pocket Review

Above you’ll be able to see the distinction they make. At the highest, the OSMO Pocket is about at 100 ISO 1/5oth shutter and you may see that the image is massively overexposed. At the underside, the identical settings are getting used however this time I added the Freewell ND/PL 16.

I additionally discovered the filters have been nice for doing lengthy publicity timelapses and taking lengthy publicity pictures.

I used to be stunned {that a} set of ND/PL filters that retail for below $70 USD was capable of produce pretty respectable outcomes. I’ve examined costly filters from well-known producers earlier than that weren’t very coloration correct.

Not all filters are created equal, and that is why it’s essential to do assessments like this. It’s essential to know precisely what you might be getting.

Competition

Freewell ND/PL Filters for DJI OSMO Pocket Review

The PGYTECH OSMO Pocket PRO ND/PL filters

Direct competitors comes from the PGYTECH OSMO Pocket PRO ND/PL filters, Honbobo DJI OSMO Pocket ND8+ND16+ND32+ND64 kit, and DJI’s personal ND filters (which nonetheless aren’t obtainable).

Price

Freewell ND/PL Filters for DJI OSMO Pocket Review

The Freewell 4K Series Bright Day Filter 4 Pack retails for $69 USD. Coincidentally that is the very same value that the competing PGYTECH OSMO Pocket PRO ND/PL set prices. The Honbobo filters retail for ¥8,399 ($76.70 USD).

Conclusion

Freewell ND/PL Filters for DJI OSMO Pocket Review

The  Freewell 4K Series Bright Day Filter 4 Pack is a reasonably good resolution for the Osmo Pocket if you’re on the lookout for ND/PL filters and I like how one can regulate the quantity of polarization. I nonetheless want the PGYTECH OSMO Pocket PRO ND/PL set because it’s acquired nearly zero coloration shift, it’s just a little simpler to connect, you’ll be able to learn the ND strengths, and the magnetic carry case is a intelligent addition. With the Freewell filters, it’s nearly unimaginable to learn what the ND strengths are until you pull out a magnifying glass.