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FIMI PALM - Handheld gimbal for the pocket

by Timo14. February 2020
An 3-axis gimbal with camera for your pocket? Is there already and that the DJI Osmo Pocket! However, those who shy away from the high purchase price of over 300 €, for which FIMI has brought an almost 1: 1 copy on the market. The FIMI Palm not only looks like the Osmo Pocket, it even promises similar features and for just 130 €!
Overview
Manufacturer/Model

FIMI

Product

FIMI Palm

Specifications

camera
Sensor: Unknown
Wide angle: 128 °
Resolution: 4K / 1080p

Codec: HEVC (H.265)
Bitrate: up to 100 Mbps

Gimbal
Pan: -245 ° - + 65 °
Tilt: -105 ° - + 105 °
Roll: -90 ° - + 90 °

Display
Display Type: Unknown
Display diagonal: 1.22 inches
Display resolution: 240 x 240 pixels
Display brightness: 600nit

control
* 5-way joystick
* App (WiFi / Bluetooth)
* touch screen

Accumulator
Capacity: 1000 mAh
Runtime: up to 240 minutes (1080p30)
Charging socket: USB-C

other
Dimensions: 127 x 31 x 23 mm
Weight: 120 g
mounting:
* 1 / 4 inch thread
*Eyelet

FIMI Palm

Copying, counterfeiting and optimizing is a daily business in China. In the meantime, Chinese manufacturers are competing with each other so much that even products from their own ranks are copied down to the last detail. Of the FIMI Palm is a very good example. At first glance, the stabilized handheld camera could be quite as DJI Osmo Pocket go through! Incidentally, FIMI is no stranger. The company specializing in cameras and drones is responsible, among other things, for the production of the Xiaomi Action Cams and drones!

Left FIMI Palm - Right DJI Osmo Pocket

Even the hand is the same ?!

Fits the trouser pocket

With Dimensions of 127 x 22.7 x 30.5 mm and a Weight of 120g the handheld camera is amazingly compact. Even so compact that the Palm is smaller and lighter than a conventional smartphone and easily fits in your pocket. The housing is made of plastic. A back 1 / 4 inch thread allows mounting on a tripod. Friends of the lanyard will also get their money. On the side there is an inlet for attaching the hand strap.

Super light. The FIMI Palm weighs just 120g.

If you want to use the Palm on vacation and preferably in the sea, you should be careful! Like the Osmo Pocket, the Palm is unfortunately not waterproof. After all, FIMI is known to bring separately available accessories on the market, so can be expected with a waterproof housing quite.

5-Way joystick and touch display

One way to control the gimbal is the 5 Way joystick. in the Mode 1 The respective movements of the joystick control the 3 axes of the gimbal. in the Mode 2, which is activated by pressing the joystick button, the user has access to zoom and exposure functions.

In addition to the physical control buttons, the FIMI Palm is equipped with a touch display. This solves at one 1.22 inch display diagonal you can 240 240 x pixels on. FIMI has not yet commented on the display technology used. However, it is known that the display a Luminance of 600nit reached and thus should remain readable even in strong light.

The FIMI Palm offers numerous functions such as the 5-way joystick.

Finally, the gimbal is also using App controllable. By Bluetooth or WiFi Connected to the smartphone, you have access to all functions. Saved recordings can also be transferred from the inserted memory card to the connected device. The integrated into the app "Story Mode" helps with the subsequent editing of the recordings and provides the user with various templates aside.

4K camera and smart modes

For the installed camera sensor FIMI leaves us largely in the dark. It is known that the FIMI Palm with a 128 ° wide angle camera equipped, the maximum in 4K with 30 pictures-per-second receives. Recordings are in HEVC with up to 100 Mbps coded. The sound is directed forward and sideways Microphone added. An external microphone can be connected with the appropriate adapter via the USB-C socket. To save the recordings will be a MicroSD memory card needed. There is no internal data storage.

FIMI Palm recording quality

The video below shows how the handheld gimbal performs in the video test. Similar to an action cam, the sound is audibly muffled. The stabilization and recording quality make a good impression and correspond to what you can expect from a 180 € expensive camera + gimbal combi.

However, the FIMI Palm cannot match the quality of an Osmo Pocket! Especially in the dark, the recording quality drops rapidly. Sometimes the gimbal also has to struggle in particularly bright lighting situations, which ends in partially overexposed scenes. As soon as a test copy reaches us, the detailed test follows here!

Fimi Palm 4K Video Samples 2

What should not be missing, of course, are intelligent recording modes. These make it easier to use the gimbal without having to edit the recordings later. The mode "Smart Tracking" enables people and objects to be kept fully automatically in the picture. This is particularly interesting for vlogers who want to keep themselves in the picture.

There is one specifically for controlling the 3-axis gimbal "Pitch Lock Mode", "FPV Mode", "Follow Mode" and an "All Locked Mode", Also present are gimmicks such as Timelapse, motionlapse, hyperlapse and panorama.

The battery with 1000 mAh capacity for up to 240 minutes recording time.

Long-lasting battery

The FIMI Palm has a non-interchangeable one 1000 mAh battery installed. The runtime depends on various factors, such as the resolution used, the display brightness or the existing connection (Bluetooth / WLAN). In individual tests, the recording time at 4K is between 90 and 120 minutes, at 1080p30 even up to 240 minutes are possible. The gimbal is charged using the current USB-C standard, which is also used in smartphones. Filming and simultaneous charging via power bank is possible.

Comparison: FIMI Palm vs. DJI Osmo Pocket

FIMI Palm and DJI Osmo Pocket Comparison of product features

On the datasheet, the FIMI Palm wants to be the better handheld camera gimbal!

Our assessment

Measured by the DJI Osmo Pocket, the FIMI Palm presents itself as superior in many areas. Thus, some of the above specifications are much better, as well as there are some features that the Osmo Pocket does not even offer.

Nevertheless, there is a bitter aftertaste. FIMI gives hardly any insights to the camera sensor. Are we expecting a high-quality Sony camera sensor and if so, which one? After all, FIMI does not elaborate in the above comparison that the Palm "only" in 4K @ 30 instead of 4K @ 60 (Osmo Pocket) takes.

So it remains exciting how the 130 expensive handheld camera beats in reality. Of course, as soon as we know more or we get a test copy, the article will be updated.

Price Comparison

Price history

Current prices

Gearbest
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186,00€
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201,73€

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Prices last updated on: 31. May 2020 11: 02
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Sebastian

Alone for the wide angle I would prefer the FIMI Palm. 80 ° against 128 ° is already a number. Nen special image sensor have certainly not installed. Otherwise you would not get the price under 100 €. I'm really looking forward to your test. Need something like the Palm for my summer vacation: D.

M0rty

The delivery date has already been postponed again. It is already at February 2020. Does anyone know whether this also applies to the first pre-orders or only to those who order now?

Kevin

I think that applies to everyone. I ordered mine directly from Gearbest and nothing was shipped yet. If nothing goes out until the beginning of January, I will cancel. At Geekbuying it was also removed from the range. I guess they shouldn't put the Palm on the market because it looks too Osmo Pocket.

M0rty

That's not true. At Aliexpress it is now included. Even in the Official FIMI Store. But there is also no indication from the delivery period.

Axel wetness

Fimi would not be the first copy either, there is still the Capture Pocket and the VMate Palm. As far as I know, the delivery date for these devices is still unknown.

Mashm

My FIMI Palm arrived about a week ago. Back then bought it for € 130 in the pre-sale and almost forgot that I had ordered it.

Here are my experiences:
For the price, the Palm offers a really great picture quality. However, there is a lot of noise in the dark. A very sharp picture comes out during the day. The image stabilization is also very successful. I ran with it and even there the gimbal stabilized properly.

The app needs some improvement. It is still a small construction site. Otherwise, there is still good to say about the battery life. At 4k30 I also came about 90 minutes.

My conclusion: For <180 € a great device to film on vacation!

Kev

Hi, can you zoom with the part?

Jörg

How do I get into story mode, which settings are required? The symbol did not light up when I press it, nothing happens. What steps have to be taken to get into story mode.