FIMI PALM - Handheld gimbal for the pocket
Wide angle: 128 °
Resolution: 4K / 1080p
Codec: HEVC (H.265)
Bitrate: up to 100 Mbps
Pan: -245 ° - + 65 °
Tilt: -105 ° - + 105 °
Roll: -90 ° - + 90 °
Display Type: Unknown
Display diagonal: 1.22 inches
Display resolution: 240 x 240 pixels
Display brightness: 600nit
* 5-way joystick
* App (WiFi / Bluetooth)
* touch screen
Capacity: 1000 mAh
Runtime: up to 240 minutes (1080p30)
Charging socket: USB-C
Dimensions: 127 x 31 x 23 mm
Weight: 120 g
* 1 / 4 inch thread
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!
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.
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 with an 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.
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!
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 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
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.