REVIEW: Mark Christian reviews the Feiyutech Pocket.
A Pocketable Camera That Is Fun To Use
My name is Mark-Christian K.C, MC for short. I’m a Cinematographer and YouTuber based in Mancheser. Feiyutech and Lencarta gave me this little guy to review and after spending about a month with the FeiyuPocket these are my thoughts.
When I was given this Lencarta wanted me to see how this little thing would hold up as an action camera. It’s small size initially led me to believe it probably wouldn’t hold up too well. But to my surprise this thing is more than capable of taking on some strong head winds. It’s size allows you to mount it pretty much anywhere you can think of either via the quarter inch thread at the bottom of the device or with the old reliable duct tape. I’ve held this thing out of a car window, suction cupped it to the hood of my car and ran around with my dog in the park to test it in all sorts of ways. With Covid still about I obviously can’t go Jet Skiing in the Bahamas just yet so these were the next best things I could think of during these times. I am genuinely impressed with how stable the footage is even with the tiny motors this gimbal has.
The image is one of the most important things with any camera, and at first I found the image straight out of camera to be lackluster. It was overly sharpened and looked more “video” than “film”. Then I connected my phone and that was how I unlocked the cameras true potential. The Feiyu-pocket has a log mode which greatly increases the dynamic range of the sensor. This gives you a lot more room to play with in post and makes the image look better overall. You can also manually control all the camera settings such as shutter speed, iso and EV compensation. You can’t change the aperture, but I assumed from the beginning that this would be a fixed aperture system due to the cameras’ size. The system also appears to have a fixed focus which if you get too close to the lens means your face can be slightly soft. But majority of the time this never happens.
One area I thought this would be amazing for would be vlogging. As a YouTuber I share parts of my life with my audience and finding the perfect vlogging camera has always been a challenge. There are loads of variables to consider – image quality, audio quality, slow-mo, flip out screens and portability. The Feiyu-pocket was so close to ticking all these boxes but the one area that it let me down in was the audio quality. It’s honestly a shame that the audio quality is as poor as it is because apart from that I really loved using this system to vlog my days. Additionally, the USB-C input unfortunately doesn’t allow one to input a USB-C microphone – something that could have easily redeemed the system’s poor audio.
However, the one thing I had to bear in mind was the price of this system. It’s £200 which is considerably better than it’s competitors like the DJI Osmo. So it makes sense that something was cut in terms of quality. I truly thinks it’s a shame that you cannot input a USB-C microphone though, however this could easily be fixed via a software update, so we can only hope Feiyu-Tech implement that soon.
Overall, though what do I think? I like it. I like this camera a lot. It’s fun to use and that’s the main reason I like it. It has good functionality and has a lot of features – timelapse, hyperlapse, motionlapse, photos, video, slow-motion, panorama – and it’s dead simple to use. I’ll for sure be bringing this with me when I go travelling or if I am on a shoot that’s very sports heavy, action heavy, the ability to strap this anywhere and get stable 4K 60p footage is such a win in my books.