GoPro patents give a fascinating glimpse of modular DJI Pocket 2 rival

GoPro could be building a modular, gimbal-stabilized camera system to take on the DJI Pocket 2 and DJI FPV, according to some fascinating new patents.

The patents, which were published on March 10, contain some detailed drawings and descriptions of a system that includes a GoPro Session-style camera module, a mechanically stabilized gimbal, and a connector that allows both to slot into a handheld grip or even a drone.

The “image capture module” described by the patents appears to be a new gimbal-stabilized camera, rather than an existing one like the Hero 10 Black. It looks smaller than the latter and could “track a user based on position data from a beacon module and/or based on computer vision tracking of the user in images from the image sensor”. This could be the ActiveTrack-style autofocus we’ve seen on the likes of the DJI Pocket 2, which can turn to follow subjects thanks to its gimbal.

Drawings from GoPro patents

(Image credit: US Patent and Trademark Office)

According to the patents, this camera would sit in a three-axis mechanical stabilization system which could allow up to 360-degrees of rotation. The gimbal could also have a handy “fold flat” mode to protect it when you turn it off, which would kick in after 10, 20 or 30 seconds to let you “easily slip the image capture module into a pocket carrying case or backpack”.

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