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The DJI Action’s PQ is just not up to par and I seriously doubt firmware upgrades will help. The type of firmware upgrades the OP received (AF, gimbal, Pro settings etc.) were not at all related to the PQ issues we see in the Action.
I believe the overall loss of detail and detail artifacts with motion, are tied to the processor having to handle both the wider FOV and, probably more importantly, the simultaneous burden of EIS. My tests showed an improvement in detail when I switched off RS, but then the picture was too unstable and thus unusable. Who knows, maybe even the inclusion of the much more efficient H265 might have helped with this burden. But other than an unlikely future update including H265 as a compression option, I don’t see firmware updates being able to address these issues. Frankly I doubt most users will even care.
For me the OP, despite having mediocre audio as Mark correctly mentioned, is still my best option for a tiny camera. My main motivation for getting the Action was the larger screen. The OP, because of the obvious design philosophy, has as tiny a screen as you’ll find. For me that detracts from the fun of using it. Shooting with my larger and heavier A7iii is actually a more enjoyable experience.
If not for issues with the RX0 ii (subpar EIS & LCD screen shutting off after a few seconds while shooting 4K) I would have gone for that. I could easily work around the lowlight & focusing issues that are mentioned in some reviews. Its better PQ is apparent in Mark’s videos. However I’m not someone who addresses issues with add-ons like external gimbals, screens, etc. For me that defeats the purpose and elegance of a small cam. That’s just my hangup.
At least for now that brings me back to the OP that better serves my needs for a very casual tiny cam despite me appreciating the better PQ of the RX0 ii.