DJI is popularly known as a manufacturer of drones and handheld stabilizers for cameras. Even though it recently entered the field of action cameras with the Osmo Action, its strengths remain in the production of high-quality gimbals for smartphones and cameras. The most recent launch was Osmo Mobile 3, the handheld stabilizer for 3rd generation smartphones. This 3-axis gimbal is a great tool for content creation, especially if your phone doesn't have the best electronic or optical stabilization.
The Osmo Mobile 3 gets some nice improvements over its predecessor. It is now foldable to improve mobility. has better ergonomics; and has new shortcuts and gestures. We've been using the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 for about a week now, and here's what we think of it.
DJI Osmo Mobile 3 design and features
The Osmo Mobile 3 is available in India as a standalone device for Rs. 8,999 or as a "combo" for Rs. 10,999, which includes a hard carrying case and an Osmo Grip tripod. The latter does not add extra height to the gimbal, but has foldable feet so that when closed, it can be used as an extended handle or as a normal tripod. The Osmo Mobile 3 weighs only 405 g and is therefore quite light. The handle and most parts of the gimbal itself are made of plastic, but the quality is very good. The handle is covered with plenty of rubber to additionally support the sweaty palms.
The arm of the gimbal can now be folded to make it easier to carry. You can even attach a phone to it when folded, which is convenient. With the 3-axis stabilization, you can perform tilting, rolling and swiveling movements while recording. The main buttons are located on the front of the handle. This includes a multi-directional joystick and buttons for recording and switching between the recording modes (& # 39; M & # 39;). There is a zoom control on the left and a USB Type-C port for charging on the right.
The Osmo Mobile 3 also has a full-size USB Type-A port on the handle in case you need to charge your phone while recording. Finally, we have an ergonomically placed release button on the back of the handle that can be used to reset the position of the phone. Depending on the number of clicks, the sport mode can also be activated and the tilt axis locked, and you can switch between the rear and front cameras of your phone.
The Osmo Mobile 3 has a standard tripod mount on the bottom, so you can attach it to any tripod for time-lapse photography, or use the included tripod when you buy the combo package. The packaging contains a basic quick guide, a USB-C cable, a wrist strap and a soft storage bag. We received the combination package for review, which also contains the housing and the tripod. The hard shell case is of good quality and stiff enough to provide good protection. We only wish it was big enough to accommodate the tripod.
DJI Osmo Mobile 3 performance
Before switching on this device, you have to open it, which is very easy thanks to the spring-loaded arm. Thanks to carefully placed grooves and latches, the arms of the gimbal snap into place when folded so that it does not accidentally unfold. The gimbal must be activated before you can insert your phone into the terminal. To do this, you need to download and log in to the DJI Mimo app, which is available in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. As soon as you have gone through the setup process, which also checks and downloads all available firmware updates for the gimbal, you can use Osmo Mobile 3.
The gimbal automatically tries to center the installed phone. However, you can also manually adjust the position by holding the tilt motor. You can also calibrate the position and angle of the phone using an option in the Mimo app. The Osmo Mobile 3 is compatible with most of today's popular cell phones, but not all functions are available for all cell phones. For example, slow motion videos and 60fps videos in the Mimo app are currently only available on iPhones. 4K recording is not yet available on some Android phones like the Realme X2 Pro (review), but on others like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (review). Even if your phone is not in the list, you can still use all the basic functions of the app. Hopefully we should see better support in future releases.
We tested the Osmo Mobile 3 with a variety of mobile phones such as the Redmi Note 8 (test), the Realme X2 Pro Master Edition, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Apple iPhone 11 Pro. The holder for the phone is also cleverly designed so that it does not come into contact with one of the buttons and you can really center it. We noticed that all of the phones we tested got quite warm after using the Mimo app for a long time and the batteries were quickly discharged as a result. If you are not taking pictures, turn off the screen or put the gimbal into standby to save power for both devices.
With Osmo Mobile 3, you can record professional-looking, stabilized videos with little effort. This is particularly useful on phones that don't have electronic stabilization or don't do a good job. With the Redmi Note 8, for example, 4K videos are recorded in good quality without stabilization during the day. The Osmo Mobile 3 fixes this problem and makes an otherwise unusable video clip look like it was recorded with a much more expensive phone.
We even tried recording a video while zooming in, which causes blurring even with tiny movements. The gimbal made a big difference even while walking. If you have a high-end phone with optical stabilization, taking photos in low light is still a challenge. A stabilizer for such situations is noticeable in the end result.
In addition to standard photos and videos, the Mimo app also offers other recording modes and functions. You can use it to record professional-looking time-lapse videos in which you can set the path that the gimbal follows for the duration of the time-lapse. Hyperlapse videos are also possible, and we really liked the end results even with a cheap phone like the Redmi Note 8.
In story mode, you can easily create short stories. All you have to do is select a template and follow the instructions to record short clips that are then automatically merged with transitions, on-screen text and music. You also have the option of instantly sharing these clips on social platforms.
For panoramas, you can choose a 180-degree shot or a wider shot that captures a lot more angles. With the latter, however, the end result didn't always look good, and we occasionally noticed inconsistencies in sewing. In addition, the gimbal of the Osmo Mobile 3 can only be rotated to a limited extent so that you cannot take 360-degree photos or panoramas on it.
The Osmo Mobile 3 also has ActiveTrack 3.0, which is available via the Mimo app. You can select the object you want to follow through the viewfinder. The gimbal tracks it automatically to make sure it's always in the center of the frame. It worked very well with people, but not so much with fast moving objects. There is a sport mode that can be activated by pressing and holding the shutter button twice. This enables an active tracking of the object in the middle of the frame and increases the speed of the motors so that the gimbal can swivel and tilt faster. ActiveTrack 3.0 can also be activated by showing the camera a palm or a V-sign. However, this must be activated in the settings of the app.
Other gestures include double tapping the mode button to rotate the phone horizontally or vertically. and triple-tap the shutter button to switch between the front and rear cameras. You can also activate the quick menu, which allows you to use the joystick to navigate through all shooting modes so that you never have to reach for your phone's screen.
DJI specifies a battery life of up to 15 hours. We noticed that the battery life is actually around 10 hours in actual use, which is still not a bad thing. We believe that this should be more than enough runtime for everything you will be filming at the same time. The Osmo Mobile 3 can be used while charging, so you can use it for longer. It took approximately two and a half hours to fully charge when connected to a 10W adapter.
The DJI Osmo 3 is an incredibly entertaining device and a must for any serious content creator. Even for casual users, it is a very practical accessory when you are on vacation or just like to make home videos. The best part is that it is easy to use and even videos recorded with an inexpensive smartphone can look more professional. We love how compact it gets when folded up. The subject tracking function works well for people. and the Mimo app offers useful shooting modes. We hope that DJI updates the app to support more resolutions and frame rates on a wider range of Android phones.
The starting price of Rs. 8,999 is very good considering the performance and functions that this device offers. We recommend putting a bit more money in the combo package, as the case is a must if you travel a lot and the tripod is very convenient for time-lapse photography.
Price: Case 8,999 (base model); Case 10,999 (combo model)
- Comfortable and portable
- Very good stabilization
- Easy to use
- Useful companion app
- Decent battery life
- Object tracking could be better