After owning the DJI Osmo for about six months, I’ve come to realize how handy it can be when filming certain things. Usually a steady shot requires a huge gimbal or rig but with the Osmo it becomes simple and doable with just one hand. For me it is ideal for real estate and other little side projects I do, however it isn’t much of an everyday camera. DJI now introduces the Osmo Mobile, the Osmo handle with gimbal that can hold your smartphone.
This newer design retails for $299 and targets the consumer market. As smartphone cameras begin to get better and better, this is a great solution for everyday filming if interested in a more cinematic look. Some companies like Apple even have stabilization built into their phones, which surprisingly works very well. With the help of this gimbal these shots could look just like a drone flying through the air.
Of course there are plenty of other gimbals out there that are similar to this, but will the DJI Mobile stand up to the competition? I know that I’m a fan of pretty much all of their products, they are built well and put out some pretty amazing quality. That being said, I do think that the Osmo Mobile will be a success in the smartphone gimbal market, but remember the phone is the camera now.
- DJI GO app to control camera settings
- Joystick to move the camera
- Active Track to follow a subject (as on Phantom 4)
- Motion time-lapse capture made easy
- Stability for dramatic long exposures
- Detailed panaromas done automatically
- Long lasting battery and custom charging port
- Bluetooth connectivity for better connection to gimbal and controls
It's definitely a great idea and something that I would buy. You get rid of the phone on the side and record directly to your smartphone through the same great app. A couple reasons I personally wouldn’t get it for work: smartphone camera lenses aren’t wide enough for what I’d use it for and clients would most likely question the use of filming on a smartphone (funny that they are able to put out such good video quality). Overall, I think this is for the consumer market and people who are looking for a solution to shaky videos who do not own or care to buy any other camera. The smartphone has become a great tool that can be used for anything and this will only make the smartphone better for video. Though I wouldn't buy it for work, I would buy it for myself to mess around with because I think it's pretty cool.