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DJI OM4 Review – You can’t simply overlook it!

Introduction:

Again, this year DJI has launched the latest handheld Steadicam gimbal, and it is time to see what they have done to make themselves top among their competitors.

For those who still don’t know, DJI is the chief player in the world of gimbals, and their Osmo mobile range excites every new model. The DJI OM4 is a powerful and affordable 3-axis battery-life gimbals.

Why is it best?

The DJI OM4 makes a progressive influence after the best-selling Osmo Mobile 3 gimbal. Its new magnetic system offers extraordinary comfort, and improved heat motor copes and also provides an impressive wider range.

More significantly, still, the new OM4 offers a highly remarkable product that may seem so simple that you wonder why nobody has ever done so before. It also has a magnetic fast release mechanism that ensures that you wave goodbye to an outdated system.

The new magnetic arm mount is the only major change between DJI OM 4 and the Osmo Mobile 3 last year. The OM 4 has a slightly different tone, but otherwise, the two models are almost the same.

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Let’s talk about DJI OM4 first Impression:

DJI Osmo mobile 2 and 3 owners will immediately understand the device. As the real body of DJI OM4 is very similar to Osmo mobile 2 or 3 except for the magnetic base that the Osmo Mobile 3 or 2 doesn’t have. This is absolutely fine because DJI OM 3’s grip still has the upper edge in terms of ergonomics.

Another noteworthy important feature is that the DJI has selected an off-white, light grey two-tone finish in contrast with the dark grey Osmo mobile that was launched last year.

Its remarkable control system and USB-C charging port are unchanged too. Again, its simple and automatic controls require little modification, and USB-C is clearly better than Micro-USB ports that are mostly used with new gimbals.

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Here are some major PROS of DJI OM4:

Let’s have a closer look at its pros:

A strong Grip:

The most important feature of this DJI OM 4 is its small, lightweight magnetic clamp and magnetic ring holder. It has a solid grip. This makes it easy to shoot films whenever you think about creating something new. All you have to do is to connect your smartphone directly to DJI OM 4, which is ideal for shooting—also packed with brand new powerful features that are extremely useful. DJI OM4 is strong enough to hold even heavy phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Its amazing 3-axis stabilization:

One of the best advantages of this DJI OM 4 is that you will never shoot a blurry video.  Only by adding the external lens, the powerful 3-axis motor from DJI OM4 holds your phone correctly and makes your video smoothly. It incorporates the 3-axis motors and electronic image stabilization to provide a clean and dolly effect in your video. The OM 4 smartphone stabilizer, with its foldable design and many new functions, is a must-have handheld Steadicam gimbal for an artist. It offers a variety of functions to vlog and shoot films.

It has Active Zoom:

This OM 4 lets you create stunning effects with an impressive creative zoom that gives you a high-quality film feeling with minimal effort. Advanced algorithms know what to do, and so all you need to do is tap and walk to shoot. Its dolly zoom mode allows you to tap, and the panorama mode allows you to keep the focus. The smart panorama feature is also very handy as it saves your time and makes things easy for you.

It has great motion control:

Whether you are trying to take an awesome selfie or capturing a memorable party shoot, you do not need to hold it in your hand. With just one gesture, remotely monitor OM 4; you can capture any moment. You can use the gimbal indoors, outside, and in unsafe conditions, as the magnetic lock tightly links between a gimbal and phone, which makes sure that snapping a picture becomes easy.

Best Active Track 3.0:

The specifications of Active Track are much greater than what you have seen previously at OM 3, offering accurate monitoring capability for even the shooting of animals and babies. Moviemakers will only have to dolly towards the subject or away with its new impressive Dolly Zoom feature. The OM4 mechanically zooms the lens to achieve the smooth, classical effect. It injects more imagination into individual video projects, which may require heavy equipment or videographers.

Here are some CONS of DJI OM4:

  • It is expensive.
  • Its battery can’t be removed or replaced.

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What about Magnetic attachment of DJI OM4?

Do you know that DJI gives its users two different options to attach the mobile? One of the key reasons for choosing the DJI OM4 over its competitors: it uses magnets to lock the phone to the device securely.

One option is a magnet clamp:

The very first option is the magnetic clamp. Your phone sits between the spring-loaded grip and the magnet back snap on the magnet when it is close enough. This is exactly the same as the configuration of the Osmo Mobile 3, except the clamp can be detached and attached with magnets instead of bolts.

The second option is a Pop Socket magnet:

The second option you can use a magnet ring holder in pop socket form. It connects to the back of your phone and has a ring, which you can also take out for extra grip. The sticker of the magnetic ring holder attaches plastic stronger than glass surfaces. It is also best to stick this on the back of your telephone case. The advantage of this attachment is that you can easily attach the gimbal, so you don’t even have to use the clamp.

What about the price of DJI OM4?

While the prices of mobile have seen a downward trend since they first started, the OM4 package costs $119 on its own or $139 for a ‘combo’ bundle that offers a tripod and a beautiful case, which means that the DJI OM4 package is around $10 or $20 higher in price than the combo Osmo Mobile 3 kit. On the other hand, the OM4 still leads the way in its efficiency at the inspiring ratio when it comes to its comparison with other available options in the market, and it has kept its place. It is definitely the best buy gimbal.

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Here have a look at what you will find in the box:

  • Magnetic ring holder
  • Magnetic clamp
  • Tripod
  • A power cable
  • A storage pouch
  • Manual
  • A wrist strap

Why its cost is bit high?

If you are thinking about why it is costly, then here is an answer. The addition of the magnetic phone holder and the phone clamp is likely to make the OM4 costly more than the Osmo mobile 3.

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Now comes toward its performance:

The DJI OM4 is a great video stabilizer like the earlier version. Its key quality is its strong stability performance, which is among the best and now can handle hefty payloads than before due to their recently upgraded features.

However, some believe that the gap between DJI OM 4 and Osmo Mobile 3 is not big, so owners don’t have to think about upgrading their existing version.

The payload ensures that larger phones such as the iPhone 11 Pro Max or Samsung Galaxy Note 20 are easily kept. I will, however, also advise phablet-sized phone owners to double-check if their devices have compatible weight and height.

DJI OM 4 is the best option to use in every situation and provides the best high-quality shooting experience.

Its high-quality battery performance:

Battery efficiency is of the highest quality. DJI reports that it has a single charge 15-hour battery life, and many people’s experience has not been different. Due to its USB-A slot, which is surprisingly useful as your phone needs extra juice more frequently and it can also use as a battery source.

Here comes a question about magnet security of DJI OM4:

The main concern for many people is the magnet absolutely safe to use?  The magnet feels really safe, fairly, and I was not worried while using it. There could be some special circumstances in which I would be more careful with its use, like filming on a windy day in a sailboat or sticking it out of a car window. But no, I’m not working like that.

Its high-quality Control Mechanism:

The control of DJI OM4 is not challenging as it retains the same controls as the Osmo Smartphone 3. It also provides a handy joystick that helps you to pan and tilt automatically.

The log and power buttons on the right of the joystick also work as the mode button to loop between different gimbal modes.

DJI retained the zoom slider. Fortunately, the zoom control is silky, which is great. If we talk about its motor, it is not as big as the Osmo Mobile 3 and provides more range.

It also has a grip’s rear. When you hold it, you will be able to lock the gimbal so that the camera tracks your gestures. When it is pushed, it enables Active Track target exposure, pressed twice, it switches between the front and back cameras three times, which is also a great thing.

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Let’s talk about its Mimo app:

Although we can expect many new functions, its great surprise is the Mimo app. It allows you to easily cycle in the basic monitoring modes such as following, pan-follow, locking, etc. The DJI Mimo app also has a variety of handy features and shooting modes, which are still lacking or not used correctly in the market.

You can easily download this app from iOS and Google Play. After installation, OM4 is detected over a Bluetooth link, and you will be able to activate it.

Although you can use your own camera app, I suggest that you stick to the Mimo app when you use a gimbal.

The function of story creation is definitely challenging, but monitoring and gesture controls for AI objects (which allow you to start and stop video capture through basic gestures) are actually very helpful. There are also a variety of exclusive shooting modes that are not available on standard camera applications.

It’s incredible Shooting Mode:

It has a variety of great feature for shooting, and they are as follow:

  • Motion-lapse, Hyper-lapse, and Time-lapse
  • Panoramas
  • CloneMe Panoramas
  • Active Track 3.0
  • Dynamic Zoom
  • Spin shot

DJI OM4 Specification

Specs Info
COLOR Light grey & Dark grey
DIMENSIONS – Length *Width *Height 8.07 x 7.68 x 2.73 inches
STABILIZATION 3-AXIS
COMPATIBLE DEVICES INCLUDE iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, XS, XS Max, SE2, XR, X, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, S20+, S20, S10+, S10, S9+, S8, Note 10+, Note 9, A50s, HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro, Mate 30, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20, Mate 10, Mate 9, P40 Pro, P40, P30 Pro, P30, P20 Pro, P20, Nova 5, HONOR 30 Pro, 30, 20 Pro, 20, 8X, Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro, Mi 10 Pro, Mi 10, Mi 9, Mi 8, Mix 2S, Mix 2, OnePlus 8 Pro, 8, Google Pixel 4XL, Pixel 4, realme X2.
WEIGHT 15.04 Ounces
BATTERY LIFE 15 hours
A FULL CHARGE REQUIRES 2.5 hours
COMPATIBLE PHONE WEIGHT 230 ± 60 gr
STABILIZER CHARGING PORT USB-C
PORT FOR CHARGING EXTERNAL DEVICES

 

USB-A
MECHANICAL RANGE

 

Pan: -161.2° to 171.95°
Rotation: -136.7° to 198°
Slope: -106.54° to 235.5°

You might have questions about how these shooting modes work? Here find out answers:

What is CloneMe Panorama?

It’s a kind of casual panorama that portrays you or your friends in a single shot several times. Basically, you will pose at different places, and the effects can be very cool and fun.

What is Dynamic Zoom?

Dynamic Zoom is similar to the Hollywood zoom effect by digital zooming. For this mode, the camera operator walks backward or zooms out as the operator goes forward. Sadly, since it depends on digital zooming, you will not get a clear image in low light.

What is a Spin shot in DJI OM4?

The last cool addition is the ‘spin shot,’ which causes a barrel-roll effect. Mostly DSLR and gimbals that are mirrorless have this shooting mode, but you always don’t find them.

It also supports gesture control:

The new version of DJI’s Mimo app also supports motion functions, making it preferable to use your iPhone or Android with the native camera app. A variety of gestures can quickly start and stop the video recording.

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Conclusion:

The DJI OM4 is the best 3-axis handheld Steadicam gimbal available at the moment. It builds on the lines of smart features of the Osmo Mobile 3 with its powerful magnetic design.

This is something that you can take every day with you outside and automatically use with your phone for amazing shots. DJI is proving once again that they are the best in the market with a powerful and unique magnetic connection, which still has outstanding stability, AI object tracking, and ergonomics.

However, we cannot simply refuse the fact that there is great competition—as 3-axis gimbals are available in the market for around $70, which means that OM4 is a luxury for various people.

If you are a blogger, you can easily afford it. But cheaper Gimbals could be a great option for those people who are merely looking for something to do on their next family trip.

It’s rating:

4.5/5, which is great.

Don’t have much experience with smartphone gimbals?

Check out my guide on the best handheld gimbals for iPhone and Android and choose wisely.

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