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DJI Osmo Mobile 3 – Groundbreaking Design Innovation

What’s So Special About DJI Osmo Mobile?

The gimbal, featuring a very special foldable design, the DJI Osmo Mobile 3, has the potential of becoming a game-changer in the market for professional video makers. In my review on RightChoce, I am going to analyze this device’s characteristics and provide my honest feedback on this gimbal. 

DJI company used to be an important player in drone manufacturing a few years ago. However, now the company is mostly known by a wide audience of filmmakers as a big manufacturer of smartphone and camera gimbals. 

In 2018, DJI became famous by producing the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 device. The gimbal became a best-seller, and it was not a surprise. The DJI shocked the public by making this gimbal very affordable – its recommended price was only $129. For comparison, the first original device by DJI Osmo Mobile cost was $299. 

After the company’s first success, the DJI  fans had to wait for more than a year for the new gimbal to be released. During this time, the market for smartphone gimbals has transformed significantly. A lot of competitors have emerged offering their cheap, yet decent devices. 

Now, the DJI Mobile 3 is finally here. Was the company ready for the market change? Let’s dig in and see if the new device is good enough for the transformed reality of smartphone gimbals. 

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DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Purpose

Whenever we expect a new smartphone to come out, we are waiting to see a better camera performance. It does not matter if it is an iPhone, Samsung, or another device, they tend to make it possible to create better shots. 

Indeed, some devices are featuring great cameras featuring the possibility to shoot 4K videos on some smartphones. It is amazing to see how many contemporary bloggers, streamers, and even filmmakers put their professional cameras on the shelves and start using their phones instead. 

Smartphone manufacturers are doing an incredible job; however, I do not know about a smartphone that would be able to fully eliminate the video shake. Of course, there are built-in stabilizers that are continuously improving, but they are not quite there yet. This stabilization performance might be enough for less adventurous shoots, but not more than that. 

You know how annoying the video shakes might be. Even a well-shot video might become completely unpublishable due to these noises. And this is why you might need the Osmo Mobile 3. This is a 3-axis gimbal that is called to completely eliminate the shake. 

You could use any of the three available shooting modes, and in any of them, the gimbal perfectly eliminates the shake. Even when the camera is zoomed-in, the gimbal is doing a perfect job making the video nice and steady.

With this gimbal, you can go on a safari ride, enjoy the city tour, ski down a mountain, and still be perfectly satisfied with your video. The manufacturer promises a great stabilization quality that will provide you with a super steady video.  Therefore, the gimbal is a good choice not only for amateurs but also for professional filmmakers. 

DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Work Principle

It might be quite complicated to explain in technical terms how this gimbal works, so I am going to provide a rather simplistic explanation. The gimbal’s three motors work to adjust your attached phone to all necessary movements. The special sensors detect the shape and the electronic device inside the gimbal gives the signal to the motors that they need to re-adjust. This cooperation of chip and the motors make the camera stable and helps to eliminate the shakes completely. 

Of course, it is not as simple as it is said, and more technical details are hidden behind this explanation. In case you are interested, you can always surf the web searching for more relevant information about the gimbals.

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Price 

This gimbal should definitely be on your list of budget-friendly stabilization devices. Its recommended price of $119 is very impressive. Of course, it might not be as shocking as the dramatic discount that we have seen in Osmo Mobile 2, but the price is still great. This gimbal features a set of exciting qualities that many other cheap gimbals might not even have. 

You also might want to consider purchasing the Combo Pack that costs roughly speaking $139. Besides the actual gimbal, this set includes a nice carry case and a signature DJI tripod. 

Innovative Design

With so many gimbals being released every day, it is getting extremely difficult to differentiate between all of them. They all have a pretty good stabilization quality and a similar set of features. Most of them have similar dimensions and only a few different buttons. 

This DJI device is finally a whiff of fresh air in the mobile gimbals market. The Osmo 3 finally features something that is very special – a foldable design. Finally, you can fold your gimbal inwards and make it twice shorter. 

This change is definitely something that we have all been waiting for. I think you will agree that most of the gimbals available in the market nowadays are too big and clumsy. It is not only about their size, but also about the weird construction, which does not allow you to use the space efficiently if you place your gimbal in a backpack. 

You might think that this change is not significant, but believe me, it is a groundbreaking innovation. Now you can take your gimbal with you every time you go somewhere. In case you spontaneously decide to shoot a video, the DJI Mobile 3 will always be there for you. No need to plan ahead!

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More novelties… 

Luckily, the trigger is back on the handgrip on this DJI gimbal model. For some reason, the manufacturer decided not to place it on the Mobile 2 model, which caused a lot of inconveniences. This trigger can be used to control your camera and keep it concentrated on one target. Another way of using the trigger is to quickly increase the speed of the motors to follow fast-moving objects without any lag. 

The new gimbal also features the USB Type-C standard port instead of the micro-USD that was used in the previous model. Now you can charge your device within a shorter time and you also do not have to carry the micro-USB cable with you anymore. Then, they have designed a USB 3.0 port on one side of the gimbal. This development will let you use the gimbal as a power bank and charge your phone while shooting. 

Despite the handgrip is not as comfortable as the one on DJI Osmo 2, it is now slightly bent forward, which makes it much easier to hold the gimbal in a straight position. Generally, I was impressed by this development and found this gimbal very convenient to use. Let’s hope that the next model of DJI OM4 will make the grip more ergonomic, though.

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DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Compatibility 

Just as its predecessor, the Mobile 3 features great compatibility with almost all iPhone and Android devices. It also supports those smartphones that look like tablets and feature their size (found mainly among Android devices). 

However, those who intend to use their smartphones mounted with the moment wide-angle lens have to make sure that their two devices do not weigh more than 230 grams, which is the gimbal’s maximum payload. 

Overall, it is worth noting that compatibility characteristics featured in Mobile 3 are slightly different than those of its predecessor. For example, the newest device’s maximum payload is only 230 grams, which 10 grams less than Osmo 2 could support. 

The maximum phone thickness is 9.5 mm as opposed to 8.9 mm in DJI Osmo Mobile 2. The supported phone width is 62-88 mm against 58.6-85. Therefore, the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 can support bigger, but lighter smartphones. 

Of course, the compatibility features might be changed as the new updates come available. If you decide to purchase this gimbal, make sure you check the full compatibility list on the DJI website. 

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Connection With Smartphone

The device features a spring-actuated convenient clench to securely mount your phone to the gimbal. You will only have to impair the two parts of the clench, roll your phone there, and the clench will secure your smartphone position. 

DJI is no longer using the special handles, that were enabling you to balance the phone once and use this setting forever. Instead, you will have to work on balancing your smartphone every time you have to use this gimbal. It might seem inconvenient, but in fact, it does not take much time and is not a big deal at all.

Controlling the DJI Osmo Mobile 3

While some gimbals have a more sophisticated control scheme, this gimbal has only a few buttons on its control panel. A mode/power button, shutter button, zoom slider, configurable trigger, and a joystick to electronically adjust, pan and tilt are the only points of control. 

I do like keeping the devices as simple as possible, but this DJI device requires you to memorize complicated schemes to manage your gimbal. For example, to switch between different modes you have to press the M button twice, to switch between rear and selfie cameras requires you to press the trigger 3 times, etc. It might be quite difficult to remember those compositions. I would prefer to have a few extra buttons placed on my control panel instead. 

The manufacturer has also substituted the zoom wheel available in many gimbals for a zoom slider. I personally found it not very convenient, since you are no longer able to zoom in and out as smoothly as using the wheel. It might not be a big issue, though.

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Filming regimes

As with all DJI devices, this gimbal features only three modes: Follow, Tilt Locked, and FPV. Many users turn the device on and immediately start shooting, not really having a good idea on how to use those modes correctly. 

The Follow mode is so far the most popular regime. It supports stabilization in three different axes. The gimbal moves together with the handle, ensuring stable and smooth footage. This regime is good to film any moving objects, making selfie-videos, and capture beautiful scenery. 

In the Tilt Locked move, you can sway the camera from left to right, from up to down, the camera will still stay concentrated in the front direction. You can use this regime for recording jogging and running movements. 

FPV mode gives you the biggest freedom. None of the three axes are locked, the camera can follow different moves, still providing perfect stabilization quality. Use this mode to record action-filled moments to create stunning and immersive videos.

Stabilization performance

This is one of the most compact gimbals available on the market, yet, it provides superior stabilization performance. 

Before writing this review, I had compared the videos made by Zhiyun Smooth 4, Hohem iSteady Mobile, and this device. The footage appeared to be smoother than the one produced by iSteady, but slightly worse than the video made by Smooth 4. 

Nevertheless, the stabilization performance of all three devices was almost equally good. I only noticed those small shortcomings when watching the footage that was depicting the movements filmed from the big distance with the camera fully zoomed in. 

Movement Range

If there was something that the creators of this gimbal had to compromise, it was definitely the range of movement. While the gimbal is still doing a good job, its range of movement is slightly worse than the one of older DJI models. 

Osmo Mobile 3 Osmo Mobile 2
Pan -162.5° to 170.3° ±170°
Tilt -104.5° to 235.7° ±170°
Roll -85.1° to 252.2° -90° to +70°

It is necessary to realize that the range of movement is not a big problem at all, and, most likely, it is not going to affect the quality of your video in any way. 

DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Battery Performance

Most of the contemporary devices are proudly providing the length of battery life honestly exceeding any expectations or possible needs. The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is not any different. 

It has a built-in battery that can last up to 15 hours in the best conditions. On average, you can shoot up to 10 hours, and this is definitely more than you will ever need. You could be filming all day long, but still, have enough energy to charge your phone via the new USB port using your gimbal as a power bank.

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DJI Mimo Smartphone Application

I think that software is just as important a characteristic to consider as the stabilization quality is. Many gimbal manufacturers develop various apps, and DJI has one too. It is worth noting that this company’s app has always been a winner among many other pieces of software available in the market. 

Their new DJI Mimo application comes as a novelty released along with the DJI Osmo Pocket, replacing the previously popular DJI Go app. 

The software is available for both iOS and Android devices. It allows you to take photos, shoot immersive footage, and even do more advanced things. Making time-lapses, hyper-lapses and slow-motion shots is another impressive feature of the app. 

DJI has also introduced a novel tracking technology, ActiveTrack 3.0, which lets the app follow a person and easily track his or her movements. This development is very complicated and it is not yet available in any other software. Nevertheless, sometimes (very seldom) it acts buggy, which may be resolved with the new updates. 

The ActiveTrack 3.0 is not the only exclusive feature that is not available in any other apps, but DJI Mimo. There is, for example, the Story Mode feature that can make a clip out of available footage and add a personal soundtrack to it. GestureControl option reacts to waving movements and makes a photo of a person who is waving at the camera. 

Of course, there are always other third-party apps that might be more suitable for professional filmmakers. However, you know that I have reviewed many apps on RightChoice and I strongly believe that DJI has the best app in the market. 

Conclusion 

Advantages 🤩:

  • Foldable design: a real innovation
  • Stabilization: 100% video shakes elimination
  • Superior software: the best app available 

Shortcomings 🤔:

  • Zoom slider: not as smooth as zoom wheel
  • Lack of the balance adjustment knob

Just as any device recently introduced in the market, the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 has its advantages and shortcomings. It does not have a zoom wheel, making it almost impossible to zoom in and out smoothly. You have to balance your camera every time when you mount it, and its range of movement is not as great as on other devices. 

Yet, this is a great gimbal that I would choose over other devices without any doubt. Its innovative design is a game-changer and we surely are going to see more and more foldable gimbals emerge in the market. Its stabilization performance, as well as the battery life, is simply great.  This gimbal does not have any major disadvantages. DJI Mimo is by far the best available gimbals software.  Overall, this is an amazing device for a very affordable price.

Rating: 4.5/5

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