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DJI Osmo Mobile Review – How to Stabilize Your Videos

Everyone hates shaky videos, don’t you agree? I was always getting annoyed when visiting gorgeous places, as my videos looked terrible. But I’m also usually one of the last person to buy new gear, as I don’t like spending a ton of money on expensive products. This is why I went for the DJI Osmo Mobile.

What’s DJI Osmo?

DJI Osmo is a three-axis motorized gimbal with an adjustable phone mount. The gimbal uses its motors to counteract any shake or movement. Why? To keep all your shots steady. Whether you’re standing still, running, or riding in a car.

DJI released a few Osmo versions: one with an attached camera that films in 4k,

What makes DJI Osmo different from other gimbals, such as competing Evo Gimbal?*

The stabilization alone doesn’t make the device stand out. DJI Go App is the big advantage of this device is the app that gives you full control over the camera and a couple extras to take advantage of the stabilizer. There are 3 modes: panorama, long exposure, and time-lapse. You can also use an ActiveTrack, a feature borrowed from DJI’s drones, that can allow you to film people easier.

* Evo Gimbal is also a good gimbal. It’s slightly lighter, feels more metal than plastic, and could be used with a GoPro or chest strap. I had a chance to try it out and I was satisfied with the results. However, I’d rather use a DJI product due to the improvements with the app.

What I don’t like about it?

  • When traveling around Oman the device went crazy for a day. I had to restart it million times and even re-install the app. Eventually, it fixed itself. It wasn’t a big deal . . . just something I had to do once in a while.
  • If you’re planning on using it for vertical shots (eg. Instagram stories) then it’s probably not for you. Until the app is updated, constant flipping.

Can you use DJI Osmo Mobile with iPhone 7 Plus?

The device isn’t ideal for iPhone 7 Plus just yet. You can’t keep absolutely any case on your phone (even with this thin plastic case I have), as it makes the device tilt. Some user report shaking, but personally, I haven’t encountered it yet. If you have any other iPhone older than 7 (without image stabilization) your Osmo will work better ironically.

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