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Home > New Gear > DJI Osmo mobile 3 review: foldable design, priced from $119
DJI Osmo mobile 3 review: foldable design, priced from $119

DJI Osmo mobile 3 review: foldable design, priced from $119

By  Sigismondo Eisenhower 2019-08-14 1403 0

On the evening of August 13, DJI released the third generation gimbal - DJI Osmo mobile 3. This mobile phone stabilizer adopts a foldable and easy-to-storage design, which not only has been modified in appearance, but also upgraded with intelligent follow-up. Sports mode, motion delay and many other functions. OSMO Mobile 3 is priced at $119, with a storage bag, triangle bracket version, priced at $139.

DJI Osmo mobile 3 

Better than the previous generation.

One of the biggest surprises for OSMO Mobile 3 this time is that it is a lot more portable than the previous generation.

Compared to the previous generation of PTZ, it was packed in a large bubble box. This folded OSMO Mobile 3 can be placed in a box smaller than half of the previous generation.

The equipment specifications are as follows:




Folding: 157 x 130 x 46 mm, Unfolding:286 x 125 x 103 mm

Maximum rotation speed


Translation rotation range

-162.5 to 170.3°

Applicable mobile phone

170-230g,9.5mm x 62-88mm

Rolling range

-85.1 to 252.2°

Charging time   

2.5 h for 10 W charger

Battery capacity 

2450 mAh

Battery life

15 h

The OSMO Mobile 3 weighs approximately 405 grams and the folded body is about the same size as the palm.

DJI Osmo mobile 3 

The joystick on the pan/tilt is distributed with the joystick button, M button (switching button), shooting button, and the zoom button is on the left side.

This time, the mobile phone head is also equipped with a three-legged bracket for fixing. The bracket is directly screwed under the handle and unfolded.

OSMO Mobile 3 has made great improvements in the way the phone is gripped and the structure of the pan/tilt.

The new PTZ only grips the sides of the phone, and the shaft between the PTZ motors has the right tilt design, which makes the headphone hole and charging hole at the bottom of the phone exposed.

DJI Osmo mobile 3 

When the phone is landscaped horizontally, the headphone cable and the charging cable are left in sufficient position whether it is rotated horizontally or tilted. This generation of mobile phone PTZ in DJI has made headset connection, mobile phone radio, and PTZ charging the phone very friendly.

It can be said that the nightmare of the previous generation OSMO Mobile 2 clip phone will block the bottom of the phone, and finally it is over.

In addition to the pan/tilt, the details of the OSMO Mobile 3 have been improved. For example, the position of the handle is increased by the anti-slip material; the physical button on the back of the handle is also added back; the bottom of the handle is added with a hole for wearing a lanyard; The hole position has been adjusted and so on.

In addition, an improvement of OSMO Mobile 3 is that after the pan/tilt is taken, it is not necessary to remove the mobile phone in time as in the past.

After turning off the pan/tilt, the phone screen will be turned up and then enter standby mode. In the new standby mode, when the pan/tilt is folded and stored, it can also be connected to the mobile phone, and can be switched to the shooting state at any time.

How about the user experience of OSMO Mobile 3?

OSMO Mobile 3 needs to be connected to the phone with the Mimo app. Currently, it offers 7 shooting modes: photo, video, motion delay, time-lapse photography, slow motion, panoramic photo, and STORY. In the mode of taking pictures and taking video, the maximum has a zoom of 6 times. The video can shoot up to 3840×2160 resolution and 60fps.

We mainly use iPhone XR to connect with OSMO Mobile 3 during use.

Intelligent follow

As a mobile phone PTZ, the most basic function is to eliminate the "hand shake" during the shooting process.

"Smart Follow" can help users to produce a smoother picture. This function determines whether the mobile phone platform is easy to use or not, which represents the product level.

DJI Osmo mobile 3 

We can directly select the portrait or object that needs to be followed on the screen. When shooting 1920×1080, 30 fps video, we try to shoot 3 meters in front of the camera, trotting around, hopping down, moving back and forth, and intelligent followers can capture portraits.

Even if you accidentally lose it, you can retrieve it quickly when you follow the subject and reappear on the screen. You don't have to use your finger to poke the screen again.

If you lose it and the subject returns to the screen and can't continue to follow, click the mode switch button to trigger the follow-up of the main body of the screen.

In general, in the smart follow mode, it is not necessary to poke the screen with a finger. This design can guarantee the smoothness of shooting to a certain extent.

However, when shooting at 3840×2160 and 60fps, the performance of intelligent follow-up will be significantly reduced, and the situation will be more.

OSMO Mobile 3 recognizes the portrait by recognizing the head and shoulders, so we can be recognized by the camera when facing, facing, and facing each other.

OSMO Mobile 3 offers three following modes: pan following, tilt lock, and FPV. In sports mode, the gimbal will be more handy to use, suitable for shooting fast-moving scenes.

Gesture control

Mobile phone PTZ is more used in daily, consumer-grade scenarios, so this PTZ also adds gesture control. Gesture recognition is also part of image recognition and intelligent follow-up.

In the photo and video mode, and the portrait is inserted into the mirror, the hand is extended to the lens or a V-shaped gesture is placed. The camera will recognize and follow, and keep the target in the center of the screen, ensuring the composition, starting after the last three seconds. Take a photo or video.

However, gesture recognition is more than 3 times the zoom magnification, or it cannot be used in FPV mode.

Beauty function

After OSimo Mobile 3 is connected to Mimo, it is also beautiful.

When taking a photo, Beauty can choose to be automatic and custom. There are quite a few custom options, including face-lifting, microdermabrasion, whitening, eye enlargement, lighting, and lip color.

Unfortunately, the beauty feature is not available when shooting 1080P and 4K video.

The beauty of the video is only turned on at 1280×720, 30fps.

Operation optimization

OSMO Mobile 3 also has some user-friendly operation settings, such as one-touch horizontal and vertical shooting, Bluetooth shutter, side grip mode and so on.

One-touch switching between vertical and horizontal shots allows us to switch between horizontal and vertical shots directly by double-clicking the M key on the control panel even when shooting, without disassembling the phone.

OSMO Mobile 3 has a Bluetooth shutter function. If you need to use the native camera on your phone, or a third-party app on your phone, use the camera/record button on the handle to control the shutter without manual touch.

DJI Osmo mobile 3 

In addition, the side grip mode and the suspend mode can be used when shooting with a pan/tilt for low position. Even if the PTZ is taken upside down, the image taken is "positive".

A simple, affordable phone stabilizer

This time, OSMO Mobile 3 not only made a big change in appearance, but also saw user feedback from many previous generations of products being used and optimized.

The functional interaction of OSMO Mobile 3 is quite user-friendly and the learning operation is relatively simple. The stability of the three-axis pan/tilt, combined with various functions such as intelligent follow-up, allows users to take a smooth, smooth video threshold.

OSMO Mobile 3, like OSMO pocket and OSMO Action, needs to be connected to Mimo, and the consumer group targeted by this consumer product is very clear – the primary mobile phone shooter.

From the first release of OSMO Mobile 2016, the number of users, content producers and content of short video platforms is also growing rapidly. This also means that OSMO Mobile 3 will have a larger user base than the previous two generations.

As in the past, OSMO Mobile 3 is not a product that targets professional needs, but it is a good choice for similar products in the consumer and amateur markets.

Overall, OSMO Mobile 3 is a simple, affordable phone stabilizer. If you like to record your life with video, you don't plan to purchase another camera, and you want to take advantage of the features of that smartphone, OSMO Mobile 3 is a good choice.

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