DJI Launches $299 Smartphone Camera Stabilization Gimbal 'Osmo Mobile'

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A week after announcing the "Osmo+" handheld gimbal with integrated zoom, DJI today is debuting another member of the Osmo line, called the Osmo Mobile, which acts as a stabilization system for compatible smartphones "that turns them into intelligent, precision camera systems." As with previous products, the iPhone will work with the Osmo Mobile, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.


Like in previous Osmo models, the Osmo Mobile uses the company's three-axis gimbal stabilization to increase precision down to 0.03 degrees of accuracy. Combined with its "SmoothTrack" technology to smooth out any shaking, the Osmo Mobile produces clearer and higher-quality shots compared to using a smartphone by itself.
"DJI continues to revolutionize the way we capture and share memories," said Frank Wang, DJI CEO and founder. "The Osmo Mobile combines the best of DJI's beloved Osmo smart stabilization technology with the robust DJI GO app. This is a breakthrough, allowing smartphone users unprecedented control of and creative possibilities for their devices."
Used in conjunction with the DJI GO app [Direct Link], users can live stream and instantly share photos and videos on social media. Within the app, "ActiveTrack" lets users tap a subject on the smartphone's screen, which the Osmo Mobile will then intelligently follow and record without any further input needed from the camera holder. ActiveTrack can be used on the front-facing camera as well.


The Osmo Mobile comes in cheaper than the $649.00 Osmo+, which includes a full-featured camera with zoom capabilities, so anyone interested can get the new gimbal system for $299.00. There's also a collection of Osmo accessories, like an external battery and tripod, to add onto the camera system.

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mKizzo

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Is this a completely separate system or can the above be achieved on the OSMO/OSMO+ by removing the X3 camera and attaching an accessory?
 

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Different system. This system integrates with the iPhone and a different app to run many of the functions. They're not interchangeable.

Just emailed them to get a demo unit.
 

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From the photo of the device and its bulk, I thought it included a separate lens system that would allow for optical zoom. If it's just a mini steadicam with an app, I'm not that impressed. I used a Steadicam Smoothie for a while (which was considerably less expensive), but current iPhone models have pretty impressive stabilization already built in. If the Osmo turned my iPhone into a quality SLR with stabilization, I could see spending that much on it.
 

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Do you have to use the Osmo app to record with this thing? I assume you have to use its app if you want to use the tracking feature... but it shouldn't be required just to use it in general.

There are plenty of 3-axis gimbals for smartphones that let you use whatever app you want to record.
 
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I've always wanted a gimbal but couldn't justify spending the money on it. We rented a full size one at work one time to record some video with our 5D MkIII and it was incredible how smooth you could get great tracking shots by just walking around with it. I'm looking forward to seeing some reviews of how well this one works—especially for tracking around little kids running every which way. As a parent I could probably justify a higher cost if something helps me get better video of my toddler. They can be tricky!
 

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Do you have to use the Osmo app to record with this thing? I assume you have to use its app if you want to use the tracking feature... but it shouldn't be required just to use it in general.

There are plenty of 3-axis gimbals for smartphones that let you use whatever app you want to record.
Doesn't require the app to record. You'll want to use the app for auto tracking, panning time-lapse, and a couple other features but it's certainly not required to use the general stabilization.
 

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Nice tool - the gimbal, not the dip in the video...

I'll be looking for reviews too.
 

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Doesn't require the app to record. You'll want to use the app for auto tracking, panning time-lapse, and a couple other features but it's certainly not required to use the general stabilization.
Awesome... thanks!

Now I'm actually tempted to get the Osmo Mobile instead of some no-name gimbal from a company I've never heard of.

DJI has a great track-record.

I rented the original Osmo for a weekend... and while I loved its stabilization... having to reconnect it to WIFI on the iPhone every time I used it became a chore. It's cool that you use a phone for the viewfinder... but it's a pain to connect every time.

I decided I'd rather just use my iPhone alone on a gimbal.

And here is another option. :D
 

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Doesn't require the app to record. You'll want to use the app for auto tracking, panning time-lapse, and a couple other features but it's certainly not required to use the general stabilization.
Not sure if I'm off beat on this but also wondering if the gimbal can carry a GoPro (or equivalent). Would be great to hack this in and might be possible if you don't need the app to record - you could have the phone in your pocket connected up while the go pro did a bit of balancing, presuming balancing is more about the hardware than the software telling it what to do.

Anyway, if not this will still be better than the original Osmo which I own, especially with new (rumoured) camera specs on the iP7.
 

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Not sure if I'm off beat on this but also wondering if the gimbal can carry a GoPro (or equivalent). Would be great to hack this in and might be possible if you don't need the app to record - you could have the phone in your pocket connected up while the go pro did a bit of balancing, presuming balancing is more about the hardware than the software telling it what to do.

Anyway, if not this will still be better than the original Osmo which I own, especially with new (rumoured) camera specs on the iP7.
Why? There are countless other gimbal systems for much less that you can use with a GoPro. The entire point of this one is the functionality of working with the iOS app. If you don't want to use that then buy one for 1/2 the price that does the same stuff without the app abilities.
 

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I doubt you'd be able to make this Osmo work with a GoPro.

But this LanParte gimbal works for smartphones and it includes a GoPro mount. And it's cheaper too.
I came here to post that, and seeing how it works for NKR on YouTube, Nigel's videos are silky smooth. Looks really great for real life situations.

Interesting how this is becoming more main stream, I hope pricing goes down eventually too as we get more of these awesome gadgets
 

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Why? There are countless other gimbal systems for much less that you can use with a GoPro. The entire point of this one is the functionality of working with the iOS app. If you don't want to use that then buy one for 1/2 the price that does the same stuff without the app abilities.
The point is, yes - this will be mostly used with iOS, but if I have a goPro already it might be nice to stuff that on the gimbal and use it when I want without carrying two gimbals. I'm not that fussed if it doesn't work, because the convenience of quick capture with an iPhone will probably be enough for what I need.

The original Osmo is great - great quality, great hardware etc. But terrible battery life and no Active Tracking, and using Wifi always means it takes a while to get up and running. The whole setup means it's not hugely portable and unless you've got extra batteries then getting 20 mins of footage usually means you just bring your iPhone 6s+ along instead.

The Gimbal is awesome, though, so it makes sense to go for the Osmo mobile with the added battery life (bluetooth) and the Active tracking and the less bulky setup. I was just wondering if I could occasionally bung my GoPro into the jaws of Osmo Mobile if I have it anyway. I'm not buying the Osmo Mobile so I can exclusively use it with the goPro - that would be silly.

Not sure why this has confused you.