It was anyone’s guess how DJI would improve on Osmo Mobile 3, which reduced the footprint of a smartphone gimbal by adding a handy, folding design to the mix. No more guessing – this is the DJI OM 4.
At first glance, the fourth-generation Osmo Mobile gimbal appears to be nearly identical to the Osmo Mobile 3, but what are the key differences?
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- Weight: 390 g (gimbal)
- Dimensions: 276×119.6×103.6 mm (unfolded), 163×99.5×46.5 mm (folded)
- Battery Life: 15 hours (Under ideal conditions
- Charging Time: 2.5 hrs
- Compatible Phone Weight: 230 ± 60 g
The DJI OM 4 takes over from the Osmo Mobile 3. The design remains largely unchanged, albeit in a lighter shade of grey. It does, however, have a more refined appearance.
While it still folds away in the same manner, the components move more smoothly and things don’t flop around when the computer is turned off. The overall construction is plastic, but it feels solid, as well as the grip, joystick, and trigger are all rubberized.
The magnetic mount is the most important design change. DJI includes two mounts in the box, one that is all-metal and has an adjustable tension clamp, and the other that can be permanently attached to your device.
The OM 4 is designed to be operated with one hand. With a joystick for pan and tilt and a slider for zooming, all the controls are within easy reach. From the grip, you can rotate the phone, switch cameras, start recording, and start tracking.
To fully utilize the Osmo’s capabilities, download the DJI Mimo app and pair your phone with the gimbal via Bluetooth. Fortunately, the app is simple to set up, and you’ll be up and running in less than a minute once you’ve paired the two devices.
The Mimo app has been updated to support more frame rates and resolution options, as well as the ability to engage different lenses on phones with multiple cameras.
The app itself is simple to use, with an intuitive camera interface that should be familiar to anyone who has used a video app before. Automated panorama, improved hyperlapse and timelapse modes, the new Dyna-Zoom feature, and standard photo and video modes are among the shooting modes.
All of these features are great, but they’re useless if the gimbal can’t keep a steady shot. The Osmo 4 does not disappoint, thankfully.
The magnetic system on the Osmo Mobile 4 is good, but it might not be enough to justify upgrading from the Osmo Mobile 3. If you’ve gotten this far with the 3, you’re probably fine with the mounting mechanism.
However, if you want to improve your vlogging, the OM 4 is light years ahead of the competition. The Mimo app’s limitations on Android phones remain the only real complaint.