Smartphone gimbals are a dime a dozen these days, but DJI is poised to stay at the top of the pack with the new Osmo Mobile 3. The third-gen smartphone gimbal may offer the same 15 hours of battery life at its predecessor, but the standout feature is actually its new folding design which allows the arm to fold in for easy storage.
Anyone who has owned a gimble knows first hand how awkward it can be to store or carry in a bad. The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 solves this issue completely, even allowing you to keep the phone connected to the gimbal while it’s folded up. The updated design also for the phone to rotate between landscape and portrait mode with a simple press of the button rather than having to remove the device and them adjust the gimbal first.
One other benefit of the redesign is that there’s a bit of extra room which will allow you to connect and charge your smartphone directly from the gimbal. This feature will definitely eat into the Osmo Mobile’s 15 hours of battery life, but it’s definitely needed since recording video with your smartphone is more taxing on the battery than playing games.
DJI also decided to bring back the trigger button, a hardware feature which was removed on the Osmo Mobile 2.
In addition to the hardware changes, DJI has also delivered a handful of updates in the Mimo app. While object tracking has been available since the very first model, the app now includes the same Active Track technology as DJI’s newer drones. Users will also see a few tweaks and improvements to the various motion time-lapse, hyperlapse, panorama and gesture control features that are built into the app. And if you’re looking for a quick way to edit your videos you capture with the gimbal, the new “story mode” will compile the images and video clips you capture into a quick highlight reel which can be exported and shared to your social media accounts with just a few taps.
The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 can be purchased starting today for $119, but we’d recommend spending an extra $20 which will get you a small tripod and DJI carry case for the Osmo Mobile 3 as well.