You’re no doubt aware of DJI, the company that basically cornered the market on drones and aerial photography and essentially changed the game for amateur and pro filmmakers and photographers. Well, the company just keeps innovating and developing better and better products. Does the Osmo Mobile 6 smartphone gimbal improve over its predecessor? Let’s find out.
First, let’s talk about the design of the Osmo Mobile 6. I’m a sucker for great engineering and I use the term “over-engineered” a lot. I’ve often seen it used as a negative. But this is not the case. I wouldn’t even consider the Osmo 6 “over-engineered”. The build is just perfection. It’s a sleek and stylish device, with a black finish and a simple, minimalist look. It’s also incredibly lightweight, weighing in at just 340 grams. This makes it easy to carry around with you wherever you go, and you won’t even notice it in your bag or backpack.
The Osmo Mobile 6 came boxed in an Apple-esque fully recyclable box with instructions printed right on the inner lid. There’s even a QR code to easily download the DJI Mimo app (ios/Android). Also included in the box was a nice soft carrying pouch, a small tripod, magnetic clamp and charging cable.
Optionally DJI also offers a fantastic little Fill Light Phone Clamp ($56USD) with three adjustable color temperatures and brightnesses. It replaces the magnetic clamp that comes with your Osmo 6 and provides the light from the two side panels that hold the phone. It’s a beautifully machined aluminum device with some nice weight that integrates perfectly with your phone and Osmo 6.
Setting up the Osmo Mobile 6 is very easy. Simply attach your smartphone to the gimbal using the clamp mechanism, and then balance the device using the built-in balancing system. This only takes a few seconds, and once you’ve done it, you’re ready to start shooting.
One of the best things about the Osmo Mobile 6 is how smooth and stable it makes your footage. The gimbal is equipped with advanced stabilization technology, which helps to eliminate any shakiness or jitters in your footage. This is especially useful if you’re shooting while walking or running. It’s as if you have a spendy camera rail system right in your pocket!
The Osmo Mobile 6 also includes a range of shooting modes for capturing panoramic shots, time-lapses, and slow-motion footage. There’s even a mode for creating hyperlapse videos, which is capable of some truly stunning footage.
Another great feature of the Osmo Mobile 6 is ActiveTrack. This allows you to select a subject on your smartphone screen, and the gimbal will automatically track that subject, keeping it in the center of the frame as you move around. This is perfect for capturing footage of moving objects or people, as it allows you to keep the subject in focus without having to manually adjust the camera.
With the Mimo app, I can easily control the gimbal, adjust settings, and preview my footage. The app also allows you to easily edit footage, add filters and music to my content before sharing them on social media.
One downside of the Osmo Mobile 6 is its battery life. The gimbal is equipped with a 2450mAh battery, which provides around 7 hours of continuous use. While this is generally enough for most people’s needs, it’s worth noting that the battery life can be affected by factors such as temperature and usage.
Overall, the DJI Osmo Mobile 6 is an excellent smartphone gimbal that’s perfect for anyone who wants to capture smooth, stable video footage with their phone. It’s easy to use, lightweight, and packed full of features that will help you create professional-looking videos. While it’s not the cheapest smartphone gimbal on the market at $159USD, it’s easily one of the best, and well worth the investment if you’re serious about your mobile videography.
Also, don’t forget about DJI Care Refresh which will provide 2 years of extended warranty, up to 3 low cost replacements over the 2 year period, expedited shipping (3 days) and collision and water damage replacement. At only $16USD, it’s probably worth the piece of mind!
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