Take a popular product, remove the multiple functions demanded not by all users, and that’s before us New! Apparently, this recipe DJI decided to try with DJI Osmo Mobile. New hand-suspension in the line of Osmo rid of the camera to a smartphone holder that will not only reduce cost, but also promises to improve the quality of shooting. But not always, as you know from our review.
The consequences of non-built-in camera is best evident in the price. For standard manual suspension Osmo + camera 12 MP and the ability to record video 4K DJI requested 659 Euros. DJI Osmo Mobile will cost much cheaper – 339 euros, or 20,990 rubles in Russia. But apart from the missing camera, you get the previous set of functions. The question is: can it be called a combination of DJI Osmo Mobile smartphone and the best choice?
Osmo and more expensive options can be formally attributed to the action cameras, but the Mobile Osmo goes into the category of accessories for cameras. The principle of operation is identical. The base accessory – gimbal (gimbal in English). It relies on three half-ring, located inside each of the previous offset by 90 °. This system allows you to stabilize the object whose center of gravity is located in the center of the inner ring. Initially, such a suspension was mechanically, but in relation to the stabilization of the cameras is provided by electric motors.
Compared with conventional optical stabilizers built into many modern smartphones, modern gimbal can compensate for sudden movements of greater amplitude, such as tremors, and in general stabilization is much smoother. It is for this reason gimbal has become so popular with regard to the drone and Action cameras.
In the case of DJI Osmo Mobile DJI set a new gimbal, which differs from the standard Osmo: here used model Zenmuse M1 instead Zenmuse X3. The new suspension has different characteristics on the main axes of which are shared on the DJI and mechanical work. Mechanical range is ± 165 ° (rotation), from -50 ° to + 90 ° (tilt) and from -140 ° to + 50 ° (tilt). The working range, on the other hand, is ± 150 ° (rotation), ± 25 ° (tilt) and from -125 ° to + 35 ° (tilt). The range of angular vibrations of ± 0,03 °, the maximum controllable angular velocity – 120 ° / s. The characteristics of a well-noticeable difference with the suspension Zenmuse X3. In any case, the suspension of the Mobile Osmo can be purchased separately, it can be used instead of the suspension Zenmuse X3 standard Osmo holder. As a result, you can quickly change the default action-camera on a smartphone.
Note that in the holder can establish smartphones thickness from 58.6 to 84.8 mm. The DJI, unfortunately, does not indicate the maximum weight. Among other technical specifications mention the battery at 980 mAh, support for Bluetooth 4.0 LE standard for communication between DJI Osmo Mobile and smartphone, as well as the overall dimensions and weight (286 x 109 x 91 mm / 501 g). The battery mounted in the handle, it is replaced easily. The battery is charged either with supplied cable via USB, or using the optional charging station. Be careful not to lose the cable. The fact that DJI chosen rather exotic cable port USB Type A at one end and a 3.5 mm mini-jack at the other.
In DJI Osmo Mobile uses the same control system as that of the standard holder Osmo, but there are differences. In particular, it is important to select the operation mode.
Immediately after the DJI Osmo Mobile starts to stabilize, press any button or run DJI app on your Android or iOS device with Bluetooth connectivity is not required. The camera can be controlled directly from the smartphone screen. But on the handle of the control buttons are very useful. And for the full range of functions to install the application and run smartphone pairing and DJI Osmo Mobile. Here we also get the similarities between Osmo and DJI Osmo Mobile.
The first setting is fast, after which all the main functions are accessible via three buttons (shutter gate photo, video recording, lock) and mini-joystick. In the appendix are available different options (resolution, white balance, shooting modes, etc.), so the smartphone camera app can not run at all. Of course, beginners will need some time to understand all the features and modes that is connected with the sub-optimal application design icons on the smartphone screen, barely visible, as well as with a wide range of functions. However, attempting to use the suspension can already after the first minutes of the meeting, but will have some time to practice for optimum results with DJI Osmo Mobile.
Of course, the options available depend on the smartphone. If it does not support the camera, for example, the resolution of 4K, the corresponding permission in the application will not DJI. But there are limitations associated with the platform. The most basic thing – recording Slow Motion, which is not supported with smartphones Android, regardless of the model. However, Time Lapse mode works under both operating systems, as well as advanced mode Motion Time Lapse. Last remembers up to five camera positions to create a Time Lapse sequence. Also, when any smartphone available panorama function with different angles (180 °, 330 °, etc.), it is possible to conduct a “live” streaming in the YouTube or Facebook, there is a tracking function and a primitive video editor.
The users will certainly be interesting for the tracking function (ActiveTrack). Suffice it to note tapom object on the screen, after which the camera will track the subject in the viewfinder if it is technically possible. And with the help of a mini-joystick, you can adjust the camera position. In our tests, tracking work correctly at different distances, but only as long as the object is tracked using the difference in contrast. If the subject does not contrast with the background, the track may be terminated. But in the case of a sufficiently contrasting object tracking is performed quickly and reliably.
In our tests, we were faced with some shortcomings, it does not depend on the smartphone, and manifests itself in certain modes. The latter category may include restrictions smartphone that DJI is trying to “get around”. For example, Huawei nova smartphone limited the maximum duration of 4K videos. In the smartphone camera app has a limit of 12 minutes and when the time of the recording stops. In the case of DJI Osmo Mobile and corporate applications such restriction is not displayed, but the program just “flew” between 12 and 13 minutes of recording. As for the other modes, there may be problems with the supposedly slow microSD cards, although the application of them does not report. Regardless of the smartphone, which has been fraught DJI Osmo Mobile Holder, problems with supposedly incorrect position the smartphone in a mount or restore a Bluetooth connection problems after the suspension. There is one caveat: if a smartphone camera support optical stabilization, the video from time to time you will notice a small but perceptible jerks.
In tests, we found two drawbacks associated with our smartphone model. The holder fixes smartphone by three points, but in the case of models with screens of about 5.2 “mounting foot can press the standby button or volume control. In such cases, attach a smartphone DJI Osmo Mobile will be more difficult, if not impossible. However, when choosing a smartphone should take into account not only the size but also the weight. The power of suspension of engines is not that significant. Huawei nova smartphone has the dimensions of 141 x 69 mm and weight of 146 g, with him in DJI Osmo Mobile difficulties arose at a speed of about 35 km / h, in the case of Mate 9 (157 x 79 mm, 190 g) problems begin at a speed of only 15 km / h.
Difficulties begin not only with the provisions of the smartphone change when affected by the size and weight of the smartphone, but also in the rest of the different positions the center of gravity. To gimbal worked as efficiently as possible, the smartphone’s center of gravity should be located in the center of the suspension. But mounting DJI Osmo Mobile gives only limited positioning capabilities of the smartphone, so the engine suspension has to work to stabilize the smartphone even at rest.
Finally, not all simply and battery life. It depends on whether the suspension will be used actively. DJI promises battery life on a single charge up to 4.5 hours – but we are in the tests could not achieve the specified value. As a rule, I have to connect charging after only two hours. In the worst case the battery only took 45 minutes. However, compared with the standard suspension Osmo battery life is better.
If you do not set too large or too heavy smartphones, suspension copes well with stabilization. In tracking mode or any other mode gimbal DJI Osmo Mobile gently and reliably balances the smart phone. When shooting video, you get a very stable picture with it, and when shooting still images blurry images will be less. Particularly interesting is the opportunity for shooting in the meager light, although there would not prevent Pro mode with advanced settings. Therefore, in the case of the same smartphone Huawei nova makes sense to take pictures with the “mother” of the camera application. In this case, you will be able to choose the most important settings such as ISO sensitivity and exposure time.
Do not forget about DJI Osmo Mobile package. In many places, DJI handle rubberized plastic used, but the gimbal is almost entirely made of metal. In the case of the three major rubber pad to prevent damage to your smartphone using your smartphone holder. All of the buttons on the handle can be easily reached, as a whole we get a high quality manufacturing – we found no irregular gaps or rough edges. Unfortunately, DJI Osmo Mobile, as the original holder of Osmo, poorly protected against moisture and dust, so it is not suitable for outdoor use, even if you install the protected smartphone.
Suspension DJI equipped with a threaded hole for screwing the tripod, and the DJI offers mount with suction cups and a tripod. In this case, an alternative to other manufacturers found to be problematic, due to the hole location and space is limited.
Despite all the shortcomings, manual suspension DJI Osmo Mobile has shown compelling results in our tests. Yet after a few hours of use there is an impression that the idea is good, but the implementation is “pumped up”. The idea of improving the quality of video recording and photos of the smartphone by gimbal good. All the same optical image stabilization system in the smartphone chambers quickly reach their limits. But here at DJI Osmo Mobile and weaknesses observed.
With trembling hands and jerks suspension copes well tracker function and Time Lapse recording with different camera positions we liked, but DJI Osmo Mobile quickly, “breathed out” if the smartphone more than 5 inches diagonal or above average weight. In most cases this can be avoided if you do not exceed a certain speed – for example, to go walk or jog. Ideally, the user is generally better not to move.
However, with the enhancement of such a price is still waiting for the support of all functions under Android, and even fewer compatibility issues with smartphones. Unfortunately, use of DJI Osmo Mobile on the street is not recommended. Even if your mobile phone is protected against dust and moisture, the suspension DJI such protection does not have. Although the manufacturer and positioned as an alternative to suspension Action cameras.
However, there is good news. The battery life is better than that of Osmo, work with the suspension is very simple in application, we get an extensive set of features, and accessories allow you to expand the capabilities of the suspension. DJI regularly releases software updates and firmware.
If you accept the restrictions, the question of competition. If you have already purchased a smartphone with a good camera, instead of the usual Osmo really makes sense to take DJI Osmo Mobile. If not, then normal Osmo become yet more effective alternative to the more standard camera features enough. Number DJI Osmo Mobile competition is not so much. Last year, some similar products at lower prices have been announced, but it is either unavailable or too little of these reviews. There may be mentioned Lanparte HHG-01 as low as 220 euros, solidLUUV from the German startup LUUV costs 249 euros.