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DJI OM Four score

Positive and negative collide – hit the magnetic gimbal £ 139 Good Stuff The most comfortable gimbal around Excellent battery life Solid build quality Bad stuff costs more than the Osmo Mobile 3 Core

DJI has spawned some of the best steady cam technology of the last decade with Osmo Action – a skilled GoPro rival and the fantastic Mavic Mini, possibly the most accessible high quality drone of all time. Now the Chinese drone and cardan powerhouse is beating magnets on its latest smartphone stabilizer – the non-polarizing DJI Osmo Mobile 4.

At first glance, the OM 4 (short for Osmo Mobile 4) could be an Osmo Mobile 3 in a different color. However, if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that the Companion app includes a new motor, joystick stuff, and a handful of software boosts. However, none of these make this a completely new part of the kit. The special thing about the OM 4 are these magnets. In contrast to the Osmo Mobile 3, the OM 4 does not have a fixed smartphone clamp.

Instead, you can use either a thin, lightweight clasp or a magnetic stand (both come in the box) – both of which are detachable, which fuses your phone to the gimbal arm, which would make a lot of smartphone owners nervous, right?

Stuff says … A star stabilizer with an undeniable pull – the magnetic OM 4 is the most comfortable gimbal there is; However, you can get similar stabilization for less money if you opt for the cheaper Osmo Mobile 3

In the box: more money, more devices

The OM 4 costs £ 139, which is a lot more than the Osmo Mobile 3, which started at £ 99 and went up to £ 119 for the option for additional accessories.

However, the OM 4 is only supplied with these additional accessories. The box contains the gimbal itself, a carrying case, a magnetic ring holder, a magnetic smartphone clamp, a wrist strap and a tripod base for self-standing, stable quality.

This makes the OM 4 one of the most expensive mobile gimbals in the scene. Fortunately for DJI, it’s also one of the best – if not the best given its compact, collapsible design.

Closure: mighty magnets ahoy

To use the DJI OM 4, you’ll need to attach a magnetic metal clasp or a neat stand ring to the back of your phone. Which one you use depends on what phone you have.

The clasp is an evolution of an old school gimbal claw handle. It’s spring loaded, lightweight, and not too bulky. This can securely snap into place on virtually any smartphone and won’t let go unless you deliberately pull the phone out of the metal arms.

If you have a plastic phone and feel like a risk taker, you can use the tape sticker in the package to stick a metal ring on the back. The metal ring is not recommended for glass phones, but is our choice for practical reasons. The idea of ​​getting rid of a grip in favor of a handy, tiny stand on the back of our phone is a dream come true.

Unfortunately, we only used it with glass phones in our short week with the OM 4, so we couldn’t test the ring. Nonetheless, we can say that the magnets of both the clamp and the ring are incredibly strong – after a few hours we waved carefree around our mounted Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G.

What’s new: Mainly magnets tbh

Apart from these magnets, the OM 4 is practically identical to the Osmo Mobile 3 in terms of dimensions, buttons and connections. On the right there is a USB-C port for charging and a USB-A port via which you can connect the Osmo Mobile 4 can be used as a power bank.

Function and record buttons adorn the main part of the handle, and there is a joystick and zoom control that your left thumb can switch between. We’ll be honest, we used it as a phone holder rather than an all-action gimbal to have our best lockdown life with it.

During the battery test, we streamed videos for hours on the Note 20’s giant screen, all of which were perfectly geared towards our viewing pleasure thanks to the OM 4. The Osmo Mobile 3 got mega hot after half an hour of use – especially when the phone to be stabilized was not perfectly centered in the holder.

However, with its new motor, the OM 4 remains cucumber cool – and is also quieter when moving. The OM 4 also offers more range – around 10%. However, if you only care about stabilizing the core, Osmo Mobile 3 and OM 4 are both very comparable.

Features: Digital Dolly Zoom

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Ever heard of a Dolly Zoom? In this case, a camera pans into a subject while the zoom is pulled away. The motif remains the same size, but the background is distorted.

It’s a camera trick known from Hitckcock, and now it’s a smartphone party trick that you can try using the latest version of the DJI MIMO app. The results aren’t great – digital zoom is used, so the results can be a little crispy – definitely not a reason to go for an OM 4.

For more positive grades, the OM 4’s follow mode is excellent and tracks motifs around a frame like glue. Other highlights of Osmo Mobile 3 are back: Spin Shot, Time Lapse, Motionlapse, Hyperlapse, Sport Mode and 4x / 8x Slow Motion.

We are also big fans of intelligent panorama. Simply place the OM 4 on the tripod base, push a button and the gimbal shoots a series of shots and sews them together for the widest ultrawide shots known to man. The OM 4’s 15-hour battery life is identical to that of the Osmo Mobile 3, and a full day of stabilized adventures is no problem

DJI OM 4 judgment

If you don’t mind wedging your phone every time you clip it to your gimbal, the $ 99.00 Osmo Mobile 3 is still the cheapest option on the scene – even with its last-gen motor that can get hot Collar.

That said, if you love convenience and want the best out there, you should pay an extra £ 40, get yourself a tripod stand and a few accessories along with your gimbal, and enjoy the OM 4’s foldable, compact, and detachable steady-cam quality.

by Basil Kronfli

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