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DJI Osmo Mobile 2 vs. DJI Osmo Mobile 3: Should you upgrade?

DJI Osmo Comparison
DJI Osmo Comparison (Image credit: DJI )

Are you trying to decide between the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 or the DJI Osmo Mobile 3? If you want even to come close to shooting professional-quality video (or even footage that people will have the patience to watch on social media platforms) via your smartphone, a gimbal is an essential investment for stable and smooth shoots. The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 has always been an excellent option. However, now DJI has unleashed the Osmo Mobile 3, existing Mobile 2 owners may be wondering if they should upgrade to the latest version. Here's what we gathered when it comes to deciding on the DJI Osmo mobile 3 vs. 2.

Fold or hold?

The most significant visual difference between the Osmo Mobile 2 and the Mobile 3 is the updated design. As well as being lighter, the Mobile 3 is foldable, making for even easier portability. The Mobile 3 boasts an improved gimbal design, with a newly-designed phone holder that allows access to your phone's charging point. It's also quicker and easier to use as only the roll axis needs to be leveled. The 3 gets a 15-degree handle with a rubber grip, and a conveniently-placed trigger button means you can use it single-handedly for longer periods.

Spec check

DJI Osmo Lifestyle

DJI Osmo Lifestyle (Image credit: DJI)

The Osmo Mobile 2 and the DJI Go app combine to create timelapse, motionlapse, and hyperlapse videos, long exposure shots, slow-motion footage, panoramic imagery, and using the ActiveTrack functionality, follow a certain subject for smooth shooting. It boasts a built-in zoom slider for more fluid, cinematic zoom, and a Beautify mode to smooth out the visuals. Not a bad spec list, but the Osmo Mobile 3 also has all of this functionality -- plus even more neat tricks.

The Osmo Mobile 2 works with the DJI go app, but Mobile 3 users get access to the DJI Mimo app — more advanced software. This includes gesture control (such as a peace sign) to start tracking or start recording, a "Sport" mode, and a range of templates, filters, transition special effects, music options, and more. The Osmo Mobile 3's "M" button lets you switch from portrait to landscape quickly. Also, this button can activate a new standby mode which enables you to use your phone when it's docked in the holder. Plus, it gives you quick access to the app's various smart shooting modes.

DJI Osmo Mobile 2DJI Osmo Mobile 3
Weight485 grams405 grams
Dimensions295×113×72 mmUnfolded: 285×125×103 mm | Folded: 157×130×46 mm
Max. Controllable Speed120°/s120°/s
Compatible Phone Size59 to 85 mm62 to 88 mm
ConnectivityBluetooth Low Energy 4.0Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0
AppDJI GODJI Mimo
Gimbal RangePan:±170°Pan: -162.5° to 170.3°
Roll:-90° to +70°Roll: -85.1° to 252.2°
Tilt:±170°Tilt: -104.5° to 235.7°
Battery2600 mAh Li-ion2450 mAh Li-ion
TrackingActiveTrackActiveTrack 3.0
HyperlapseYesYes (with EIS)
Slow MotionUp to 1080p 240fpsUp to 1080p 240fps
Operating Temperature0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)
Battery LifeUp to 15 hoursUp to 15 hours

Three trumps two

The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 beats the Mobile 2 on size, weight, portability, an improved design, more ergonomic and logical controls, and access, better tech specs, improved features, and only costs a few dollars more. Anyone looking to make a first-time investment in a DJI gimbal is advised to go straight for the Mobile 3. We also think avid Mobile 2 users who want to take their smartphone shooting to the next level should strongly consider the upgrade action. You're worth it!

Amy-Mae has been writing about consumer technology since before the iPhone was even a twinkle in Steve Jobs' eye. She started out in magazine publishing with the UK lads' mag 'Boy's Toys' then moved online with startup Pocket-lint.com as the first full-time member of staff, helping grow the site to one of the UK's largest gadget sites. Amy-Mae then moved to Mashable when it only had a staff of around 10 people. After working her way up to a senior role there, Amy-Mae left in 2014 to have her daughter. Since then Amy-Mae has continued to contribute to Mashable and The Daily Dot, keeping up-to-date with the latest consumer technology and social media trends. For iMore.com, Amy-Mae gets to her explore her love of home cooking, concentrating on all things kitchen tech.