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.

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Header Cell - Column 0 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
Gimbal RangePan:±170°Pan: -162.5° to 170.3°
Row 7 - Cell 0 Roll:-90° to +70°Roll: -85.1° to 252.2°
Row 8 - Cell 0 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 Turner

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 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, Amy-Mae gets to her explore her love of home cooking, concentrating on all things kitchen tech.