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.
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 2||DJI Osmo Mobile 3|
|Weight||485 grams||405 grams|
|Dimensions||295×113×72 mm||Unfolded: 285×125×103 mm | Folded: 157×130×46 mm|
|Max. Controllable Speed||120°/s||120°/s|
|Compatible Phone Size||59 to 85 mm||62 to 88 mm|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0||Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0|
|App||DJI GO||DJI Mimo|
|Gimbal Range||Pan：±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°|
|Battery||2600 mAh Li-ion||2450 mAh Li-ion|
|Hyperlapse||Yes||Yes (with EIS)|
|Slow Motion||Up to 1080p 240fps||Up to 1080p 240fps|
|Operating Temperature||0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)||0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)|
|Battery Life||Up to 15 hours||Up 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!
DJI Osmo Mobile 2
Ain't no shame in owning and operating the DJI Osmo Mobile 2; it's a great gimbal with a strong feature set. It is just eclipsed by the Osmo Mobile 3's better specs and improved design.
DJI Osmo Mobile 3
A brilliant handheld smartphone gimbal at the peak of the current marketplace's design, tech, and feature specs, the Osmo Mobile 3 is the ultimate one to own.
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