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

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

Best answer: DJI's original Mobile was a great tool at the time, but now that we've seen the third incarnation, we think it might be time for the early adopters that bought the first-gen Mobile to upgrade.Smooth operator: DJI Osmo Mobile 3 (opens in new tab) ($119 at Amazon)

Three is the magic number

Cell phone videography has advanced leaps and bounds, thanks to new technology. That means you can shoot professional-quality footage on your mobile device. Some specialist accessories help though, like a stabilizing phone holder to help you achieve super-smooth footage. The Osmo Mobile was a very capable device when it hit the market a few years ago, but DJI has now discontinued its original Mobile model having since launched the Mobile 2. Now, they've unveiled an even more updated version, the Osmo Mobile 3.

In conjunction with the DJI GO app, on the iPhone platform, the Osmo Mobile could create timelapse and hyperlapse videos, long exposure shots, slow-motion footage, panoramic imagery and using the ActiveTrack functionality, follow a certain subject for smooth shooting. The Osmo Mobile 3 can do all this and more. Design-wise, the Mobile 3 is lighter and foldable. Its improved gimbal design, with a newly designed phone holder that allows access to your phone's charging point, is quicker and easier to use as only the roll axis need to be leveled.

The Mobile 3's ergonomics are also an improvement over the Mobile. The 3 boasts a 15-degree handle with a rubber grip. With a conveniently placed trigger button, you can use it single-handedly with the promise of long term comfort.

Simple as 1, 2, 3

While the Mobile worked with the DJI GO app, the Mobile 3 plays nice with the much more advanced DJI Mimo app. This app gives you a "Sport" mode for capturing fast action. There's also the ability to use gesture control (such as a hand wave) to tell the Mobile 3 to start tracking you to take a photo or start recording. The app also offers a range of templates, filters, transition special effects, music options, and more.

The Osmo Mobile 3 has an "M" button which lets you switch from portrait to landscape quickly. It can activate a new standby mode which enables you to use your phone when it's docked in the holder, and it gives you quick access to the app's various smart shooting modes.

DJI Osmo MobileDJI Osmo Mobile 3
Weight501 grams405 grams
Max. Controllable Speed120°/s120°/s
Compatible Phone Size58.6 to 84.8 mm62 to 88 mm
ConnectivityBluetooth Low Energy 4.0Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0
AppDJI GODJI Mimo
Mechanical RangePan:±165°Pan: -162.5° to 170.3°
Roll:-50° to +90°Roll: -85.1° to 252.2°
Tilt:-140° to +50°Tilt: -104.5° to 235.7°
Battery980 mAh LiPo2450 mAh Li-ion
TrackingActiveTrackActiveTrack 3.0
Operating Temperature0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)
Battery LifeUp to 4.5 hoursUp to 15 hours

Your DJI Osmo Mobile may have been your go-to mobile photography tool in the past, but we say it's time to upgrade to the Mobile 3. Thanks to the greatly improved design and the DJI Mimo app, it's certainly worth splashing out for the third-generation model.

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.