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All About The DJI Osmo Mobile 6

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Nowadays, every smartphone camera has some amazing capabilities. However, while it’s simple to push a button create a timelapse video or video clip, or to zoom into a subject however, the results typically appear unpolished due to their lack of stability. DJI’s newest 3-axis smartphone gimbal called the Osmo Mobile 6 ($159) is now available to hold your hand , with new features as well as an updated application.

The Osmo Mobile 6 is the successor to the OM 5 (yes, DJI changed the name for this model too). Apart from offering an extendable rod that can be used for making selfies and taking multiple angles, it comes with controls that let you zoom into subjects, pan, and make an e-story or hyperlapse in conjunction with the accompanying application. It’s compatible with Android as well as iOS smartphones and tablets, with the latter offering a lightning-fast installation.

The Osmo Mobile 6 comes out with the same price that its predecessor did – but is it worth the upgrade? Do vloggers and creators of content consider buying one? Let’s find out.

The most important takeaways

3-axis stabilization
Magnetic phone mounts for speedy installation
Quick Launch (available only for iOS only)
Status bar LEDs indicate the state of the battery and camera mode.
Side wheel lets you adjust focus or control of zoom
An extension rod is built-in to allow for more angles, vantage point and angles
ShotGuides feature suggest camera shots based upon what you’re filming , and then creates videos to share on social media
ActiveTrack 5.0
Numerous video modes
Companion Mimo app includes various comprehensive tutorials
up to 6.5 hours of battery life

The Osmo Mobile 6 was released just over a year after its predecessor, which was the OM 5. With 189mm x 85mm and 44mm (7.7″ x 3.3″ x 1.7″) the Osmo Mobile 6 is slightly larger , yet still small enough to fit into the pocket of a purse and be carried around with ease.

The Osmo Mobile 6 gimbal

The built-in extension rod measures approximately 215mm (8.5″) once fully extended, and offers the capability to capture more angles. The front that the phone is improved considerably and is much easier to use.

A status bar lets you know that the device is fully connected and ready to use. There’s a an indicator at the left side of the screen. Green indicates that it’s ready for use. Just below it’s the battery’s status. If the battery’s capacity is 20 percent or less, it’ll turn red. To the right of both , there is an indicator that indicates the which of the four gimbal settings are active.

The ‘M’ key switches the device off and on and can be used to instantly switch between gimbal modes and three times in order to go into standby mode. Below is a red “Record button, which you can press to begin recording video or to take photographs if the device is operating in photo mode.

Under the Record button is beneath it is the Switch button. Press it one time to physically rotate between the camera’s front and rear cameras. Press twice to rotate the phone from portrait to landscape orientation. Three times pressing it toggles the phone into the photo and video modes.

The most important enhancement is a built-in sidewheel for more control. If you press it once, it will allow users to adjust manually the distance of focus. If you press it twice and turn the wheel back or forward will allow you to zoom the camera into and out in an easier, smoother manner.

The backside of the phone is the trigger button. When it is pressed, it activates DJI’s active Track 5.0 feature. This allows the phone around to follow a specified subject. it remains at the center in the picture for largest part. By pressing the button two times, you will automatically center the camera. The locking and unlocking functions and follow speed can be set with a couple of presses of the trigger.

Similar to like the OM 5, the Osmo Mobile 6 features an 1/4″-20 UNC port on the bottom for attachment to a tripod. Attaching a tripod is suggested by DJI when shooting timelapse or hyperlapse videos. A M3-0.5 screw hole at the upper part of the gadget could be used to connect any accessory, like an extra camera’s lens, or microphone. The Vlog Combo, that retails at three times the cost of the device by itself includes a DJI Micro Sender and Receiver.

A normal smartphone clamp is provided in each Osmo Mobile 6 package. The clamp was first introduced by the OM 4, the clamp is easily attached on the plate that is mounted of the Gimbal. The clamp for smartphones must be as well-centered as is possible or it won’t function correctly DJI’s application will alert that you need to adjust it. The most recent version of the app can accommodate bigger smartphones than the previous version.

The DJI Osmo Mobile 6 can be charged for an maximum of one an hour, 24 mins for charging and it can run at a maximum of 6 hour and twenty-four minutes in optimal conditions.

The DJI Mimo app

The Osmo Mobile 6 is powered by DJI’s Mimo application. The application is easy to use, however it also comes with a plethora of videos that will help you get up and running, as well as features like stories and shot guides.

DJI have also released its LightCut application available to enable an even more flexible editing of videos. LightCut is streamlined and simple to use. It provides simple, easy tools for editing and sequencing the sequence of clips with music and titles. It comes with a range of templates you can use should you want to. It’s impossible to get too complicated with it, but for the beginner blogger or content creator, it’s an excellent (and cost-free) tool.

On the right-hand corner of the Mimo application (or in the lower part depending on the device’s orientation) there are the shooting videography and photography modes. These are:

Video: Tap to shoot a normal video.
Photography: Take still photos. Start with 0.5X for broad angle and increase the increase the zoom to as high as 8x. Pressing the button will activate burst mode.
Hyperlapse: film a hyperlapse sequence while you move the mobile phone.
Timelapse: There are four ways you can record it such as fixed, sequence, reverse or right-to-left. You can also create your own motion using up to four different positions for the gimbal’s axis to shift between.
DynamicZoom is a simulation of an effect similar to a dolly. Click the screen to select one of the modes, Move In or Out mode, and drag the box to select the subject. Then, you walk toward and away from your subject in order to create video clips.
Slow Motion: Record videos at 4X or 8X speed.
Pano Capture 3×3, 360deg or CloneMe. This creates an image where identical subjects appear in different positions in the same photograph. It will count down five seconds after each photo, so your subject is able to move to the next location within the frame.
Story: offers a variety of templates, guides or automated angles. When each video clip is captured, it will be stitched to create an instantly shared story.

ISO and shutter speeds, and EV values can be seen on the lower right on the display. Above that are scroll bars that can be used to zoom out and in between 0.5X up to eight times. A three-dot symbol on the left-hand side of the screen will open to a menu with the camera, gimbal and general settings. On the left side, you can get instant access to shooting options as well as Glamour options.

The top part of the app offers the ability to access Stories and ShotGuides and shows the remaining battery life of both the gimbal and the smartphone. It also shows which mode the wheel on the side will be operating set to (Manual Focus or Zoom) and allows you to switch between the back and front cameras on your smartphone. Its ActiveTrack Select Box will pop into the middle of the frame once video is enabled. ActiveTrack 5.0 is not functional in the event that the camera has been zoomed greater than 3X.

How do you feel about using

The Osmo Mobile 6 is slightly heavier and bigger in comparison to that of the OM 5. DJI states that it is necessary to provide it with a more ergonomic grip, however I didn’t really notice any different. The most significant benefit for me, is how much simpler it is to open the device and then connect my mobile device. When I reviewed the OM 5, I pointed out that I was scared that it might break. It’s no longer the case since DJI has improved its overall design and function.

The most important modification is the new display bar located on the handle of the device. Green signifies that it’s set to go, yellow informs that Bluetooth (now 5.1) does not appear to be functioning; while red indicates an indication that your battery may be about to go out of. A side-wheel is an excellent feature; however it was a bit difficult to zoom into and out of an image with it was difficult as I had hoped. I had a more enjoyable experience when I dragged my fingers across the bar in the screen.

The most notable benefit is how much simpler it is to fold it and then connect to my smartphone phone. The OM 5 I was afraid of breaking it.

I’d like to see an easier way to alter speed. Slow Motion speed. It’s set automatically to 8X. That means recording for around 8 seconds gives you nearly a minute of footage. Additionally I found the quality of the video to be a bit lacking and a little gritty. I’d like to have an option to tap the screen to show “8X” and then automatically change to the ‘4X.’

Another issue I’m having is the issue with DynamicZoom. It is impossible to zoom out or in on something prior to recording. I was outside as I was preparing to shoot and I had to take around 10 additional steps to place my subject into the frame. What would happen if I were in the indoor space and the location was limited?

The Magnetic Phone Clamp3 as well as the Fill Light Clamp snapped in quickly and securely connected to my iPhone 12 ProMax. Because iOS devices can be used to Quick Launch, my device was instantly connected, making shooting effortless. DJI did not specify when the feature would become accessible to Android users.

The Mimo app continues to get cleaner as well as more advanced. But, I found ShotGuides to be quite too overwhelming. There are numerous categories, and each has a wide range of angles, along with videos of examples. At times, I was unsure which angle I was using to shoot an individual take or watching a instructional video. Additionally, City Themes can send users on scavenger hunting, for instance, to locate an intersection. Although DJI gives the amount of times that each theme was utilized in the app, I don’t see this kind of content on the feeds I follow.

That brings me to Stories A decent feature, but not one I’d like to use for the purpose of creating content. This checkered design is often overused and the length that is predetermined for each video cannot be changed. When I followed the recommendations to move the gimbal it was able to focus on the arm’s side. One benefit is that If you’re pleased with the outcome, it’s easy to share it immediately.

I also tested DJI’s LightCut application. The music selection is mediocre according to me, and the music you choose does not alter the background sound. Editing clips manually is simple and simple enough, since this part of the application is simple, however you can achieve the same experience using third-party apps like InShot.

There are of course many templates you can download here. I played with “Autumn,” but I was disappointed by the animations of yellow leaves overlaying my images to be a bit silly. LightCut is completely free and you don’t even need to connect to an DJI device to utilize it. You get what you have to pay for, so speak.

As I mentioned earlier, DJI now uses ActiveTrack 5.0. I played with this feature at the skate park that is in my area. It was able to connect to subjects quickly however, I found that it would latch onto another subject if it crossed the path of the initial subject. It tracked a principal subject for around 150 yards before loosing connection which is a significant improvement over it’s predecessor, the OM 5.

With Glamour Effects, you can reduce your facial size and increase the size of your eyes however the effects aren’t very striking.

Additionally, we’ve mentioned the available Fill Light ($59), that can be adjusted to three different hues and brightness. It functions exactly the same way as the magnetic clamp to connect your smartphone to your device, but it must be recharged. A power button as well as a status lights are included in this clamp.

What’s the purpose?

As smartphones and cameras improve it is possible for a lot of people to take advantage of them to record images but to also use tools to make their images more professional.

The speed and ease of using Osmo Mobile 6 makes it an attractive option. There are no SD storage or downloads to manage The data is saved to the app or on your smartphone. For vloggers and casual content creators, this is an ideal device for creating smoother and more sophisticated-looking footage.