#TechReview | Blog 073 | DJI OSMO Mobile 3

February 24, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

I'm an addict to tech. There's no getting away from it and it's just a simple fact about my life that I have come to terms with. The major items such as DSLR's and the like are usually well out of my price range but if you stick something in front of me around the £300 mark, then I'm a sucker for it and will probably find a way to get my hands on it to own.

This has been true in the case of the OSMO Mobile 3 which is a 3-axis gimbal for the smartphone user. What makes this device unique from its predecessors is the compact nature it contorts itself into when not in use, with a 3 point folding mechanism it slides neatly into your pocket, whilst still offering superb performance when in fully formed mode.

The only reason I bought this was that I wanted one, I just needed to justify why? I have the OSMO and OSMO+, both of which are fantastic bits of kit and are heavily utilised when filming bands in tight spots in bars, with the added functionality of being able to remotely control them from across the room using my iPad.

OSMOOSMODJI OSMO Camera, films in 4K and is remotely controlled by your smartphone or iPad. OSMO PlusOSMO PlusFilming in 4K, the DJI OSMO+ also sports an optical zoom lens.

Travelling to Turkey with my wife for her Bariatric Surgery gave me just the excuse I needed as we'd only be travelling with hand luggage because essentially, she'd only need space for PJ's and I wouldn't be getting up to much so a few t-shirts and a daily change of underwear would be fine. However, if I wanted to get some decent b-roll I'd need a gimbal, as well as a tripod for the interview elements we'd be doing, plus a sturdy case to handle the travel between Dublin, Frankfurt and Istanbul airports. The smart choice was to buy the Combi-Pack which increases the cost by not much more than £25, to my mind, well worth the investment as it includes a case and a tripod, as well as a wrist strap (which I'll never use) and a soft cover pouch.

OSMO Mobile 3OSMO Mobile 3The additional COMBO-PACK is well worth the investment. OSMO Mobile 3OSMO Mobile 3 FoldedThe DJI Mobile 3 in its folded state.

The charging time from flat is 2.5 hours, in return, it will give you a solid 15 hours of smooth gimbal goodness. I'm on the lookout for another iPad Mini 2 (which I thought I'd snagged whilst away only to hear that another buyer had swooped in and took it before I got back from my trip) as this would give me dual control of the two OSMO'S I have, freeing up my mobile phone (which I use to control one of the OSMO's) for other purposes, such as moving through the crowds capturing their emotions on the OSMO Mobile 3.

I'm fortunate enough to be in a position to own an iPhone 11 which boasts an impressive camera, though in low-light it does struggle without activating the front-facing light/torch. There are few attachments you can add to the handle that would hold an additional microphone and small LED Light, but I'm not currently tempted to go down that road as yet, as I don't think it necessary for me, but the option is certainly there.

My intention is to have three filming type scenarios that fit within the areas I currently operate in, each utilising the various bits of equipment that I already own.

1. Full Wedding / Commercial Shoots

This would involve most my camera equipment, with the main device being the Canon HD DV video camera on its professional tripod with full remote LED lighting, audio recording devices (Zoom H4N & Zoom H1N, as well as the TASCAM DR-10 for the groom), and at least one DJI OSMO camera for a 2nd angle. Where weddings are concerned I might also roll out the drone, but that is purely dependant upon the bride and groom paying for that service as it involves site surveys, additional insurances and flight planning.

2. Gigs / Open Mic Nights

The DJI OSMO equipment (all three of them) with the Zoom H4N linked to the sound engineers board.

3. Travel Videos

OSMO Mobile 3, as well as the Zoom H1N, supported on a JOBY Gorilla Pod and possibly the DJI Mavic Pro drone.

As I mentioned in the previous blog, following my wife's journey through her Gastric Sleeve journey was intense and one that was really close to home. Not many people I know would ever share such a personal decision such as the one Kathy took, but she did so to inspire others to make choices that are beneficial to them, and not to worry what other's think of you. I'll be using some of this equipment in the next video, as we follow Kathy and her weight loss to her target of losing 77lbs.

If you have any questions about any of the equipment that I've listed in this blog, I'd be happy to reply, a lot of thought has gone into each individual item I'm using, be that ease of use, quality of output or the sheer fact that it fits into the industrial boxes I've purchased to cart all this around. So until next time, get out there, film it, photograph it or just simply enjoy it with your own eyes.


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