For those African fans who love to use their mobile cameras for video shooting or selfie photography then gimbal is the must tool to have. Gimbal actually is a pivoted support for your mobile camera that rotates your mobile about a single axis. Handheld 3-axis gimbals are used in stabilization systems designed to give the camera operator the independence of handheld shooting without camera vibration or shake. There are two versions of such stabilization systems; mechanical and motorized.
Two popular types of gimbals
Mechanical gimbals have the sled, which includes the top stage where the camera is attached, the post which in most models can be extended, with the monitor and batteries at the bottom to counterbalance the camera weight. This is how the Steadicam stays upright, by simply making the bottom slightly heavier than the top, pivoting at the gimbal. This leaves the center of gravity of the whole rig, however heavy it may be, exactly at the operator’s fingertip, allowing deft and finite control of the whole system with the lightest of touches on the gimbal.
Powered by three brushless motors, motorized gimbals have the ability to keep the camera level on all axes as the camera operator moves the camera. An inertial measurement unit (IMU) responds to movement and utilizes its three separate motors to stabilize the camera. With the guidance of algorithms, the stabilizer is able to notice the difference between deliberate movement such as pans and tracking shots from unwanted shake. This allows the camera to seem as if it is floating through the air, an effect achieved by a Steadicam in the past. Gimbals can be mounted to cars and other vehicles such as drones, where vibrations or other unexpected movements would make tripods or other camera mounts unacceptable.
Osmo Mobile 3 -The new smartphone gimbal
Chinese camera technology firm DJI has launched this month its new smartphone gimbal, the Osmo Mobile 3 in South Africa. To recall, the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 was launched at CES last year, and now its successor has been launched. As mentioned, the Osmo Mobile 3 features a foldable design, 3-axis gimbal technology, gesture control, and buttons on the handle to control the gimbal’s movement.
The stabalised gimbal allows users to record shake-free video with their smartphones. It folds away too when not in use, ensuring it can fit into a pocket or bag without fuss.
The Osmo Mobile 3’s button placements have also been moved to the handle, allowing users to control the orientation of the phone without needed to physically remove the phone.
DJI also promises up to 15 hours of battery life, which is more than enough to cover the show floor of a conference. trigger helps manoeuvre the gimbal by locking orientation, rotating the gimbal for selfies, and even re-centering when tracking a subject.
Its ActiveTrack technology also allows the smartphone and gimbal to track an object while keeping it in frame. Users can also zoom in an out using the controls on the Osmo Mobile 3 without the need to touch the phone’s screen.
The gimbal includes a few other modes too, from Gesture Control which allows users to snap selfies by pressing any button, to Sport Mode which increases the gimbal’s response times.
The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is available in South Africa and will cost R1895 including a wrist strap, storage pouch and anti-slip pads. A “combo” package will also be available which includes the Osmo Grip Tripop and Osmo Carrying Case for R2295.
Features of DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Gimbal
- DJI Osmo Mobile 3 gimbal is equipped with a 3-axis gimbal technology.
- The stabiliser has gesture control and essentially helps video graphers in taking less shaky footage via smartphones, and also looks to offer a less blurry image for photographers as well.
- DJI has integrated buttons on the handle to allow users to control the gimbal.
- The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 has been redesigned to ensure that connectivity ports are not obstructed on the mounted device.
- There’s an ‘M’ button on the stabiliser that allows users to shoot from any angle, and pressing it twice activates the Quick Roll mode which helps in rotating the orientation from portrait to landscape mode swiftly, without the need to remove the device from the mount.
It supports Dolly Zoom with customisable zoom slider, and pairs with the DJI Mimo app for creative programmed modes. Some of the modes include Story Mode, Sport Mode, Time Lapse, Hyper Lapse, Motion Lapse, Panorama, Slow Motion, and Active Track 3.0. The last Active Track 3.0 mode allows users to capture fast-paced footage using its reliable in-built tracking technology.
The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 measures at 285x125x103mm (unfolded) and 157x130x46mm (folded). It weighs 405 grams, packs a 2,450mAh battery , and offers Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.
You can even use it for autotracking, timelapses, and panorama shots. It is also said to support smartphones that are using Moment Lenses.
Where to buy the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 smartphone gimbal?
You can buy the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 smartphone gimbal at online stores.
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Finally remember that the Osmo Mobile supports smartphones measuring from 58.6mm-84.8mm width and up to 8.4mm thick. This covers most phones currently available, from the iPhone SE to the iPhone 6s Plus and Android phones of similar sizes. Osmo Mobile utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 to communicate with phones.
Before you begin using you need to activate the Intelligent Battery. Before powering on the Osmo Mobile, insert the battery into Osmo Mobile and connect the unit to a power source using the dedicated charging cable for battery activation. Also register your Osmo Mobile via DJI GO. Power on the unit and pair it with your mobile device. Instructions will be shown in DJI GO automatically to guide you through the registration and activation process.