The next in the lineup of Osmo Mobile products is here — and this one has a rebranded nickname of sorts. Dubbed the DJI OM 4, DJI’s newest smartphone stabilizer brings with it an innovative, new a magnetic phone attachment system.
For vloggers, selfie lovers and anyone who has an iPhone and wants to document their life with that silky, smooth video, the $149 DJI OM 4 provides a relatively cheap and easy way to upgrade your smartphone video quality.
With the OM 4’s new, quick-snap magnetic phone attachment system, it’s now easier to attach and balance (and detach) your phone to the contraption thanks to a high-grade, magnetic attachment design.
There are basically two options to attach and detach your phone to this OM 4:
- Use the metal clamp to connect to the back of your phone, where it can remain fixed during daily use — and then can easily attach to the OM 4 when you’re ready to use it
- Affix a magnetic mount with ring holder onto the back of your phone, allowing your phone to snap onto DJI OM4. Though, if you have a smartphone case, skip the ring holder route (DJI recommends using the magnetic phone clamp if you use a phone case).
When attached but not in use, the DJI OM 4 can stay in Standby Mode, so it can be quickly reactivated.
And no, that magnetic design won’t affect your phone. That said, DJI recommends you don’t place your OM 4 near other magnetic objects, such as bank cards, hotel room keys, pacemakers, and hard drives.
The OM 4 also improves upon the standard features you’ve come to expect from pretty much every product in the Osmo line, including upgraded motors, the latest in 3-axis stabilizer technology, new video capture modes and a portable folding design.
DJI also said that upgraded motors allow it to support heavier smartphones than its predecessors. That means you can use OM 4 with your phone as well as extra lenses on your phone, as long as the total weight of the phone and the lens are less than 290 grams. Plus, the improved motors mean you don’t need to balance the gimbal before using it.
The OM 4 can last for up to 15 batteries on one charge. And odds are you won’t be shooting for 15 hours straight — but you might want your phone for that long. In the event your phone dies before OM 4 does, the OM 4 can double up as a portable battery charger.
How to capture video via the DJI Mimo app
The DJI OM 4 works with a DJI-built app called Mimo, which connects via Bluetooth.
The Mimo app can direct the OM 4 to shoot video via pre-programmed shooting modes, so your camera shoots perfect video, such as tilting at a perfectly calibrated speed, zooming in that Alfred Hitchcock style, or taking a timelapse.
Here are the shooting modes available through the DJI Mimo app:
- ActiveTrack 3.0: Automatically tracks a subject of your choice.
- Gesture Control: Start and stop video recording (or take photos) via hand gestures — eliminating the need to set a timer and run behind your camera for a selfie.
- DynamicZoom: Automatically zooms to create the dramatic background shift made popular by Alfred Hitchcock.
- Timelapse: Shows a passing of time in sped-up form
- Motionlapse: Timelapse, but with set movement points for the gimbal
- Hyperlapse: Timelapse, but where the gimbal physically moves
- Slow-motion: Slows down the world
- Sport Mode: Follows subjects and movements faster
- Panoramas: Captures a wider perspective including 3X3 panorama, 240°panorama and a new “CloneMe” panorama which allows the user to add multiple versions of a person or subject into one shot for a unique and creative effect.
- Spin Shot Gimbal Movement: Automatically tells the gimbal to rotate the phone for a spinning effect.
- Story Mode Templates: OM 4 uses preset movements, music and color palates to automatically produce quick videos
The DJI OM 4 is available now for $149. With it you’ll get the OM 4, including a magnetic ring holder, magnetic clamp, tripod, wrist strap and storage pouch.
DJI Care Refresh, which is DJI’s extended warranty plan that includes 2 replacement units in 1 year, and covers accidents like water and impact damage, costs just $10 more.