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Osmo Mobile vs. Osmo/Osmo+ - some thoughts
14631 17 2016-9-25 01:12:38
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If you are thinking about buying an Osmo Mobile instead of an Osmo or the new Osmo+, you might want to consider the following points. I have used the Osmo Mobile for some days now and this is what I have noticed.
  
  
1. Stabilisation
  
  
Smooth shots, the very reason you want to invest in a gimbal, are possible with the Osmo Mobile with some practice, but only the Osmo allows to attach a Z-Axis stabiliser to reduce vertical movements even more for those truly cinematic camera movements. Alas, the Z-Axis stabiliser is not compatible with the Osmo Mobile.
  
  
2. Battery life
  
  
Very long videos (e.g. timelapse) are not possible with the Osmo Mobile. This is not the Osmo Mobile's fault, as its battery lasts for up to 4.5 hours, but because of the limited battery capacity of your phone. The Osmo and the Osmo+, however, can be connected to an external power source and just soldier on. Sure, you could use your charger for your phone or an external battery pack, but the cable might get in the way and since the weight of the cable also affects the gimbal, you would need to re-calibrate your gimbal. You would also need to find a way to attach an external battery someplace, so a roll of Gaffer tape might come in handy.
  
  
3. Seeing what's going on
  
  
With the Osmo Mobile, your mobile phone is both your camera and your screen - obviously. As long as you keep the gimbal right in front of your eyes, this is no problem. But for low or high shots, you can't really see what's going on (I can't, anyway). It only gets worse when attaching the Osmo Mobile to the extension rod. Fully extended, your Osmo Mobile, along with your phone, is about a Meter away from you and the screen won't necessarily point towards you. With the Osmo, you have no problem keeping an eye on the footage as the mobile phone may be attached to the grip in front of you and not a Meter away. This becomes even more of an issue when placing the Osmo at the tip of longer extension arms, such as a microphone boompole or on a mount such as the vehicle mount which may put your camera quite some distance away from you.
  
  
With the Osmo you can always see what the Osmo is seeing, plus, and this is a big plus, you are also able to steer it even from a great distance, right from the screen of your phone. This is not possible with the Osmo Mobile. You just push the record button and hope for the best.
  
  
4. External microphone
  
  
Your mobile phone's microphone quality is okay but for better sound you may want to use an external microphone. The original Osmo has got an external microphone input, the Osmo+ even comes with an extra microphone in the box, the Osmo Mobile has got neither. You need to attach an external microphone directly to your phone. The cable may limit gimbal movements and you also need to re-calibrate your Osmo Mobile. Cumbersome.
  
  
5. Price
  
  
Where I live, the Osmo Mobile is 339 Euros, the Osmo 659 Euros, the new Osmo+ 749 Euros. Is it worth it? Up to you, but I am seriously considering selling my Osmo Mobile and upgrading to an Osmo.
      
2016-9-25 01:12:38
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ghoonk
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Great tips, thanks!

I have an Osmo and Osmo Mobile and was considering the Osmo+ solely because I wanted to do longer timelapses which you rightly pointed out that the phone tends to run out of power (I'm talking 24 hour timelapses). The only thing holding me back from the Osmo+ is that it's not weathersealed, and I'm very concerned about dew/moisture on the electrical/mechanical bits. How did you circumvent the dew/moisture problem?
2016-9-25 01:44:23
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ghoonk Posted at 2016-9-25 17:44
Great tips, thanks!

I have an Osmo and Osmo Mobile and was considering the Osmo+ solely because I w ...

You might have to solve it yourself by wrapping plastics covers around the Osmo+
2016-9-28 00:58:00
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kkodalen159
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While you bring up several good points one of the main selling points for me on the Osmo Mobile is the fact that your smart phone is the camera.  If you purchase an Osmo+ you have an incredible piece of equipment; however, it won't get better over time.  With the Mobile, every time I upgrade my phone I'm instantly upgrading my equipment at the same time (obviously only the camera).  We've come from basic flip phones to devices that can shoot 4K in a very small span of time, and I look forward to using my Osmo Mobile with newer devices in the years to come.
2016-9-29 06:17:25
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kkodalen159 Posted at 2016-9-29 22:17
While you bring up several good points one of the main selling points for me on the Osmo Mobile is t ...

It looks like the Osmo has an exchangeable gimbal, the Osmo mobile has a fixed one. So you could upgrade to new DJI cameras later.

Though it might be easer to use newer phones with the Osmo mobile - provided the holder stays compatibel with new phone models.
2016-10-18 23:42:53
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kameit00 Posted at 2016-10-19 15:42
It looks like the Osmo has an exchangeable gimbal, the Osmo mobile has a fixed one. So you could u ...

I didn't realize you could switch out the camera. Is it possible to buy just a new camera to add to your old gimbal,  just thinking for compatability reasons. I can't imagine that being cheaper than a new phone too, especially if you aren't planning on financing the entire cost of the phone before trading it in again. I think phones have found that sweet spot for a phablet where I don't see them getting bigger and I see the mobile being able to support all new devices in the near future. I see both sides but definitely favor the mobile still.
2016-10-19 08:19:54
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kameit00
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To me it looks like you can only switch gimbals (with camera) not the camera alone. I am also deciding between the Osmo+ and the Mobile. I lean more towards the Osmo+ because of it's zoom camera. iPhone 7 plus (or another "hugephone" with zoom) is no option for be, due to it's size. I like smaller phones. And I don't like the idea to attach/detach my phone to the gimbal the whole time when I'm on vacation. I'm still waiting for more reviews on the Osmo+ before I'm going to buy one. But the price for the Mobile is more tempting. And as you said, you are likely to get a new phone regularly and could use it with the Mobile. Difficult decision
2016-10-20 22:50:29
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fans261debb5
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Hi - Im sorry to ask such a dumb question but I am trying to buy the Osmo or Osmo+ for my partner as a gift and I am a little lost. Is there much of a difference in the Osmo and Osmo +? should i use the savings on accessories or go for the Osmo+?

thank you!!
2016-11-1 08:25:40
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ari_za
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Nice comparison review!
2016-11-2 02:15:31
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fans261debb5 Posted at 2016-11-2 00:25
Hi - Im sorry to ask such a dumb question but I am trying to buy the Osmo or Osmo+ for my partner as ...

the main difference between the osmo n osmo+ is that the osmo+ can zoom..and osmo+ can take motion timelapse while the osmo can only take timelapse
2016-11-2 03:05:13
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Ey1990 Posted at 2016-11-2 12:05
the main difference between the osmo n osmo+ is that the osmo+ can zoom..and osmo+ can take motion timelapse while the osmo can only take timelapse

just the info i needed. thanks.
i've been thinking about osmo also and strangely, no clear (official) comparison. strange.
2016-12-18 02:30:39
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Migue_alex74
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Does the Osmo+ have Active tracking like the Osmo Mobile? I can't seem to find it specified in the docs.
2016-12-21 13:10:49
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Migue_alex74 Posted at 2016-12-22 05:10
Does the Osmo+ have Active tracking like the Osmo Mobile? I can't seem to find it specified in the docs.

No, it doesn't.
2016-12-21 22:28:29
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Migue_alex74
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Thanks dji-thor
2016-12-22 00:29:17
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fansc2272ea5
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Our real estate office is looking to get an osmo for home tours. We are really confused about which one to get- mobile, osmo or plus. Thoughts on this if it's mainly being used for cinematic home tours? Thanks!
2017-3-16 11:47:56
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Barney2k
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Some great points!

The mobile is much better value imo if you already have a decent smartphone camera.

I've used it with my S7 Edge and had amazing results.

If you're looking to compare the whole Osmo range I thought this was a good resource:

https://www.heliguy.com/blog/201 ... o-comparison-guide/
2017-3-17 04:58:19
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fansc2272ea5 Posted at 2017-3-16 11:47
Our real estate office is looking to get an osmo for home tours. We are really confused about which one to get- mobile, osmo or plus. Thoughts on this if it's mainly being used for cinematic home tours? Thanks!

I would get the Osmo+, here's why:

If your talking about a tour, presumably you will be walking, while the Osmo (of all flavors) is still very stable walking, you will get an up and down bouncing movement in your footage.  To fix this you use a Z axis, whcih basically gives you a steady cam, unfortunately the Osmo mobile is not compatible with the Z axis.

The Osmo+ has an optical zoom, while you may or may not find the zoom helpful in the traditional sense what it can also do is change the lense angle.  The lens on both the Osmo and Osmo+ is very wide angle because it was desighned for landscapes and other outdoor kinds of shots, however indoors, where your subject is closer, this can cause what your filming to look further away than it actually is.  You may or may not find that desirable, to fix it you just zoom in, which effectively narrows your field of view.

As mentioned you also get a few more features with the Osmo+ as well.

Footage on an Osmo or Osmo+ will probably look nicer too.
2017-3-17 22:25:40
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RE: Osmo Mobile vs. Osmo/Osmo+ - some thoughts

Nice review. I have both Osmo and Osmo Mobile. I cannot use both  the same time and and the end of the day, it will depend on what occasion you are. If you are travelling light, having Osmo Mobile and your phone is an advantage. But to have serious filming you might need the Osmo/Osmo+. And yes, external microphone is an issue using Osmo Mobile as it will affect on the gimbal and need to adjust the position.
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