Most individuals use their smartphones as their primary video recording equipment, and many social media artists likewise use them as their go-to camera. The majority of phones have not yet incorporated the shake-reduction capability, despite top smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and the Apple iPhone 14 Pro having capable built-in video stabilization. For this reason, gimbals in general and the DJI Osmo Mobile 6 in particular, are extremely useful. They enable you to record incredibly smooth video with your phone. The Osmo Mobile 6 offers a convenient zoom wheel, a telescoping arm, and potent software features that make it an essential addition to your video toolkit, whether you simply want cleaner footage of your children playing in the park or need the smoothest action possible while recording high-speed stunts. It is our Editors’ Choice recommendation for gimbals intended for regular usage, especially with iPhones.

Functional improvements Comparing the DJI Osmo Mobile 6 to the DJI Osmo Mobile 5, a few minor but major design changes are made. The new model is dark gray, whereas the older model was off-white, making this the most noticeable change in terms of color.

Our reviews are reliable. Submitted by Dave LeClair The Osmo Mobile 5 lacks this feature, making the smallest digital readout that instantly displays whatever mode you’re in the most welcome addition. Additionally, DJI switched out the zoom slider with a zoom/focus wheel. Although it is a little more sensitive than we’d like, it is considerably more pleasurable to use than the slider. Additionally, DJI improved the joystick, which made it simpler to dial in exact movements.

The record button, the mode button, and the rear-mounted trigger were all carried over by DJI from the Osmo Mobile 5. You have easy access to everything you need to operate the gimbal with one hand.

COMPARED PRODUCTS Submitted by Dave LeClair The new model folds down similarly to the Osmo Mobile 5 so you can put it in the pouch that comes with it or another carrying bag. It is not an especially big gimbal. Its dimensions are 10.87 by 4.39 by 3.9 inches when fully expanded (HWD). It measures 7.44 by 3.32 by 1.73 inches when folded. The magnetic phone clip adds an additional 1.09 ounces, bringing the total weight to 10.9 ounces. The Osmo Mobile 6 added a few ounces to its 10.20 ounce weight from the previous edition.

Submitted by Dave LeClair There is an 8.46-inch extension rod included into the Osmo Mobile 6. While recording self-facing video, it is primarily designed to assist you put some distance between you and the camera, but it can also help you heighten your shooting angle.

You can set the gimbal down while it is holding your phone thanks to a set of screw-mounted tripod legs that are included in the box. This is a useful bonus if you’re a vlogger or video creator who frequently films alone.

A powerful magnetic clamp that latches to your phone is included with the gimbal. If your iPhone has MagSafe, you may set it up such that when you clamp it to the gimbal, the DJI Mimo video app automatically runs on your phone (through Bluetooth). Unfortunately, Android users cannot use this feature. The DJI OM Fill Light Phone Clamp ($59) from DJI also comes with a short-throw fill light to aid in recording in dimly lit environments. The $329 DJI Mic is another option that enables remotely recording of audio at a higher quality.

Submitted by Dave LeClair The chassis has a rechargeable battery built in. It charges using USB-C; a cable is provided in the box, but you’ll need to supply a charging brick. According to DJI, the Osmo Mobile 6 can steadily hold a phone for six hours and twenty-four minutes in ideal circumstances (meaning, the gimbal is balanced). The time we really spent was closer to 5 hours and 30 minutes. Although it took many hours to fully recharge the Osmo Mobile 5, DJI does not specify how long it takes to fully recharge the gimbal.

RECORDING IN MODE Several recording settings are available on the Osmo Mobile 6 to assist you in getting the perfect photo. Follow mode, which is the default, provides general stabilization. (That one will be the one you utilize most frequently.) In the Tilt Locked setting, the camera remains horizontal no matter how the gimbal is moved. While Spin Shot mode assists with moving the camera left or right for circular motion shots, FPV mode assigns all three axes to follow the primary subject regardless of how the subject moves. You won’t accidentally record your shot in the wrong mode thanks to the new status indicator, which lets you know what mode you’re in before you start recording.

Submitted by Dave LeClair You could wish to record in either a portrait or a landscape position depending on the kind of content you’re producing. The phone will automatically flip between the two when the swap button is pressed. Additionally, it will stay level when flipping, allowing you to alter the position without having to adjust the gimbal. Now you can quickly and easily switch between capturing TikToks, YouTube clips, and regular video.

The Osmo Mobile 6 is excellent in terms of steadiness in practical use. We had no trouble getting stunning, Steadicam-like footage. Even relatively forceful movements are kept stable with almost no shaking thanks to the three-axis stabilization.

The gimbal’s side wheel is a convenient feature because it lets you manually zoom in and out or change the focus between close-up and far-away objects. By enabling you to switch the attention from the foreground to the background and back again, the focus mode in particular expands your creative options. Otherwise, taking pictures of this nature with a smartphone can be challenging.

Submitted by Dave LeClair APP FOR DJI MIMO To advance results, the Mimo app works in tandem with the capable hardware. A new Follow mode dubbed ActiveTrack 5.0, Quick Launch (for specific iPhone devices), lessons, Shot Guides, and other features round out the experience.

One of the key selling aspects of the Mimo app and the Osmo Mobile 6 is ActiveTrack 5.0. With it, you can choose a topic in the viewfinder, and the gimbal will then follow that subject automatically up to the limits of its rotation. The gimbal and app can keep the subject locked in the shot and in focus even if they move backward or side to side swiftly. It is not necessary for the subject to be a person; we were able to follow our dog around with ease.

(Source: PCMag) Gesture controls make it easier to record yourself, and you may enable them through the app’s interface. You might program your phone to start recording whenever you make a certain gesture, for instance, or to start recording and monitoring your movements. When we tested this function, it performed flawlessly.

You can use Shot Guides, a feature from the Osmo Mobile 5, to get advice on how to use the gimbal to create different kinds of shots. But it’s more than just a tutorial; it demonstrates how to build up the shots and angles to produce the exact effect you want. This is an addition to the fundamental tutorials, which cover all you need to know to utilize the gimbal (which is actually extremely simple to use).

(Source: PCMag) It’s important to note that while the fully functional DJI Mimo software is accessible to iPhone users via the iTunes App Store, it is not accessible to Android users via the Google Play Store. Users of Android devices must instead manually download the APK file from DJI’s website. This indicates that Google has not reviewed the application; side-loading is a less secure method of installing applications on Android devices. You can also expect some disappointing video-resolution limits for Android smartphones because many of the functions mentioned above are just unavailable for Android phones.

PERIODICAL, FINAL THOUGHTS A gimbal should be used by consumers or creators who desire to advance their smartphone videography. While adding a handy status readout and more potent functions to the DJI Mimo software, the DJI Osmo Mobile 6 fixes some of the shortcomings of the Osmo Mobile 5, such as button placement and the zoom toggle. At least for iPhones.

The DJI Osmo Mobile 5 ($129.99) and the Zhiyun Smooth-5 ($149.99), which we haven’t tried, are two competing gimbals. Options in the sub-$100 price range sometimes lose software support and may only have two axes of stabilization, whereas gimbals above $300 are frequently preferred by experienced filmmakers. As a result, the DJI Osmo Mobile 6 is our choice for daily gimbals.

Editors’ Choice Pros for DJI Osmo Mobile 6 useful status information Zoom and focus knob Selfie stick that extends effective DJI Mimo app See More Negatives Zoom wheel sensitivity issues best characteristics unique to the iPhone the conclusion While leaving Android users out in the cold, the DJI Osmo Mobile 6 combines slick operation with practical software capabilities that result in pro-grade video quality from your iPhone.

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