Should you’ve ever tried recording video or timelapse sequences along with your smartphone, you recognize that footage will be shaky and unpolished, even with built-in picture stabilization. Enter the DJI OM 5, a compact, 3-axis gimbal. Along with gimbal stabilization, the OM 5 makes it simple to pan and zoom, monitor topics, and create visible tales that may immediately be shared on social media.

Is it value upgrading or investing in a single? Let’s discover out.



Key takeaways:

  • 3-axis stabilization
  • Magnetic cellphone mount for fast setup
  • Constructed-in extension rod permits artistic pictures and angles
  • ShotGuides function recommends digicam pictures based mostly on what you are filming and creates clips for social media
  • ActiveTrack 4.Zero topic monitoring could be very efficient
  • Video modes like DynamicZoom and SpinShot can create cool results
  • Companion Mimo app consists of plenty of tutorials
  • Six-hour battery life

Arriving just a little over a yr after its predecessor, the OM 4, the OM 5 is roughly one-third smaller when folded down and may slot in a pocket or small purse. Apart from the bodily adjustments, the OM 5 consists of notable enhancements and new options, significantly DJI’s Lively Monitor 4.Zero for topic monitoring and a built-in extension rod.


The OM 5 gimbal

The OM 5 could be very compact folded down. A built-in 215mm extension rod means that you can seize group pictures or get more difficult angles. The ‘M’ button on the aspect powers up the machine. Immediately beneath is a slider that means that you can zoom out and in rapidly.

A brand new 215mm built-in extension rod helps you get more difficult or unconventional pictures. It is a lot simpler to shoot from a low angle with the rod prolonged.

A joystick on the machine’s entrance means that you can tilt or pan the smartphone, and a report button captures photographs or movies when pressed. Holding down the report button prompts burst capturing. This button is very helpful when utilizing the extension rod.

Beneath the report button is a ‘change’ button. Pressed as soon as, you’ll be able to change between the back and front cameras in your smartphone. Urgent the button twice will change the orientation between panorama and portrait mode. A big set off button on the again locks the gimbal when held down, prompts Lively Monitor 4.Zero when pressed as soon as, and re-centers the gimbal when pressed twice.

A robust magnetic clamp with rubberized grips is straightforward to mount even the biggest smartphones.

A 1/4″-20 UNC port on the underside attaches to the included tripod. DJI recommends utilizing the tripod when recording timelapse or hyperlapse clips for the smoothest footage attainable. An M3-0.5 screw gap on the highest, the place the cellphone goes, means that you can connect a microphone or different counterweight weighing lower than 290g. A lanyard gap on the backside, simply above the place the tripod connects, lets you connect a wrist strap.

A magnetic smartphone mount, first launched on the OM 4, makes mounting or unmounting the cellphone easy

A magnetic smartphone mount, first launched on the OM 4, makes mounting or unmounting the cellphone easy. The magnet must be centered on the cellphone to keep away from vibration because of uneven weight distribution, however upon getting the magnet in place, mounting the cellphone is fast and straightforward.

The OM 5 takes a mere 1.5 hours to cost and yields as much as six hours of battery life.

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The DJI Mimo app

The OM 5 makes use of DJI’s Mimo smartphone app, which is stuffed with tutorials that designate tips on how to use and get essentially the most out of every function.

On the proper aspect of the app, you may discover a new DJI function known as ShotGuides. It acknowledges the atmosphere you are in and robotically recommends a shot sequence. Weddings, individuals, and pets are a couple of examples. (I attempted it out when filming a tennis observe and the app marked it as ‘Leisure’.)

As soon as a sequence of clips are captured, the app will sew collectively a number of predetermined pictures at various time lengths to create an immediately shareable clip that features music and graphics.

ShotGuides acknowledges the atmosphere or exercise you are filming and recommends a shot sequence. You get the choice to customise which means the gimbal will robotically transfer. It would report for a set quantity of seconds earlier than letting you select the following angle for the following shot.

On the right-hand aspect of the app, or on the backside, relying on the smartphone’s orientation, you may discover the pictures and videography capturing modes. They’re:

  • Hyperlapse: shoot a hyperlapse sequence whereas shifting the cell phone.
  • Timelapse: there are 4 methods to report this: mounted, sequence, proper to left or reverse. There’s additionally a customized movement to pick as much as 4 positions for the gimbal to maneuver.
  • DynamicZoom: simulates a dolly zoom impact.
  • Sluggish Movement: report video at both 4X or 8X gradual movement.
  • Video: report common video.
  • Photograph: seize common footage. Holding down the button prompts burst mode.
  • Pano: seize 3×3, 240°, or CloneMe. The latter creates a picture by which the identical topic seems in a number of locations in the identical picture. It counts down 5 seconds after every seize so your topic can transfer to the following place within the body.
  • Story: offers a large number of templates, guides, and automatic angles. After every clip is recorded, it will likely be stitched collectively for an immediately shareable story.

This quick video reveals an instance of DJI’s ShotGuides function in motion. It stitches collectively a number of clips, then provides some music and graphics for fast social media sharing.

DJI’s ActiveTrack 4.Zero can be utilized in order for you the gimbal to trace a topic robotically and is activated if you draw a sq. across the head and shoulders of a topic. It would maintain that topic centered within the body and observe it, robotically panning and tilting the gimbal head to take action.

Lastly, gesture management enables you to inform the gimbal to trace you if you’re in entrance of the digicam. Maintain your palm as much as the digicam, or make a ‘V’ form along with your fingers for 2 seconds to activate topic monitoring.

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What’s it like to make use of

The OM 5 is light-weight, agile, and spectacular for essentially the most half. What was awkward for me was the method of unfolding the gimbal. Whereas designed to be folded right down to the smallest dimensions attainable, I discovered it a bit complicated to unfold and virtually thought it will break it at one level. That mentioned, the plastic is sturdy and sturdy – not flimsy like some competing merchandise.

One factor to bear in mind is that the joystick, which pans and tilts the gimbal, together with the zoom change, does not reply based mostly on the strain utilized to them. You may want to enter the app’s settings to regulate how briskly or gradual you need these transitions to happen. It is a bit of a nuisance, as it will be much less work to use that strain out of your finger to attain the pace of panning or zooming desired.

Hyperlapse sequence captured with the OM 5.

The magnetic OM 5 cellphone mount, with its rubberized sides, was capable of maintain my iPhone 12 Professional Max with ease, and I did not fear about it falling off the gimbal. As soon as the cellphone is clamped in, and the machine is turned on, the Mimo app connects the whole lot virtually immediately. This can be a refreshing departure from generally ready a couple of minutes for a DJI drone to hook up with the distant.

Getting accustomed to the capturing modes takes some trial and error. For instance, I needed to report a timelapse with two-second intervals. As a substitute, I found that I recorded two complete seconds of timelapse. Conversely, DynamicZoom, which imitates the dolly zoom impact made well-known by filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock is fairly easy. Then there’s ShotGuides, a brand new function DJI is touting with this launch.

Whereas the tutorial movies supplied for ShotGuides present customers tips on how to seize completely different angles, I discovered it laborious to copy these pictures in actual life.

Whereas the tutorial movies supplied for ShotGuides are supposed to present customers tips on how to seize completely different angles, I discovered it laborious to copy those self same pictures in actual life. The entire setup feels a bit overwhelming, particularly when a video pops up each time you choose a brand new shot to report. The ultimate video, stitched collectively, has animations all through that look dated and, fairly frankly, tacky. Every clip is saved in your cellphone, although, in case you do really feel like enhancing them collectively for one thing that appears extra natural.

DJI’s ActiveTrack 4.Zero had no downside monitoring my canine and panning to observe her as she chased a deal with. It is very efficient, in all probability as a result of DJI has been perfecting the know-how on drones for years.

Utilizing ActiveTrack 4.0, I used to be capable of monitor and observe my canine as she fetched a deal with. It really works remarkably effectively and retains the topic centered within the body. One other distinctive function I loved was Spin Shot. Activated within the app’s settings, it steadily rotated my cellphone 270º and created a neat video clip when filming at a skate park.

DJI additionally included Glamour Results. The excellent news is the built-in filters do not mirror a few of the results a Snapchat filter provides you. I used to be shocked to find that it will not grossly intensify your options to the purpose the place it’s possible you’ll look cartoonish or synthetic. When the front-facing digicam is activated, you’ll be able to regulate a slider to make your face look slimmer, your eyes bigger, and your cheeks rosier. The ultimate outcomes are delicate and will be flattering.

To the left: me with out Glamour Results utilized. To the proper, you’ll be able to regulate how huge your eyes are or how rosy your cheeks get.

I discussed this earlier than, however it’s essential to ensure your smartphone is as centered as attainable. Even once I thought I mastered this, the footage I shot did not all the time prove as anticipated. When researching this, I discovered an OM Four video on YouTube known as ‘Expectation vs. Actuality.’ The takeaway is that it is advisable to spend time with this machine to good your pictures; nothing is basically instantaneous.

Should you purchase an OM 5 for a trip, for instance, and break it out of the field anticipating to get your supposed shot on the primary attempt, you’ll doubtless be disillusioned. Whereas it is easy to arrange, you do must observe. Many options are constructed into the Mimo app, and sure changes can solely be made within the settings. Nevertheless, when you determine the modes and correct methods to shoot, you’ll be able to produce polished and professional-looking content material.

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Who’s it for?

Each photographer has heard the phrase, ‘one of the best digicam is the one you’ve gotten with you.’ Most photographs are captured on smartphones. It is easy and handy. The digicam know-how has vastly improved lately, and people featured on my iPhone 12 Professional Max, for instance, yield unimaginable outcomes.

‘Clone Me’ panorama is a singular artistic function on the OM 5. It might probably create a photograph the place the identical individual or topic seems in as much as three locations throughout the body. This was cropped to 2 because the horse did not transfer into the third body rapidly sufficient.

Skilled photographers utilizing bigger cameras will doubtless keep on with the DJI Ronin sequence. Content material creators and vloggers, particularly these commonly importing clips to TikTok and Instagram Tales, who need to transcend typical or pedestrian-looking photographs and movies, would profit from a few of the newer options provided with the OM 5. Total, it is sturdy and offers steady footage. The tripod additionally holds up exceptionally effectively, even when it is windy.

Conclusion

Getting accustomed to the OM 5 requires a little bit of a studying curve. Nevertheless, the outcomes you may get from utilizing this 3-axis gimbal to report video, hyperlapses, and timelapses, or to get photographs at troublesome angles, make it definitely worth the funding in money and time. That is one thing smartphone customers, or these trying to share artistic content material on the go, can profit from utilizing.

What we like:

– Compact and light-weight
– Tripod makes easy and steady footage simple to seize
– The Tales function and tutorials make creating compelling content material accessible
– As much as six hours of battery life

What we do not:

– Design is a bit clunky; unfolding is usually a problem
– Gimbal actions is usually a bit jerky at occasions

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