Osmo Mobile 3 gets cheaper, more compact

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DJI‘s third generation gimbal is here. The Osmo Mobile 3 is foldable into a much more compact package, and retails at just USD119 (MYR499).

When unfolded, the device measures 285 x 125 x 103mm but just 157 x 130 x 46mm when folded. It tips the scales at only 405g. In comparison, its predecessors the original Osmo Mobile and Osmo Mobile 2 weigh 490g and 485g respectively.

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Build looks to be plasticky like the Osmo Mobile 2, but a necessary measure to keep the weight down.

In terms of tactile controls, the Osmo Mobile 3 is similar to the previous generation–there’s a joystick (or joypad if you can call it that, the keyword here is “joy”), a record/shutter button, mode/power button and a battery life indicator. There are the T/W toggle and USB-C port on the left and right respectively.

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What’s interesting is that DJI has brought back the trigger it removed on the Osmo Mobile 2 but was standard feature on the original. I expect fans to appreciate the reinstated controller.

Like the Osmo Mobile 2, it can do portrait orientated shots but it’s now even easier to flip orientation. Just three taps of the mode button will bring you from portrait to landscape or vice versa in an instant.

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Also like its predecessor is a built-in Li-ion battery, rated at 2,450mAh. DJI claims 15 hours of usage for the onboard cell, which is plenty for most.

The USB-C port is now the universal connector to accessories including audio (i.e. to an external mic).

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Given its expertise in drone technology, DJI has introduced some of its AI-powered features to the Osmo Mobile 3. This includes the Active Track feature, as well as “Story Mode” which automatically edits footage and other shooting options such as gesture control, panorama, timelapse and hyperlapse.

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Official product photos

Pricing and availability

The Osmo Mobile 3 is available for purchase for USD119 (MYR499) direct from DJI’s online store, authorised retailers including Adorama and B&H. No news on when it will arrive on Malaysian shores yet although I suspect it could be soon. DJI is also selling a combo pack, bundling the Osmo Carrying Case and Osmo Grip Tripod for USD139 (MYR582).

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