DJI OM 5 Review – Smaller, Lighter, & More Powerful!
So with that said, i wanted to find something that could help me improve the overall production value of my videos. So i turned to this device right here: the dji osmo mobile. It was one of the first pieces of photography and videography gear that i ever bought for my channel here, and my thought process was well if i already have a great camera in my smartphone, which was the iphone 7 plus at the time. Why not just go and find something that could kind of add on to that camera and supercharge it in a sense, since then, weve had many upgrades introduced to the osmo mobile over the years, and now here we are with the brand new om5 thats, smaller, lighter More powerful and has a few tricks hidden within it also comes in two different colors athens, gray and sunset white, which absolutely has to be my favorite color on any product that dji has released its white, but in certain shades of light, has this red hue undertone? That really pops now my philosophy with gimbals of any kind, whether they stabilize your smartphone, your action, camera or say your mirrorless camera is that if they can stabilize your video and if they can give you smooth looking footage in your end result. Then, at the end of the day, they have accomplished their main task. It is the core function of these gimbals is to stabilize the camera that you put onto them.
So therefore, any other feature added on top is just like a bonus feature. I would consider it like a nicety right, so lets give you an example. I was using the ronin s for the longest time and when the new rs2 came out, i upgraded to it, not because i thought it could give me smoother looking video, but it would upgrade my entire shooting experience, giving me a lighter gimbal. So a lighter overall setup, its got these nice locking arms right, which makes things easier and of course it has the built in screen right. So the reason that i upgraded my gimbal is not because it would stabilize my video any better or give me any better. Looking video but its because of those improved shooting features – and i guess the point im trying to make here – is that every single year, when theres a brand new om gimbal released dji, always improves that shooting experience not only with the hardware changing things up a little Bit, but also with the software built inside of it, so to kick things off, i want to touch on this new design, which i have really grown to love. It still keeps the same functionality of previous om gimbals with the folding designed for travel and the arm position. When your smartphone raises to the shooting position, it also maintains the same available buttons status, leds and ports, except for the removal of the full size. Usb a port now this design results in the om5 being one third, smaller and lighter than the previous om4, and you can tell what they changed to decrease the overall footprint.
Just by looking at both of these gimbals side by side, a lot of excess plastic was cut out from the arms, the handle area and the button interface at the core, giving the om5 a sleek streamlined. Look. In fact, this is the first major change in the handle thats been made in the osmo mobile series. Since the beginning, i mean look at the original osmo mobile and the om4 side by side. They are very similar in shape from the buttons down the om5. On the other hand, has this more rounded off pill shape? You know i really didnt get a chance to fully appreciate just how much smaller and more lightweight the om5 is than the om4. Until i held them side by side in my hands, i mean the footprint on the on5 is definitely smaller than that of the om4, but its still comfortable to shoot with the ergonomics are great and because its now lighter weight and smaller its easier to use. For those longer shooting sessions now, also, of course, the magnet mounting system is back, it makes setting up this gimbal super fast. I mean basically spin this around bring the arm up, attach your phone onto the gimbal turn it on and youre good to start. Shooting now, dji also sells like a little magnetic puck that you can stick onto the back of your phone. I just have the clamp for now, but this gets the job done. The magnets are great, makes it super quick, but over everything in terms of the design change.
The biggest change is this extension rod that theyve added now built inside of the om5 when fully extended. This will give you an extra eight and a half inches or 215 millimeters, which is really good for one thing, and that is filming yourself now, as you saw, i just extended the extension rod when the gimbal was turned off, but you can do this on the Fly while the om5 is still turned on, i would grab the base and pull upwards to bring it out to the distance that you need and then, of course you can just push down on the top of the base to retract it. Now, an alternative method to this is to pause, the motors of the gimbal 2 by tapping the power button on the side and then extending the extension rod and then re engaging the motors to begin shooting. Now, when fully extended, the gimbal still operates like usual and, like i mentioned, is perfect for achieving a comfier grip when using the om 5 to film yourself. Otherwise, if you plan on using the om5 to film whats in front of you, youd, probably be better off using the included tripod as an extra handle for more precise, two handed control, its pretty crazy to think that dji was able to make the om5 one. Third, smaller and lighter than the om 4, while also incorporating a fairly large extension rod or selfie stick built inside of the handle, but that comes with one drawback: im sure that you can probably already guess what that is, and that is a smaller battery that comes Shipped inside of the om5, which of course is not replaceable youve got to recharge the battery thats built inside of the handle, but the om4 came shipped with a 2 450 milliamp hour battery that gave you about 15 hours of runtime and in the om5 weve only Got a 1 000 milliamp hour battery, so a smaller capacity.
It gives us about six and a half hours of runtime now, look that is definitely a fairly large difference, thats about nine hours, eight and a half hours of a difference in terms of run time, but quite frankly, no matter what gimbal im shooting with. I can. Never kill the battery in one full shooting session im always able to hit a charger in between when i need to use it so that decreased or i guess the shorter run time on this gimbal really doesnt affect me all that much and quite frankly, i would Take the smaller design and smaller battery to give me a better shooting experience, rather than bring excess battery with me that i probably wont end up using now to wrap up the hardware and design portion of this video. I want to mention one of my biggest gripes with the om5, and that is the tilt range of the the motors of of the camera, the mobile device itself. So, basically, like thats how the camera on the phone looks up and down which youd think has a fairly good amount of range of motion here. But if we turn the gimbal on. If we go ahead and we flip it so that its horizontal youll notice, that with the joystick, you really dont – get much movement up and down right off of the bat, i found myself having a lot of trouble with this, because i was used to my rs2 That allows me to tilt my mirrorless camera up and down.
Basically, as much as i want, the om5, on the other hand, is very limited so to get around that youve got to actually move the device physically up and down with your own hands and points it in the direction that you want to shoot, which really isnt. All that much of a deal breaker, but again its just something that i personally had to get used to, but over time it did end up. Looking pretty good in the footage i was able to shoot now. You might be wondering why, up until this point, it is the first time that ive showed video taken with the om5 here, and that is because, whatever smartphone you have is going to depend on how much mileage you get from this device right, i cant show you Example, photos and example, videos and tell you hey. This is exactly what your video is going to look like, because ive got the iphone 12 pro max. In my opinion, the newest iphone, the the top of the line. Iphone is always going to have the best video out of all phones available on the market, because apple is just running away with the competition uh in terms of what theyre able to do with video on their phones. A lot of phones take great photos. Dont get me wrong, but video man apples just in a totally different league. So if youve got any different phone than i do, your mileage is going to vary.
Youll still have some of the features built into the memo app, so the experience will be the same, but the actual video you shoot is really all dependent upon which phone that you have now. I can say that from a general shooting experience with the om5, its really comfortable, the ergonomics are great, as ive mentioned, and you can actually really feel the difference in weight like when im using the om5. It almost feels like im, just holding my phone, its that lightweight now, the clips you guys are watching again are from my iphone 12 pro max, as ive mentioned, your mileage may vary. So take these, i guess with a grain of salt, unless you also have this same phone, but regardless being able to shoot smooth video with the electronic image. Stabilization on these phones is great, but being able to use an actual handle grab on with two hands gives you the option to get a lot of different shots that you otherwise wouldnt be able to now. You heard me mention in the beginning of this video that my philosophy on gimbals is that, as long as it can stabilize your camera and give you smooth looking footage and your end result, then its done its job and, quite frankly, dji nailed this right out of The gate with their osmo mobile so does that mean that they shouldnt update their gimbal as time goes on. No, it doesnt, of course, theyre going to continue to make things better, and i think that, while they nailed it right out of the gate with the stabilization right, theyve, obviously improved their motors made them stronger and more powerful to accommodate the larger phones.
We now carry around in our pockets. Theyve also done a really good job on the software side, improving the shooter experience through their application and a lot of the cool little features theyve built in to make the shooting experience fresh fun and overall um better. So, along with every new camera release in the osmo line from dji, i always like to mention active track because it sees small improvements each year, making it more powerful and reliable. This go around, though active track, isnt a massive overhaul by any regard. In fact, weve already seen this version of active track active track 4.0 on djis air 2s. I guess you could make a big deal about it, because it is the first time that its been introduced in a ground based camera, but nonetheless it gets the job done. Whether you want your camera to track another subject that youre filming or if youre filming yourself, i have noticed that it can be a little bit jerky when trying to keep the frame centered. As seen in this clip here. So id always recommend to try and use your own skills to keep whatever subject youre shooting in frame, but if thats not possible, then dont worry activetrack. Is there to help you out now the om5 has dozens of different shooting modes, things that we are familiar with from previous dji drones and dji cameras and gimbals right weve got things like hyperlapse motion, laps panorama. Time lapse.
We mentioned active track right, so weve got all of these different modes to take advantage of in the om5, but with every new release, dji likes to add something that makes the shooting editing and sharing process just a little bit easier so like we saw in their Previous drone release the air 2s. We got the master shots feature where the drone flies. Autonomously captures a bunch of footage, its basically a juiced up version of their quick shots. It does a lot of these quick shots in a row. It edits that video and then provides you a video file to share on social media. It is honestly just a one tap solution. You tap the button. The drone flies it edits, it shares it does all of the work for you, and even though you know a gimbal isnt autonomous it cant, just move around on its own dji has tried to capture that same master shots feature and implement it into the om5. Here with shot guide, so basically it gives you a shot list that you can then use to make your own video. It then edits the video and gives it to you to share so as of right now, theres a pretty hefty lineup of shot guide templates, ranging from the park to the beach to even the food that youre eating within each of these general categories. There are even more options that varies from shot selection depending on your environment. Lets stick with food here which lets you choose between an at home theme, a restaurant on the go theme and a theme that works well with a group as you scroll down the shot list.
It gives you examples that you can replicate to then be combined into a short little video. You know, as someone who shoots and directs video on the daily coming up with a shot list and determining like your shot. Selection is always one of the hardest parts of the job, and this translates when youre, just out with friends casually taking some video lets say you want to put together a short clip to remember the day with your friends like yeah, you have that idea, and you Want to do it, but can you execute it like? Are you able to determine a good shot list edit that video and then have something to share? The answer is probably not and thats. Why having something like shot guides is really pretty cool because it gives you everything you need to do. You follow the recipe it edits. The video and then youve got something thats really kind of cool to share with your friends. Now, personally, i think that the process of capturing the video could be streamlined just a little bit more. To make things easier, i will give dji the benefit of the doubt, because this is still a new feature, but it took me a few tries to understand the flow of how to shoot using shooting guides. Once i was able to finally apply all of the shots that i wanted, it spit out a video towards the end that had a theme i definitely wouldnt have chose, but hey.
It did a good job at piecing together my test clips and its something that was actually at least watchable. Now i quickly want to jump back to a previous point that i made its kind of the culmination of this entire video. The one thing i was trying to embody throughout the entire review of the om5. I liked it so much that i wanted to end with it with every brand new release from dji, whether its a drone, a camera or a gimbal theyre, trying to make the content creation part of it that much easier through automated shooting modes. Automated editing modes, easier. Sharing right and we see that with master shots in the air, 2s and shooting guides on the new om5, and you just got to wonder like whats next, what are they going to be able to do that makes this process even easier now that theyve? Given us the exact shots that we need to replicate, they edit the video for us and then we just tap on share like what does the future hold. I always like thinking about the future um, but look if i kind of left you out here because youre, maybe somebody that doesnt care about all those features. The om5, at the end of the day, works great as a gimbal out of all of the mobile gimbals ive used, especially in the om lineup. These gimbals, the om5 in sunset, white and athens. Grey are so lightweight that it doesnt even feel like youre using them and no matter where you point it its always going to give you nice, stable video.
So, if youre, somebody that doesnt care about the add on features and just wants to pick this up as a gimbal, its a great gimbal, so dont worry youre gon na get great results from the om5 anyway. I think that thats pretty much everything that i wanted to cover theres gon na be some more videos coming out on the on 5 over the next couple of days.