Now the development of camera technology in smartphones is increasingly sophisticated. This makes video creators use smartphones more. For those who want better and more stable video quality, accessories like gimbals are definitely the perfect tool. DJI through its newest product, the DJI OM 5 comes with more functions. This tool goes beyond the basic gimbal functions to stabilize video footage. Worth carrying everywhere as an additional accessory.
DJI OM 5 Design
The design of this gimbal is really compact with a weight of about 300 grams. Using material and body curves that are very comfortable when held in the hand. When you’re not using it, you can fold the gimbal and put it in a thick cloth pouch. The cloth pouch is included in the sales package. You can also store the tripod extension and phone clamp which are also included in the sales package. The gimbal can be extended up to 215 mm via the integrated Extension Rod.
DJI OM 5 Operation
For those of you who have never tried gimbal accessories before, you don’t have to worry. DJI provides a very easy-to-use tutorial. There are instructions for the steps from activating the gimbal to pairing it to the DJI Mimo app from Android and iOS smartphones. Unfortunately, the Android app to run the DJI OM 5 is not available on Google Play. You have to access a special site. As for the iPhone, you can go directly to the App Store.
To attach a smartphone to the gimbal, you simply use a clamp with a magnetic connection. The magnet is really strong, so you don’t have to worry about your smartphone falling. To turn on the gimbal, simply press the button on the left and below it, there is a button for zooming the camera. There is also a record button and a button to change the camera or from portrait to landscape. If you want to realign the angle of your smartphone, you just need to press the trigger on the back twice. However, you need to remember, DJI OM 5 does not yet have an IP rating certification.
DJI Mimo Application
DJI Mimo app is at the heart of getting the most out of this gimbal. when accessing it for the first time, there will be a prompt tone for the first, and subsequent connections will be automatic. There are several modes that you can choose from, standard modes such as photo, video, slow motion, timelapse, and panorama. In photo and video mode, you can also set the shutter and ISO manually.
In panorama mode, you can take wide-angle photos automatically. Once the shutter presses, the gimbal will rotate from left to right to combine 3 or 9 photos. There’s also a CloneMe feature, so there are 3 subjects of yourself in one photo. There is also a Dynazoom feature, where the background will switch zoom far / near while the subject remains in the center at a fixed size.
Through the DJI Mimo application, Active Track 4.0 allows users to automatically track objects such as humans and animals. So the gimbal will move to follow it so it doesn’t go out of the frame. For timelapse, there is an option “Motionlapse” where you can set the start point, endpoint, and point in between when placing the gimbal in a static position. Finally, there are Shot Guides, which can provide users with easy instructions for producing creative videos according to the theme. The choices are many and complete with background music, templates to the duration of the video pieces to be combined.
Before buying this gimbal, it’s a good idea to check the smartphone compatibility list on the official DJI OM 5 website. Some Android series are unable to use certain features. But for the iPhone 12, all the features can run optimally, including ActiveTrack. This is why the DJI OM 5 is the best gimbal for the iPhone. For those of you who are interested, you can get the DJI OM 5 for around $170.90.