DJI has unveiled the latest version of its smart gimbal OM (formerly Osmo Mobile) for smartphones, which brings both new and improved features. The OM5 has also been given a new, sleeker design: the panel with the controls is now more integrated into the handle than before.
One new feature is the integrated 21.5 cm telescopic extension, which allows the OM5 to be used like a selfie stick or to film from new angles. Like its predecessor, it is collapsible and has a magnetic quick release that allows the phone to be quickly attached to the gimbal. Compared to its predecessor, the OM5 has thankfully not only become about more compact, but also 100g lighter - it now weighs just 290g.
DJI OM5 with selfie stick extended.
A new feature is the ShotGuide function, which automatically detects the type of environment and recommends appropriate shooting tips and creative templates. From shooting to editing, this should help users (especially beginners, of course) to make respectable little movies. The app shows demo movies for the selected (or recognized) scenario (such as beach, kitchen or city) and gives tips for suitable camera movements and settings. The ShotGuide function then also automatically compiles a movie from these suggested and then realized settings.
DJI OM5 ShotGuide function
In addition to the simple 3-axis stabilization of filming with a cell phone, which has been improved and can now stabilize heavier phones, the OM5 gimbal is capable of a whole range of intelligent film modes for otherwise difficult-to-manage filming with a cell phone.
For example, using the ActiveTrack object detection and tracking algorithm already familiar from the RS2 single-handed gimbal (still version 3.0 there) or the Mavic Air 2s drone, special moving objects - such as people, faces or pets - can be selected by tapping on the smartphone screen and automatically tracked with the camera. The new version Active Track 4.0 is supposed to offer even better tracking and smoother camera movements than the previous version.
In addition, there are - as with the predecessor model - special movie modes such as DynamicZoom (a Hitchcockian dolly zoom effect a la Vertigo), a Story mode (filming by default), the Panorama mode (in which the OM5 automatically moves the smartphone to create a large panoramic image), a CloneMe Pnao (a panorama composed of several selfies) as well as a time-lapse mode and a SpinShot (the OM5 rotates the smartphone while filming). Also on board is the gesture control to trigger the camera for selfies from a distance.
DJI OM5 ShotGuide function
All of these smart shooting modes are made possible by DJI&s Mimo app (iOS/Android) on the smartphone, which also offers additional features such as media management, settings for the OM4 gimbal, a video editor and tutorial clips for better shots.
The OM5&s magnetic mount consists of a magnetic phone clamp (the OM4&s magnetic ring mount is no longer included) that attaches firmly to the smartphone. If you want to quickly start filming with your smartphone and OM5, you can simply clip the phone to the gimbal using the magnet.