DJI Launches Osmo Mobile 3, Rumors Say Next Launch will be Mavic Mini Drone
BY Isabella Lee13 August 2019
DJI has captured an audience of travelers and adventures with their high tech products scaled down into small, portable packages. Lightweight, durable, and portable are a few qualities we see time-and-again among DJI products, and their latest launch followed suit.
Today, DJI announced the Osmo Mobile 3, a portable, foldable mobile phone stabilizer. Also, rumors have surfaced this week about the possibility of a Mavic Mini weighing less than 250 grams to be launched later this year.
DJI Mavic Mini Rumors
Just a day prior to the release of the Osmo Mobile 3, photos of a new drone from DJI were leaked online. This led many to believe that the big launch event, ‘Transform Your World,’ would be for a new drone. But, it turns out the event was for the launch of the Osmo Mobile 3. Speculation continues as to whether or not DJI will be releasing a new drone any time soon.
The images depict a very small drone with dimensions of about 17 cm (L) x 12.5 cm (W) and a similar body to other Mavic series drones. Some of the features we expect to see on the Mavic Mini include foldable design, 12 mp camera, and a 3-axis gimbal.
Specs leaked by Twitter user @OsitaLV also sparked rumors that the new mini drone will weigh as little as 250 grams, based on its small dimensions, which would exclude it from the FAA’s registration requirements for drones weighing over 250 grams.
External dimension of Spark: 143mm(L)*143mm(W)*55mm(H), 170mm diagonal, take off weight is 300g
External dimension of Mavic Air: 168mm(L)*184mm(W)*64mm(H) unfolded, 213mm diagonal, take off weight is 430g
So what about Mavic Mini below? Probably somewhere between them. pic.twitter.com/3OieBdHR4X
— OsitaLV (@OsitaLV) August 13, 2019
After both photos and documents leaked online, a video seemed to confirm the speculations even further. This video was shared first on FaceBook and uploaded to YouTube, showing a drone that could fit in the palm of your hand.
The Mavic Mini is expected to launch later this year at a price point of $399. Should the drone fit the leaked specs and rumored features, it will surely be a game-changer for the toy- and small-drone market.
DJI’s First Folding Gimbal: Osmo Mobile 3
Building on a long tradition of creating class-leading gimbals for both aerial and ground purposes, Osmo Mobile 3 is the culmination of DJI’s technology packaged into a thoughtful design. The most travel-friendly Osmo Mobile to date, Osmo Mobile 3 is the ideal lightweight companion for all of life’s adventures. Users can capture ultra-steady video footage and unique content using intelligent features programmed into the latest version of the DJI Mimo app.
We are excited to introduce DJI’s first gimbal with a folding design and hope it inspires our customers to imagine new ways of recording content with their mobile phones.
— Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager
Osmo Mobile 3 is not only foldable; the new design makes operation extremely efficient, featuring vital controls manageable with just one hand. Buttons that control the gimbal’s movements and features are conveniently located on the handle. An easy click of a button can rotate the orientation from portrait to landscape, rotate the gimbal for selfies, and even re-center when tracking a subject. Zoom in and out with the dedicated zoom slider on the side of the stabilizer without needing to touch the screen of the mobile device, making content capturing less complicated. Additionally, users have the option to customize zoom speed based on personal preference.
Osmo Mobile 3 uses the DJI Mimo app and offers eight preprogrammed modes:
- Story Mode: Bring creative editing to your video with a host of preset music, video transitions, and filters. Choose one of 13 fun templates and Mimo will handle the camera movement for you. After shooting, Mimo automatically generates your very own professionally edited short video, ready to be shared.
- Gesture Control: Easily snap a selfie without pressing any buttons. Once Gesture Control is enabled, show a “peace sign” or put up your palm and Osmo Mobile 3 will begin a photo timer countdown.
- Sport Mode: Similar to the useful feature from the DJI Ronin series, Sport mode increases the response speed of the device to keep up when shooting fast-moving scenes.
- ActiveTrack 3.0: DJI’s image recognition and deep learning algorithms allow Osmo Mobile 3 to recognize and follow subjects of your choice, perfect for capturing family moments easily with a tap.
- TimeLapse & MotionLapse: If you’re looking to turn minutes into seconds, Timelapse is perfect for capturing unique content with the effect of the world moving faster around you, while Motionlapse adds the dynamic element of movement to your Timelapse by setting points for the camera to move to.
- HyperLapse: Take the appealing visuals from Timelapse and add movement by manually moving Osmo Mobile 3 with you. Additionally, HyperLapse not only supports real-time Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) but also ActiveTrack 3.0.
- Panorama: Get a wider perspective with panorama mode. Users can choose between 3×3 and 180° panorama modes.
- Slow Motion: Slow down the world around you with 4X or 8X Slow Motion.
The Osmo Mobile 3 can be purchased on this page of DJI website and is available in two packages starting at $119.
What product will DJI launch next? Do you think they’ll release the Mavic Mini before the end of the year? Mavic enthusiasts discuss in this thread on our community forum.