As DJI's product line that changes almost every year, the DJI OM series officially released new products for 2021 on September 8.
It bid farewell to the bloated name of DJI OSMO Mobile, and just like the other "newcomers" of DJI, it directly simplified the name to-DJI OM5.
Of course, the DJI OM series is not only updated with the name. DJI also compressed the size of OM 5 to make it more portable. They also built an extension rod for the OM 5, updated the three-axis stabilization function, and introduced a magnetic clip with supplementary light function to increase its scene adaptability.
Coupled with the DJI OM series and a series of shooting and editing auxiliary functions used on DJI Mimo, DJI OM 5 is a very suitable for users starting from 0, it is a simple and crude entry machine.
Small body that puts more things down
The update points of DJI OM 5 are mainly concentrated on the fuselage.
The packaging of the new generation will be smaller than that of the OM 4, and the size and weight of the whole machine will be reduced. DJI officially stated that it will be about 1/3 smaller than the previous generation.
Putting it together with OM 4, you will find that DJI OM 5 is even smaller. With the new folding structure, DJI OM 5 is more convenient to put in your pocket. Although few people would put a mobile phone stabilizer into their trouser pocket, the size of DJI OM 5 is undoubtedly more convenient for girls who like to take a small bag to go out.
In terms of weight, the DJI OM 5 has a net weight of 290g, which is 100g lighter than the 390g OM 4. With a 34g magnetic phone holder, it becomes about 314g, which is lighter than some entry-level mirrorless cameras.
Although it is still not comparable to compact players like the DJI OP series, the weight is fairly easy.
The grip of the DJI OM 5 is pretty good. In view of the compression on the body, DJI has made a groove that is much deeper than the OM 4 on the thinned handle, which can be fitted and fixed when storing. The holder of the mobile phone will not fall out even if it is not locked. It fits your hand better when you hold it, with a lighter body. As long as you don't have a big palm, the OM 5 will actually be more comfortable to hold.
But for people like me who still use the L version and the vertical handle to hold the camera, the OM 4 size is more suitable.
DJI OM 5 has replaced it with a new folding mode. The original OM 4 foldable lock was cancelled, and DJI replaced it with an exposed metal joint. The strength of the joint is good, but it takes some effort to open it. Here I feel that the structure of hiding the joint and then locking it may be more real.
It should be noted here that the X-axis position of DJI OM 5 and OM 4 is equipped with a lock, but if you want to review the fully folded configuration, you must first unlock it, otherwise it will not be able to align with the storage lock on the trigger position.
This generation also added an extension rod design. Users only need to stretch the upper part of the stabilizer to extend the extended part up to 21.5 cm.
Like the metal joint for the Y-axis, the extension rod provides the weight to support the mobile phone (about 230 ± 60g) and the stabilizer, so it is relatively hard to make and requires some effort when removing it.
Although OM 4 and other OM mobile phone stabilizers can be extended through the 1/4 port at the bottom and even selfie sticks and other devices, it’s not easy to control such a heavy piece of stuff, and you need to bring an extra piece of stuff. It seems that the OM 5 solution is convenient.
However, this is not a new solution. Zhiyun Smooth X, which was launched as early as 2020, has actually used such a design.
As for other parts and details, OM 5 and OM 4 are basically fine-tuned.
OM 5 is replaced with a multi-directional joystick with a control feel that is more like buttons. The zoom slider and mode buttons originally placed on both sides are concentrated on the left side, and only the USB-C port for charging is left on the right side.
The trigger used to quickly switch the shooting mode is still placed on the front, which is not much different from that used by OM 4.
Dedicated machine for entry
Like DJI OM 4, DJI OM 5 also uses a magnetic structure for the phone clip.
The magnetic design is the same as OM 4. The magnetic phone holder on OM 4 can be used on OM 5. This also means that users of the previous generation product have no plans to upgrade for the time being, they are just adding new magnetic accessories. OK.
Yes, DJI introduced a light-filled phone holder when OM 5 was released.
This one is larger than a normal magnetic phone holder. The thicker bottom is used to place the battery that supplies power to the fill light. The USB-C port for charging is placed under the holder of the clip. There is also a button at the bottom to adjust the brightness of the light. There are three levels to choose from.
The lamp is placed on the clamps on both sides of the fixed mobile phone. When facing a weak light environment, the user can fill up the face with the lamp on the clamp to ensure the image quality of facial photography.
However, according to the general selfie distance, the fill light is still controlled in the first gear to have a better effect. In extremely dark places, the OM 5 can still add an extension board through the 1/4 screw at the bottom to add another LED light. Fill up the light.
If you often use full-on brightness to shoot, the light is still a bit hard.
One more regret is that the fill light can only be used on the side of the selfie. If you can add a light ring to the periphery of the magnetic structure, like Lao Frog's 24mm F14 macro lens, it is convenient to shoot still lifes or short Story movies at night.
After mentioning the new light-filled phone holder, let's take a look at the most important stability performance of the stabilizer.
For comparison directly on the flat ground, the performance of DJI OM 5 and DJI OM 4 will not be much different, and both are very stable. If the pace becomes faster, or the walking is a bit bumpy, OM 5 can also handle it.
If you add a mobile phone for comparison, you will see that the mobile phone with electronic image stabilization can still maintain stability, but the stability is not as good as the stabilizer group, and occasionally there may be some unnatural jitters. In this regard, the stabilizer group will Be more natural.
If you go up and down the stairs, the conclusion doesn't change much. But with the support of the stabilizer, the shooting stability is still higher.
If you can handle stairs up and down, the advantage of the stabilizer group will be more obvious, but if you compare it with absolute stability, the difference between OM 5 and OM 4 is really not that big.
Of course, the biggest selling point of DJI OM 5 is that it comes with a three-stage telescopic structure, which allows you to change the distance a bit more when shooting.
Although the 21.5cm length of these three collections does not allow you to close the distance for shooting landscapes, it is very convenient to use on hands that do not have an ultra-wide angle in the front. Whether it is taking selfies with multiple people or reducing the proportion of faces, the effect of DJI OM 5 is still outstanding.
After the extension, the stability of DJI OM 5 can actually be maintained, and the performance on flat ground is actually good.
When going up and down the stairs, the DJI OM 5, whose center of gravity is stretched forward, becomes a bit difficult to control. Although the performance of the final recording is good, it will be a little unstable in actual operation, and the strength of holding the stabilizer will be more difficult than when it is not extended.
After all, not all jitter can be offset by the stabilizer. Here everyone should not only consider the framing and composition, but also pay attention to the grip of the stabilizer.
In terms of stability, DJI OM 5 is as good as OM 4.
Although mobile phones have rushed to catch up, the advantages of the stabilizer are still there. Coupled with changing the way of holding, the gestures of shooting will become more natural, no matter which method of shooting will be more natural, this is also inevitable.
However, in the face of the predecessor OM 4 and the OM 4 SE that came out halfway, DJI OM 5 failed to show an absolute advantage in its own field. This may be the biggest reason for reducing users' desire to upgrade.
Coupled with the magnetic compatibility design, DJI OM 5 seems to be more suitable for beginners who want to start from scratch.
And everyone knows that DJI OM 5, which is used together with DJI Mimo, and the intelligent parts such as shooting assistance are the core of DJI's main push.
Functionally, DJI OM 5 has been upgraded to Smart Follow 4.0. The previously introduced gesture recognition, Story mode and other functions will continue to be supported this time. Coupled with the one-click editing function of DJI Mimo, users with zero basics like white paper can quickly create short frequencies with DJI OM 5.
When DJI released OM 5, it said that this product is mainly for the general public. It is a device that meets everyone's needs for recording life with video.
Faced with users who have no idea about shooting Vlogs and short videos, DJI OM 5 can become their enlightenment tool, telling them with the most basic things, how the video is like, how to shoot and how to edit, so that they have one The most introductory concept, so that they can continue to extend and create.
Coupled with the fairly portable body, I feel that it is not difficult to carry one more with me.
If you are already a user who shoots videos with a mobile phone and want to improve the stability a little bit, but don’t want to transfer data between multiple devices and perform unified color adjustment for different devices, then just add a simple stability to the mobile phone. The device can also be satisfied.
This is also included in the scope of application of DJI OM 5, which is the target that DJI wants to hit this time.
As for the users of DJI OM 4 and DJI OM 4 SE, if you are still satisfied with the current follow-up and stability, there is no need to rush to update. This is not to say that DJI OM 5 is not doing well enough, but that everyone has actually achieved the performance of the first echelon in the field of mobile phone stability. It seems that it is necessary to spend more money here.
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