The DJI Osmo Mobile 6 has just landed, making it the brand’s new flagship gimbal for smartphones. It has some subtle upgrades over last year’s DJI OM 5. Unfortunately, it also has the same price as the OM 5, which is $159.
Last year, DJI launched the OM 5, the then latest gimbal for smartphones. In our review, we praised it as probably the best smartphone gimbal on the market, but also criticized it as way too expensive.
Today, DJI is launching the sequel: the DJI Osmo Mobile 6. We’re not sure why DJI is going back to “Osmo Mobile” instead of “OM”, nor are we sure why the company decided to make the Osmo Mobile 6 as expensive as the OM 5.
Anyway, the Osmo Mobile 6 seems like a great gimbal. It has the same foldable form factor as the OM 5 with a new dark gray color for a more professional look. It has been redesigned to be slightly more compact while also handling larger/heavier phones.
However, only three features are truly new with the DJI Osmo Mobile 6. The first, unfortunately, is exclusive to the iPhone, which is called Quick Launch. This clicks your iPhone into the clamp and automatically launches the DJI Mimo app. We assume this has to do with MagSafe connections, though DJI won’t elaborate on that. Anyway, this doesn’t work for Android phones. The second new feature is a built-in status panel, which can give you battery levels and tell you at a glance which gimbal mode you’re using. The third new function is a side wheel, with which you can manually control focus and zoom.
These new features seem cool, but will they be enough to justify the price? At $159, the DJI Osmo Mobile 6 is just as expensive as the OM 5, making it one of the most expensive smartphone gimbals on the market. Time will tell whether buyers accept this or not.