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DJI Osmo Mobile vs Zhiyun Smooth 3 Comparison

If you are looking for the best smartphone gimbal, you must have heard of the DJI Osmo Mobile and the Zhiyun Smooth 3. Indeed, they are definitely the bests you can find for the time being. Even though their average grade are very close, there are some significant differences between the two and this is the reason for which we did this DJI Osmo Mobile vs Zhiyun Smooth 3 comparison. Without wasting any more second, discover our battle which will put forward the differences between these 2 smartphone gimbals. 

DJI Osmo Mobile vs Zhiyun Smooth 3

Our DJI Osmo Mobile vs Zhiyun Smooth 3 comparison

As you can see in our smartphone gimbal comparison, these two stabilizers are really the best on the market. They have so many good strengths to offer but they also both have at least one weakness that we’ll show in this DJI Osmo Mobile vs Zhiyun Smooth 3 comparison. As always, we’ll look into our 6 usual criteria but, if there is no difference between the two, we’ll skip the step. Indeed, there is no point in re-doing our in-depth reviews that we highly recommend you to read. In fact, you’re there to see the differences between the DJI Osmo Mobile and Zhiyun Smooth 3, not to see all their characteristics. Well, let’s start it now !

The battery life

The first criterion on which we can see a difference between the DJI Osmo Mobile and Zhiyun Smoot 3 is the battery life. Indeed, even though the first one is already really good with 4h30 minutes, it is no match for the Zhiyun Smooth 3 and its 12 to 14 hours of battery life. Furthermore, note that the second can recharge your phone while in use whereas the first can’t. This is a considerable advantage that we really wanted to talk about and you can have more information about it in our Zhiyun Smooth 3 review. Without any doubt, the first points of our DJI Osmo Mobile vs Zhiyun Smooth 3 comparison goes to the second.

The quality and reliability

The Zhiyun Smooth 3 is the high-end smartphone gimbal from the Chinese manufacturer. Whereas the Smooth Q is a low cost and bad quality product, this one really impressed us during our test and this is really standing as a Premium product. In the end, it is way more robust and the aluminium used to build it is a high quality one. Yet, the DJI Osmo Mobile is even better and really offers an awesome quality and reliability. For years, the manufacturer has been working on that and all of its products are always very good in terms of quality and reliability. There is therefore still a little gap between the two even though Zhiyun did a very good work with its last product. Still, the second point of our DJI Osmo Mobile vs Zhiyun Smooth 3 review goes to the first.

The functions

The Zhiyun Smooth 3 comes with a very new and innovate function which is a little wheel on its side in order to adjust the ISO, exposure, white balance,.. directly from your grip. This is a very good step forward for this Chinese manufacturer and we really enjoyed it during our review. Yet, as you can see in our DJI Osmo Mobile review, we were really impressed by the numerous functions you have with this smartphone gimbal. It’s not at random if we graded it with a 10/10 in our in-depth review.

Be it the moving Time Lapse, the panoramic mode, the long exposure or the tracking mode, everything works perfectly. In the end, even though the Zhiyun Smooth 3 really does well in this category, it is still a little outdistanced by the DJI product. Therefore, this third point of our DJI Osmo Mobile vs Zhiyun Smooth 3 comparison goes to the first.

The taking in hand and controlling

As far as the taking in hand and controlling are concerned, we have two products with very short grips. Yet, the DJI Osmo Mobile’s one has a particular shape which enables you to have a pretty good taking in hand, compared with the Zhiyun Smooth 3. Indeed, the latter is really straight whereas the first one has a special shape for your hand.

When it comes to controlling, one more time, the advantage is a bit for the Osmo Mobile. In fact, it is really simple to use and offers a very good mobile application (that we highly recommend you to install) that perfectly works. Thanks to it, you’ll manage to control all the modes we talked about earlier in this DJI Osmo Mobile vs Zhiyun Smooth 3 comparison. The synchronization is done very quickly and will remain.

On the other hand, the Smooth 3 also has a mobile application, but, for the time being, it’s not working as well as the DJI Osmo Mobile’s. Therefore, you can’t fully enjoy the different functions you’ll have with this awesome smartphone gimbal. For more details about this point, we invite you to read our in-depth review. In the end, the point of our DJI Osmo Mobile vs Zhiyun Smooth 3 comparison will go to the first one. Maybe an application update could considerably change the balance for this criterion.

Conclusion of our DJI Osmo Mobile vs Zhiyun Smooth 3 comparison

In the end, as you can see in this DJI Osmo Mobile vs Zhiyun Smooth 3 comparison, even though the second is really good a smartphone gimbal, it is still outdistanced by the first one. We didn’t talk about stabilization because the difference is not important. Yet, if we had to do it, we would give a point to the Smooth 3 that really offers the best stabilization we have tried up until now. Indeed, with a 9.3/10 in our review, it is definitely the best !

As far as price is concerned, one more time, there is really no difference between the two as they are both the same exact price : 299$. Therefore, this is really not on this criterion that you’ll manage to choose between these two stabilizers.

See it on the official website : DJI Osmo Mobile Review

Our piece of advice

Honestly, even if the Smooth 3 is really good, we still like the Osmo Mobile a bit better. Therefore, for the same price, we would choose this one because it really is the best according to us. Even though it doesn’t offer the best stabilization and doesn’t have the best battery life, it is our favorite anyway. Still, the Zhiyun Smooth 3 really is a good gimbal which is worthy of interest.

We hope this DJI Osmo Mobile vs Zhiyun Smooth 3 review helped you and we truly thank you for your visit.

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2 comments

  1. This article is written in a very interesting way that it takes you having to read very closely to see which won each category. Was that done on purpose?

    • Hello 🙂

      Indeed, it was done on purpose because there is never one stabilizer which beats the other in all category. Therefore, it seems very important to us to split the comparison in different categories. In the end, you should choose the stabilizer that wins the battles in the categories you really care about 🙂

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