Can I handhold my drone for stabilized video at ground level, instead of buying a separate gimbal?

DJI Mini 3 Pro being used as a gimbal camera next to DJI Osmo Pocket 3 as a potential moneysaving alternative with table behind
(Image credit: Future)

DJI makes some excellent cameras, often attached either to drones or, in the case of the Osmo Pocket 3, a gimbal on a handle. The thing is, I've already got a compact DJI Mini 3 Pro drone, and it's got a gimbal, so why shouldn't I use that instead of forking out for a Pocket 3?

Well, that's what I thought before I tried it anyway! On the crucial question of whether it's possible or not then yes – yes you can hold your drone in your hand and capture stabilized footage. The battery will last a lot longer that way too, since none of the motors are doing any work. So far, so good. In fact you even get a 4K camera which can rotate to vertical mode with the Mini 3, Mini 3 Pro and Mini 4 Pro drones, and the later will do 10-bit 4K.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook