DJI OM 5 review

The DJI OM 5 smartphone stabilizer is smaller, and has more tricks. But is it worth the money?

5 Star Rating
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The DJI OM 5 is a smartphone stabilizer – like the OM 4, and a selfie stick, all in one. That seems like a lot of weight to be resting on a few small points of pressure in terms of engineering, yet somehow it does it, and does so in a way which feels convincing. While not taking up that much more space in a bag than a selfie stick (it’s positively svelte compared to earlier OSMOs) the real success is how the OM 5’s hits the balance between quality and convenience; there are fun effects and great shots and you’d be happy to take it travelling.


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    Magnetic clip on/off

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    Extension-pole gives extra perspective

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    Pouch and mini-tripod included

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    Novices can use ShotGuides tutorial tool

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    USB-C charging port


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    Joystick and W/T are not analog

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    Cannot be used to charge phone

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    Hinge at top of selfie stick can be moved by accident.

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The DJI OM 5 (that’s derived from “Osmo Mobile) is the latest in the series of consumer gimbal stabilizers for phones. These give creators the opportunity to use the no-doubt high end cameras in their existing device to capture the kind of content a gimbal helps with; for the most part that means smooth video but there is also there is also room for automated panoramic photos.

This represents a significant iteration in the series, with a new smaller lighter body that now sports a pull-out extension rod, or selfie stick. In comparison to its predecessor (you’ve guessed it: DJI OM 4), it slashes about a quarter from the weight, too. The sacrifice made in exchange for added portability is that the OM 5 has less than half the battery time, but we don’t imagine many users will need more than a few hours continuous use per day.

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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