DJI OM 5 was released on September 8, 2021. It’s DJI’s latest 3-axis phone gimbal that comes with a built-in extension rod. In this article, you will learn 10 useful tips and tricks that you can use to improve your video shooting.
1. Calibrate your OM 5 before shooting. For some users, when you first take your DJI OM 5 out of the box to start shooting, you may find that the gimbal’s horizon level is not straight but a little bit way off. When this happens to your OM5, you just need to calibrate it.
Step 1 Install the magnetic clamp in the middle of your mobile phone. Make sure it’s mounted correctly, then power on your DJI OM 5 and launch DJI Mimo app.
Step 2 Tap on the 3 dots at the lower left corner on the main screen.
Step 3 Select Gimbal Settings – > Gimbal Auto Calibration, then tap on Calibrate -> Start.
Step 4 After you tap on the Start button, the gimbal will start to calibrate automatically, you just need to wait until the process is done.
Note: Please use a tripod to hold your OM 5and place it on a perfectly leveled surface before you hit the START
2. Move the gimbal slowly when shooting regular videos. No matter you move your arms or use the gimbal joystick. Make sure you don’t do it too fast. Adjust the Follow speed and gimbal control stick speed to slow can help you with it.
Here is how to set the gimbal control stick and gimbal follow speed.
Tap on the 3 dots at the lower-left corner, then select Gimbal setting – > Zoom speed, you can set the speed. It’s the same with the Control Stick Speed, you can set it to Slow.
3. Lock the Exposure when shooting. When capturing videos, you may find that your video may flash when you move from bright to dark. That’s because the brightness is changed. If you lock the brightness, things will be different, and your videos will be more professional. When you are shooting a video, just tap and hold a certain part of your phone screen for a few seconds, then you will find a lock icon in a yellow box. To remove the lock, you can simply tap anywhere on the screen.
4. Set the M button to Quick Menu rather than photo/video switch. The default setting of the M button is photo/video switch, by doing this you will be able to change the gimbal mode more quickly because there is no physical button on DJI OM 5 to let you change the gimbal mode, also you can get quick access to all the common settings you probably need.
Tap on the 3 dots on the main screen -> Gimbal Setting -> Press M Button -> Quick Menu
5. When shooting Hyperlapse, try to find a larger object ahead and select it by drawing a box, then press record button.
6. When shooting timelapse, set a low interval time if you are in a place where people or the clouds move slowly. If you are in a place where everything goes fast then select a high interval time.
7. Don’t use your Gimbal for every shot. Try to shoot some videos without using the gimbal and mix them to make your videos not that tedious.
8. Don’t always use the DJI Mimo app to shoot videos, especially Android phones. DJI Mimo is a powerful app that comes with a lot of cool features like story mode and DYNA Zoom. The thing is it won’t always give you the best quality video or have limitations when choosing frame rate. E.g. some Samsung phones, you only get 30fps in DJI Mimo but you can get 60fps using the Samsung built-in photo app.
9. Shoot at a high frame rate. Though high frame rate videos take up more storage on your phone, it gives you more flexibility for editing. For example, if you shoot a video at 60fps, you can slow it down to create slow motion.
10. Walking heel to to toe to make sure your videos don’t vibrate vertically.