March 14, 2017

Making the DJI Osmo Mobile Work With Moment

Words + Photos + Videos : Caleb Babcock

We’ve gotten a lot of questions about whether the Osmo Mobile works with Moment Lenses.

We already know it works, as is, with iPhone 6 (with either a V1 case or mounting plate), iPhone 7 (with mounting plate), and any iPhone 6, 7, or Google Pixel inside one of our new Photo Cases.

But what about iPhone 6 Plus and 7 Plus? Short answer: it’s a little tricky, but totally possible!

iPhone 6 Plus and 7 Plus, coupled with our lenses, are too heavy for the Osmo’s counterbalance to work on its own, but we’ve figured out a way to rig the device to work perfectly. We’re excited to show you how we did it, so you can do it too. Check out the video and/or the instructions below:


Again, we can confidently say that yes, the Osmo works with all Moment gear. However, there are a few things to consider. With the extra weight added from the lens, the motors have to work harder to keep the phone balanced, which does use slightly more battery, but it stabilizes your footage perfectly. With the larger Plus-sized phones, the Osmo will not work without a counterbalance.

So while I was in New York recently, I created a quick DIY fix to solve the problem. Using that fix, I was able to capture some really nice footage, following my friends around the city (check it out at the end of the video above).



Here’s how to recreate my DIY solution and get your Osmo working with your Moment lenses:

  1.  Very simply, you’ll need an object weighing between 45-55 grams attached to the right arm of the Osmo to counter the weight of the lens mounted on the 7plus.For a counterbalance I used a chunk of metal I found in our office. I realize not everyone has a random piece of metal lying around so here are a few other options: a few quarters taped together, a rock, … more ideas?



2. To attach the weight to the arm, we used 3M double sided foam tape. But you could attach it using velcro or any other strong adhesive method. 



3. Once you have your weight securely mounted to the arm of the Osmo, you can use the adjustment knob on the Osmo to fine tune the balance.



4. Now you can power on the Osmo, and you are ready to film. Keep in mind with the added weight, the Osmo Mobile may take a fraction longer to respond to quick movement, but you’ll have no problem making your footage more cinematic with walking shots, panning, or any normal use.




*** We have not yet tested the Osmo Mobile with our new Battery Photo Case ***


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