Just as a new year rejigs the rut in our lives, introducing special editions of their prevailing phones let brands break the monotony. Now mostly these are visual makeovers with little to no hardware differences. Nonetheless, they stir a buzz for the uniqueness. Realme is one such brand that has embraced this tradition. The brand is seen exploring newer avenues and partnerships to vie headstrong against the competition.
Realme X2 Pro is the brand’s latest offering and is a flat-out flagship phone which wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. It was launched back at the end of November 2019. Besides the regular models, Realme brought out a couple of Master Editions of the phone.
For those who’re unfamiliar, Master Edition is a product of creative collab between Realme and illustrious industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. We had earlier witnessed Mr. Fukasawa’s designs for the Realme X (review). This time around, we get the ‘inspired by architecture’ avatars named Concrete and Red Brick.
Amongst other announcements, Realme had also unveiled a DJI Osmo Mobile 3 gimbal. The brand which is synonymous with drones and camera accessories launched the Osmo Mobile 3 last year at Rs. 8999.
Recently yours truly had a chance upon both the phone (Concrete skin) and the gimbal. And here’s how it went about.
Realme X2 Pro Master Edition Price and Specs
|Model||Realme X2 Pro Master Edition|
|Display||6.55-inch (2400 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 20:9 aspect ratio 90Hz AMOLED, HDR10+, 100% DCI -P3 color gamut, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection
In-display fingerprint sensor (Goodix 3.0)
|Processor||7nm octa-core Snapdragon 855+|
|Internal Storage||256GB UFS 3.0|
|Software||Android 9.0 Pie-based Color OS 6.1|
|Rear Camera||64MP + 8MP 115-degree ultrawide with 2.5cm macro shots + 13MP telephoto with 20X hybrid zoom + 2MP depth sensor|
|Battery||4000mAh, 50W SuperVOOC charger|
|Price||Realme X2 Pro Master Edition – Rs. 34,999|
Realme X2 Pro Master Edition Review: What’s new?
Our review unit was the Concrete edition and the packaging matched the theme with a cement-grey color. It has a more suave and somber feel to it. The packaging and the box contents had nothing new about them.
But the real difference appears in the aesthetics. The phone clads a grey skin, so to speak. It is frosted glass with a nice texture and grip to it and is reminiscent of OnePlus’ popular sandstone finish. There is the Master’s sign engraved along with the Realme branding in the rear right by the camera panel.
Praise to Realme and Mr. Fukasawa for this refreshing design choice which is perceivably svelte and should warrant against scratches and marks. It definitely feels a more premium and complete package and for that itself ’tis worth shelling out the extra bucks.
Apt to the Master moniker, here also you get the top memory configuration of 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. Rest, everything from Display to Cameras and all therewith in also remains the same as the original. As such you may check out that review for making an educated buying decision.
And, now that’s out of the way, here’s my experience with the Osmo Mobile 3.
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DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Review
DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Specs and Price
|Model||DJI OSMO Mobile 3|
|Number of axes||3-Axis (Pitch, Roll, Yaw)|
|Rotation Range||Yaw (Pan): 332.8° (-162.5 to 170.3°)
Roll: 337.3° (-85.1 to 252.2°)
Pitch (Tilt): 340.2° (-104.5 to 235.7°)
|Follow Speed||Pan: 120°/s
|Payload Capacity||6 to 8.11 oz / 170 to 230 g|
|Smartphone Dimensions||Width: 2.44 to 3.46″ / 62 to 88 mm|
|Ports||1 x USB Type-C (2 A 5 VDC Power) Input
1 x USB Type-A (1.3 A Power) Output
|Battery||2450 mAh, 15hr|
|Dimension; Weight||157 x 130 x 46 mm (Folded)
285 x 125 x 103 mm
|Price in India||Rs. 8,999|
Mobile photography is picking up steam with impressive camera hardware and computational Algos. X2 Pro’s 64MP quad rear setup and the 16MP on the front does hold up commendably at the 35K price ticket. It can even capture up to 4K at 60fps backed by gyro-EIS. If you’re wondering, Nah, Optical Image Stabilization isn’t present.
With OIS or the lack of it, hand-held recordings are nevertheless prone to jitters and shimmers. Enter gimbal which lets you fix this issue.
The major selling point with this latest offering from DJI is its portability. Unlike many others I have used in the past, this one easily finds a room inside my backpack. It comes in a hard case and a pouch, either of which can be used to carry it around.
Speaking of mobility, the integrated 15hr battery does endure for an action-packed day. And when it seeks charge, top it up via the USB-C socket. There’s also a USB-A port flanked to the right side of the handle. Use it to charge your phone even while it’s connected to the gimbal.
The construction is reasonably tough. The rubber material on the handle gives a good grip. Although the base is angular, the given tripod can be attached to seat it. You can follow the ‘Phone camera direction’ indicator to properly mount the phone in the cradle.
You get a Multi-Functioning Button (MFB), a joystick, a record button to the front and a trigger at the back.
If you enable the ‘Quick Menu’ option within the gimbal settings, then by a press of the M button, you can control the phone camera single-handedly. You even get the choice to perform certain actions remotely using hand-gestures.
So obviously, you have to memorize a few button tap sequences. Different combos in quick succession trigger various features. It has a learning curve to it but is worth exploring. And the DJI mobile app will walk you through the same. Once you do that, you’ll appreciate the stability, calibration and overall functionality.
Now, here are a few highlights –
- Single tap the record button for clicking photos or recording videos
- Press and hold the M button for powering on the gimbal or turning it off
- Single Press the M button while the gimbal is off for checking the remaining battery status
- Single Press the M button whilst the gimbal is on and the phone is attached to change between video and photo mode
- Double press the M button to quickly roll the orientation of your frame
- Use the zoom toggle on the left side of the handle to dolly zoom
- Single press the rear trigger to activate Active Track 3.0
- Double press the rear trigger to reset the position to the (0,0) center
- Double press and hold the rear trigger activates the Sports mode
- Triple press the rear trigger will switch between front and back cameras
- Press and hold the rear trigger will invoke all-locked position
- There are more options to play around in the settings
- Other features to try out are Slo-mo, panorama, moving timelapse and hyper-lapse videos
DJI has incorporated the Active Track 3.0, a tech usually found within its drones. Once you mark the subject in the frame, the gimbal will try to keep the person in the frame despite movements. But I said “try” because it too fails when the movements are quick-paced or under challenging lighting conditions and times when it fails to find your face in the frame.
To make things even easier and fun, DJI has compiled a few pre-choreographed templates for a cinematic shoot. It is called story-mode and is really good to have. And that’s the note on which I’ll sum up my experience.
A gimbal is a good-to-have companion to the Realme X2 Pro cameras or any other phones in that regard. You get to leverage your phone’s camera versatility and record videos from different perspectives such as ultrawide, zoom, etcetera. Thus at Rs. 8999, DJI Osmos Mobile 3 is worth considering especially if you’re serious about mobile photography.