Smartphone use is increasing at an almost exponential rate and with the technology on smartphones becoming better and better with each passing year, the camera sensors on many modern smartphones rival that of many of the popular point and shoot cameras. Due to this, we have seen many vloggers and social media influencers switch over to using their smartphone camera to capture their content needs rather than any other type of camera.
As the saying goes, the best camera is the one that you have with you and in this day and age, we almost always have our smartphones in our pockets or our bags. Due to this, we have noticed a steadily increasing number of people reaching out over the last few months asking for advice on various smartphone camera accessories that they can purchase to ensure their content is truly the best that it can be.
One specific question that we have seen asked more and moreover the last few weeks is based around having a dedicated Snoppa Atom vs Osmo Mobile 3 comparison article due to both products essentially being the undisputed kings of the smartphone gimbal space at the time of writing. The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is the latest addition to the DJI range that has managed to dominate the space for years whereas the Snoppa Atom is the new kid on the block that has vastly surpassed all expectations to become more popular than anyone ever thought it would.
Due to this, we have decided to publish this article going over our own comparison between the two smartphone gimbal stabilizers as they are both excellent products in our opinion. Since their release, both of the handheld gimbals have managed to grow a large core customer base as well as an excellent reputation amongst the smartphone content creator community.
At the time of writing, the Osmo Mobile 3 does have an ever so slightly better reputation than the great reputation of the Snoppa Atom but in our opinion, this is largely due to the DJI gimbal being much more popular due to coming from an established brand in the space. As we will cover throughout the article, in our opinion, the Snoppa Atom can definatley hold its own in most situations against the Osmo Mobile 3 while also overtaking it in a number of areas making the Snoppa Atom the better gimbal in our opinion for many of our readers.
Performance Of The Gimbal
As you can see from our Snoppa Atom vs Osmo Mobile 3 comparison table above, the Snoppa Atom has a number of advantages over the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 that help push it out ever so slightly ahead in our opinion. Now, with many 3 axis gimbals on the market right now, there can be a huge difference between their specs on paper and their actual performance but in our opinion, the Snoppa Atom backs everything up in practice and delivers some outstanding levels of image stabilization during use too.
We will be kicking off our overview of the performance and functionality of the two featured gimbals with their maximum load capacity and although the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 does boast a solid 0.5 pounds of maximum load capacity, the Snoppa Atom blows it out the water with its 0.68-pound load capacity. That said though, at the time of writing, even the latest larger smartphones on the market will come in at under 0.5 pounds meaning that the Osmo Mobile 3 will easily be able to support the weight of the vast majority of basic setups.
The main advantage of the high load capacity of the Snoppa Atom comes when you progress to being an intermediate or advanced smartphone content creator and we wanting to add additional smartphone camera accessories to your setup. For example, a detachable Moment smartphone lens helps to drastically improve the image quality you can capture, a decent smartphone microphone can also help to improve the level of the audio track that you are able to capture too.
Although these additional smartphone camera accessories can definatley help to improve the overall quality of your content, they also add weight to your smartphone rig pushing some of the heavier smartphones over the 0.5-pound maximum load capacity limit of the DJI Osmo Mobile 3. As content is king in the vlogging/social media influencer space, it is extremely common for smartphone-based content creators to add additional accessories to their set up pretty early on in their careers to help their content stand out so going with the Snoppa Atom helps future proof your gimbal for the additional weight.
Next up we have the maximum battery life of the gimbals and again, the Snoppa Atom absolutely blows the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 out the water with it being able to provide you with twenty-four hours of power with each full charge over the Osmo Mobile 3s 15 hours. Now, the advantage of the Atom in the battery life department is going to depend on what you are actually doing with your smartphone and gimbal and the niche that you are working in.
Chances are that a large number of our readers will easily be able to get everything they need with a fifteen-hour battery supply between charges. The main area where the additional battery of the Snoppa Atom pulls out ahead is for travel vloggers and people working in other niches where you may be on the move, out and about, away from a power outlet for long periods of time. The longer battery life of the Snoppa Atom just ensures that you are able to keep on going and capturing your content as required.
That said though, the vast majority of smartphone-based content creators will also opt to add a decent USB power bank to their collection of smartphone camera accessories anyway. This ensures that you are able to top up the power in your smartphone or gimbal as well as any other devices you have with you as required. This allows you to stretch the maximum battery life of both stabilizers out for a much longer period of time than listed.
Both of the smartphone gimbals are tied when it comes to their recharge times with both of them coming in at three hours. That said though, as a full charge of the Snoppa Atom provides you with nine additional hours of power per charge, you actually get eight hours of usable power per hour charge with the Snoppa Atom to the five hours of usable power with the DJI Osmo Mobile 3.
One area where the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 does have an advantage over the Snoppa Atom is in its gimbal sensors that are not only slightly more sensitive but also have a slightly higher level of accuracy in actually detecting movement too. Now, depending on what you are doing, we doubt that this will matter much in all honesty as outside of any activities where you are moving around at a rapid pace in random directions, this advantage does not really offer any actual improvements to the image quality you can capture but we just wanted to point it out.
Another area where the Osmo Mobile 3 has an advantage over the Snoppa Atom is in its balancing algorithm that has been developed over the years to be one of, if not the best balancing algorithm in the smartphone gimbal space at the time of writing. That said though, DJI has had years to get to the level they are at and the Snoppa Atom algorithm is not far behind it. On top of this, the main advantage of the DJI balancing algorithm is that it factors in the power consumption of the gimbal motors before sending the relevant correction. Although this offers a solid advantage over many of the other smartphone gimbals on the market right now, it is useless against the Snoppa Atom due to the Atoms battery life being nine hours longer than the Osmo Mobile 3 battery anyway.
The final part of the detection and correction system on both gimbals is the gimbal motors and in our opinion, the motors on the Snoppa Atom absolutely blow the motors on the Osmo Mobile 3 out the water. Not only do they have a higher maximum load capacity but they are also slightly smaller and slightly lighter too. As we mentioned earlier in the article, the higher maximum load capacity of the gimbal does not offer much of an advantage for entry-level smartphone content creators but it really does come into play when you start to add additional smartphone camera accessories to your setup.
Both the Snoppa Atom and the Osmo Mobile 3 fully support the pan, lock, follow, and manual gimbals modes so we are calling the gimbal mode support as a draw. Depending on what you are planning to do with your gimbal, these modes can be used to help improve your image quality and levels of image stabilization at the click of a button helping to make your life as easy as possible when creating your content.
One final advantage of the Snoppa Atom is that it has been specifically designed to be compatible with action cameras such as the GoPro range right out of the box. Although we would imagine that many of our readers may be exclusively looking for a smartphone gimbal, some content creators may also have an action camera in their collection too. Although there are some aftermarket, third-party gimbal accessories for the Osmo Mobile 3 that allow you to mount action cameras to it, the can be a total pain to use and many of them simply don’t work.
Although the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 definatley has the larger customer base at the time of writing, the Snoppa Atom is starting to catch up as the word is getting out on how great this cheap little smartphone gimbal stabilizer actually is. On top of this, a number of people who use the Snoppa Atom as their gimbal of choice have also published their own dedicated reviews going over their experiences with the gimbal. If you have the time available then reading one or two of them is well worth it as they offer an external opinion on the gimbal as well as show off how well it actually performs.
User Interface And Control System
Both of the featured gimbals follow the same basic interface that is based around a manual joystick and a few buttons but in our opinion, the Snoppa interface has a more ergonomic design that allows you to quickly and easily reach any buttons required without causing issues. Both of the gimbals also use a fully omnidirectional joystick too offering some of the smoothest manual mode control of the gimbal heads available at the time of writing.
In our opinion, both of the gimbals are tied when it comes to their balancing procedures and both are extremely easy and user-friendly too. Even if you are planning to use a large or heavy smartphone with either of the gimbals, you should have no problems going through the initial balancing procedures for optimal image stabilization. As we mentioned earlier in the article, the higher maximum load capacity of the Snoppa Atom does allow you to mount higher payload rigs to it but the higher torque on the gimbals motors ensure that even heavier rigs are still very easy to balance.
Even just a few years back using a smartphone for your content creation was kind of snubbed at but the recent developments in the camera sensors on modern smartphones is starting to change that. More and more high-end vloggers and social media influencers are making the switch with a large number of them being experienced videographers. Although a large number of the people who vlog on their smartphone will only need the entry-level features of each of these gimbals, both stabilizers come with a number of easy to use advanced featured too.
As we mentioned earlier in the article, they both come with a number of gimbal modes that are very easy to use to help make your life as easy as possible when recording while also having a customizable gimbal configuration too. In our opinion, both DJI and Snoppa have done a great job of adding a solid, easy to use control system to their respective handheld gimbal stabilizers and we are confident our readers will easily be able to get to grips with them with ease.
Both brands also have a solid little smartphone app but the main problem with the smartphone apps for smartphone gimbals is that half of the regular functionality of the apps for gimbals is essentially useless. In our opinion, there is little to no need to have the wireless remote control feature on the apps as your smartphone will usually be mounted to the gimbal anyway.
This means that if you are close enough to try and use the app to control your gimbal then you are going to be close enough to use the manual control system anyway. We know that some of our readers may travel as a couple and use one persons phone as a remote while having one phone mounted but for the most part, the functionality is not as useful as it is on a standalone camera gimbal.
In addition to this, the other main feature of the smartphone apps that offer quick and easy access to your gimbals settings for easy customization is often not required either. Both gimbals come with a solid configuration as standard that should be perfect for the vast majority of our readers. On top of this, as most people who use a smartphone gimbal will be entry-level or intermediate level gimbal users very few of them will actually want or need to make any advanced level customization to their gimbal settings anyway. That said though, both of the gimbals do have solid apps available that you can download if needed but all of the gimbals regular functionality is available without having the app meaning they are an optional gimbal accessory.
Build Quality And Design
Both the Snoppa Atom and the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 follow the traditional design for a small handheld gimbal stabilizer with neither product really trying to innovate much. That said though, the compact design of the Osmo Mobile 3 can score it some points with it being slightly easier to store if you are a travel vlogger or work in a niche where you will be traveling around a whole bunch.
Both of the gimbals are pretty small for their functionality and performance though while also being very lightweight too. This means that either option is a solid investment in your smartphone camera accessories that are very easy to store and travel with too. On top of this, the lightweight also ensures that even with a heavier smartphone setup mounted to either gimbal, you should easily be able to hold the rig for long periods of time without getting cramps in your arm.
Both brands have also supplied a very comfortable handle grip with their gimbals too ensuring that your hand is able to get a firm yet very comfortable grip on the gimbal when recording too. This allows you to hold the gimbal for long periods of time while also giving you confidence that it will not randomly slip out of your hands during use too.
That brings our ultimate Snoppa Atom vs Osmo Mobile 3 comparison to an end and although the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 currently has the larger core customer base amongst the smartphone content creating community, we personally feel that the Snoppa Atom does slightly edge out to be the better option for many people. That said though, either of the gimbals can make an excellent addition to your camera accessories due to being able to provide excellent levels of image stabilization to improve your image quality.
If you are yet to make your mind up then you can click here to read reviews from independent videographers for the Snoppa Atom or click here to read an independent review for the DJI Osmo Mobile 3. All of those reviews are from external, third-party vloggers and videographers and offer some great insight into how well both of the gimbals perform making them worth spending a few minutes reason.