DJIs Osmo Mobile 3 is the phone stabilizer weve been waiting for

first_img 0 DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is a smaller, lighter phone camera stabilizer 12 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 2:50 Share your voice Post a comment Mobile Tags The redesigned Osmo Mobile 3 lets you fold and go.  Joshua Goldman/CNET Motorized phone camera stabilizers are great for getting smooth and steady shots from your phone — assuming you use it. For me, it’s one of those products you buy with the best intentions and then don’t use because it’s simply too large, awkward and fragile to bring with you all the time. DJI’s Osmo Mobile 3 tackles this with a unique folding design that makes it more compact and easier to toss in a bag and go. And it’s $10 less than its predecessor.Available today for $119, the redesigned gimbal unlocks and folds fast and has locks to keep it from swiveling around. You can even throw it into a standby mode so you can partially shut it down, fold it and move to a new location and then quickly unfold and immediately start shooting. The whole device is lighter and more compact than previous models, but still runs for up to 15 hours on a single charge.Note that CNET may get a commission when you buy through any of the links on our site.See it at DJIThe new design also addresses a few issues users had with the Osmo Mobile 2. The gimbal no longer blocks the ports on your phone so you can connect an external mic and charge your device off the Osmo’s battery. You also no longer need to manually rotate your phone from landscape to portrait as it can now do it with a button press and position the camera right-side up.DJI Osmo Mobile 3From left to right: DJI Osmo Mobile, Mobile 2 and the new Mobile 3. Joshua Goldman/CNET A slider on the grip’s side lets you activate your phone’s zoom and a trigger in front will automatically switch between your phone’s front and rear camera. In selfie mode you can even use hand gestures to start a self-timer for photos and video. The trigger will also do things like recenter the camera and start DJI’s ActiveTrack feature that automatically tracks a subject and keeps them centered in the frame.The Osmo Mobile 3 uses DJI’s Mimo app it introduced with the palm-sized Osmo Pocket in November 2018. Although you can use the Osmo Mobile 3 with your phone’s camera app, Mimo is what gives you all the unique features like ActiveTrack and gesture controls. Mimo also enables you to create panoramas and shoot motion time-lapse and hyper-lapse videos. There’s a Story mode as well that will take your videos and edit them into short, social-friendly clips using one of 13 templates.Though mainly known for its camera drones, DJI has spent much of the past year building out other categories. Last month it introduced a first-person view HD video transmission system for drone racing and a compact motorized gimbal for pro cameras. In June, DJI introduced a $500 RC robot rover with a mini cannon made for students. It launched its first action cam in May, the DJI Osmo Action. DJI’s Osmo Pocket is an amazingly small stabilized 4K… DJIlast_img read more

Afghan suicide attack kills 19

first_imgAn Afghan child lays on a hospital bed as he receives treatment in Parwan province on 1 July, 2018. Photo: AFPA suicide bomber blew himself up in a city in eastern Afghanistan where President Ashraf Ghani was visiting, killing at least 19 people, many of them Sikhs, officials said Sunday, in the latest violence to rock the country.The attacker struck a market located hundreds of metres from the provincial governor’s compound where Ghani was holding meetings, governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP.Among the 19 dead were 12 Sikhs and Hindus, he told AFP. Another 20 people were wounded.There were scenes of anguish at the hospital where grieving relatives wept and hugged each other as they waited for news of their loved ones.”It is over for us, we are finished, they have massacred us, at least 10 of us,” a man told AFP, too upset to give his name.Provincial health director Najibullah Kamawal confirmed 19 people had been killed, the majority of them Sikhs.Small communities of Sikhs and Hindus reside in what is otherwise an overwhelmingly Muslim nation. It is not clear if they were the intended target of the attack.Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish confirmed a suicide bomber carried out the attack — the latest in a series of recent deadly assaults in the restive province.Ghani’s spokesman said the president was still in Nangarhar but was “away from danger”.Ghani arrived in Jalalabad earlier Sunday to open a hospital, part of a two-day visit to the province bordering Pakistan.- Ceasfire ends -The attack came a day after Ghani ordered Afghan security forces to resume offensive operations against the Taliban following the expiration of the government’s 18-day ceasefire.The government’s unilateral truce overlapped with the Taliban’s three-day ceasefire for Eid, but the militants refused to prolong it.The unprecedented ceasefire over the holiday capping Ramadan triggered spontaneous street celebrations involving Taliban fighters, security forces, and war-weary civilians.But it was marred by two suicide attacks in Nangarhar that killed dozens of people and were claimed by the Islamic State group, which has a smaller but relatively potent presence in Afghanistan.IS was not part of the ceasefire.The attack comes as US envoy Alice Wells visits Kabul as part of efforts to ratchet up pressure on the Taliban to engage in peace talks.The Taliban have so far ignored Ghani’s offer of peace negotiations. Instead, they have insisted on direct talks with the United States, which Washington has repeatedly refused.Wells said that since the Afghan government and United States were willing to start talking without preconditions, the onus was now on the Taliban to respond.”Right now it’s the Taliban leaders… who aren’t residing in Afghanistan, who are the obstacle to a negotiated political settlement,” Wells said in remarks embargoed until Sunday.Wells, who is due to hold talks in Pakistan on Monday, said Islamabad also needed to do more to squeeze the Taliban and get them to the negotiating table.”Pakistan has an important role to play… but we have not yet seen that sustained and decisive action on the part of Islamabad,” she said.last_img read more