DJI Osmo Mobile 2 hands-on: DJI’s smartphone gimbal will get lighter and cheaper
DJI revealed an replace to its wonderful Osmo Mobile smartphone gimbal at CES 2018 in Las Vegas and there’s lots to love, together with a brand new cheaper price.
DJI Osmo Mobile 2 value and launch date
The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 goes to launch at £139 and accessible to pre-order solely from Apple on January 23rd. After this it’ll change into accessible from the DJI Store and elsewhere from early February. The authentic Osmo Mobile is at the moment accessible for £219, in order that’s a brand new cheaper price for the up to date mannequin.
What’s new with the DJI Osmo Mobile 2?
Aside from that cheaper price, there’s a variety of new parts to the Osmo Mobile 2. The very first thing you’ll discover is how a lot lighter it’s in your fingers. DJI says it’s made out of high-strength modified nylon, which matches some approach to clarify the way it’s shed the kilos. I had the prospect to borrow one for the day throughout CES and carrying it across the present ground the diminished weight was noticeable and really welcome.
The clamp that holds your smartphone can now pivot between portrait and panorama orientations, which can be new. DJI instructed me this was to attraction to livestreamers reminiscent of these utilizing Instagram Live Stories to broadcast to their adoring public. There’s a tripod thread within the backside for attaching to different equipment, which is ideal if you wish to seize a movement timelapse.
As earlier than, the Osmo Mobile 2 works with the DJI Go app after pairing together with your cellphone over Bluetooth. This will allow you to use the shutter button on the Osmo Mobile 2 to start recording or snap a nonetheless picture. There’s additionally a zoom rocker on the aspect that may allow you to alter the digital zoom in your cellphone’s digital camera. DJI Go can even make it simple to seize these movement timelapses I discussed in addition to producing fascinating results reminiscent of dolly zooms.
Where the unique Osmo Mobile had a replaceable battery, it’s now a set battery for the newer mannequin. It’s not the worst information, although, because the battery life has now been bumped as much as round 15 hours on a single cost, which is an enormous bounce up on the unique 5 hours.
A multifunction energy button permits you to toggle between comply with and locked modes, in addition to a triple press swapping to your front-facing digital camera rapidly. A joystick permits you to alter the digital camera angle manually.
Walking across the busy CES present ground it was apparent that the Osmo Mobile 2 did an equally stellar job at stabilising utilizing its Three-axis gimbal as the unique. Walking footage seems to be silky clean and freed from shakes however nonetheless as floaty as each different gimbal. But when the choice is nausea-inducing footage, I’ll fortunately take that.
The new, a lot cheaper price goes to make the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 a really tempting prospect for any videographers wanting to make use of their smartphones for video and makes it aggressive towards a few of its rivals. The DJI Go app additionally stays one of many higher gimbal companion operators on the market.
Be positive to verify again later for a full overview as quickly as I can get one in.