DJI OSMO MOBILE 2 Review - What is the Differences

 Chinese drone manufacturer, DJI just released two new products right before the start of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018) in Las Vegas. The first is the redesigned Osmo Mobile 2 for smartphones.

 The Dji Osmo Mobile 2 adds some useful new features along with a more attractive price point. which will initially be exclusively for sale at the Apple store online. The second is the all-new Dji Ronin S stabilizer for mirrorless and DSLR cameras.
 DJI already owns the camera drone market by offering better tech than its competitors at aggressive prices. It's now taking the same path with its camera stabilizers.

 DJI has now switched to an internal battery, too, instead of using replaceable ones, which should be a good thing if it lives up to the company’s estimates. Instead of the estimated 3 to 4.5 hours the original got from one battery, the new model is supposed to get up to 15 hours of battery on a single charge.

 The lack of support for replacements could put filmmakers in a bind if it suddenly dies out; but if it actually lasts for anywhere close to 15 hours, that probably won’t happen all that often.

 Otherwise, little has changed for this new version. The Dji Osmo Mobile 2 is made of “high performance nylon” instead of a mixture of nylon and magnesium alloy, making the whole thing ever-so-slightly lighter (though it’s mostly imperceptible in use). The buttons have been tweaked a bit for simplicity, and the accessory mount has been moved to the bottom of the grip, instead of the side.


 The new nylon body keeps it lightweight while making room for a battery that lasts up to 15 hours. It's not removable like the original's, but that tapped out at about 4 hours. This way you can stay running all day and there's even a USB port so you can charge your phone off the Osmo's battery while you shoot.

 The Osmo Mobile's controls have been cleaned up and simplified, too, and the phone clamp can be positioned horizontally or vertically. There's even a tripod mount on the bottom now.


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 A 4-way joystick control allows you to move the camera up, down, left and right. This is only useful for initial positioning: it’s unfortunately not slow or smooth enough to be used while shooting.

 There’s a red record button, used to take photos in still mode and start and stop recording in video mode. This works via a Bluetooth link to the iPhone. Finally, there’s a zoom in/out slider on the left that also works via Bluetooth. 

The most common use of a gimbal is shooting while walking. Normally, you’d get a jerky up-and-down movement with each step, which a gimbal smooths out. The Osmo Mobile 2 (OM2 from now on) doesn’t entirely eliminate the up-and-down motion, but it does transform a very abrupt movement into a smooth, gently bobbing one.

 You can see this in action in the video at the end of the piece, along with examples of other types of use. This is particularly useful for vloggers who do walk-and-talk pieces – though personally I aim to stay behind the camera!

DJI Osmo Mobile 2 vs Dji Osmo Mobile

 Aside from that lower price, there’s a number of new elements to the Osmo Mobile 2. The first thing you’ll notice is how much lighter it is in your hand.

  The clamp that holds your smartphone can now pivot between portrait and landscape orientations, which is also new. DJI told this was to appeal to livestreamers such as those using Instagram Live Stories to broadcast to their adoring public. There’s a tripod thread in the bottom for attaching to other accessories, which is perfect if you want to capture a motion timelapse.

DJI Omso Mobile 2 vs Dji Osmo Mobile

 As before, the Osmo Mobile 2 works with the DJI Go app after pairing with your phone over Bluetooth. This will let you use the shutter button on the Osmo Mobile 2 to begin recording or snap a still image. There’s also a zoom rocker on the side that will let you adjust the digital zoom on your phone’s camera. DJI Go will also make it easy to capture those motion timelapses I mentioned as well as producing interesting effects such as dolly zooms.

Where the original Osmo Mobile had a replaceable battery, it’s now a fixed battery for the newer model. It’s not the worst news, though, as the battery life has now been bumped up to around 15 hours on a single charge, which is a big jump up on the original 5 hours.

A multifunction power button lets you toggle between follow and locked modes, as well as a triple press swapping to your front-facing camera quickly. A joystick lets you adjust the camera angle manually.

DJI Osmo Mobile 2 vs Zhiyun Smooth Q

 Perhaps the most notable feature of the new Dji Osmo Mobile 2 is a lower price: it will retail for $129, significantly less than the $299 price point of the original model.

 It will be available for pre-order exclusively at beginning on January 23, and directly from DJI and other authorized resellers beginning in early February.


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