DJI Osmo Mobile 2 Gimbal Offers Better Battery Life, Price

The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 can turn your Instagram stories into professional videos

DJI reveals new Osmo Mobile 2 and Ronin S gimbal stabilizers ahead of CES 2018

If you are into movie making or are a photography/videography enthusiast, then chances are you have most probably heard of Osmo.

Built for smartphones, DSLRs, and mirrorless camera systems, they aim to give consumers, professional videographers and photographers new tools to capture smooth, steady videos and photos wherever they go.

DJI introduced both the Osmo Mobile 2 and Ronin-S at CES in Las Vegas this week.

The redesigned Osmo Mobile 2 turns your smartphone into a stabilized camera. The addition of a zoom slider also means you can get in nice and tight on a subject without having to use your other hand.

The new gimbal also supports portrait orientation for your smartphone, while the original only allowed placing your phone horizontally, but not vertically.

The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 can turn your Instagram stories into professional videos
DJI Osmo Mobile 2 packs phone stabilization for $129

The Osmo works with the DJI GO mobile app (available for Android and iOS) to communicate with your phone.

Photography modes include options such as Panorama, Long Exposure and LightTrail settings. The original allowed for 4.5 hours of use on each charge, while the Osmo Mobile 2 is said to be good for up to 15 hours of filming. No pricing has been announced for the latter yet, but the Osmo Mobile 2 will be available on January 23 for US$129, seriously undercutting the original's price of $199. The second is the all-new Ronin S stabilizer for mirrorless and DSLR cameras.

It is available in two frame sizes for either format and also uses a three-axis gimbal stabilizer to smooth out camera shakes and wobbles. It's created to handle cameras as big as the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, but can also stabilize footage from popular mirrorless video cameras like the Panasonic GH5 and Sony a7S II.

The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 comes with a 2600 mAh battery which as opposed to the 960 mAh found in the first-gen Osmo. While the gimbal is powered on, push mode allows you to adjust the pan and tilt axis by hand, and axis locks help make setting up the gimbal for use as speedy as possible.

The Ronin-S also features DJI's intelligent battery technology that can be hot-swapped during operation for extended shoots. A high precision joystick, similar to the ones you find on your drone controller, allows you to aim the camera quickly and accurately. A dual-handle support will also be available for when an added level of comfort and stability is required. After a few weeks, users will also be able to purchase the gimbal from DJI's own online store and other retailers in early February.

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