DJI launches Osmo Mobile 2 gimbal for mobile videography


If you're in the market for such a bit of kit, you'll be pleased to learn DJI has just announced a new version of its mobile camera stabiliser at CES 2018.

I've got to say, I'm pretty excited about the prospect of trying out the Osmo Mobile 2 and using DJI's Motionlapse and Hyperlapse shooting modes. Meanwhile, the updated gimbal has been upgraded with a spring clamp that can handle any phablet you throw at it. Users will also now be able to turn the clamp 90-degrees so they can shoot live - and **shudder** regular - videos in portrait orientation.

Finally, the Ronin-S is compatible with a host of accessories in the DJI ecosystem, including "a Focus Control Center consisting of a focusing dial and a screen allowing advanced gimbal and focus control without a mobile device, a vehicle mount solution, DJI Master Force, DJI Master Wheels, an external focus motor, and a cheese plate adapter so you can use your favorite third-party accessories".

Having said that, the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 now also supports Portrait Mode. It also features a new button layout that makes it easier to control the device for capturing.

With 15 hours of battery life, the Osmo Mobile 2 lasts up to 3x as long as the original, and a new USB port allows you to use the Osmo Mobile 2 as a battery bank for other devices while you're using it. It will retail for $129, making it way cheaper than its predecessor that launched with a $299 price tag.

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The Ronin-S is DJI's first single-handed stabilizer for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras. The Osmo Mobile 2 can help you create smooth shots so subjects remain in focus no matter how rough the outside environment is.

According to DJI, the Ronin-S supports Canon 5D, Panasonic GH and Sony Alpha systems with a wide combinations of lenses. It has a Push mode that lets you move the camera by hand, but also has a joystick to adjust it with the gimbal motors.

The Ronin-S also features DJI's intelligent battery technology that can be hot-swapped during operation for extended shoots. The Ronin S comes with advanced stabilization algorithms which work with both in-camera and in-lens optical stabilization technology. DJI will also offer a dual-handle support.

The second iteration of DJI's handheld smartphone camera stabiliser boasts a redesign with simpler controls and a longer battery life. From early February the Osmo Mobile 2 will be available from DJI's web and flagship stores, as well as authorised retailers.

The Ronin-S is set to ship in the second quarter of 2018.