Gimbals have been with us for some time now. At first, we had the commercial ones, rather big and heavy for pro cameras. But then, the companies like DJI started manufacturing the more portable handheld lighter ones for cameras and smartphones. When one considers that smartphones nowadays have also great cameras, all this makes perfect sense.
Tech consumers, even the amateur ones, started appreciating stable imagery, and these gimbals are being sought after for smooth pro-style non-shaky productivity. They are nothing less than a precious treat for those nutty vloggers out there who thrive to leave their images stable while running, parkouring, during an adventure or practicing their extreme sports.
At this year’s CES 2018 in Las Vegas, the second-generation gimbal by DJI was announced, namely the Osmo Mobile 2, and it comes with a couple of pleasant surprises.
The major difference between the original DJI Osmo and the Osmo Mobile 2 is the price. Yes, because while you had to fork out around $300 for the original (though now it’s down to around $200), the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is being offered at a crazy introductory price of $129, which is more reasonable and reachable. It means that the DJI OM2 is $70 cheaper than the original.
There`s more. The original DJI Osmo had a replaceable battery that could last max 4 hours circa. Now, DJI states that the OM2 has 15 hours of battery life, which is almost three times longer than the original!
We hope they are right, since this time around its an embedded battery and not a replaceable one, so we don’t want any photographers by profession out there being left short of juice, but if the 15 hours statement lives up to its declaration, then there shouldn’t be any worries in that sense.
The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 can also serve as a phone charger if you need some extra juice while on the go, which is always handy.
This second-generation gimbal by DJI is also somewhat lighter than the original since it has a high-strength modified nylon build.
You’ll also find a quick change to portrait shooting if you like that style, simpler controls, Pro Mode settings while shooting, and even a Dolly Zoom Mode.
For those who are interested, pre-orders start exclusively via Apple.com on 23rd January. Once February hits, it will be available on DJI’s store, and also at other authorized retailers.
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