DJI is best known for its range of drones, but at CES 2018 the company’s focus is away from the skies and into your hand. DJI’s Osmo Mobile set the standard for shooting stabilized smartphone videos. The company officially revealed the new DJI Osmo Mobile 2, a redesigned sequel meant to make mobile videography more accessible to the masses.
The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 looks like it took the criticisms of the predecessor to heart and made a significantly better product. For starters, it is now $129, that is a huge price cut on what you can still buy the original model for today ($299). It’s also lighter, and thanks to the shift to an internal battery, lasts for up to 15 hours per charge instead of 5. The tripod mount is now on the bottom where it should be and thanks to the built-in USB port you can charge your phone from the Osmo.
As far as upgrades go, there’s really only one big one — though it’s a notable one: the new model has full support for shooting in portrait. The original model could shoot in portrait, but you had to hold the stabilizer sideways, which wasn’t always ideal.
The 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.
Simpler controls let you use your phone’s camera like a professional camera with integrated settings for ISO, shutter speed and more. A new zoom slider lets you completely operate your smartphone camera from the handle and you can even produce dolly zoom, a visual effect usually created only on professional film sets.
DJI’s Osmo Mobile 2 will take any phone 3.3 inches wide or smaller. Of course this will work with the DJI Go app, allowing for time-lapses and hyperlapses. As before this will also allow for tracking, which could make purpose-built systems obsolete now that the Osmo Mobile 2 can be easily mounted to a tripod.
The Osmo Mobile 2 is supposed to launch sometime next month, with pre-orders starting January 23rd, exclusively through Apple at first. DJI says the stabilizer should support most popular phones, so devices as large and heavy as a Plus-sized iPhone or Android phone should be fine.