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DJI Osmo Gimbal 2

DJI Osmo Mobile 2

I absolutely loved the DJI Osmo Mobile, so when it was announced that they would be releasing a second version, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it to see what they could have improved on.

Handling the Gimbal

Like its original, the Osmo Mobile 2 is a fantastic handheld gimbal for smartphones, enabling smooth tracking and camera movement, but this time, it’s been built with social media in mind. For example, it now has the ability to lock the gimbal into portrait mode as well as the traditional landscape for more cinematic shots.

That’s not all... The handle is more ergonomic and therefore more comfortable to hold for longer periods of time, and there is now a dedicated record button and physical zoom switch, which makes the controls far more simplified. Made from high-strength nylon, it’s also far lighter than its original, too.

Another good alternative is a premium bridge camera. These all-in-one cameras are great for travelling, giving you the bonus of a high zoom without the need to swap lenses all the time.

Adding to your Osmo 2

With a standard ¼ inch thread for a tripod in the bottom, you can add a base, a tripod or an extension rod to add to your recording versatility. There’s also a new spring-loaded clamp for holding your smartphone in place, which works well with the iPhone 6s Plus and Samsung Note 8 I tested it with. Although it is worth noting that it’s a struggle to use if you have a case on your phone.

Just as with all DJI products, you’ll need to download the DJI Go app for best results while shooting. This is available on either Android or iOS. Once paired, it gives you access to the zoom control and other features or settings.

Taking photos

While the portrait shooting mode appeals greatly to me, it was massively tricky to use. Osmo Mobile 2 doesn’t allow you to automatically flip the camera while recording as this is a manual action you need to carry out – you’ll need to stop recording, take your smartphone out of the holder, lock it into portrait mode and then reattach your smartphone – not the smoothest of operations to carry out.

As with any gimbal, it takes time to master how to walk and record at the same time, ensuring you are capturing the quality of content that you want. DJI have added a helping hand to this with the use of Active Track. With three settings (low, middle and high), it will lock onto your subject and automatically track it for you.

Osmo 2 VS Osmo

I found Osmo Mobile 2 to be very quick to respond and start up and it has a clear improvement on battery life vs the Osmo Mobile – I was able to capture up to 15 hours of steady shooting on the Mobile 2. The battery charges via micro-USB and it even has its own USB port that you can use if your smartphone’s battery is the one that runs out of charge first!

Osmo Mobile 2 is a fantastic step-up from the original Osmo Mobile: it’s lighter, more affordable, has improved battery life and all the added features you could want. If you’re looking to start vlogging or simply want to improve the quality of your videos from your smartphone, I’d definitely recommend it.