Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

New DJI Osmo Mobile Smartphone Stabilizer Launched - Way Cheaper than the Original

New DJI Osmo Mobile Smartphone Stabilizer Launched - Way Cheaper than the Original

You hear the name DJI and you will probably recognize the company as makers of high-quality professional drones. The original Osmo Mobile retails for $299.

Ronin-S is DJI's first single-handed stabilizer for DSLR and mirrorless camera systems. It's lighter than the original, offers triple the battery life and it costs less than half of original Osmo Mobile. Made from high-strength modified nylon, there's a two-way mobile clamp for landscape and portrait use, while the whole thing has a folding design for slotting it into a backpack more readily. DJI is also including a 1/4-inch tripod screw to the bottom of the gimbal, rather than the add-on accessory of before. A new zoom slider lets you operate your smartphone camera from the handle. But of course, the exclusivity will end in February, and you can go ahead and grab the accessory straight from your favorite vendor or straight from DJI if you so wish. The battery has been upgraded, and the Osmo Mobile 2 should last for over 15 hours - a whopping three times the old model - and there's a USB port so that you can now use that lengthier battery to keep your smartphone topped up, too. If you're a more serious photographer, you can express your creativity through options like Panorama, Long Exposure and LightTrail modes. Speaking of the longer arm, it can now support smartphones in portrait mode for apps that only record/stream in that orientation. The Osmo Mobile 2 is compatible with all phones that use Bluetooth 4 or later. The newer Osmo Mobile 2 commands just $129.

Of course, since cameras are generally much bigger and heavier than smartphones, DJI had to make some changes. The Ronin S works with most camera lens combinations such as the Canon 5D, Panasonic GH, and Sony Alpha systems. 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. Ronin-S also features DJI's intelligent battery technology that can be hot-swapped during operation for extended shoots. DJI also showed us an early preview of an upcoming Focus Control Center consisting of a focusing dial and a screen, allowing users to really control their entire camera while its mounted on this support system.

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The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 also comes with features like ActiveTrack, Cinematic Zoom Control, Timelapse, Motionlapse and Hyperlapse to help you create professional-quality videos using your smartphone.

The Ronin-S also compensates for zoom lenses with higher magnification ratios and an external zooming barrel. DJI will also offer a dual-handle support.

The DJI Ronin-S will be available in the second quarter of 2018 from DJI's website and authorized retailers.

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