CES 2018: DJI Announces Osmo Mobile 2 With Simpler Controls and Improved Battery Life

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Camera and drone maker DJI today announced two new camera stabilizers ahead of the first official day of CES 2018, which begins tomorrow, January 9. DJI's reveal centered upon the Osmo Mobile 2 and Ronin-S, a pair of stabilizers made for smartphones and DSLRs, respectively, that allow users to take videos without having to worry about shaky cam disrupting the footage.

The Osmo Mobile 2 is the newest model in DJI's line of camera stabilizers for smartphones, introducing simpler controls with cinematic zoom and a longer battery life. Like the previous device, the Osmo Mobile 2 is compatible with iPhone and includes three-axis gimbal technology to cancel out movement in three directions, allowing footage to remain steady even when the user's hands shake.

The gimbal technology combines with DJI's SmoothTrack technology to detect and compensate for the user's movement of the camera and "ensure a smooth cinematic shot every time." Users can shoot in both landscape and portrait orientation, and a 1/4" universal screw mount makes the Osmo Mobile 2 compatible with most photography accessories.
"With the introduction of these two stabilizers, DJI now offers gimbal technology to help unlock the creative storyteller in everyone no matter what camera they're using," said Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager at DJI. "Osmo Mobile 2 offers the best in smartphone stabilization at an affordable price, and Ronin-S brings the quality of DJI's professional gimbal technology to a new form factor that is perfect for run-and-gun filming using your favorite DSLR or mirrorless camera system."
In terms of the major new additions, DJI said the new device's battery system is "more powerful" than its predecessor and allows for filming for up to 15 hours, which is three times longer than the original. There's also a new USB port to enable smartphone charging while the Osmo Mobile 2 is being used, and even lets the Osmo act as a power bank for charging other devices when not in use.

DJI said the "simpler controls" include ways for users to use their smartphone's camera similar to a professional camera, thanks to integrated settings for ISO, shutter speed, and more. A new button for a zoom slider on the Osmo Mobile 2's handle lets users operate their smartphone camera without needing to touch the screen, and the controls also allow for the production of a dolly zoom, which DJI said is "a visual effect usually created only on professional film sets."

The Osmo Mobile 2 will cost $209 AUD (about $163 USD) and will launch exclusively on Apple.com, with pre-orders beginning January 23. In early February, the new Osmo will then debut on DJI's own website, as well as in DJI stores and authorized resellers. Later in February the device will be available to purchase in Apple's retail stores too. The Ronin-S will launch in Q2 2018.

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redneckitengineer

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I bought the first model...and returned it. The DJI app for OSMO holds the videos and pictures hostage. You have to move the files from the app to your standard iPhone storage manually. You also have to log into DJI to use it. It’s not a drone, it’s a gimbal, why on earth do I have to log in to use a gimbal? Great idea, but poor software implementation. Even worse it’s cheaper than the old one, unfair to original purchasers.
 

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DJI didn't admit the jitter issue in the Osmo 1 which effects OIS phones...or maybe likely didn't want to fix it as the 2 was on the cards. I wonder if they fixed this.
 
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The handling of the Osmo 1 issues by DJI was an eye opener for me. They simply didn't care or didn't want to acknowledge the issues. It was the weirdest thing -- to see a company that prides itself on supposedly quality products just stay silent when so many issues are apparent. But, it apparently worked for them. I think the key is that it was a relatively niche product at the time. Apple couldn't get away with ignoring issues like that but DJI was able to ignore issues and get very little bad press about them. And NOW! They did nothing about the issues with the Osmo 1 and here they are with the AMAZING! NEW! Osmo 2. I think I'll wait a while and read the reviews AND folks' comments this time. Once bitten.
 

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...Even worse it’s cheaper than the old one, unfair to original purchasers.
They had no competition then; other Chinese manufacturers like Zhiyun are nipping at their heels now, undercutting them on price, and starting to match on features and software. Paying more is the price of being an early adopter. You won’t hear the rest of us who don’t have one and considering the Zhiyun based on price, complaining.
 

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They had no competition then; other Chinese manufacturers like Zhiyun are nipping at their heels now, undercutting them on price, ...
That's exactly it. I think DJI saw that shortly after the Osmo 1 release and realized that there was little to be gained from spending a lot time and effort supporting and perfecting the (very expensive) Osmo 1. Instead they realized the gimbal product needed to be cheap to compete. People simply weren't going to pay the normal DJI premium for a gimbal product. So, they let the Osmo 1 languish (ignoring all the complaints on their forums) and moved to create a cheaper Osmo 2. And, here we are.
 
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the osmo 1 has the most ridiculous charging option - USB to a headphone jack shaped probe. Hopefully they changed that.
 

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I bought the first model...and returned it. The DJI app for OSMO holds the videos and pictures hostage. You have to move the files from the app to your standard iPhone storage manually. You also have to log into DJI to use it. It’s not a drone, it’s a gimbal, why on earth do I have to log in to use a gimbal? Great idea, but poor software implementation. Even worse it’s cheaper than the old one, unfair to original purchasers.
Most devices decrease in price with time. Look at the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. All have decreased in price with successive generations. The cost of manufacturing decreases as they become almost commodity like.
 

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DJI didn't admit the jitter issue in the Osmo 1 which effects OIS phones...or maybe likely didn't want to fix it as the 2 was on the cards. I wonder if they fixed this.
The article doesn’t mention it and you’d think it’d be a major selling point to get people to upgrade or to put those concerns to rest. Has any gimbal product been able to deal with OIS issues?
 

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They had no competition then; other Chinese manufacturers like Zhiyun are nipping at their heels now, undercutting them on price, and starting to match on features and software. Paying more is the price of being an early adopter. You won’t hear the rest of us who don’t have one and considering the Zhiyun based on price, complaining.
But does Zhiyun have the availability that DJI does? It might be cheaper, but if it's not a Product that's Widely available And or marketed, it can still be a hinderance.
 

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Most devices decrease in price with time. Look at the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. All have decreased in price with successive generations. The cost of manufacturing decreases as they become almost commodity like.
I should better state... the old version is still for sale at a higher price. So someone not knowing will buy the old one for $299...today
 

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DJI didn't admit the jitter issue in the Osmo 1 which effects OIS phones...or maybe likely didn't want to fix it as the 2 was on the cards. I wonder if they fixed this.
I want to believe that since they’re launching with Apple that they have the connections with Apple’s engineering team that allowed them to build a new gimbal unaffected by OIS.
 

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Does anyone know what time the pre-orders begin besides being on 1/23. Is it 3 a.m. EST like iPhone pre-orders or is it midnight?
 

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I want to believe that since they’re launching with Apple that they have the connections with Apple’s engineering team that allowed them to build a new gimbal unaffected by OIS.
No indication on whether that will be the case. The reviews on Youtube show jitter when using an iPhone X. So unless DJI pulls out a magic firmware release made by 1000 pink unicorns, the osmo 2 won’t be any better than the original when you’re using an iphone with OIS.
 

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No indication on whether that will be the case. The reviews on Youtube show jitter when using an iPhone X. So unless DJI pulls out a magic firmware release made by 1000 pink unicorns, the osmo 2 won’t be any better than the original when you’re using an iphone with OIS.
Making the gimbal better and reducing the price won’t make it as popular as they’re hoping if the video is unusable with newer phones.
 

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Making the gimbal better and reducing the price won’t make it as popular as they’re hoping if the video is unusable with newer phones.
At least if you buy from Apple you get protection from their minimal hassle returns protection if the OIS issue isnt fixed. Or just wait for someone else to find out and report here.
 

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Has anyone heard an update on whether this will be available tomorrow ? and maybe even a time ?