DJI have just released an update to the mobile version of their stellar Osmo system. The updates are pretty sweet, but not as sweet as the new price.
DJI's Osmo Mobile 2 will take any phone 3.3 inches wide or smaller (sorry, Samsung Galaxy W users). It includes a new zoom slider, can hold the phone in portrait mode, and a classic 1/4-inch tripod mounting point beneath (replacing the previous accessory mount on the side). We can also look forward to an updated battery, lasting 15 hours.
The previous model kicked things off at $299, so now we’re able to save $170 while also getting an upgrade. With that, you could buy some add-on lenses for your smartphone. It’s a shame that this came right after the holidays, since it’s surely DJI’s most gift-friendly product. Nonetheless, I expect this will be a sought after item come late 2018.
The new battery, and surely some more battery friendly motors, allow the user to shoot three times longer than the previous version. Let’s face it: nobody’s phone is going to last that long. Thankfully we’ll be able to power our smartphones via the USB port on the Osmo Mobile 2, as well as any other electronics (perhaps microphones?). The battery is now internal instead of replaceable. While that’s annoying, the added battery life makes up for this I feel.
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 (and is cheaper).
Pre-orders will be exclusively through Apple at first, on January 23. You can also ask B&H to notify you when it’s available.