DJI is aiming straight at the mobile & DSLR/mirrorless market with two new single-handed stabilizers. Meet DJI Osmo Mobile 2 and DJI Ronin-S, both of which will be presented at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.
Osmo Mobile 2 – an improved handheld smartphone camera stabilizer
The Osmo Mobile 2 has a lightweight design, a built-in three-axis gimbal and supports pivoting between landscape and portrait orientation (by the two-way mobile clamp). DJI’s SmoothTrack technology detects how you are moving the camera and compensates, so it becomes a smoother, more “cinematic” shot. On top of that, user experience has been improved and all the controls have been simplified. DJI claims it’s now more similar to operating “a professional camera”.
According to DJI, one of the main advantages is the battery life that goes up to 15 hours, since the Osmo Mobile 2 is equipped with a more powerful built-in battery system. That is a significant achievement compared to the 5 hours in the original Osmo Mobile’s battery.
The product has also some cool capabilities shooting various styles like panoramic, time-lapse, motionlapse, hyperlapse, slow-mo and Zoom Control. Zoom Control is a built-in zoom slider that lets you completely operate your smartphone camera from the handle with a more fluid, cinematic zoom.
For more info, check out the product’s web page.
Ronin-S – DJI’s first single-handed stabilizer for DSLR and mirrorless cameras
The Ronin S is DJI’s first 3-axis stabilizer for both mirrorless and DSLR cameras. According to DJI, the Ronin-S supports Canon 5D, Panasonic GH and Sony Alpha systems with a wide combinations of lenses.
What is special about the Ronin-S is that it is compatible with other DJI Pro Accessories and can thereby become the center of a whole ecosystem. The Ronin-S has multiple accessory mounts, providing support for add-ons such as a microphone, an LED light and a wireless video transmitter, making this stabilizer upgradable for more demanding tasks. In this sense, it seems similar to what Tilta is doing with its Gravity G1 Gimbal.
Pricing and Availability
Osmo Mobile 2 retails for $129 USD (a very good price point compared to the old model!).
Ronin-S will become available in the second quarter of 2018. Pricing will be announced prior to availability.
Leading companies like DJI are seeing a huge market in consumers who want to become more professional at filmmaking with easy-to-use tools which have evolved from more expensive and higher-end pro products. We saw that with the Freefly’s Movi that made some decent buzz, and DJI is following in a very similar path, releasing more and more consumer products.
What do you think of DJI’s new gimbals? Do you see yourself using them in your own productions? Let us know in the comments.