DJI Osmo Mobile 2, Ronin-S Camera Stabilisers Launched at CES 2018

DJI Osmo Mobile 2, Ronin-S Camera Stabilisers Launched at CES 2018

Like the previous Osmo Mobile, there are additionally controls for ISO, shutter speed and white balance.

DJI added a new hyper-lapse feature into the DJI Go mobile app as well as a zoom slider to simulate the use of a dolly zoom.

Even with the material that is used to make the new Osmo Mobile 2 is different, as it uses only high performance nylon instead of the mixture of nylon and magnesium alloy, thus now the stabilizer is lighter. The stabilizer also packs the company's SmoothTrack technology, which detects and compensates for your movement of the camera. Interestingly, the gimbal also doubles as an external battery pack that you can use to charge your phone, if you are running low on battery.

In addition, a universal screw mount ensures compatibility with a host of photography accessories. Where the Ronin 2 released in April a year ago was a serious piece of kit that can handle loads up to 30 lb (13.6 kg), the Ronin-S is the company's first single-handed stabilizer designed for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.

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"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. High-torque motors help the gimbal support numerous most popular cameras, including the Canon 5D, Panasonic GH, and Sony Alpha. The redesigned model now features an integrated battery, which boosts shooting capabilities by up to 15 hours. There are dedicated camera and gimbal control buttons on the handle, with a joystick to adjust the framing manually, while a new Sport mode is meant to make faster movements more effective.

If you are at CES 2018, you may want to test out this gimbal, if it will be worth the purchase of USD$129, the retail price when the Osmo Mobile 2 ships out after the trade show. DJI will also offer a dual-handle support. These help you choose specific camera positions in a scene and transition between them on demand. The Ronin-S will become available sometime in second quarter of 2018.

DJI had launched the Oslo Mobile smartphone stabilizer for $299, which was not a price that everyone would afford to pay to get a mere stabilizer when there are several alternatives available in China.

You won't have to wait too long to pick up a second-generation Osmo Mobile, but there's a catch: It'll debut as an Apple Store exclusive on January 23rd before going on sale through DJI and its retail partners in early February.