The recently released DJI OSMO Mobile 2 is currently available only from Apple or direct from DJI’s online store, and in short supply with DJI placing a limit of 2 per customer.
Ordering and Delivery
After being advised by DJI that the DJI OSMO Mobile 2 was available for ordering, we ordered from the DJI site and patiently (?) waited. For a week the order showed ‘Payment Processed’, with no hint as to expected delivery, other than their generic listing showing 20-25 business days. We did look at the Apple online store, however, it showed delivery of 30 to 50 days, so there was no chance of improved lead-time there.
Approaching 8 days from ordering we were surprised to see the order had changed to in-transit via DHL, with an expected delivery date of 13 calendar days from order placement. An even greater surprise followed on the 11th day with a text advising the unit was on board for delivery, on a Sunday no less.
By Early afternoon, we were unboxing!
DJI OSMO Mobile 2 Unboxing
DJI’s packaging is very much in the Apple style, with a clean uncluttered box front.
Cracking open the box you are faced with a black foam contained that is clearly designed to be used for storing and carrying the OSMO Mobile 2
Opening the container shows the DJI OSMO Mobile 2 plus the only accessory supplied, a 62CM micro USB charging cable. That proved the only slight disappointment. The cable is a little stiff, and at 62CM on the short side for charging on a cluttered desk.
Like all DJI product, the DJI OSMO Mobile 2 looks and feels well made with a solid, robust feel. Noticeable on the OSMO Mobile 2 is the built-in battery as opposed to the earlier removable battery OSMO Mobile.
The absence of a removable battery is more than balanced by a greater runtime claimed by DJI, of 15 hours, which should be enough for a full day of video work at your favourite show or vacation destination.
DJI OSMO Mobile 2 in Use
Compared to the earlier OSMO Mobile, the OSMO Mobile 2 is a great upgrade. It is made of high-strength nylon which is lighter than the earlier unit.
The included quick start guide gives a basic outline for setting up the OSMO Mobile 2, however, there is a typo when it comes to setting up a phone in portrait mode. They obviously copied the text from the previous section – Mount The Mobile Phone Horizontally – poor editing guys! I highly recommend downloading the DJI OSMO Mobile 2 User Manual from the DJI site.
Here we found our only gripe. The rubber channel in the clamps is designed to hold a slim phone without a protective case. Our iPhone X with protective case ended up sitting up on the ridge of the groove, obviously a less than desirable situation. The retaining pads look as if they could be reversed which would resolve the issue, however, a quick check shows them well stuck down and not intended for removal.
It wasn’t a deal breaker as a swap to a Totalee thin case resolved the issue.
The standard orientation for most gimbals is horizontal, and the DJI is no different, though you can mount in portrait mode with a few moments fiddling.
Once set up and calibrated (quick and easy) with the DJI GO App installed, we put the OSMO Mobile 2 through its paces.
In both picture and video mode, use is simple and the controls fall comfortably to hand. The DJI OSMO Mobile 2 is simpler to use than its predecessor thanks to fewer needless controls. The power button doubles as a mode-switching button. There is a dedicated record button and a thumb joystick pad for smooth pans. There’s also a new physical zoom switch on the side of the unit for smooth zoom in and out.
The stabilisation feature on the OSMO Mobile 2 allows for smooth video when walking at a fast clip with the iPhone X, with no apparent issue of the gimbal fighting the phone’s stabilisation as reported with earlier models and some competitive product.
It does take a little practice to become familiar with all the capabilities and probably a day or so for the average user to reach the point where filming and swapping between functions becomes automatic.
There is one minor gripe for some, namely not being able to jump between the front and rear cameras while recording. Vloggers are likely to be the group most impacted by this missing feature.
Other than that one issue, the DJI OSMO Mobile 2 is a serious step up in camera stabilisers, one that brings the price more mainstream and packages all the essential features in a solidly presented unit. 2018 may be the year the selfie stick, hated by so many, is replaced is the tourist’s essential kit by the DJI OSMO Mobile 2
We’ll update further as we get out in the world with our OSMO Mobile 2, meanwhile, we give it a solid 4.5 Thumbs up and Best in Class, Editor’s Choice.