DJI’s Osmo Mobile set the standard for shooting stabilized smartphone videos, and now the company is following up with the unveiling of their new DJI Osmo Mobile 2, a redesigned sequel meant to make mobile videography more accessible to everyone. And the best part? It comes in at a very affordable $129.
The new Osmo uses the same three-axis gimbal for stabilization that the original did, but DJI gave the rest of the body a substantial redesign. To keep the price down, DJI has made the new Osmo out of high-strength modified nylon instead of metal. It’s still very sturdy, especially considering it’s slated to sell for much less than the original. Also new is a 1/4-inch mount on the bottom of the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 for placing it onto a tripod for more complex or prolonged shoots.
Additionally, a modified clamp that swivels to accommodate landscape AND portrait shooting is included, a must for those looking to capture super-smooth Instagram stories without having to tilt their hands. There’s also a switch from removable batteries to a sealed cell battery, which will last around 15-hours on a single charge.
DJI also tried to simplify the controls. The trademark trigger is gone, the power switch has been replaced with a mode button on the front of the grip and the shutter and record buttons have been combined into a single key. The addition of a zoom slider also means you can get in close on a subject without having to use your other hand. This makes the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 a little more intuitive for people who have never picked one up before.
The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is set to debut as an Apple Store exclusive on January 23 before going on sale through DJI and its retail partners in early February.