So why would you lug around this big clunky gimbal when DJI just released the DJI Osmo Pocket? Well the answer lies in app flexibility and future proofing but it’s mostly a question of workflow.
It’s Black Friday sales and I find an Osmo Mobile 2 at a nice price so I figured what the hell, I might have use for it. A typical gear head state of mind and not a very sustainable way of going through life for sure. However, now I’m here with my Osmo Mobile 2 so this is what I think about it.
First off, it’s very lightweight coming in at 485 grams. I actually expected it to be much heavier. It does feel kinda plasticky but it’s still sturdy. At the bottom of the handle there’s a standard 1/4 inch screw-in mount that let’s you attach the Osmo to a tripod, foot or other photo gear. I really think DJI should have included a fold out foot. The setup and balancing is very simple and within a minute you’re up and running. Well, after you activate it via the DJI GO App that is.
The handle is really nice and the buttons are nicely positioned when you hold the device. Its a simple, no fuzz button layout with one Power/Mode button, one Shutter/Record button, a Joystick and a Zoom slider. I did find it kind of odd that DJI went with the dreaded micro USB for charging rather than USB-C. Bummer, cause there’s nothing worse on the planet than Micro USB connections.
A nice little bonus is that you can connect your phone to that lousy USB-port and the Osmo will charge your battery.
With my Apple iPhone XS firmly attached, horizontally mind you, I headed out to test the gimbal. As for stabilisation it does a great job keeping the footage steady. It glitches a tiny, tiny bit when doing very fast movements or with the handle in extreme angles, but it won’t bother you in regular use.
A single tap on the Power/Mode button toggles between Follow mode that does just that, follows your moves and points the camera in the direction you point it, and the Free mode which keeps the camera pointed in one direction no matter how you move the handle. Double tap will recenter the gimbal and a tripple tap switches between the front and back facing camera on your phone for selfie shots. It’s great that DJI sticks to the same button actions on both this as well as the Osmo Pocket.
The DJI GO App packs a few nice tricks
The app lets you control all aspects of your video, gimbal settings and shooting modes. The software even let’s you track subjects, do motionlapse or hyperlaps clips as well as panoramas and slowmotion. I’m not going to explore or review the features deeper at this point but if you get an Osmo Mobile 2 I advice you to take the time testing everything out and see how your shooting can benefit from it.
I myself am not using the DJI GO App cause I want down to the detail control of my image settings. My current app of choice for this is the FiLMiC Pro app. Among other things it let’s me shoot with a super flat log profile (in 25fps) for more headroom in post. The app also supports the DJI Osmo Pocket 1 and 2 so all buttons and controls work correctly.
A simple test video on wheels
Since I’m disabled and confined to a wheelchair it can be tough to both roll and use the gimbal at the same time. The chair also picks up all the vibrations from rolling over edges, gaps and other uneven surfaces so keep that in mind when looking at this test clip.
It’s shot with FiLMiC Pro 4K at 25fps. My ND filters had not arrived at the time of shooting so the shutter speeds are a bit too fast at times, making the shots appear a bit choppy.
Osmo Mobile 2 vs. Osmo Pocket
So the Osmo Mobile 2. A product that sort of falls between the Ronin-S and the Osmo Pocket in terms of size. For people living their life in the phone, like many on-the-go vloggers do, the Osmo Mobile 2 is a welcome addition to the rig. Even if it’s bulky in size compared to the Osmo Pocket, the convenience of getting your footage straight into your phone is worth a lot. I feel more comfortable using the Osmo Mobile than the Osmo Pocket simply because I get a big viewfinder and clearly see what’s going on. Granted you can achieve that with the Pocket as well with the phone connected, you’re still forced to using the Mimo App for recording. The Pocket wins the low-light contest for now but another thing to consider is the fact that you can grow with your Osmo Mobile 2. When you get a new phone down the line, odds are it will work just perfectly with the Osmo Mobile and likely also shoot better video than the Pocket.
The freedom to use any recording app puts the Osmo Mobile 2 ahead in my book though I know bringing it along will be more cumbersome. But with the video files on my iPhone I can easily transfer them wirelessly to my mac with airdrop, whereas the Pocket forces me to take out the microSD card, get an adapter or card reader hooked up and go from there. You can transfer from the Pocket by connecting the USB-C to your computer, but you need to unplug the phone connector first or it won’t go into disk mode. Another annoying quirk with the Pocket since DJI rushed it to market.
I like them both and will use them both for different situations. The Osmo Mobile 2 however is only one third of the price, so if you already have a good phone thats, in my opinion, reason enough to choose the Mobile 2.
– Great stabilisation
– Great battery life
– Easy setup and good software
– Can charge your phone
– Decent price
– Will work with your next phone too
– Pretty big compared to Osmo Pocket
– Micro USB charging (why not USB-C?)