DJI recently released the Osmo Mobile 2, an upgraded version of the DJI Osmo Mobile. I’ve had the DJI Osmo for just about 4 months now and really enjoy it. As soon as I found out about the Osmo 2, it was something I had to try. My initial thoughts think that the Osmo Mobile 2 is a no brainer for anyone that held out from getting the Osmo, and I really wish I had just waited a few months when the price dropped to $199 from $299 back in November 2017.
The Osmo Mobile has it’s faults, but for what I paid I’ve really enjoyed it. The Osmo 2 upgrades on many of those areas, and most importantly it’s cheaper! At the moment neither are available for purchase, and I’d have to think they are sunsetting the Osmo Mobile in favor of the Osmo Mobile 2.
- DJI Osmo Mobile: $199
- DJI Osmo Mobile 2: $129
- The DJI Osmo mobile has a replaceable battery which lasts upwards of 4.5 hours in optimal conditions for the high capacity battery. The high capacity (1225mAh) battery is $42, and the regular battery (980mAh)is $35
- The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 has a built in battery that you cannot replace, but has a max battery life of 15 hours when the gimbal is fully balanced. It takes 2 hours to fully charge the battery. That’s 3x longer the current Osmo, and saves you an extra $80 or so in batteries you’d need to match that lifespan. One additional feature is that the Osmo Mobile 2 also acts as a charger for other devices, so if your devices need juice it acts as an external battery.
- The DJI Osmo holds the phone in by turning a dial to open and close the clamp, while the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 uses a spring loaded clamp. I’m unsure of where I stand on this, but it’s a little tight to get the iPhoneX and the iPhone8S into the DJI Osmo Mobile 2.
- The DJI Osmo mobile has some balancing issues with the larger phones like the iPhone8s. I had no issues with balancing with the iPhoneX or the 6S though. The Osmo Mobile 2 seems to handle the iPhone8s fine, so that’s a big consideration if you have a larger phone. Officially both of these support smartphones measuring from 58.6mm-84.8mm width and up to 8.4mm thick
- The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 adds a tripod screw to the bottom of the stabilizer making a huge improvement over their proprietary stand that they offer for the original mobile. The original Osmo mobile has a screw on the side of the handle making it a little more complicated to make it work with your standard tripod, but it does afford you the ability to add on features like a microphone or a light source when filming. They offer the universal mount for that purpose.
- The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is lighter at 485g, compared to 501g for the original. The Osmo 2 is also made of a different material.
Orientation and Gimbal/Focus modes
- The Osmo Mobile 2 now supports a portrait orientation which is catered to the Instagram/Snapchat/Youtube age. This is not something the original Osmo Mobile supports. You cannot switch between portrait and landscape while filming on the Osmo Mobile 2, and it requires some maneuvering of the clamps, but it’s entirely possible.
- With the original DJI Osmo Mobile you could switch between the front facing camera and the rear facing camera by pulling the trigger on the back of the handle. This is now done by triple tapping the M button on the Osmo 2. A single tap switches between follow mode and free mode, and two taps readjusts focus.
- This is the same, and if you’ve used the DJI Mavic Pro or any of the other drones you’ll be familiar with the video editing software. I like the software to put together clips while I’m traveling. It has it’s quirks that I’d like to see improved, but for what it is, it allows you to cut a video quickly and get it out on your social channels with some stock audio.
- The DJI Osmo Mobile came with a carrying case that didn’t provide much protection but was nice to carry an additional battery and the charging cable. The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 has a much more rigid hard foam case, and I’d be hard pressed to bring this with me with all of my gear. I’ll probably end up using the carrying case from the DJI Osmo Mobile in most cases with the Osmo 2.
- I think the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is a no-brainer. If you currently have the DJI Osmo and use it sparingly, you might be better off sticking with what you’ve got. But if you’ve put the Osmo to use I think you’l benefit from some of the benefits that they’ve introduced at a really low price point.
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Here is the DJI Osmo Mobile in action with the iPhone6S in January