DJI launches Ronin-S, Osmo Mobile 2 stabilisers

DJI Osmo Mobile 2-CES 2018

The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 can turn your Instagram stories into professional videos

DJI may have made a name for itself with drones, but for many photographers its the company's stabilizing gimbals that are essential, and now there's an even cheaper option.

The Ronin-S is DJI's first single-handed stabilizer for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras.

The Osmo Mobile 2 improves on this in a couple of ways. It has a redesigned set of control buttons, and the two-way mobile clamp that allows users to shift between portrait and landscape modes. It also has an integrated tripod socket at the bottom of its pistol grip, which wasn't possible due to the battery door on the original version.

OSMO Mobile 2 is also lighter than the original model, ensuring that you can use it for longer too without straining your arm.

Additionally, using the DJI GO mobile app, you can make use of interesting videography modes including ActiveTrack, which lets you automatically follow subjects in motion, Motion Timelapse, and Hyperlapse modes. These include settings for ISO, shutter speed and a zoom slider, which allows for a dolly zoom effect where the camera moves toward or away from a subject while the lens is pulled in the opposite direction. The app also supports live-streaming to YouTube and Facebook. The Osmo Mobile 2 is compatible with all phones that use Bluetooth 4 or later.

DJI, usually on the forefront of new technology within their specific niche, seems to be looking to compete with the Zhiyun Crane 2 gimbal with the announcement of the new Ronin-S gimbal. Lastly, the $130 price tag is something that will help the Osmo Mobile 2 sell in huge numbers.

Of course, since cameras are generally much bigger and heavier than smartphones, DJI had to make some changes. High-torque motors help the gimbal support numerous most popular cameras, including the Canon 5D, Panasonic GH, and Sony Alpha. DJI also showed us an early preview of an upcoming Focus Control Center consisting of a focusing dial and a screen, allowing users to really control their entire camera while its mounted on this support system. The Ronin-S has a lot of other features to boast about, such as the ability to mount to an RC buggy for low angle shoots or mount to a jib to act as a stabilized remote head, a Sport Mode is also present to increase responsiveness of the tracking performance when the videographer is moving fast with it.

Its stabilization system compensates for zoom lenses with higher magnification ratios and an external zooming barrel, while its advanced stabilization algorithms work with both in-camera and in-lens optical stabilization technology. DJI will also offer a dual-handle support.

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