DJI is a name that photographers mostly associate with drones. Their quadcopter technology combined with excellent cameras have made them the primary choice for many aerial photographers. They do however produce a number of other products, one of which is the Osmo 2 mobile gimbal. I recently bought one to supplement my video work on a trip around England and would like to share my thoughts with you.
What Is A Mobile Gimbal?
A gimbal is an electronic stabilizer that uses clever technology to keep a camera in a fixed position despite movement from the operator. Its a little like an optical or sensor stabilizer on a camera except it stabilizes the entire camera. Primarily used for video work from DSLR or Mirrorless camera, gimbals can also be used to shoot time-lapse, hyper-lapse and panoramics. The DJI Osmo 2 is one of a number of similar products designed to stabilize your mobile phone.
The Osmo is a solidly made piece of kit although unlike its larger counterparts for DLSRs its made of plastic rather than metal. On the front of the handle it has two buttons and a joystick and on the left-hand side is a rocker switch. On the right side is a Micro USB port for charging. This can be plugged into a regular desktop computer or a mobile phone USB charger. The action part of the gimbal, the head, has a clamp that allows you to seat the phone and a slider to allow you to balance the phone. Unlike the bigger gimbals, Osmo really only needs balancing in one plane, making it a quick and simple exercise to get up and running. It can also be turned to shoot in portrait mode.