Osmo Mo­bile 2

Cin­e­matic shoot­ing be­comes a re­al­ity

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Hollin Jones

$129 From DJI, dji.com Needs iPhone 5S or higher, Blue­tooth LE 4, iOS 10 or higher

DJI makes some very ad­vanced tech for pro film mak­ers but its lat­est of­fer­ing is much more af­ford­able. The Osmo 2 is a smart­phone gim­bal — a de­vice that al­lows a cam­era to ro­tate smoothly.

The han­dle of the de­vice con­tains its bat­tery, which lasts 15 hours and is charged over mi­cro USB. There’s a sec­ondary USB port so you can charge your phone.

Osmo Mo­bile 2 works in ba­sic mode with any cam­era app, but is best when us­ing the DJI GO app. Once the de­vices are linked via Blue­tooth, the phone leaps to face you. Move the whole thing around and it main­tains smooth, cin­e­matic sweeps, con­tin­u­ally ad­just­ing to keep ev­ery­thing bal­anced.

There are sev­eral modes — up­right, un­der­slung, flash­light, or por­trait, into which the unit switches based on how you choose to po­si­tion it.

There’s a four-way joy­stick on the han­dle for pre­cise con­trol and a zoom for wider or tighter fram­ing. Inside the GO app there’s a lot of op­tions that in­clude video qual­ity and even man­ual con­trols for ISO and white bal­ance. Cap­tured me­dia can be ex­ported to var­i­ous sites as well as to iCloud Drive, Google Drive, and more.

The Osmo 2 Mo­bile is great for self-broad­cast­ing. It’s also a se­ri­ous film­mak­ing tool and will def­i­nitely give your iPhone pro­duc­tions a more pro­fes­sional feel.

the bot­tom line. An af­ford­able way to get amaz­ing cin­e­matic shots from your iPhone’s cam­era.

The Osmo Mo­bile 2’s in­ter­nal mo­tors keep the cam­era bal­anced in dif­fer­ent track­ing modes.

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