DJI has a new Osmo Mobile and it costs less than half of the original

Posted:  January 8, 2018   By:    10 comments   

Ahead of CES 2018, DJI has just unveiled the Osmo Mobile 2, its latest smartphone stabiliser. It’s lighter than the original, offers triple the battery life and it costs less than half of original Osmo Mobile.

Like the original, the Osmo Mobile 2 offers 3-axis stabilisation that has advanced tracking features with ActiveTrack. This is perfect for live streaming and for those who want to record professional looking videos. Using the DJI GoApp, you can shoot panorama, timelapse, motionlapse, hyperlapse, and slow-mo videos.

Instead of using a combination of nylon and magnesium alloy, the new Osmo Mobile 2 is lighter at 485 grams with the use of high-strength nylon. The buttons are now simpler with a joystick, power/mode button, a record button and a zoom slider. Unfortunately, it lacks a trigger button at the front which came with the previous model. You can still centre your device and switch between front and rear angles using the power/mode button.

Osmo Mobile 2 now has a two-way mobile clamp which allows you to pivot between portrait and landscape mode. To hold your smartphone in place, the new model replaces the dial locking mechanism for a spring loaded one. In terms of device compatibility, it can support most smartphones (up to 85mm width) including the iPhone 8 Plus.

The Osmo Mobile 2 also gets a larger 2,600mAh built-in battery which is rated to last up to 15 hours on a single charge but it isn’t user-replaceable. As a comparison, the original removable intelligent battery has a 980mAh capacity and is rated to last 4.5 hours on a single charge.

For ease of charging, it has a microUSB charging port on the sides. The Osmo Mobile 2 can also double up as a powerbank for your smartphone as it comes with a full-sized USB port for charging. Obviously, you can only charge your smartphone if it’s in portrait mode as the phone’s charging port is not accessible when you’re using it in landscape mode.

If you plan on using this on a tripod, you’ll be happy to know that it uses 1/4″ universal screw mount at the bottom instead of DJI’s proprietary Rosette mount that’s placed on the sides. There’s also a new base stand but we are not sure if it’s compatible with the current version for the Osmo Mobile.

The new Osmo Mobile 2 will be priced from US$129 (about RM514) which is far cheaper than the original model which used to start from US$299 (about RM1,192). Pre-orders will be available exclusively on and it wil be available at DJI stores and authorised retailers in early February 2018. Overall, it looks quite similar to Zhiyun’s affordable Smooth Q which is now going for less than RM500. What do you think? Is this better than the original? Let us know your thoughts below.


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10 Comments for DJI has a new Osmo Mobile and it costs less than half of the original


Hmm I know it’s mostly for videos but can it be used for stills? Like some phones have night modes for stills.


    Yes, you can. It does improve sharpness in photos in low light situations. There’s also a panorama mode where it takes 9 photos in a 3X3 grid to produce a single panorama picture.

orang biasa

Did this osmo mobile 2 support action cam like gopro?

    Wan Zainudin

    Orang biasa, you need go pro adapter for stabiliser

    Check out this item I found on Lazada! Action Camera to Gimbal Accessories Adapter Plate Mount for OSMO Zhiyun Smooth-C /Smooth-II Feiyu G4 Plus /SPG Live /G4 Pro Gimbals Work for GoPro Xiaoyi SJCAM and Other Action Camera of Similar Dimension

      orang biasa

      Thanks. Will look into it.


did DJI inspired/copied Zhiyun SmoothQ? hmmm…


"Obviously, you can only charge your smartphone if it’s in portrait mode as the phone’s charging port is not accessible when you’re using it in landscape mode."

Why can't rotate 180° to make charging port accessible?


    Unfortunately, you can’t fit it the other way around. The camera’s view will be blocked and the clamp will be pressing on the power and volume buttons.


Can Malaysia pre-order this on the 23th Jan on apple website too? Or it is only available to the US? The authorized retailer!in Malaysia will get the osmo mobile 2 at the early feb too?


    That’s only in the US. For Malaysia, we’ll have to wait for our authorised distributors.