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DJI unveils new handheld camera stabilizer for your phone

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

The Osmo Mobile 2 is the latest smartphone camera stabiliser from DJI.

Built for smartphones, DSLRs, and mirrorless camera systems, they aim to give consumers, professional videographers and photographers new tools to capture smooth, steady videos and photos wherever they go. The dedicated DJI Focus Command Unit can be mounted to the accessory dock, enabling creators to pull focus when operating with the standard handle.You can also attach the Ronin-S to a dual-handheld bar without compromising control of the gimbal, focus or the camera shutter. The new Osmo Mobile 2 is noticeably lighter than its predecessor and can now hold your phone in portrait mode as well.

DJI's original Osmo released in 2015 was essentially a 4K action camera on a stick with a three-axis stabilizing gimbal to smooth out shakes and wobbles.

Created to be lightweight and portable, Osmo Mobile 2 is made from high-strength modified nylon and features a folding design that makes it flawless for all-day use. It adds CamAnchor, which sets up multiple shots and lets you toggle between them when shooting a scene.

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

In addition, a universal screw mount ensures compatibility with a host of photography accessories. The DJI Ronin-S is a handheld gimbal that is large enough for your common DSLR (and mirrorless of course) video configurations without requiring such a payload capacity of the larger gimbals that are much more expensive. DJI says its advanced stabilisation algorithms also work with both in-camera and with in-lens optical stabilisation technology. Strong high-torque motors support the most popular camera and lens combinations including the Canon 5D, Panasonic GH, and Sony Alpha systems. A new Push mode lets you adjust the pan and tilt axis by hand while the Ronin-S is powered on and axis locks speed up the setup process so you can spend more time filming and less time prepping your gear. The redesigned model now features an integrated battery, which boosts shooting capabilities by up to 15 hours.

The Osmo Mobile 2 features a 15-hour battery life, almost triple the battery life of the original, and it has a much lower price: $130 versus the $300 price of the original, a considerable, $170 price difference.

The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 will start shipping in February, with preorders from January 23. As for the DJI Ronin-S, pricing will be confirmed closer to its launch sometime in Q2 2018. It's priced at $129USD but DJI has not announced worldwide pricing as yet. A high precision joystick, similar to the ones you find on your drone controller, allows you to aim the camera quickly and accurately.