My DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is in Sri Lanka02 Jun 2018
I purchased my first real camera, a Cannon 77D just under a year ago. What I had in mind is to step up the quality of photos and videos I take. The camera performed well enough (for the price) in both segments. How ever I was struggling to get smooth video specially when panning. No matter how hard I try it would shake more than I would like.
I considered buying a gimbal for my DSLR. But I am in a budget and it is expensive. Then I though about a steady cam. While in theory it should do the job I am not comfortable with a big profile. A smart phone gimbal would be cost effective and also would also not need me to carry a separate camera when its not needed.
My research narrowed down the products to Zhiyun Smooth Q and the Osmo Mobile 2. I wanted to know which was durable and most bang-per-buck in terms of features.
I noticed some reviews by users that the Smooth Q was not handling large phones well. There were also some complaints that they broke down after few weeks use. That gave some plus points to the DJI Osmo Mobile 2.
Then in the application features department the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 app (DJI Go) seemed to be solid performer. The Zhyun Smooth Q had features that the DJI didn’t have how ever its tracking feature was horrible. Tracking is important to me as I am a one man show.
With that said, I decided to settle for a DJI Osmo Mobile 2. I went shopping. While few shops advertised it in their websites, they actually didn’t have any in stock. One shop had the DJI Osmo Mobile (the first version) which was expensive and old. Patience not been one of my virtues, I went online and ordered the item through Ebay.
Two days ago (2 weeks from the order) I got my hands on the DJI Osmo Mobile 2. It was great. I love its tracking. I am yet to put it to use as my house is under repairs and am in no position to vlog.
I love its battery. Since I lost my S7, I have been using my Note 3 which drains battery fast. With the Osmo I can use it as a power bank it self while shooting. The panning is very smooth and it handles shake when walk decently. The tracking feature is good and useful. I must say it is worth the price.