DJI’s new Osmo 2 gimbal makes smooth iPhone footage cheap

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Osmo 2
The Osmo 2 is insanely cheap!
Photo: DJI

CES 2018 bug Capturing super-smooth video on your iPhone is about to get a lot easier (AND cheaper) thanks to the folks at DJI.

Ahead of the opening day of CES 2018, DJI unveiled its newest handheld smartphone gimbal today called the Osmo 2. The new gimbal packs simplified controls to allow anyone to record shake-free video from their iPhone, and it’s got some new tricks you won’t find on its predecessor.

Smartphone stabilizers are set to be the new selfie-stick of 2018, giving users access to cinematic film tools usually reserved from the pros. Just slap your iPhone on the Osmo 2’s motors keep your device perfectly level the entire time.

The biggest new feature on the Osmo 2 is the price. It starts at just $129. That’s a huge drop from the $299 price tag the original Osmo started with.

Osmo 2 is better than the original in every way. With 15 hours of use time, it lasts 3 times longer and can also be used as a power bank to recharge your iPhone. The only bummer is the battery is now internal, so you can’t swap it out on the fly when you run out of charge.

DJI even brought some cool software from its drones over to the gimbal. With the new ActiveTrack feature, you can select a subject and Osmo 2 will move to keep the person in the frame. It also supports landscape mode, so you can get perfect videos for your Instagram Story.

The entire thing is now made of “high-performance nylon” that makes it lighter too. Apple stores will be the exclusive retailer of the Osmo 2 when it launches next month. Pre-orders start on January 23.