DJI: new Osmo Mobile 2 and Ronin-S stabilizers at CES 2018

A redesigned Osmo Mobile 2 which aims to transform smartphones in smart steadycams, and a new Ronin-S for DSLR and mirrorless cameras are some of the news from DJI at CES 2018.

DJI: new Osmo Mobile 2 and Ronin-S stabilizers at CES 2018

DJI goes to Las Vegas with not just one but two camera stabilizers,  Osmo Mobile 2 and Ronin-S, covering everything from smartphones to DSLRs and mirrorless. During the event you can rent a Osmo Mobile 2, to try it!

First the Osmo Mobile 2, completely redesigned, says DJI, for the storyteller in all of us. Designed to be lightweight and portable, the new model is a smartphone camera stabilizer which allows users to capture smooth videos and high-definition panoramas with, says DJI,  cinematic movement and incredible ease. The stabilizer uses DJI’s three-axis gimbal technology to cancel out movement in three directions so your video stays steady even if your hands shake or wobble, while DJI’s built in SmoothTrack technology detects and compensates for your movement of the camera to ensure a smooth cinematic shot every time.

DJI: new Osmo Mobile 2 and Ronin-S stabilizers at CES 2018

Designed to be lightweight and portable, Osmo Mobile 2 is made from high-strength modified nylon and features a folding design that makes it perfect for all-day use. The two-way mobile clamp lets you easily pivot between landscape and portrait orientation so that you can chose the most engaging full-screen format for your audience. In addition, a 1/4” universal screw mount ensures compatibility with your favorite photography accessories, making Osmo Mobile 2 more versatile than ever.

Featuring simpler controls let you use your phone’s camera like a professional camera with integrated settings for ISO, shutter speed and more, the Osmo Mobile 2 also offers a new zoom slider that lets you completely operate your smartphone camera from the handle and you can even produce dolly zoom, a visual effect usually created only on professional film sets.

DJI: new Osmo Mobile 2 and Ronin-S stabilizers at CES 2018

A good surprise is the new and more powerful built-in battery system, which lets you film for up to 15 hours, over three times longer than the original Osmo Mobile’s battery. The new USB port enables phone charging during use and serves as a power bank for charging other electronics while on the go.

Smart software in the DJI GO mobile app unlocks intelligent photo and video features that help you create professional-looking content automatically. Videographers can use modes including ActiveTrack to automatically follow of subjects in motion, Motion Timelapse with up to five different camera positions, Hyperlapse to create dramatic time-lapse videos with the camera in motion, or stream live to popular social platforms like Facebook and YouTube. Photographers can expand their creativity with options such as Panorama, Long Exposure and LightTrail modes.

The other new product appears under the Ronin name, and is the Ronin-S. It’s DJI’s first single-handed stabilizer for DSLR and mirrorless camera systems. Available in two frame sizes for either camera type, DJI’s powerful three-axis gimbal technology delivers smooth, shake-free video and crisp photos, adding a cinematic and professional look to your work.

DJI: new Osmo Mobile 2 and Ronin-S stabilizers at CES 2018

The company says that powerful high-torque motors support the most popular camera and lens combinations including the Canon 5D, Panasonic GH and Sony Alpha systems. Its stabilization system compensates for zoom lenses with higher magnification ratios and an external zooming barrel, while its advanced stabilization algorithms work with both in-camera and in-lens optical stabilization technology.

Capturing stabilized video has never been easier because Ronin-S was designed for easy setup and use. 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. Ronin-S has a comfortable, ergonomic curved design that helps capture smooth cinematic movements from upright to underslung positions without obstructing the camera’s display. Ronin-S also features DJI’s intelligent battery technology that can be hot-swapped during operation for extended shoots.

Dedicated control buttons for the camera and gimbal let you toggle between SmoothTrack settings, record and stop the camera, and the high-precision joystick changes the camera position to help frame your shot perfectly. A new Sport mode allows for fast movements with tight and quick subject following speed.

Harness intelligent shooting modes on Ronin-S through the DJI Ronin mobile app to create complex camera moves automatically like Panorama, Hyperlapse, Track and CamAnchor that lets you designate specific camera positions in a scene and rotate between them on demand. Directly customize SmoothTrack settings with dedicated controls for responsiveness of each axis. Camera settings can be directly adjusted as well. The Ronin-S products shown at CES 2018 are prototypes and the final specs and features may vary, adds DJI.

DJI: new Osmo Mobile 2 and Ronin-S stabilizers at CES 2018

Ronin-S is compatible with a variety of DJI Pro Accessories to capture any scene and expand your creative freedom on set or location. Supported accessories include a Focus Control Center consisting of a focusing dial and a screen allowing advanced gimbal and focus control without a mobile device, a vehicle mount solution, DJI Master Force, DJI Master Wheels, an external focus motor, and a cheese plate adapter so you can use your favorite third-party accessories. A dual-handle support will also be available for when an added level of comfort and stability is required.

The Osmo Mobile 2 retails for $129  and will be available exclusively for pre-order at Apple.com on January 23, 2018. Starting in early February, it will also be available at store.dji.com, DJI flagship stores, and DJI authorized retailers, with additional availability later in February at Apple Stores in select regions worldwide.

Ronin-S will be available in the second quarter of 2018 from dji.com, DJI flagship stores, DJI authorized retail stores, and DJI resellers worldwide. Pricing will be announced prior to availability.


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