You’ve been on YouTube, you’ve seen the astounding buttery-smooth B-roll that’s going around channels like Peter McKinnon and Matti Haapoja (both #goals btw). But how do you get it? How can you, yourself achieve that sweet, sweet cinematic B-roll goodness? The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is how!
Videography is a hobby, that over the past few years has become so affordable and accessible that almost everyone can take it up! Previously reserved for the cashed-up among us with devices such as the Nikon D90 (released way back in 2008 for an RRP just shy of $1,000USD).
Since then, thankfully, the mobile phone makers of the world have stepped up their game. It’s hard to believe that only a few years ago the best you could get from a mobile phone was 720p at 24fps from Samsung’s OMNIA HD i8910 (back in 2009).
Now, less than a decade later, the device in your pocket, that reminds you when to wake up, text your Mum and update your social status enables you to capture, edit and publish footage like the below. A cinematic, 4k 24fps or 1080p 240fps enabled eye into your own creativity.
For the TL;DR among us, I’ll break it down into three categories: Availability, Design, Operation, Results. Here they are;
On with this n00bs review! I call it that because in NO WAY am I an authority on this subject. I, like you, am a novice. If there was a word that described pre-novice, I’d be that actually.
Videography is something that I’ve become interested in over the past few months. I’ve looked at it to complement my copy skills and my website flow to help the marketing for the business I work for at the moment.
I’m going to presume you know what a gimbal is already. However, I’m going to explain it super quick in case you don’t. It’s a support that uses pivots to allow an object to rotate around an axis. In the case of the DJI Osmo Mobile 2, 3-axis – axi…?
As stated above, gimbals allow the recording of buttery-smooth footage that takes away the shaking and jitteriness of human hands. If you’re looking to jump up the quality of the video’s you’re producing, a gimbal (with skills) is the best way to accomplish it.
With that explained, please read this review as it’s being written – through the eyes of a newbie getting into this space. I will man-splain certain things, and completely ignore others, for that – sorry.
This first part is a little bit of a commentary on the Australian retail environment, less on the product itself.
Once I decided to buy this product, it took me AGES to find a brick and mortar store to get it! If I was okay with online and waiting for shipping etc. yeah, it’s everywhere. But to go in old school and physically exchange currency for goods – forgedaboutit!
Luckily, the guys over at Camzilla (in Linfield, NSW) had me covered. They’re great people. Huge product knowledge and all their prices seem to be on point! You can grab the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 from them for $209.00AUD currently. The best part is, you can go to their store to buy it as well as online!
A lot of videos on YouTube and opinions on the internet are saying that the device feels less than premium when compared to the first-gen Osmo. I can’t comment to this specifically, because I’ve never seen, nor held, that device.
I can, however, say that the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 feels great in-hand. It’s light (at 485g), which for mine was surprising.
There’s a port on the back side of the device, a good old-fashioned USB-A port (the traditional one that you know as USB) that you can use to charge the mobile phone you’re using to record the video! Splendid idea!
In a world where something as wide-spread as USB is now becoming an annoying pain in the ass between USB-A, USB-C, Micro-USB, Mini-USB, it’s nice to see them stick to the most common denominator.
They’ve placed the controls nicely in my opinion. A 4-directional d-pad joystick (read: 4, isolated axis), the shutter/record button, the mode/power button, the 3-stage battery indicator and, helpful for the right-handers, a thumb control for zooming.
As with any tool, it’s only as good as its operator. Coming from never using something like this before, it’s a little tricky. Not impossible, just a little hinky to get used to.
Another YouTuber has a video titled Fundamental film techniques for DJI OSMO. You might note that the video isn’t about the DJI Osmo Mobile 2, but rather the DJI Osmo.
This is pretty much the same device, except it doesn’t use your smartphone as the camera. Instead it uses its own (and costs either $929.00AUD or $2,799.00AUD depending). Regardless, the device is pretty much the same, and the hints are on-point!
At the time of writing this post, it’s really obvious to me that I need to spend a lot more time practising shots and techniques. The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is going to let me capture them with my iPhone 8 Plus and Google Pixel 2 XL, but not without some effort and learning on my behalf.
I need to spend a lot more time practising shots!
I think it’s best to leave that up to you fine people! I’ve been working with the device for about a week and a half now. In that time, I’ve visited some great places – nice natural scenery. I’ve gone and gotten myself a tattoo, and then boarded a cruise ship to celebrate my best mates bucks week!
So I’ll have some footage from those adventures below. I’ll try my best to keep my cringe-worthy original footage in there to show the progression of skill and ease. Hopefully, by the end of it, I’ll have dope skills and it’ll all come together looking beast!
Putting it all together, knowing that I am n00b, I love it. I’d have to say, having the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 in my canon for these past two weeks or so has been great.
They say that the best camera is the camera you have with you. For me, that’s my smartphone. Couple that with always having my DJI Osmo Mobile 2 with me, and you’ve got an easy recipe for great shots, great footage and buttery-smooth goodness!
Overall, I’d rate this guy a solid 4/5 stars. If you’ve got a spare $200.00AUD – get one. Learn how to use it, get the most out of it, and it’ll be hard to think of how you lived without it!