In this review on RightChoice, I am going to talk about the Moza Air 2 gimbal for DSLR cameras. This is a great stabilizer that offers a good value for money, decent stabilization, and impressive build quality.
- 1 What Is Moza Air 2 All About?
- 2 Features
- 3 Moza Air 2 Design & Construction
- 4 Moza Air 2 Operation
- 5 Starting Work With Moza
- 6 Moza Air 2 Footage Quality
- 7 Did Moza Air 2 Make It The Best DSLR Gimbals List?
- 8 Final Verdict
What Is Moza Air 2 All About?
The Gudsen Moza Air 2 is a very promising 3-axis gimbal for DSLR cameras. The stabilizer seems to be featuring a lot of impressive qualities and quite a good stabilization performance.
Producing a buttery smooth video on the move is no longer an issue if you are using the device. This DSLR gimbal is a “son” of quite a successful Moza Air. However, I found this stabilizer even better than its original version.
The gimbal is not heavy, as its weight amounts to 3.5 pounds (or 1600 grams). Also, it has quite a good battery. Therefore, the Moza gimbal can shoot for up to 16 hours at a single charge only. From my experience, you rarely would need to film for such a long time. However, it is good to have this opportunity.
Another good thing about the stabilizer is its price. Sometimes it might be a big problem to find a cost-effective stabilizer. Especially, when we talk about gimbals for DSLR that generally tend to be more expensive than most of the GoPro or smartphone stabilizers.
When released, the Moza’s cost amounted to $599 only. This gimbal was almost the cheapest of the majority of the handheld stabilization devices for DSLR available in the market.
Yet, despite such a low price, the handheld gimbal stabilizer is proving to be a good device. This Moza Air 2 review is going to look at its features more closely. Later, I am going to compare the device to the best DSLR gimbal – the DJI Ronin S to find out if it is worth competition.
The first thing you need to think about when purchasing a stabilization device is its compatibility. Depending on the type of devices you use, you can choose the best thing for you. Unlike some DSLR tools, the device can be proud of its compatibility possibilities.
The stabilizer can support camera setups with a total weight amounting to up to 8.8 pounds (4200 grams). Therefore, the stabilizer is compatible with most cameras, even those with a heavier weight. It is also possible to use your camera with a lens. The gimbal motors will not be overwhelmed and the stabilizer will still be performing well.
Stabilization Of Moza
Since the stabilizer is a 3-axis gimbal for DSLR, it is not a surprise that it is doing great in terms of stabilization. The Moza is able to produce buttery smooth footage. It controls the movements and shakes in three axes: pan, tilt, and roll. In the pan and roll axes, the gimbal does not have any range limitations. As for the tilt axis, it has 180-90 degrees continuous rotation in this dimension.
The Moza Air gimbal has a few regimes of following. The stabilizer can truly satisfy as many filmmaking needs as possible. Also, it has a few shooting modes. Those include the basic ones, such as pan following, all-locked. However, they are not limited to that. The gimbal also has more advanced shooting regimes. Panorama, sport, inception, and tracking shooting modes can be fun to look at.
Another fun part about the Air is the number of features it has. If you like experimenting with various types of time-lapses or create movies, this stabilization tool is for you. One of the best tools for DSLR provides about 20 functions. They make filming with Moza truly fun!
You will enjoy controlling the device, too. It is actually very easy and free of headaches. You can adjust most of its settings on the special control panel without a need to use the companion app. The Moza also has a nice small LCD screen. You can use it to navigate through the stabilizer’s menu. Most of the settings can be controlled directly. However, you can also install an app if you are interested in distance control.
The device has four batteries. The Moza Air 2 batteries are Li-ion 18,650. It might take quite a long time to charge them – up to five hours, actually. However, once the batteries are full, they will surprise you with their long-lasting performance.
As I mentioned above, the Moza can film for up to 16 hours at one charge. Of course, if you are going to employ the sports shooting mode, this time will be a little shorter. However, in most cases, you are not going to need a 16 hours battery life. Surprisingly, despite this, the manufacturers made it possible for the gimbal to connect to external battery sources. This may be a good thing for you if 16 hours is not enough.
Moza Air 2 Design & Construction
The best new feature incorporated in the design of the Moza gimbal is its new camera mounting plate. It allows you to attach your camera and take it back off in just a few seconds. Due to this quick-release plate, mounting your camera to a gimbal is no longer a headache. This is an extremely useful feature that all filmmakers will simply love.
In certain situations, you need to quickly interchange your tripod and a gimbal. For example, when filming wedding shots. The new quick-release plate allows doing this in a few seconds. It is a truly great novelty that needs to be incorporated in all gimbals, including Moza Air X and the future Moza Air 3.
Straight out of the box, the gimbal construction feels nice and durable. It has very good metal arms that also feel robust. The gimbal seems to be ready even for the most adventurous shoots. The tools for adjusting your pan, tilt, and roll movements are also metallic and very robust.
The Moza has changed the motor. Now it is more angled. This way, it does not cover the camera screen when it is mounted to the gimbal. The device itself also has a small screen. It is nice and comfortable to use this gimbal.
Since the gimbal offers a lot of opportunities for direct control, it has a lot of buttons as well. Their quality is nice. In fact, the buttons are very sensible and you do not have to push hard to make the gimbal react.
However, the gimbal does have a disadvantage. The button for starting/stopping recording and turning the gimbal on and off is actually the same button. Therefore, if you intend to stop recording, but hold the button 2 seconds longer than normal, the gimbal will turn off completely. To avoid any potential problems with the lost footage, you have to be very attentive when using this button. This might be annoying sometimes. On the other hand, this is something you can get used to.
Moza Air 2 Operation
Like almost any device, this gimbal comes with a user manual. The Moza 2 manual is an impressively looking book with 20 pages. This should be enough to explain the way the gimbal operates, right? Yet, I found this manual to be very confusing and too complicated.
Of course, if you have certain experience, you might be able to use the Moza gimbal without reading its user manual first. However, I still think that it is important to get acquainted with the product in theory first. Unfortunately, it did not make this task easy. Make sure that you browse some information on the web instead of using the manual.
Nevertheless, the device itself is not as complicated as its manual. It mostly can be controlled intuitively with simple buttons on its panel. The joystick helps to change the shooting modes. If you want to take a selfie, simply press the trigger three times. Pressing the trigger two times will change the focus. If you hold it, you will lock the gimbal’s modes.
Those are the basic things that most filmmakers will need while using the device. However, there are a few more advanced features that might be interested in some users. Nevertheless, activating those functions will require some additional research. Either read the complicated Moza 2 Air manual or browse the web for information.
Starting Work With Moza
It is actually very easy to start working with this gimbal. Whether you have had any experience of working with electronic stabilizers in the past or you are new to the business, you do not need any special knowledge to start the work.
Thanks to the quick-release gimbal plate, mounting your camera is simple and quick. Place your recording device on the aforementioned plate, free up the lever, and slide the camera inside. If you did everything correctly, you will hear the sound of the click. This will let you know that your camera is secure and is not going to fall down.
Once you hear the sound, you can use the cable of the camera to connect the device to the stabilizer. You will find a few tools for appropriate camera connection in the gimbal box. After you connect the camera, you will need to balance the gimbal. If you are doing it for the first time, you will probably need around 20 minutes. However, do not worry. Next time the process will be much faster.
Moza Air 2 Footage Quality
When you have mounted your camera, connected it through the cable, and balanced the gimbal, you are finally ready to start the most exciting part – filming. I have been testing the Moza for quite a long time and in different situations. I have been walking, running, taking the stairs while filming.
In most situations, the Moza gimbal did great and produced nice buttery smooth video footage. Of course, sometimes I could notice certain shakes in the footage. However, mostly it did great. I was positively surprised by the Moza 2 video quality.
The gimbal is very sensitive and smart at the same time. It perfectly followed my intentional movements and almost never lost its focus. Filming with this gimbal was fun and natural. While working with this gimbal, I was wondering if it was as good as the famous DJI Ronin-S was. Unlike it, the Moza 2 does not cost much. However, it features a lot of impressive qualities.
Did Moza Air 2 Make It The Best DSLR Gimbals List?
- Control system
- Strong battery
- Easy to mount the camera
- Charging time
- Complicated manual
- Power/record button
As you might suggest, I do think that the Moza is a great gimbal for DSLR. It deserves a special place in my list of the best DSLR gimbal stabilizers. However, DJI Ronin-S is still its main competitor, and I do not feel that the Moza Air 2 managed to out beat it.
The Moza Air 2 is a bit more complicated than its competitor. Its stabilization quality, though great, is still somewhat weaker. Other than that, I think that both devices are great DSLR gimbals. Therefore, you could choose any of them and be in a favorable position.