Note – The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 has been released since we published this article and it is without a doubt the best smartphone gimbal on the market-beating all of the competition by a small margin. After its release, it quickly established itself as the dominant gimbal on the market and earned itself an excellent reputation amongst the community. It is also a very similar price point to the Osmo Mobile 2 and the Vimble 2 making it the obvious option.
Our regular readers will probably be aware of this now but we are seeing more and more people reaching out with various questions regarding smartphone gimbals so we have decided to publish more and more content trying to help any of our readers with these same questions. We feel that this sudden increase in these questions is due to the excellent camera sensors that are on the premium level smartphones these days with more and more people using them to record their video footage for vlogging or amateur videography.
In all honesty, we were actually very surprised at the level of image quality that the latest Apple iPhones, Samsung Galaxy, and Huawei Mobile devices can capture, especially if you mount a high-quality smartphone lens to your device to capture your footage. The image quality is up there with the latest point and shoot cameras as well as some low-end mirrorless camera rigs too while your smartphone is always with you and much smaller and easier to carry.
Anyway, all that said and done, we have been pretty open that we feel that the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 and the Zhiyun Smooth 4 are probably the best premium smartphone gimbals on the market right now with the Hohem iSteady being the best budget smartphone gimbal. Due to this, we have noticed a number of questions about these gimbals, in particular, requests for comparisons so today we are going to be publishing our Feiyutech Vimble 2 vs DJI Osmo Mobile 2 comparison article.
As you can probably guess, we feel that the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is the better gimbal and also has the better reputation amongst the community too. We feel that it pushes out ahead of the Feiyutech Vimble 2 by a fair margin in all honesty and would make a better addition to your collection of smartphone camera accessories.
We have our quick and easy to read comparison table below where we will have selected some of the key points of both gimbals so you can get an idea of the features offered by both if you are in a rush. If you do have more time available and would like to know more about each of the gimbals then we have an in-depth breakdown of the two throughout the article below the comparison table.
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As you can see from the comparison table above, the Osmo Mobile 2 bests the Vimble 2 in every area other than price but the better image stabilization and performance warrants the higher price tag in our opinion. The DJI technology blows the Feiyutech tech out the water with ease but this superior technology takes time and money to develop meaning that the Osmo Mobile range has a higher price tag.
If you are wanting to capture the best image quality possible from your smartphone to help your content on sites like YouTube or Instagram really stand out from the competition, the additional $40 (depending on retailer) is well worth it to go with the better gimbal. As you probably know, the vlogging and social media influencer space is becoming more and more competitive and improving your image quality is a relatively easy way to increase your chances of converting a viewer to a subscriber.
Additionally, we have seen reports for the Vimble 2 saying its battery life can range widely depending on what you are using the gimbal for. This problem does seem to become more of an issue when your smartphone’s total payload is closer to the maximum load capacity of the Vimble 2 though. If you are not using a heavy smartphone case with an aftermarket lens mounted to your phone then the battery life for the Vimble 2 should be closer to the higher end of its potential.
Performance And Functionality
The Feiyutech Vimble 2 is limited by the 0.46 maximum load capacity that can be cutting it pretty close if you are using a phone case as not only can getting close to its maximum load capacity affect its image stabilization, it also drains its battery quicker too. When you look at the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 though, it offers a load capacity of 0.53 pounds ensuring that you are able to mount your smartphone in a heavy case with a decent aftermarket lens on it too.
If you are looking to get the best image quality possible from your smartphone while recording then adding a gimbal to your collection of smartphone camera accessories adds some much-needed image stabilization. Adding a decent high-quality lens helps to improve the actual picture quality though and takes your footage up an additional notch. This is why the higher load capacity of the DJI gimbal is so important as it allows you to add these additional accessories to your rig without issue.
Additionally, the DJI motors are outstanding and ensure that you are provided with optimal image stabilization and battery life all the way up to its 0.53-pound load capacity too. This offers an additional advantage to the Osmo Mobile 2 over the Vimble 2 for anyone who knows that they will be using a heavier smartphone or plan to use a case or lens while recording.
As we touched on earlier in the article, the battery life of the Vimble 2 does have a few issues too when you get close to its maximum load capacity. We have seen a number of reports confirming this and saying that the battery life on their Vimble 2 can be anywhere from five and ten hours with each charge. On the flip side of this, the Osmo Mobile 2 is way out ahead coming in with a solid fifteen hours of battery life with each full charge giving DJI the clear win.
This ensures that you are able to get the best image quality possible when recording and help your content stand out against the competition. The image stabilization on the Osmo Mobile 2 is also flawless and extremely quick too similar to the quality offered by the Zhiyun and Moza gimbal ranges too. This is achieved due to the superior gimbal sensors and gimbal motors along with all three brands having the best-balancing algorithms available that are leaps ahead of what the competition has right now.
This ensures that the detection and correction of any movement of the gimbal head is stabilized instantly to keep your image quality as high as possible. There is no lag when it comes to stabilizing the gimbal’s head, even in an activity with a bunch of small, short, but rapid vibrations. This means that no matter what you are doing with your gimbal, the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 can help provide you with the best image stabilization possible.
This is due to the technology in the Feiyutech gimbal not being as good as what DJI has put in theirs but you also have to factor in the price point. The Vimble 2 has been designed to be more of a budget-friendly smartphone gimbal whereas the Osmo Mobile 2 is more of a premium level gimbal. Now, we know that the price difference between the two at the time of writing is only around $40 depending on the retailer and that $40 may not sound like much but it is effectively a third of the Osmo Mobile 2 price tag.
This is why we always recommend that our readers try to get the additional cash needed for the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 as it the difference in price tag is not much for most people but the difference in performance is night and day. This really shows with the number of independent positive reviews that have been posted for the Osmo Mobile 2.
User Interface And Control System
As most people who look to purchase a gimbal for smartphone use will be entry-level gimbal users, this easy system is ideal as it is quick to learn while also offering you optimal control over your gimbal with minimal time investment on your part. This ensures that most people will be able to take either the Osmo Mobile 2 or Vimble 2 out of the box and pretty much get the basics of the system from just looking at it.
The joystick offers decent control of the gimbal head on both devices ensuring that you are able to control what your smartphone is recording with ease. That said, we feel that the sensitivity of the DJI system is ever so slightly more responsive than the Feiyutech system, especially if your thumb is cold helping score DJI some additional points.
If you are brand new to using gimbals the simplicity of the control interfaces on both of these gimbals helps play to your advantage. Some of the competing smartphone gimbals on the market are confusing and can take ages to learn even the basics. On the other side of this though, if you are more of an advanced gimbal user, neither of the featured gimbals offer much in the way of advanced customisation with the Zhiyun Smooth 4 being the way to go if this is what you want.
The DJI app also offers some solid wireless remote control features too but this feature is much better when using with their DJI Ronin S as your smartphone will be mounted to the Osmo Mobile 2. This means that if you are close enough to your smartphone to use its remote control feature you are also close enough to your gimbal to just use the manual system.
That said though, if you are an advanced gimbal user the DJI app can offer some quick and easy access to some gimbal settings to allow you to tweak them as required. Due to the Osmo Mobile 2 being a smartphone gimbal designed to use super lightweight rigs, the default configuration that is shipped with the gimbal should be ideal for the vast majority of our readers anyway.
Build Quality And Design
That said though, when it comes to the build quality of the gimbals, there are some solid differences that set the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 ahead of the Feiyutech Vimble 2. Now, both of the gimbals are very robust in all fairness to them ensuring that they are definatley tough enough to take any bumps or knocks coming their way while either in use or when in storage and being transported.
On the flipside of this, the Osmo Mobile 2 is lighter and smaller than the Vimble 2 making it much easier to store as and when needed. If you are planning on doing a bunch of traveling with your smartphone gimbal for work such as travel videography or travel vlogging then this also helps as it takes up less space and weight in your luggage too.
Again though, this is largely down to the price difference between the two products rather than Feiyutech skimping out. The materials that are both robust as well as lightweight are more expensive and that means that the Vimble 2 would have to have a higher price tag if it was lighter but it doesn’t have the tech and performance to really compete with the higher price point gimbals on the market.
One area of the build quality where we are going to call a tie is in the gimbal handle as both products have a solid little handle that is very comfortable to hold during use. We often see people overlook the importance of this but if you know that you are going to be using your gimbal for hours at a time, a comfortable handle is a very important thing to look for.
That brings us to the end of our Feiyutech Vimble 2 vs DJI Osmo Mobile 2 comparison article and although we feel that the Feiyutech Vimble 2 is a solid cheap smartphone gimbal, the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is so much better and is around $40 more. In our opinion, this makes the Osmo Mobile 2 the obvious option and the gimbal that we would recommend our readers add to their collection of camera accessories.
If you are yet to make up your mind though, you can click here to read independent reviews of the Osmo Mobile 2 or read our full review here. You can also click here to read third-party reviews for the Vimble 2 or read our dedicated review here. This can offer additional insight into each product and help you make your mind up.