Gudsen has announced their new Moza Air 2S gimbal; successor to their popular Moza Air 2. It brings with it a new battery offering up to 20 hours of use, with rapid charging taking you from flat-to-full in a mere 2 hours compared to 16 hours of use and 5 hours charge time of its predecessor as well as an all-new metal construction.
The new Air 2S offers a similar load capacity to the Air 2 and while it might seem like an incremental update, it offers some some nice advantages and improvements. As well as one new feature that seems a little… odd. There’s a little flippy out handle on the focus wheel so you can spin it like a fishing reel.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s an interesting idea. And anything new is worth a go, right? Even if just to see what the feedback’s like. I’m just not sure if it’s going to be a solution looking for a problem for most users. I can’t see what advantage it will offer over the regular wheel that gimbals have had since they first started to appear.
Like the Moza Air 2, the Moza Air 2s has a max payload of 4.2kg, although the new all-metal construction doesn’t add much to the weight of the gimbal. It includes features like auto-balancing, and all of the usual inception, fpv, sport, and other shooting modes we’ve come to expect from Moza gimbals. You can also mount your phone to the gimbal above your camera for object tracking or you can use your phone for Mimic Motion Control mode – which is a crazy fun feature that I use regularly on the Moza AirCross 2 gimbal.
But it also features better connectivity, with various ports for connecting camera power, camera communication, Multi-CAN, and other stuff. It also has a bunch of accessory mounting points including Arri Rosette, cold shoe and M4 mounting holes. The Moza Spark Power Supply System 3.0 features a 4-cell battery system and USB-PD charging to provide up to 20 hours of run-time on a mere 2-hour charge.
And as with most other gimbals these days, you get independently locking axes. This allows for a much easier time when balancing your load on the gimbal and has pretty much become an essential feature. For real, if you’re ever thinking about getting a gimbal for DSLRs or mirrorless cameras (or larger) and it can’t do this, just skip it. Trust me.
I’m not sure the Air 2S offers enough to existing Air 2 users over the gimbal they already own to justify the cost of switching, but for those who’d been considering the Moza Air 2, the Moza Air 2S seems to offer some nice updates.
Right now, though (and probably until current stocks run out), the Moza Air 2 costs $499 with the iFocus-M motor, and the Moza Air 2S is $499 for the gimbal alone. The Moza iFocus-M is available separately for another $99, but there’s no mention of the iFocus-M on the Air 2S product page.
I would hope that the Air 2S is compatible with the iFocus-M, but if you’re thinking about that combo, I’d wait until there’s some official word from Moza before you go for it. It will more than likely work, but it wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen an old focus motor not work with a newer model gimbal, and maybe they have an updated motor on the way. We’ve reached out to Moza to find out what the deal is with iFocus-M compatibility and we’ll update this post if and when we hear back from them.
Update: Gudsen has confirmed to DIYP that the Moza Air 2S is fully compatible with the iFocus-M focus motor, although it is a separate $99 purchase.
The Moza Air 2S is available to pre-order now for $499 and is expected to start shipping very soon.