Ever since the release of the Zhiyun Crane 2 with its 3.2kg load capacity, other companies seem to be pushing the boat out just a little further each time. The original MOZA Air came out to match it, followed by the DJI Ronin-S, which can handle a rather impressive 3.6kg. Now, Gudsen has announced the new MOZA Air 2 which takes a whopping 4.2kg.
Weighing only 1.4kg itself, the MOZA Air 2 comes in about 100g lighter than the DJI Ronin-S, but a little heavier than the Crane 2’s 1.25kg. All three of these come in at a heavier weight than the original MOZA Air, though, at 1.1kg. And while it might sound like relatively small differences between them, you definitely feel it over a day’s shooting.
As well as the load capacity, the MOZA Air 2 also beats the original MOZA Air on battery life, too, stretching it from 12 hours to 16. And you can feed that battery back out to power Nikon. Canon, Sony and Panasonic cameras. It also comes with a more updated design, including ergonomic handle, and Crane 2-like follow focus wheel.
The Moza Air 2 features 3 axis of rotation, plus the follow focus that seems to be becoming standard these days. And it also comes with 8 follow modes. It seems like they’re rather accurate, too, claiming a 0.05-0.1° deviation when in motion, and 0.01-0.03° deviation when static.
As with the Crane 2 and other gimbals, there’s a mechanical follow focus system available for the Moza Air 2, with autofocus shifting and auto zoom. You’ve also got motion timelapse modes that probably work much better than they do on the Crane 2.
There’s built in Bluetooth, 2.4Ghz wireless, and a USB Type-C socket (not to be used for charging!). It also utilises the popular Manfrotto 501PL style tripod plate.
Overall, it seems like the MOZA Air 2 should be pretty solid and very heavy duty upgrade over its predecessor. There’s no word on a price or exact release date yet, but if you want to find out more, head on over to the Gudsen website.