A Closer Look
The Moza Air 2 is a three-axis gimbal designed by Gusden Technology Co. LTD and is the successor to the very well received Moza Air. The Moza Air 2 is designed for use with DLSR’s and mirrorless cameras. Weighing in at 1.6 kg (3.5 pounds), the Moza Air can hold a max payload of up to 4.2 kg or about 9.25 pounds. The Moza Air 2 comes with Four high-rate Li-ion 18650 rechargeable batteries that have a run time of up to 16 hours. You can also purchase extra batteries separately.
In part of this review, we’ll be comparing the original Moza Air to the focus of this review, the Moza Air 2. When placed side by side, there are several differences between the Moza Air 2 and the original Moza Air. The Moza Air 2 has a thicker handle and far more in-depth controls. They both do a great job stabilizing your camera footage, but the Moza Air 2 is a better design overall.
There is one feature the Moza Air had that the Moza Air 2 does not. The Moza Air came with a crossbar with handles. This allowed you to use the Moza Air with one hand, or 2. The ability to use a gimbal two-handed can help improve the stability of your shot. However, this would have been harder to do on the Moza Air 2, due to the redesigned handle and it not being round. So, I understand why this was not a feature of the Moza Air 2.
Having used both the Moza Air and now, the Moza Air 2, both are very easy to set up and balance. Unlike the original Moza Air, the Moza Air 2 came packed with a small tripod. This made set up far easier with the Moza Air 2. Each of the legs opens very wide and sits very low to the surface, this makes the tripod very sturdy.
The design of the head of the Moza Air 2 has been completely revamped when compared to the original Moza Air. The roll axis is no longer level with the tilt axis. Now, with the roll axis lowered to mid-way between the pan and tilt axis.
Another feature added to the Moza Air 2 the original didn’t have is a lock on the roll axis. I can see where this could come in handy. However, I could also see locks on the pan axis and tilt axis being helpful as well. So, maybe on the Moza Air 3. That being said, you can lock pan, tilt, and roll in the menu of the Moza Air 2.
Looking at the controls on both the Moza Air and Moza Air 2, they look nothing alike. The controls on the Moza Air consist of a power button and a joystick and that is it. Given, the Moza Air does a great job, there are little to the controls. The Moza Air 2, now that’s another story. The handle on the Moza Air 2 is thicker and sturdier. Its ergonomic design allows for a better grip than the round grip on the original Moza Air.
In addition to the lock on the gimbal itself and the ability to lock all the axis’s in the menu, the trigger will allow you to temporarily lock all three axes. They will remain locked as long as you hold the trigger in place. When released, your setting will go back to however you have them set in the menu. The scroll wheel allows you to easily scroll through the menu.
The joystick is used, with a series of clicks to lock and or unlock the pan, tilt and roll axis on the Moza Air 2. One-click locks the Pan axis, two clicks locks the Roll axis, and 3 clicks locks the Tilt axis. Doing the same will again have the reverse effect. On the front of the Moza Air 2, there is an intelligent OLED display that displays information such as battery life and the setting of the gimbal such as tilt, pan, and roll. The menu button allows you to access the menu and the button on the bottom is the power button. This button also doubles as the start and stop recording button.
Quick side note, the joystick does have a rubber cap that covers it. This is removable. However, I found it to be easier to use the joystick with the rubber cap.
On the opposite side of the OLED screen, there is a mounting hole that uses the ARRI standard accessory mount, that is a 3/8-16 thread. This can come in handy in many ways. For example, I used a small gorilla pod arm from a suction cup mounting solution to attach my mic to the Moza Air 2.
The Moza Air 2 also improved the mounting solution when compared to the Moza Air. The Moza Air 2 comes with a Manfrotto compatible base plate and a Manfrotto quick release plate. The Moza Air 2 uses the same quick-release plate as the Manfrotto Be Free fluid head I have attached to my monopod. This allows the user to switch seamlessly between the Moza Air, your tripod and or monopod. This, of course, relies on your tripod or monopod to use the same Manfrotto base plate of course. Right away, this gave me three extra quick release plates available for use with the Moza Air 2.
To remove the batteries from the Moza Air, push the button at the base of the handle down, and the battery cover will pop off. This is very easy to do when the batteries are out of the gimbal. However, when the batteries are installed, the release switch was very difficult to push down.
The Moza Air 2 uses High-rate 18650 Li-ion that are rated at 2500mAh. They do last a very long time, an estimated 16 hours. However, they take nearly a third that time to charge. The batteries for the Moza Air 2 take upwards of 5 hours to charge. With the 16-hour life span, it’s highly unlikely you’d have to swap out batteries mid-shoot. As long as you charge them ahead of time.
If you look at the image of the two battery types, the taller, slimmer batteries are used in the Moza Air 2. The shorter, fatter batteries are used in the original Moza Air. I do prefer the design of the newer batteries to that of the older ones. But it would have been nice to have the ability to use the batteries in from the original Moza Air in the Moza Air 2. That being said, the new battery has a better life span. The batteries in the original Moza Air were only 2000mAh and had a life span of 12 hours.
The battery charger for the Moza Air 2’s rechargeable lithium-ion batteries is powered by a USB Type-C cable and has four slots for the four batteries. I prefer this way of powering the charger as opposed to a traditional house plug. With the Moza Air 2, you can charge the batteries in your car if you had to on your way to a shoot.