Setup & Testing
Testing for this review was done using the Sony A7III and the Rokinon 35mm F/1.4. The second camera in the images was a Nikon D5100 with the 18-55 mm kit lens. The Air 2 is a bit heavier than the original Moza Air, weighing in at 1.6 kg or 3.5 lbs. I wouldn’t consider this light. However, its slightly lighter than the 1.86 kg, or 4.1 lbs of the Ronin S. The Moza Air 2 can handle a fair amount of weight with a max payload of 4.1 kg or just over 9 pounds. The Moza Air 2 can handle even a Canon C100 or even a Sony FS5.
Having used the Moza Air on several occasions, I was well versed in how to set up the original Moza Air. So, this gave me an advantage when setting up the Moza Air 2. Both are rather easy to figure out, even without looking at the instructions. The inclusion of a tripod was a welcomed addition. Given you could purchase the Moza air with a tripod. Just mine didn’t come with one,
The first step to set up was to install the batteries, then attach the included mini tripod to the Moza Air 2. The mini tripod has a ¼-20 thread. However, the bottom of the Moza Air 2 has both ¼-20 and 3/8 threads. This will allow you to use any tripod without the need for adapters. It’s a small touch, but a nice one.
The next step is to attach the Manfrotto compatible, quick disconnect base plate. This is a feature the Moza Air did not come with om its base model and I love the inclusion of it with the Moza Air 2. I now have two gimbals, a tripod and a fluid head on my monopod that all use the same mounting plate. This makes it very easy to swap my Sony A7III between the several stabilization solutions I own. Once the quick disconnect base plate is attached, and the mounting plate is on your camera, it’s time to balance your camera on the Moza air 2.
There are wing nuts on the pan, tilt and roll axis’. The pan axis allows you to adjust the camera front to back.
The tilt axis allows you to adjust the camera up and down.
On the roll axis, you can adjust the camera left to right.
On each of the three-axis’, there is essentially a ruler that allows you to note your adjustments once the camera is balanced. Noting the setting on each axis will make setting up your Moza Air 2 far easier in the future. The adjustments in these images are the settings for my Sony A7III with a Rokinon 35mm F/1.4.
We touched on the redesigned head earlier. Now, to elaborate on the reason I prefer the design of the Moza Air 2 to that of the original Moza Air. A design change that eliminated what was, in my eyes, the biggest flaw in the original Moza Air.
I had in issue with the Moza Air where the placement of the roll axis would restrict full movement of the tilt axis. This was dependent on the size of the lens of course. Using the Sony 28mm F/2.0, this wasn’t an issue. However, with the Rokinon 35mm F/1.4, the roll access would restrict a full 360° rotation on the tilt axis. This is no longer an issue on the Moza Air 2.
Going from eye level to low to the ground, you get one continuous motion and one continuous shot, when using the Moza Air 2. With the Moza Air, this wasn’t possible using the Sony A7III and Rokinon 35mm F/1.4. When I’d lower the Moza Air too low, the lens would hit the roll axis and prevent the tilt axis from rotating too far. This was the one major issue I had with the original Moza Air and I’m glad to see that Gusden addressed this issue as I know I wasn’t the only one to experience this.
Next to the base plate attachment, there is a 7.4-volt mini-USB output. This is where you can plug the camera into your Moza Air 2 to allow the gimbal to control your camera. With your camera tethered to the Moza Air 2, your gimbal has the ability to control the focus, shutter, and zoom, if you’re using a zoom lens.
The battery life on the Moza Air 2 is excellent lasting up to 16 hours. That’s four hours more than the advertised battery life on the Moza Air. I used the Moza Air to shoot at Pax East 2019 and it lasted two days of shooting. Given not full days. Since there were no shows or conventions in the area while testing for this review, I just used it for shooting random videos and b-roll. In total, I shot for just about 15 hours in total before I had to charge the batteries.
For the Moza Air, they have the Moza Assistant app on the Google Play Store. For the Moza Air 2, they have the Moza Master App. There is also Moza Master software for Windows, Mac OS and for IOS in the App Store. To download the Moza Master software, click here: https://www.gudsen.com/moza-air-2-downloads. With the Moza Master app, you can calibrate your gimbal. You can also set the pan, tilt and roll axis’. You can set the pan, tilt and roll speeds. The Moza Master App makes it even easier to set up your gimbal when on-site or in-studio. The Moza Master software also allows you to set up your camera for a time-lapse or for taking shots of deep space. Gimbals aren’t just for buttery smooth b-roll footage.