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MOZA MOIN Camera– a gimbal with an integrated camera

MOZA has announced the MOIN Camera. The MOIN is essentially a 3-axis stabilized pocket-sized camera gimbal.

The MOIN Camera looks similar to products such as the DJI Osmo Pocket 2, but unlike those products, it features a rotatable 2.45″ (6.2cm) touch screen. You can rotate the display in two directions, up or down (up to 90 degrees).

When you are not using it, the screen folds back into the MOIN.

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This touchscreen allows you to monitor the camera and control all of the camera’s settings. When you tap on the screen it brings up a graphical user interface.

I like this concept of having a built-in screen that folds out. This makes it a lot more of an actual ‘pocket’ product than something like the DJI Pocket 2 Gimbal where you really need to attach a smartphone to see an image clearly.

Sensor & camera

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The MOIN Camera utilizes a 1/2.3″ CMOS Sony IMX378 sensor. It is capable of capturing UHD video at up to 60fps, and 6x slow-motion in FHD.

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The camera also features Face Tracking, First Person View (FPV), Panorama, and a Time-Lapse mode.

The camera features a wide 120° FOV Lens that has an f/2.2 aperture. The equivalent focal length is 14mm. The processor being used is an Ambarella H22S85. The camera also has built-in stereo microphones.

The ISO can be adjusted between 100-3200 ISO in both photo and video modes.

The MOIN Camera has what Moza is referring to as ‘Deep Red’, an anti-shake motor control algorithm that works in conjunction with the 3-axis stabilization.

Recording

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The MOIN camera can record in the following resolutions and frame rates:

  • UHD (3840×2160)- 60/50/48/30/25/24p
  • 2.7K (2704×1520) 60/50/48/30/25/24p
  • FHD (1920×1080)- 200/120/100/60/50/48/30/24p
  • HD (1280×720) 240/200/120/100p

Please note that even though it says 24p it is actually 23.98p.

There are two recording modes you can use, MOZA-Color and Slow Motion. There don’t appear to be any picture profiles or Log recording modes you can use.

The max bitrate listed for video is 100Mbps. It is unclear as to what all of the bitrates for the various recording resolutions and frame rates are, as MOZA doesn’t list that information. Video is recorded as MPEG-4 (AVC/H.264). The maximum capacity internal MicroSD card you can use is 256GB.

Weight & Battery Life

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The MOIN Camera tips the scales at 176g (6.2 oz). Its internal battery can operate for up to 145 minutes (1080p at 30fps) and can be fully charged in 90 min.

MOZA Artist App

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Moza uses what they are referring to as ‘Intelligent Silent Transfer‘ to speed up transfer time between the smartphone and the stored media. The MOZA Artist App can also be set to import all media stored on the MOIN Camera automatically. When using this mode, the gimbal and smartphone will remain connected via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi while the files are transferred.

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You can also use the MOZA Artist App to do automatic video edits, as well as add filters, effects, and music to your footage.

Competition

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The main competition comes in the form of the DJI Pocket 2 Gimbal. This was released last October.

So how do they compare on paper? Well, let’s have a look:

MOZA MOIN CameraDJI Pocket 2 Gimbal
Sensor Size1/2.3″ 12MP1/1.7″ 64MP
Lens Focal Length14mm20mm
Lens Aputuref/2.2f/1.8
Angle of View 120°Wide: 93°
Recording3840x2160p
60/50/48/30/25/24p

2704×1520
60/50/48/30/25/24p

1920×1080
200/120/100/60/50/
48/30/24p

1280×720 240/200/120/100p
3840 x 2160p
24/25/30/48/50/60 fps
(100 Mb/s H.264/AVC, MPEG-4)

2720 x 1530p
24/25/30/48/50/60 fps
(100 Mb/s H.264/AVC, MPEG-4)

1920 x 1080p
24/25/30/48/60 fps
(100 Mb/s H.264/AVC, MPEG-4)

240 fps Recorded at
1920 x 1080p

120 fps Recorded at 1920 x 1080p
Recording Media 1 x microSD (256 GB Maximum)1 x microSD (256 GB Maximum)
Video ISO100-3200100 to 6400
Inputs & Outputs1 x USB 2.0 Type-C Charging
1 x USB 2.0 Type-C Monitoring
Weight 6.2 oz / 176g4.1 oz / 117 g

As you can see there are quite a few similarities between the two products, but the DJI Pocket 2 does have the added benefit of having a ton of accessories that you can use with the gimbal.

Just how the two compare in real life would be interesting to see.

Who is it aimed at?

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The MOZA MOIN camera is a consumer product, but like any consumer product, there is no reason why you couldn’t use it in a professional environment. MOZA isn’t really targetting this product at professional users, but if you are going to be using it in a professional environment you really need to be aware of its limitations. The MOIN Camera, just like the DJI Pocket 2 is not some sort of miracle device that can replace more expensive gimbal and camera combinations, however, because of its tiny size, it does have its advantages.

For Vloggers, VJs, news crews, people wanting to shoot BTS footage, and anyone who needs to get occasional stabilized shot and not draw attention to themselves, the MOIN Camera could suit your needs.

The image quality is not going to rival a small mirrorless camera, and in all honesty, the MOIN Camera’s main rivals are more likely to be smartphones and action cameras.

Price & Availability

The MOZA MOIN Camera will retail for $299 USD, which is $50 USD less than the DJI Pocket 2 Gimbal ($349 USD).

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