DJI Pocket 2 Review

Introduction

The DJI Pocket 2 is a compact camera with a twist that has an integrated gimbal that has 3-axis motorised stabilisation.

It’s slip-in-the-pocket-tiny and a mere 117g, yet builds on its predecessor with a larger image sensor, wider lens, more internal microphones, new shooting modes and refined subject tracking and hybrid autofocus.

For PS339 or $349, you get The Pocket 2 camera, Cover (hard plastic) USB-C power cord Mini Control Stick as well as adapters for smartphones (Lightning as well as USB-C) to connect to your smartphone, and for control through the DJI Mimo application.

If you’re able to stretch it to PS469 (or $499) You’ll receive the Creator Combo kit which includes wireless microphone dead cat (mic windshield) wide-angle lens converter handles, a handle that can be used for everything, and micro tripod.

Creator Combo kit Creator Combo kit is an all-inclusive run-and-gun audio and video recording system which can fit in the pocket of a jacket. If you’re not worried with audio quality, the standard kit will suffice since the camera’s microphones are adequate.

Although it’s not cheap (and more expensive than the initial OSMO Pocket), the DJI Pocket 2 feels like an improvement, and boasts some of the smoothest handheld videos that can be captured on tiny devices. It’s the perfect choice for those who don’t want to be caught up in the rigors of a bulky camera or simply record memories.

Ease of Use

What’s special regarding DJI Pocket 2? DJI Pocket 2? It’s compact and light. Yet, it comes with a variety of features for video making that aren’t being matched by smartphones at present.

With its small weight and size it is hard to imagine an even more efficient gimbal-stabilised camera. We’ve walked, run and all of our run-and gun videos are smooth and silky smooth. Take a look at our video gallery.

The motorised gimbal is superior to electronic and optical stabilisation found in phones and other cameras. It is also able to be adjusted according to the shooting conditions.

It comes with two settings for sensitivity that are slow or fast. Each setting responds to camera movements as the name implies. In general, we’ve used slow follow in order to provide the most fluid movement even in fast-moving scenes.

There are three different gimbal options also: the tilt lock (locked to the horizontal axis) and the FPV (free pan, tilt and roll movements) as well as follow (fixed the camera’s view).

Follow gimbal modes pair with the new ‘Active tracking 3.0’. Tap the subject twice to the Pocket 2 camera screen and tracking is activated, when you use a smartphone, draw a rectangle around the subject in order to start tracking.

Tracking keeps track of your subject with unrivalled precision, keeping them at the center of the frame even as they move around. It even gives some extra space within the frame based on the direction your subject is looking towards; left, right and up or down. The gimbal is extremely sophisticated life on its own!

In general the new hybrid autofocus is reliable as well. It’s not perfect and can’t always keep pace with the movement, but it does support active tracking very well. In comparison to smartphones with active tracking, the hybrid AF combination gives significantly more effective outcomes.

Additionally, you can choose from a range of shooting modesthat are which are not exclusive with DJI Pocket 2. DJI Pocket 2, but certain features in these modes are a step above.

Scrolling left to right on the menu, you’ll find hyperlapse, timelapse motion, video Pano mode, Story Mode, and livestream.

Combine all of these components and you’ll have a very efficient pocket camera. We’ll go into more detail about the modes of shooting in the near future but let’s have a look at the camera first.

We’ve already discussed the tiny shape of the wand. It’s made of plastic and is sturdy in its own right However, we wouldn’t wish to toss it Pocket 2 around too much or expose it too much to the harsh weather, not least due to the slots for microSD cards.

In the third installment we’d love to see the slot for cards inside the body, or an internal memory that is large.

Camera and Gimbal arms fit perfectly within the body aspect, and to some extent, they are secured from snags, and the gimbal arm appears sturdy enough. We are grateful for the durable plastic cover to put Pocket 2 Pocket 2 away when not when not in use. It protects the essential components.

It’s more than just a case and comes with a tripod mount, as well as storage slots for smartphones, adapters as well as a wide angle lens converters and place to accommodate to fit the (optional) clip-on microphone. To record timelapses we’ve utilized the cover to hold an attached smartphone.

There’s a universal 1/4 ” tripod mount located on the back of the Pocket 2, plus a sunken USB-C port through which the camera can be charged.

The battery inside is non-removable 875mAh battery that claims to provide 140-minute operating duration (for FHD recording). It’s as simple as that; small device and small battery = low battery life.

Battery life can vary and may be significantly smaller than the operating time, particularly with powerful 4K video recording, where you’ll be struggling through an hour. If you’re using a lot of power that you need to consider having a quick powerbank into your arsenal to allow for charging on the go.

Although Pocket 2 Pocket 2 can be controlled separately, the in-body controls and the tiny touchscreen are restricted. You only get the power button, record button , and menu button, with a limited menu available through the touchscreen

The mini control stick is inserted to the adaptor slot, and has a joystick to allow the manual control of gimbal movements or zoom lens, as well as another button that is used to adjust the gimbal’s mode.

However, this camera is best used with it’s (free) DJI Mimo app for your phone. It is possible to connect your phone to the smartphone adaptor in lieu of the mini controller stick. (There exist USB-C and Lightning adaptors available.)

The connection between the phone as well as the Pocket 2 camera is a bit fragile and once set, you’ll need to secure them as well as the overall balance is off. Some kind of bracket that supports the phone under could ease the stress on your body.

But, pairing it with smartphones is the best option. Then, you can take advantage of the entire experience using the larger screen of the phone, as well as quicker access to the control panel using the application (available to Android as well as iOS smartphones).

You can set to switch the Pocket 2 camera to selfie mode so that you can view the screen for v-logging, and the list goes on. The v-logging feature is the area where Pocket 2 shines – that Active Tracking helps you remain at the center of the frame while you move around.

Functionality is different for each shooting mode and we’re not certain whether it is due to our phone were using it’s the Google Pixel 5 – or the compatibility of phones brands.

In our pair, the limitations were FHD timelapses (not 4K) and slow motion of up to 120 fps (4x) only. This is not the 8x slow motion of 240fps according to the specifications.

We’re aware the fact that HDR video isn’t for the Pocket 2 at all yet but it will be available in 2021. We’re hoping that it’ll resolve some issues with image quality (more on this in the future).

Pocket 2. Pocket 2 is downright fun however it’s not a trick The camera modes can be used with the latest technology. In the end, technology isn’t enjoyable when it’s not working properly!

Hyperlapse increases the speed of action to 30x real-time. Popular for its fast walks through famous cities Hyperlapse is the best choice for us when it was set to 10x speed, delivering the ideal amount of speed, but with noticeable details.

It is helpful to practice. For example, it’s recommended to stop for a few minutes at the most important points of the sequence before proceeding to the next point to allow the viewer to be able to see the details. We really enjoyed this style as we strolled around taking in the festive atmosphere of a charming Surrey village.

In the timelapse mode you’ll require tripod. Motionlapse features can add motion to the camera throughout the sequence. There is a choice from left-to-right and right to left or a custom “path” with as many as four stops in each direction.

The panorama has two styles you can choose from: an 180deg horizontal stitch as well as the nine frame 3×3 grid stitch.

Overall it’s a great product. DJI Pocket 2 handles like the best of them – it’s compact enough to fit in pockets, and reliable and suitable for any level of skill as well as the shooting modes offer enough time to play for longer than the novelty stage.

Image Quality

Fantastic handling and features impact the type of images and videos you are able to create. What about the quality of images in and of itself?

The DJI Pocket 2 uses a 1/1.7 inch sensor that’s bigger over the 1/2.3 inch sensor used within the first OSMO Pocket, but it’s still a tiny sensor, so don’t be expecting professional results.

The sensor is packed with more than 64MP pixels and JPEG or RAW DNG images as defaults downsampled by the process of pixel binning, which is 16 MP. There is however an image mode of 64MP, which produces 9216×6912-pixel photos.

The RAW DNG format for photos is supported in the Pro mode, in which it is also possible to select manually the sensitivity level, which is available in the ISO 100 to 6400 range.

There’s a 20mm f/1.8 equivalent lens (it was 26mm in the OSMO Pocket). Are you thinking it’s a bit broad? It’s better , and here’s the reason. It’s primarily for Pocket 2 to shoot 16:9 aspect ratio videos. This means the corner details are cropped out in comparison to the 4:3 aspect ratio.

In the end, we’ve used the wide angle more often than we’ve wanted an even telephoto lens. Zooming can be as high as 8x with the digital zoom, however image quality will be reduced in any zoom setting.

Actually The Pocket 2 is about video. You can enjoy 4K video recording that can go up to 60fps. This is in higher than normal frames-per-second rates; 24, 25, 30 48 50, 60fps you’ve got it all.

Slow motion videos are on FHD only, but they’re now they can go up to 240fps (8x) however, on phones we were stuck at 4x. However, these slow motion videos look like butter. Unfortunately, the quality of the images is not as good as 4K recordings.

Quality of video and photo images is quite good. It’s clearly a small-sensor camera. The dynamic range is evidently restricted and highlights that are clipped are the norm.

In Pro mode it is possible to avoid clipped highlights by darkening your image using exposure compensation. But, a darker image can cause another issue – noise.

To reduce noise, you must have adequate lighting and a high exposure. Images with low light quality are less appealing. In situations other than bright sunlight or even white cloud the noise could be an issue.

Comparative images at various ISO settings in well-lit and controlled setting show the image quality remains similar until ISO 400 however after that, mid-tone and shadow detail gradually get more blurred as you increase the ISO. JPEG Noise reduction doesn’t work the best We recommend shooting using RAW DNG whenever feasible. In reality, this is an excellent device for fair weather.

HDR video is included in the specs, however it’s not accessible until a firmware update is released in 2021. Based on the DJI website, it won’t be available for 4K, but only 2.7K and FHD. Based on our experience here, we are eagerly waiting to see HDR video to be released as it will improve the quality of images significantly.

We like the Cine-D color profile that is used for videos. It reduces the brightness of colours, but it doesn’t aid in achieving dynamic range. The standard color profile is good, too.

The image that is generated from the 20mm wide-angle lens isn’t exactly the most sharp, neither. We’re pretty certain that 15mm’s wide angle converter within Creative Combo kit Creative Combo kit is softer but we haven’t used the feature.

When taking photos Auto ISO chooses the shutter speed that will maximize image quality , compared to one that is appropriate for actions. We took a lot of photos that had blurred movements due to it was because the automatic ISO shutter rate was not fast enough.

For photos that freeze the action You’ll have to change to manual mode, and then select the shutter speed manually. It’s quite a complicated procedure, but it’s doable!

In the end, you’ll have similar, if not even better image quality using a decent smartphone, especially after you add the processing of images on smartphones, such as HDR effects.

Every image quality issue with Pocket 2’s image quality issues Pocket 2 are countered by its powerful motorised gimbal great active tracking capabilities and highly enjoyable shooting modes.

We’ve also enjoyed using pano mode. One mode is comprised of nine photos each one following the next in a grid of 3×3, and then combines the photos into a single wide angle.

It is important to keep the phone as level as you can during the pano capture. We’ve had a few instances in which the details were not aligned properly between the stitched frames. However, with a steady hand, flawless results can be achieved.

The majority of smartphones come with the option of timelapse however none of them offer camera motion during the timelapse – because the cameras on these phones are fixed. The Pocket 2, you get the three options for movement by choosing motionlapse.

The manual “path” feature allows the possibility of stopping at four points in the lateral movement. For instance, you could pan left-to-right, go in a diagonal direction, change direction, and the list goes on.

The ‘path’ feature is especially useful in situations such as following the movement of traffic. If you select the auto panning option you can set the composition to its end point, and then the camera automatically moves back to its beginning point once the sequence begins. Handy.

If it’s a flat or a manual path, the introduction of motionlapse within the timelapse sequence can make it superior to fixed-angle options.

It’s that simple. You are able to create videos using DJI Pocket 2 that you can create videos with DJI Pocket 2 that are just not possible on other devices , like smartphones, unless you begin investing in dedicated gimbals such as the DJI OM 4.

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