DJI Pocket 2 Review 2021

The DJI Pocket 2 is a second-generation all-in-one camera. The Osmo Pocket 2 follow-up camera is about the same size as the original but includes a larger sensor, wider lens, improved automation system, a larger microphone, and higher quality photo and video capture.

Pocket 2 addresses many of the shortcomings of the original Osmo Pocket, which was a good tool for capturing static videos quickly but had significant limitations. A larger sensors, faster and wider lens, enhanced autofocus capabilities, and additional mics make this a more robust tool for content designers, Wolverines, and professional shooters looking to get extra footage for big jobs.

The ability to shoot with 64MP raw image pockets is a huge leap from the original, but the loss of quality of the 8x zoom is noticeable and at the end of the day we think the pocket is more suitable as a video tool. Pockets are great for capturing genuine opportunities and unique perspectives, but realistically we think people are more likely to use a smartphone to capture them. Panorama modes offer something unique. Unlike smartphones, the pocket does not necessarily have to rely on human hands to move along a straight line to create a perfectly sewn image.

DJI Pocket 2 Key Specifications


1 / 1.7 ”CMOS sensor

20mm (equivalent) F1.8 lens

64MP and 16MP photo modes

Video: 4K / 60p, 2.7K / 60p, 1080 / 60p

8x zoom (64MP mode), 1080p or 4MP zoom with no 4x zoom

Panel modes of 3 × 3 and 180

4 microphones with directional audio and audio tracking

Micro SD slot up to 256 GB

140 minutes. Battery life (1080 / 24p)

Weight: 117 g

Dimensions: 124.7 × 38.1 30 mm.

HDR video: 2.7K / 30p (coming with a future firmware update)

The pocket is small and simple to operate and is not scary enough to use the big gimbals in the market – for us it is a victory.

Controls have become more intelligent, and switching between random shooting modes is no longer easy. The zoom capabilities and the mini control rod device are incredibly useful – the same goes for interchangeable grips. Although the Do-It-All handle is a device that should be purchased at an additional cost, we think it is worth paying more. It works well and makes it easy to watch, review and download scenes while using your smartphone and use the pocket as a tool for live streaming – we only see that it is more common as large person events are suspended

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The camera is incredibly easy to use and is a great option for vloggers and content-makers who want to capture still video and do not want to weigh themselves with too many tools.

The exterior design of the Pocket 2 is similar to the original, but now includes a sliding mini control rod in the area previously reserved for a smartphone connection. If you use a mini control rod, the buttons increase from two to five to control the pocket. Although there are some differences with the button layout, the operation is familiar to the original.

The power button on the pocket is located on the right side of the camera and the microSD card is pushed to the left. The bottom left recording button records video or shoots, and the button next to it allows easy switching between the two methods. Pocket 2 now has the ability to pause the recording while pressing and holding the Record button.

If you have positioned the mini control rod, you can customize the joystick to zoom in or out and use the tilt lock, FPV and follow up and right button. The touchscreen controller lets you access additional shooting modes (slow, timeline, pano, HDR video), customize the mini controller rod settings, select recording resolution, review files, and access Pro mode.

Pocket 2 has been redesigned so that the wrist can be attached to the camera instead of the portable case. It’s a subtle update, but it’s useful. The pocket now has a detachable base and can be switched to a tripod mount or a device called the Do-It-All Handle ($ 99), which allows you to turn the pocket into a live streaming tool and use it without having to connect your phone to the camera. With app. The Do-It-All handle slightly increases the overall size, but the benefits that come with this tool are worth that extra stock.

Pocket still comes with devices to connect to your smartphone without all that needs to be done, but to do so you need to remove your phone case to make the connection and the setting feels unbalanced. You have to control the zoom and paste through an app that is not as smart as the new mini control rod. Handles everything you need to use your phone as a monitor or pocket for live streaming. If you intend to go live with the pocket you need to handle the Mimo app and all that needs to be done.

Video

When the first pocket was launched last year, it was clearly aimed at vloggers who needed steady views while walking and talking. Still, the original lens is 25.7mm F2, which has a lot of faces as a reflection shot, and requires relatively bright conditions. The new version has a wider 20mm F1.8 lens and a larger sensor, making it a better option for those who want their own stable view.

Pocket 2 adds two extra mics, bringing the total to four. With a future update, a new feature called Soundtrack will allow that microphone to follow anything that sounds in a scene. In our time with Pocket we didn’t have the Soundtrack feature, so we haven’t evaluated it, but DJI says it comes with a firmware update.

The audio quality in the original pocket left something to be desired. Extra mics and new audio features make for better sound recording than you can get on a smartphone. The new pocket comes with an optional wireless mic device that handles everything you need to do for clean audio – a good choice for flying interviews or capturing hiccups in noisy places.

Pocket 2 contains a hybrid AF that uses both the phase-detection automation center and the contradiction detection automation center. We found it a great job to catch up with the kids on subjects like how they dance in a tough hard concert and the band lead singer walking around the street. Pocket 2 can now record 4K video up to 60fps at 100Mbps bitrate

Stabilization of the pocket is one of its most attractive features. Pocket 2 is easier to use but more reliable than larger gimbals. I can never ride my bike with a stabilizer and a traditional camera. With the pocket, it could, and struggled as it rolled into the pits of New York City, but it gave me very smooth views as I walked around.

The camera is dropped, and although I did not intentionally drop the pocket, it seems sensitive. If Gimball thinks there is an accident it will be shut down. As I cycled over the Williamsburg Bridge, I tried to record scenes with the lens tucked into the front pocket of my jacket and the gimbal locked. But apparently, that journey was a bit faster than Pocket 2. Feels safe and secure.

Photography

Image quality is significantly improved compared to the original Osmo Pocket. This is due to the large 1 / 1.7 ”sensor and the fast F1.8 lens. Regular JPEGs come in at 16MP, but if you shoot in high-resolution mode, you can get 64MP files. If you switch the camera to PRO mode, you can capture 127.7 MB of raw DNG files. It’s a big leap in quality from the 12MP files in the original pocket.

One of the interesting things we found is that Pocket 2 does not allow you to record raw + jpg images at the same time – it’s either a decision or not.

RAW files have great flexibility when editing, but we saw some chromatic distortion when zooming in. According to DJI, Pocket offers 8x zoom and 4x lost zoom. In our experience, photos look crisp when the camera is in a wider position, but when you zoom in it is harder to focus sharply and the loss of quality is noticeable.

In addition to the 180 panes, Pocket 2 has the ability to shoot 3×3 panes. The 180º scenery shoots four photos and stitches to one long image, while the 3×3 scenery shoots 9 images and stitches to a 5×7 image. The process is fast and all the stitching is done in the Mimo app. The tripod is useful with 3×3 panes to limit camera shaking.

The second-generation pocket does a pretty good job of capturing work, but this is often not the tool you need to take sports photos. It does a good job of focusing on musicians and pets.

Due to the ergonomic changes in the buttons of the second-generation pockets, it is almost impossible to accidentally switch between shooting modes.

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