In the evolution of the DJI 4K cameras, here comes the DJI Pocket 2 with some impressive precision and recording capabilities, the improved version of the Osmo Pocket. This camera gimbal gadget has changed the world of the portable cameras.
DJI Pocket 2 camera specs and design
Being very similar with Osmo Pocket, Pocket 2 consists of a handle, a 3-axis gimbal and a camera. As we know from the previous version, the camera is perfectly balanced, providing smooth and clear images or recordings even when moving, running or making sudden movements.
With basically the same dimensions as the Osmo Pocket, DJI Pocket weights 1 gram more than the predecessor, with a weight of 117 grams.
DJI Pocket 2 comes with wider angle lens for improved low light performance on its 20mm camera equipped with a 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor that can be used in high resolution mode. This way, you can zoom up to 8x. Using it in 16MP mode, it provides Full HD resolution and a 4x zoom.
A new improvement comes in the sensor, which is larger now, makes Pocket 2 able to record video in 4K at 60fps, but also in the sound, thanks to the new DJI Matrix Stereo system. The system uses four microphones placed around the device.
Microphones and sound system
The four microphones belong to the DJI Matrix Stereo system and they are strategically placed to capture better quality and most important, the user does not interfere with them while recording video.
Now, with the directional audio and audio zoom, the sound direction is adjusted based on the point where the camera is looking, even in windy or noisy conditions capturing a clear and consistent sound. This is possible thanks to ActiveTrack 3.0, which chases a defined subject, even if this is in movement.
There are three modes which can be configured:
- Omnidirectional – default configuration, captures the sound from all the directions
- Unidirectional – useful when recording a single person staying in the front of the camera
- Bidirectional – the sound sources are in the front and in the back of the camera
Pocket 2 video quality
After the first use, you’ll be extremely surprised by the camera and the gimbal. The speed and bitrate are just a bit improved, the recordings can be made at a maximum 100Mbs bitrate.
Recording on the go is no longer a headache now, thanks to the Hybrid AF 2.0 feature, which makes the camera focus with precision and accuracy.
DJI Pocket 2 video specs:
- HD type: 4K Ultra HD
- Video Resolutions: 1920 x 1080,3840 x 2160 Pixels
- Maximum frame rate: 60 ips
- Supported video formats: H.264, MOV, MP4, MPEG4
DJI Pocket 2 video modes:
- Pro Mode – for manual settings
- ActiveTrack 3.0 – tracks a subject
- Motionlapse and Hyperlapse
- Panoramic (180°)
- Live broadcast
- Story Mode
The battery has been also improved so that Pocket 2 can record 4K for more than 2 hours, with a power of 875mAh, exactly the same as the predecessor. Of course, depending on the use of the gimbal, the autonomy can vary, but the results still remain good.
Unfortunately, the battery is not exchangeable, but the good point is that you can simply plug an external power bank by USB-C.
Is Pocket 2 waterproof?
Either if it’s not waterproof, DJI Pocket 2 can work in various conditions with no problems, using the waterproof housing which offer protection at depths of up to 60 meters for your high quality underwater photos.
The handle which provides wireless and bluetooth connectivity to the smartphone or microphone and includes a 1/4 ″ tripod making it perfect for vlogging outside.
DJI Pocket 2 is an excellent option for travelers, vloggers and hobby film makers, for those who want to achieve a superior video quality for their content. Very easy to carry, basically fitting in a pocket, worth the price.
In the case you’re a more professional videographer, yes, you will need some of the accessories. Make an idea on how much other accessories will cost you. Maybe a more performant camera will suit you better.