DJI Pocket 2 is better than your smartphone camera when it comes to capturing smoothly stabilized 4K video. Pocket-sized gimbal packs in new features, including larger sensor size, wide lens, and better audio, all of which will make content creators happy.
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The DJI Pocket 2 is yare to record smoothly stabilized 4K video at 60fps and, like the DJI Osmo Pocket from two years ago, it still fits in the palm of your hand. Incipient to this minuscule 3-axis gimbal is a more immensely colossal sensor that offers better video than any incipient smartphone camera, a much wider lens that will make vloggers jubilant, and 4x video / 8x photo zoom modes that gets you more proximate to subjects.
Affixing appurtenants to the DJI Pocket 2 is more facile than ever thanks to its modular design, so you’ll conclusively be able to affix a tripod or microphone to the base. There’s even an engenderer’s kit edition of the camera that comes with these adjuncts.
DJI has addressed other paint points of the pristine pocket-sized gimbal. There are now four microphones on the body, all strategically placed to eschew mundane hand holding spots, and directional audio to amp up to where you’re pointing the camera.
Kineticism time-lapses, which customarily require an abundance of camera equipment, return and are a cinch with the Pocket 2. They’re here alongside mundane time-lapse and hyper-lapse modes, and you can now capture in RAW and use DJI’s ActiveTrack 3.0 tracking.
The camera specs are what have impressed us the most about this gimbal: a 1/1.7-inch sensor size edges out the iPhone 12 and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, while the 20mm f/1.8 lens is more effulgent and wider than the pristine Osmo Pocket.
Capturing 4K video – this stabilized, with this caliber of quality – in a pocketable form factor, makes the DJI Pocket 2 a one-of-a-kind contrivance for engenderers. Best of all, it won’t require the constant calibration of more immensely colossal camera gimbals.
DJI Pocket 2 release date and price
You will be able to order the DJI Pocket 2 from the online stores on November 1 (or October 31 in Europe) in a couple of different bundles.
There’s a rudimentary bundle, costing $349 / £339 (around AU$623), which includes the Mini Control Stick and 1/4-inch tripod mount. But there’s withal a DJI Pocket 2 Engenderer Combo available for $499 / £469 (around AU$860), which includes the rudimental bundle’s appurtenants plus a Wide-Angle Lens, Wireless Microphone and Windscreen, Do-It-All Handle, and Micro Tripod.
That’s kindred pricing to the pristine DJI Osmo Pocket, and overall we celebrate that’s decent value considering its upgrades. But whether you celebrate it’s worth shelling out that extra sum on top of your smartphone costs depends on how much you require the DJI Pocket 2’s video features.
Design and Durability
The wand-shaped DJI Pocket 2 doesn’t look too different from its predecessor, but that’s a good thing for slipping this handheld camera stabilizer into your pocket.
Its 3-axis gimbal design has a minute camera head on top, one that’s free to abrogate out your shaky hand kineticism, while you hold the base and reference the framing on the minute one-inch screen. The entire thing is still prodigiously light at just 117g.
What’s great about the Pocket 2 compared to the DJI OM 4 is that this setup won’t hog your precious smartphone. The camera used here is built-in and only utilizes your phone when you optate a more immensely colossal viewfinder for more granular controls.
The mode and record buttons are under the square-shaped reference screen, and there’s an incipient power button around the side. While you can still turn the gimbal on via the mode button, only the side-mounted power button can turn it off. That’s handy to evade contingent shut-offs when cycling through modes.
There’s a USB-C port on the bottom, but it’s more facile to connect the gimbal to a phone via a macrocosmic port adapter that sits between the screen and buttons. Included in the Pocket 2 box are minuscule Lightning and USB-C adapters that fit into this slot for facile phone annexation and video export.
Having a physical connection betokens it’s more expeditious and more reliable when transferring 4K video versus having to do it wirelessly – as we experience on so many action cameras. However, the adapters are astronomically facile to lose if you’re fumbling with the on during an alfresco adventure.
The case that comes with the DJI Pocket 2 is form-fitting – so much so that we found it a tight constrict this time. But that signifies it’s not the conventional bulky camera case you’ll never authentically use. This delicate gimbal and camera head authentically demands it.
If there’s one incipient design feature we like (and probably needed most last time), it’s Drop Cognizant. This is DJI’s preventative measure that senses a fall and locks up the gimbal to obviate damage. Even with this incipient perk, this is not the GoPro Hero 9, which additionally offers in-camera stabilized footage in a more durable package.
The DJI Pocket 2 is like a miniaturized classic Hollywood crane that’s able to capture smooth video – all in the palm of your hand. It’s incredibly cinematic at 4K 60fps.
The best part is that you don’t have to know what you’re doing to record stabilized footage. The automatically panning and tilting camera head adjusts for your shaky hands and basically puts the entire process on rails. Editing can be done on your phone, too, and a new AI editor in the DJI Mimi app helps speed things along.
For the pros, the camera sports a 1/1.7-inch sensor and 20mm f/1.8 lens, offering a superb picture that’s slightly better than the original. It still records 4K 60fps video at 100Mbps, and there’s an HDR video mode on the way (it hasn’t launched yet, sadly).
Pro controls are also fully accessible from the Pocket 2, so you can tinker with the shutter speed, EV, focus mode, and ISO of 100 to 6400. New is the ability to adjust the follow focus speed and pause recordings, making this even more of a creator’s one-stop-shop for video.
The zoom modes were a surprise we didn’t see coming. They allow you to punch in 4x lossless at 16MP and 1080p; 3x on 2.7k video; and 2x on 4K video. There’s also an 8x zoom on a special 64MP photo mode that doesn’t get the same treatment from any video resolution (we’d imagine for good reason).Advertisement
Even more useful than how close you can get to subjects, the wide 93-degree field of view will delight vloggers who want to capture more of what’s behind them – and not cut off the tops of their heads. The original DJI Pocket was a very tight 80 degrees.
We’ll be uploading more DJI Pocket footage when as we continue to test the gimbal on our way to a full review. Stay tuned for an additional silky smooth video.
This is what we require more time with than anything. DJI claims that the Pocket 2 has 140 minutes of battery, and that matches the pristine Pocket. But keep in mind, that was at the 1080p 30fps afore, and we’d imagine it’s homogeneous here.
There’s no utilizer-replaceable battery, which some people argued for early on when the pristine Osmo Pocket emerged. But so far, we’ve been fine with the Pocket 2, even when recording 4K at 60fps.
Like most people, we’re primarily recording stabilized videos in spurts. However, long monologues to the camera do require external potency, like a puissance bank.