DJI Pocket 2 evaluation: Tiniest pro-quality digital camera ever

Dji Pocket 2Source: iMore

DJI is on the rise in 2020. The mobile photography company recently upgraded its handheld Osmo Pocket camera to Pocket 2 (a minor name change). The new and improved model has a wider field of view, an improved sensor and four microphones that react dynamically to the subject. It now also supports HDR and up to 8x zoom for photos and slow motion video recordings. All of this and it measures a little over 5.5 inches long and weighs just 117 grams. It’s a tiny, powerful camera that literally fits in your pocket. It fits my iPhone 12 mini perfectly, of which there is an attachment that allows you to plug in your phone for additional video controls.

DJI Pocket 2

Bottom line: Vloggers, camera hobbyists and people who just want to capture life in the best possible way will love this pocket-sized 4K HDR camera not only for its portability, but also for its incredible camera quality.

The good

  • Four gimbal modes
  • Charge via USB-C
  • Up to 8x zoom with a 64GB lens
  • Up to 4K video at 60 frames per second
  • Dynamic microphone recording
  • Larger camera sensor

The bad

  • The screen controls on board are awful
  • Must add storage to be used
  • Difficult to see what is in the viewfinder in sunlight

DJI Pocket 2 review: what I like

Taken with Dji Pocket 2 camera

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Bag 2 has the appropriate name. It can literally fit in my pocket. In fact, I can comfortably fit the Pocket 2 and my iPhone 12 mini into my tight jeans. If you’re on a hike, which is exactly what I did while testing this camera, having something so small in your back pocket that you can keep your hands free to climb without all of the extra is invaluable Luggage from needing a full SLR. It’s small but powerful, and it takes amazing 64GB photos and 4K HDR videos. While many people don’t really need more than the camera on the phones can do in their pocket, the quality of the photos from Pocket 2 is undoubtedly excellent.

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The Pocket 2 offers an incredible number of camera options for being such a small device. You can switch between different cardanic modes directly on the camera, including Tilt Lock, FPV, Follow and the selfie camera. This will adjust the stabilizing movements of the camera to get the most out of your films.

While you are filming, especially if you are recording a specific subject, the built-in microphone adapts dynamically to the subject and records audio from this direction, thereby blocking out ambient noise. It’s perfect for filming walking tours or making video clips in busy environments.

The larger camera sensor makes the Pocket 2 work better at night and in environments where bright lights and dark shadows are mixed. This is always a feature that both amateur and professional photographers need most. I was most impressed with situations where the subject was backlit by bright sunlight. It maintains the dramatic effect of a shaded subject and evens out the bright light so the overall picture doesn’t look washed out.

DJI Pocket 2 review: what I don’t like

Dji Pocket 2

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The Pocket 2 has a small control panel with physical buttons and a joystick. These controls work just fine for a camera this small, but the built-in digital controls you use on the tiny screen are pretty terrible. On one of my trips, I forgot to pack the physical control panel so I used only the touchscreen controls and kept tapping, swiping, or scrolling to the wrong controls. The way the controls menu is set up is intuitive and easy to remember, but swiping and typing became a frustrating experience.

Also, because the screen is so small, it’s almost impossible to see what’s on it, especially in very bright light. I filmed lots of tree tops when trying to film trails because I literally couldn’t see what was on the tiny screen.

I think DJI could improve the next iteration of the bag by making the screen bigger, maybe even a screen that flips out of the handle like a camcorder.

Without an SD card, you cannot record any pictures or clips at all. For the $ 349 price tag, I think it should include a small amount of onboard memory. Maybe 16 GB for emergencies only.

The competition

Fimi Palm

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The Fimi Palm is a pocket-sized webcam that aims to compete with the Pocket 2 and costs almost half the price, but lacks some of the features that make the Pocket 2 stand out. If you’re on a budget or just want to test the water out with a pocket camera, the Fimi Palm will cost you a lot less and has 4K video support, a 128-degree ultra-wide camera, and a 3-axis camera stabilizer.

DJI Pocket 2: You Should Buy

Dji Pocket 2

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You Should Buy This If …

You are a vlogger filming mobile

This is the perfect tool for video bloggers and influencers who are always on the go. Not only is it the best camera you have in your pocket, it’s a quality camera that delivers great pictures. Oh, and yes, it fits in your pocket.

They do a lot of outdoor activities

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, filming your kids’ soccer games, capturing shots of friends running a halfpipe, or maybe making travel videos for your YouTube channel, this is an excellent camera to have by your side for wide action Recordings, selfies that show a lot in the background, and audio that is not overwhelmed by the motorcycle in the background.

You shouldn’t buy this if …

You rarely log outside of your studio

If you’re more of an in-studio influencer or video blogger, your stationary camera is a better option than the Pocket 2. This tiny camera was designed for people on the go and don’t want to lug around every time they see some footage want to record a full camera kit.

You are on a budget

The Pocket 2 is not exactly on the “cheap camera” scale. It’s powerful and feature-rich, but not for everyone. It is designed for active people who want high quality footage from a special camera but do not want to carry a heavy load. If you just want something to stabilize your movie, consider the OM 4 with your phone’s camera instead.

DJI Pocket 2 review: conclusion

Dji Pocket 2

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of 5

Playing with Pocket 2 is so much fun that I forgot I also had an iPhone 12 mini in my pocket. I love the footage I get with this particular camera, especially video. It is characterized by extreme lighting conditions and ensures a balanced relationship in bright sunlight and dark shadows. It is not for everyone. A lot of people are fine with the camera they have on their phone, but if you’re an influencer or have a vlog that regularly gets you out of your studio. This is the perfect pocket companion for your needs. You will never drag your large SLR outside again.

DJI Pocket 2

Bottom line: Vloggers, camera hobbyists and people who just want to capture life in the best possible way will love this pocket-sized 4K HDR camera not only for its portability, but also for its incredible camera quality.

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