DJI Pocket 2 Hands On -   Larger Sensor, Wider Faster Lens, Better Audio
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DJI has just announced the successor to the DJI Osmo Pocket – the DJI Pocket 2. With the same weight and dimensions, it now has a larger 1 / 1.7-inch sensor and a wider 20 mm 1: 1.8 sensor. Lens. It offers a new zoom function, improved autofocus and an improved audio system with four microphones called the DJI Matrix Stereo. The DJI Pocket 2 has a modular structure and a removable base plate for attaching accessories. It's available for pre-order now and starts shipping October 31st, starting at $ 349.

It's been almost two years since DJI launched the original DJI Osmo Pocket – a miniature camera with a 3-axis gimbal and 4K60 recording (see here for Nino's hands-on test). Back then, DJI was hosting a pretty big kick-off event in NYC. Today the Chinese camera manufacturer announces the new DJI Pocket 2 virtually according to the current situation. Let's take a quick look at the features and specifications of the new DJI Pocket 2.

DJI Pocket 2 – Bigger sensor, zoom mode, better AF

So what's new besides removing "Osmo" from the name? First of all, the new DJI Pocket 2 now has a larger 1 / 1.7-inch image sensor with 16 MP resolution (the Osmo Pocket has a 12MP 1 / 2.3-inch sensor). There is also a high resolution mode that can take 64MP images. The lens is now wider with 20 mm (full image focal length equivalent) and an aperture of 1: 1.8.

DJI Pocket 2 announced. Source: DJI

The maximum video resolution and frame rate have remained the same – at up to 4K (UHD) 60 fps with 100 Mbit / s bit rate. In addition, an HDR video recording was added. The DJI Pocket 2 also offers up to 8x zoom in 64 megapixel mode or a lossless 4x zoom in 1080p or 16 megapixel mode.

According to DJI, the autofocus has been redesigned and uses a Hybrid 2.0 AF blend of phase and contrast detection to increase its speed and accuracy. The weight of the DJI Pocket 2 is 117 g and is therefore on par with the original Osmo Pocket. It offers a battery life of up to 140 minutes.

DJI Pocket 2 announced. Source: DJI

Improved audio

DJI claims to have completely redesigned the audio recording with the new DJI Pocket 2 DJI Matrix Stereo The system consists of four microphones strategically placed free from a hand that is holding the camera. According to DJI, Directional Audio enhances the way certain microphones are picked up to capture as much detail as possible.

SoundTrack adjusts the audio to the position of the camera, while Audio Zoom narrows the sound field when the camera is enlarged. To further filter out unwanted background noise, an optional wind noise reduction feature ensures that the audio stays clean outdoors.

Intelligent functions

DJI Pocket 2 announced. Source: DJI

The DJI Pocket 2 includes new upgrades like Almost wake to switch the camera on immediately, Drop Aware take preventive measures (not further specified) when it detects the gimbal fall, and Stop recording to quickly pause video recording during operation. Smart preprogrammed modes include:

  • Expert mode: Manual control of camera settings such as ISO, shutter speed, EV and focus mode
  • ActiveTrack 3.0: Select a subject and let DJI Pocket 2 automatically keep it in the picture
  • Slow motion: Record slow motion at a maximum speed and resolution of 8x (240 fps) at 1080p
  • Time lapse, hyperlapse, motionlapse: Hyperlapse automatically integrates electronic image stabilization (EIS) for additional smoothness. Users can save individual images separately, record in RAW format and use ActiveTrack 3.0
  • Panoramas:: 180 ° Pano takes four photos for landscape pictures, 3 × 3 pano merges nine images for a wide and detailed view
  • Live streaming: Live stream directly on Facebook, YouTube or RTMP
  • History mode: Quickly create and share mode on social media with preset camera movements, color profiles, music and templates

Accessories and DJI Mimo app

DJI brings a variety of accessories to market, including a stylish charging case, wireless microphone set, waterproof case, smaller dial, extension rod, wide-angle lens, wireless module and smartphone support system.

DJI Pocket 2 accessories. Source: DJI

Thanks to the new modular design, users can remove the lower part of the handle and attach various accessories, including a base for attaching the micro tripod, a Wi-Fi module for remote connection with the smartphone and an all-round handle with tripod base, Wi-Fi and bluetooth module, speaker, 3.5mm audio jack and wireless microphone receiver.

The do-it-all handle makes the device a bit bigger (and actually more convenient to hold) and adds a speaker and 3.5mm headphone jack. It also includes a receiver for a wireless audio recorder (which is also included in the Creator Combo). It looks like DJI really focused on audio recording with the new Pocket.

DJI Pocket 2 pairs with cell phones. Source: DJI

Just like the original DJI Osmo Pocket, the new Pocket 2 also uses the DJI Mimo app (iOS, Android) with many useful functions such as Batch Select, which allows you to select, delete or download multiple items at the same time. A built-in editing tool makes adjusting pictures and videos easy and can be shared instantly on social media. The new AI editor will automatically preview the footage, select the highlights and create a short video.

Price and availability

We have gotten used to the fact that DJI products are available in stores very early after launch. It's no different this time. The DJI Pocket 2 can be pre-ordered now and will be shipped from October 31, 2020. There are two ways to purchase the camera, while DJI Care Refresh is also available for the new Pocket 2.

DJI Pocket 2 Standard Set. Source: DJI

For $ 349 (€ 360-389 inc VAT) get the DJI Pocket 2 with the Mini Control Stick and the tripod holder (1/4 ”). For $ 499 (€ 497-529 including VAT) there is the DJI Pocket 2 Creator Combo This also includes a wide-angle lens, a wireless microphone + windshield, an all-round handle and a micro tripod.

DJI Pocket 2 Creator Combo. Source: DJI

What do you think of the new DJI Pocket 2? Do you have experience with the original DJI Osmo Pocket? Let us know in the comments section below the article.


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