Hot on the heels of the RS 2 and RSC 2 announcements, DJI has unveiled the Pocket 2. This is the second iteration of the Osmo Pocket that was announced back in November 2018.
I reviewed the Osmo Pocket and found it to be a bit of a jack of all trades, master of none. In professional environments, it did have some limitations, but it was still a useful product for certain applications. In saying that, sometimes the best camera is the one that you have on you and the Osmo Pocket was small enough that you could just carry it around with you.
The DJI Osmo Pocket was a very unique product when it was released back in November 2018, and something we hadn’t seen before. DJI has listened to customer feedback and made improvements based on that feedback.
According to DJI, the Pocket 2 packs full-scale performance in a highly portable and lightweight body, making it the perfect everyday camera to have in your pocket, bag, or purse.
The Pocket 2 utilizes a 3-axis gimbal, 4K camera, a larger sensor, and a wider lens. DJI’s whole aim was to deliver better video and photo image quality compared to its predecessor.
There is a brand new zoom feature and an upgraded focus system, as well as improved audio capabilities.
Similar to the original Osmo Pocket, Pocket 2 can be used as a stand-alone stabilized camera, connected to your mobile device with a dedicated phone connector, or operated remotely with wireless accessories.
Weight & Size
The DJI Pocket 2 weighs 117g (4.13oz), which is 1g more than the original Osmo Pocket (116 g / 4.09oz), and it keeps the same form factor. DJI claims that you can get 140 minutes of battery life with the new Pocket 2.
Larger Sensor & Wider Lens
The Pocket 2 uses a larger 1/1.7” image sensor and a 20mm f/1.8 lens. It can record up to 4K/60fps at 100Mbps. DJI has also added HDR video capture as well.
As a comparison, the Osmo pocket uses a 1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor and a 25.7mm f/2.0 lens. It can also capture 4K/60fps at 100Mbps.
There is an 8x zoom using the 64-megapixel mode or 4x lossless zoom in 1080p. The 16-megapixel mode allows you to get closer to your subject Photographs can be captured in 16MP or 64MP images using a high-resolution mode, while the Autofocus has been redeveloped using a Hybrid 2.0 AF blend of phase and contrast detection to increase speed and accuracy.
DJI has completely redesigned the audio system on the Pocket 2. Let’s face it, the original Osmo Pocket’s audio was pretty horrible. The newly added DJI Matrix Stereo system consists of four microphones, that have been placed in positions that are not obscured when you are holding onto the Pocket 2.
Directional Audio is claimed to enhance sound recording from the microphones to pick up as much detail as possible, with SoundTrack adjusting the audio based on where the camera is facing. Audio Zoom narrows the sound field when zooming the camera in. To further filter out unwanted background sounds, there is an optional wind noise reduction.
Improved Intelligent Features
DJI has tried to make the Pocket 2 as simple and easy to use as possible. To do this, DJI has added a new suite of upgraded modes you can choose from. They have also included other items like a Fast Wake that powers the Pocket 2 on instantly, Drop Aware to take preventative measures when it senses the gimbal falling, and Pause Recording to quickly pause video recording during operation.
Intelligent pre-programmed modes include:
- Pro Mode: Control advanced camera settings such as ISO, shutter speed, EV, and focus mode.
- ActiveTrack 3.0: Select a subject and let DJI Pocket 2 keep it in the frame automatically.
- Slow Motion: Capture the fast-moving world in slow motion with a max speed and resolution of 8x at 1080p.
- Timelapse, Hyperlapse, Motionlapse: Speed up the world around you with the varying effects of three different time-lapse operations. Hyperlapse automatically integrates Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) for added smoothness. Users have the ability to save individual images separately, record in RAW format, and use ActiveTrack 3.0.
- 180° Pano: Captures four photos for sweeping landscape images.
- 3×3 Pano: Merges nine images for a wide and detailed view.
- Livestreaming: Livestream directly to Facebook, YouTube, or RTMP.
- Story Mode: Preset camera movements, color profiles, and music make it easier to choose a template, record the moment, and share to social media instantly.
A wide variety of accessories have also been created to compliment the Pocket 2. These include a charging case, wireless microphone set, waterproof housing, a smaller control wheel, extension rod, wide-angle lens, wireless module, and smartphone support system.
A new modular design lets you remove the bottom portion of the handle and attach several accessories. You can attach a Micro Tripod, or a Wi-Fi module to connect to your smartphone remotely. There is also a Do-It-All Handle with a tripod base, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module, speaker, 3.5mm audio jack, and wireless microphone receiver.
DJI Mimo App
The Osmo Pocket was the first camera to use the DJI Mimo app, and the Pocket 2 follows in those same footsteps. There is a built-in editing tool for making adjustments to photos and videos so you can share them on social media instantly. A new AI Editor automatically previews the footage, selects the highlights, and creates a short video. There is a Batch Select that enables you to select, delete, or download multiple items at once.
Price & Availability
The DJI Pocket 2 is available for purchase from today at store.dji.com and authorized retail partners. DJI Pocket 2 can be purchased in two options:
- DJI Pocket 2 includes the Mini Control Stick and tripod mount (1/4”) for the retail price of $349 USD
- DJI Pocket 2 Creator Combo includes the Mini Control Stick, tripod mount (1/4”), Wide-Angle Lens, Wireless Microphone + Windscreen, Do-It-All Handle, and Micro Tripod for the retail price of $499 USD.
DJI Care Refresh
DJI Care Refresh is now available for DJI Pocket 2. For an additional charge, DJI Care Refresh offers comprehensive coverage as well as up to two replacement units within one year. The 2-year plan provides 3 replacement units in 2 years and extends the original warranty period by one more year. Receive your replacement even sooner with DJI Care Refresh Express. DJI Care Refresh also includes international warranty service, VIP after-sales support and free two-way shipping. For a full list of details, please visit https://www.dji.com/service/djicare-refresh.
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