DJI Pocket 2 Brings Bigger Sensor, Wider Lens & Stereo Sound
DJI has refreshed its popular Osmo Pocket mini 4K stabilised camera with a follow-up that improves camera quality, adds stereo audio recording, and drops the ‘Osmo’ brand.
The DJI Pocket 2 looks pretty similar to the original Osmo Pocket at a glance, and it’s clear the form factor hasn’t changed much – the updated model weighs just a single gram more.
Still, there are improvements under the surface. The biggest is a larger 1/1.7” image sensor – compared to 1/2.3” last time around – which should bolster image quality, especially in low light. The tweaked lens will help there too, with a faster aperture of f/1.8 and a wider FOV of 93°.
Video recording remains capped at [email protected], but still photos can now be taken at either 16Mp or 64Mp. A new zoom mode allows up to 8x zoom in high-resolution or up to 4x lossless zoom when on 16Mp or 1080p modes, adding more flexibility to the shooting modes, and autofocus has been revamped using a blend of phase and contrast detection. There’s even HDR video recording on the way, though DJI says that won’t come until after launch.
Four microphones now allow the Pocket 2 to record audio in stereo, along with options for directional audio, audio zoom, and wind noise reduction when shooting outdoors. Though speaking of filming outdoors, it’s worth remember that this still isn’t rugged or waterproof, so it won’t really serve as a proper action camera.
Of course, the Pocket 2 is more than just a camera – it also packs its own gimbal. This supports a standard follow mode with two speeds, tilt locked, a free FPV mode, and the option to lock the gimbal entirely for a static camera. As before, you can face the camera forwards, or at the push of a button can pivot the lens for selfie shooting – made even better by the new ability to livestream directly from the accompanying Mimo app.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the display, which at 1in is just as dinky and fiddly as before – one of our few complaints when we reviewed the Osmo Pocket. As before you can at least connect a smartphone up as a viewfinder, but this does detract a little from the Pocket 2’s inherent portability.
The Pocket 2 is compatible with a huge range of official accessories, including the original Osmo Pocket accessories if you’re thinking of upgrading.
The DJI Pocket 2 will be available in the UK from 31 October. It starts from £339 – £10 more than the Osmo Pocket – though this includes the Mini Control Stick and Tripod Mount (1/4”) accessories.
The 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, but at £469 it’ll set you back a little more.
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