DJI Pocket 2 – Full Review

When it comes to buying a camera, there are so many choices on the market that it can be difficult to find the one for you. The DJI Pocket 2 4K Camera might just be your answer. With an easy-to-use interface and over 140 minutes of battery life, this is one versatile device. But don’t take my word for it, here’s what I found out in my review!

DJI Pocket 2

 DJI Pocket 2 

Introducing the all-new DJI Pocket 2! This handheld 3-axis gimbal stabilizer with a 4K camera is perfect for creating amazing videos on the go. With ActiveTrack 3.0, Glamour Effects, and YouTube TikTok Video Vlog mode, it’s easy to create high-quality videos with professional results. And because it’s pocket-sized, you can take it with you wherever you go!

Specifications:

  • 1/1.7” CMOS sensor
  • 20mm (equiv.) F1.8 lens
  • 64MP and 16MP photo modes
  • Video: 4K/60p, 2.7K/60p, 1080/60p
  • 8x zoom (64MP mode), 4x lossless zoom in 1080p or 16MP mode
  • Panorama modes in 3×3 and 180°
  • 4 microphones with directional audio and soundtracking
  • Micro SD slot up to 256 GB
  • 140 min. battery life (1080/24p)
  • Weight: 117 g
  • Dimensions: 124.7×38.1×30 mm
  • HDR Video: 2.7K/30p (arriving in a future firmware update)

In The Box

DJI Pocket 2 In The Box

The prozivoditel has two established versions at the time of writing: basic and advanced. And if the basics are well understood, then the extended reasons for intrigue are worth investigating. I was fortunate enough to get a hold of the second, which I was ecstatic about because it allowed me to put each accessory through its paces.

  • DJI Pocket 2 camera
  • Camera base
  • Tripod base
  • Protective case
  • 2x case bumper
  • Stickers
  • Wrist strap
  • Mini Control Stick
  • Universal port cover
  • USB-C adapter
  • Lightning adapter
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • Quick Start guide

Video Quality

The quality has definitely increased by an order of magnitude. Yes, it’s still 4K at 60 frames. But the sensor itself is different, Yes, it’s still 60 frames per second in 4K. However, the sensor has changed; this has had a significant positive impact on picture quality. We have a 1/1.7″ CMOS sensor that records 64 MP and a 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor with 12 MP in the earlier version. Furthermore, the presence of a larger aperture lens – f/1.8, as opposed to f/2.0 in the first generation – has visibly affected the installation of a more aperture lens.

Another aspect is the increased angle of view, which has now risen to 93 degrees as opposed to 80 degrees in the original Pocket. It implies that you may fit much more items into the frame. But that’s not all, because I also have a wide-angle lens in my kit – it reaches as far as 110°. It’s stunning. The lens is easily attached due to the magnetic connection. You may also carry it with you at all times thanks to the case’s slot (also magnetic).

Many individuals will appreciate the inclusion of autofocus, which will result in a more cinematic picture than action cameras with manual focusing. By the way, there is also high-dynamic-range video, with a maximum resolution of 2.7K: 2720×1530 at 30 frames. If you don’t need such a high resolution, FHD with 24 to 60 frames will suffice.

As for the zoom, at 4K resolution, 2x zoom is available. And at 1080 we have 4x zoom.

Photo Quality

In the first version, you could get 4,000 x 3,000 pixels.

Now, we’ve been given the chance to obtain more detailed photographs, with a maximum picture size of 9216 x 692160 pixels. Another reason to shoot cool vlogs on vacation or in lovely locations is that.

The DJI Pocket 2 has two picture modes: 16 MP and 64 MP. If you select the maximum resolution, bear in mind that face retouching (embellishment) will not be available. The highest ISO is 6400.

In comparison with the DJI Pocket 2, the first version takes a back seat because it can only shoot 12 MP at ISO 3200.

The pictures are not bad during the night, but they can be noisy because of the small sensor.

Stabilization

The DJI Pocket 2 is primarily a camera Steadicam rather than the other way around. As a result, the quality of stabilization is quite significant and intriguing to study. There are three stabilization modes available to us:

  • Tracking mode – the camera will follow your movement;
  • Tilt lock mode – fixing the horizon without tracking horizontally;
  • FPV mode – the camera completely repeats your hand movement on all axes (in this mode, the picture looks like from the first person).

With Active Track 3.0 technology, you can place Pocket 2 in any convenient place and start shooting. And the pan axis’ 360° rotation will provide for ample shooting both indoors and outside.

Battery

The DJI Pocket 2’s 875mAh non-removable battery is rather tiny, as is the gimbal’s screen. When you shoot a lot of 4K video at high resolution, the Pocket 2 can heat up, causing it to shut down before the battery dies.

After an hour of capture, the battery was down by just over 70 percent. This occurred after approximately an hour of capturing, with the battery declining by roughly 70%. That said, if you’re shooting at 4K standard quality or 1080p resolution, the DJI Pocket 2 can keep going for longer – around two hours at Full HD. It’s also possible to record while it’s connected to a power source.

The video camera supports a microSD card, and 4K footage shot for four minutes is about 2.5GB in size. If you want to capture video at full resolution, don’t skimp on storage capacity; microSD cards up to 256GB are supported. DJI suggests using UHS-I class memory cards.

Conclusions

The DJI Pocket 2 is a very impressive camera, small enough to carry with you at all times without being too bulky. It produces great quality footage and the image stabilization works well. I would recommend this camera for new filmmakers or people that may have never had an action cam before but want something more portable than their phone’s built-in cameras. The entire package has everything included so there are no additional purchases needed! While it doesn’t come cheap, it provides good value compared to other similar devices on the market today in my opinion.

Jeremy Carney
360camreview.com creator. I'm a professional photographer and videographer. Making 360 videos is my passion and I share it with you.