Insta360 cameras are currently one of the most popular 360 camera brands on the market. One of their newest models is the Insta360 ONE X2, which has received rave reviews from experts and amateurs alike. The DJI Pocket 2 is another 360 camera that is worth considering. Which should you buy? This article discusses all of the details about these two cameras so that you can decide for yourself!
About Insta360 ONE X2 and DJI Pocket 2 Cameras
DJI Pocket 2
The DJI Pocket 2 is the perfect addition to any videographer or YouTuber’s toolkit. Its handheld 3-axis gimbal stabilization ensures smooth, shake-free footage, while its 4K camera captures stunning images and videos. ActiveTrack 3.0 makes it easy to keep your subjects in the frame, and Glamour Effects give your videos a touch of cinematic flair. And with its pocket-sized design, it’s easy to take the DJI Pocket 2 with you wherever you go.
Insta360 ONE X2
The Insta360 ONE X2 is the perfect 360-degree waterproof action camera for those who demand the best. With 5.7K resolution, stabilization, and touch screen capabilities, this camera will let you capture amazing footage no matter where your adventures take you. AI editing features make it easy to create beautiful videos without any prior video editing experience, and live streaming capabilities let you share your experiences with friends and family in real-time. Plus, with voice control functionality, you can easily control all of the camera’s settings without ever having to take your hands off the action.
The focal length and quality are the main differences. The Pocket 2 has a 93-degree field-of-view, comparable to a full-frame 20mm camera. The One x2 has a lens that is equivalent to a full-frame size of 7.2mm. There is a noticeable difference in quality when comparing 20mm and 7mm. Pocket 2 is the best choice for natural-looking videos. Because the One x2 has a wider field of vision, you can get closer to your subjects and still keep them in the frame.
Resolution and Frame rate
The One X2 can shoot 5.7K at 30 fps or 3k 100 fps, whereas the pocket 2 can shoot 4K at 60 fps. The maximum resolution on the One X2 for shooting wide-angle steady cam material is 1440p at 50frames per second. Both cameras feature 100 Mbps video, however, the One X2 is bitrate and the resolution is concentrated across the entire 360-degree frame. When seen side by Side, the video in the Pocket 2 appears to be of higher quality than that in One X2. The picture quality on the Pocket 2 is better, but you might need to reframe your photos after taking them.
Insta360 ONE X2 and DJI Pocket 2 uses 8-bit log profiles. The 8 bit log profile won’t give you much space for color grading but the Pocket 2 has a wider field of view and the same bitrate as One X2. The footage from the Pocket 2 would be the best if you were trying to compare the two cameras. But here’s the problem. I doubt I would shoot in the log with the One X2 or any 360-camera. The 360-camera would be used to capture unique perspectives. I wouldn’t rely on it to shoot in log profiles to squeeze more dynamic range from the frame. The Pocket 2 is a clear winner, but it all comes down to how you use these cameras.
The Insta360 app is where we’ll start. This is where you’ll do all of your importing, editing, and exporting of videos using the Insta360 app. The app offers a “Shot Lab” directory of various shots and lessons on how to create them, as well as a discussion forum where you can get help from other users. You may start recording, modify settings and camera position, and then finish your clip tracking, editing, and exporting it when you’re done. There’s an AI editor that will assist you in tracking, editing, and forming videos based on the topic, or you may conduct it all manually if that’s your thing. If you’d want to work with a desktop program, Insta360 has a premiere pro plugin as well as a desktop app.
The DJI Mimo software also allows you to modify camera settings, shoot video, maneuver the gimbal about, import and export your content, but the Pocket 2 does not require the use of the Mimo app. The Mimo app is an enhancement for your camera. You can use the app or not when taking pictures or videos. The Mimo app also has a few automatically generated story modes so you can share them on social media with a few clicks of a button.
The Insta360 app is more feature-rich than the Mimo application because 360 cameras offer a variety of different shots and editing approaches. The One X2’s app is built inextricably with the device, as you’ll need to use an app to modify 360 videos, so it makes sense why the software is so interwoven. You can also shoot and edit videos in Mimo. But you can also take the SD card out of the camera and use another video editing software if you want.
Both of these cameras are good at stabilizing. The insta360 app’s Flow State stabilization, which was released after the One X2, uses the camera’s gyro data to stabilize the video and produce amazing visuals. If you use this camera for shakey, high-speed action, the One X2 will help to stabilize your footage. The gimbal of the Pocket 2 is responsible for its stabilization, so all of the standard gimbal techniques apply, such as avoiding too much vertical movement to minimize ‘bobbing.’ Once you’ve mastered how to utilize the Pocket 2 like a bigger gimbal, you’ll get great results, but if you’re using it as an action camera, the results won’t be very nice. The Pocket 2 camera is really good for everyday pictures. The method that One x2 uses to stabilize the footage is different with its stabilization being done in post after filming. The One x2 takes a unique approach in that it utilizes a flow state in the app while editing, although because you must edit 360 videos anyhow, it’s as simple as checking a box or picking a focus target to stabilize the evidence.
So, which should you buy? The Insta360 ONE X2 or the DJI Pocket 2? Here are our conclusions:
The Insta360 ONE X2 is better for 360 videos and photos. It has a higher resolution and produces sharper images.
The DJI Pocket 2 is better for normal videos and photos. It has a longer battery life and can shoot in low light conditions.
But ultimately, it comes down to your own personal preferences. If you want the best quality 360 videos and photos, go with the Insta360 ONE X2. If you want a camera that can do everything well, go with the DJI Pocket 2. Whichever one you choose, you won’t be disappointed!