DJI just unveiled their Osmo Pocket successor – the new DJI Pocket 2. Now with a bigger sensor, HDR video, wider lens and 64MP high-res mode.
Furthermore, the new DJI Pocket 2 is equipped with a 3-axis gimbal, just like the Osmo Pocket for some smooth footage in a variety of dynamic situations.
Same size, but more powerful and more capable
It comes in basically the same size and weight (117g), with the Pocket 2 sporting a neat red accent around the lens. This new red stripe is line with the new red stripe on the DJI RS2 gimbal that was also recently announced. The DJI Pocket 2 also appears to have a new joystick for easier camera control, access and menu navigation.
In addition, the Pocket 2 can record 4K/60p video (same as the Osmo Pocket), however it can now do it with a larger 1/1.7-inch sensor, and a wider 20mm full-frame equivalent lens giving you a more “epic” perspective.
Wider 20mm lens; HDR video and Zoom while Recording
The new, larger sensor appears to be very similar to the 1/2″ CMOS sensor on the DJI Mavic Air 2 drone, although a tad bit smaller. And with a new 64 megapixel high-res mode, the DJI Pocket 2 is now able to zoom in while recording video; something the Osmo Pocket was not able to achieve. You can capture stills in either 16 megapixels or use the 64 MP images in high-res mode.
In addition, DJI also appears to have have upgraded the focus system so it can lock onto and track moving subjects faster and more accurately. In the Pocket 2, Hybrid 2.0 AF uses a blend of phase and contrast detection for better accuracy accuracy and increased speed.
Another new feature is in-camera HDR video in 2.7K and 1080p resolutions up to 30fps for more punchy and vivid colours.
DJI Pocket 2: 4K Video Resolutions and Frame Rates
- 4K Ultra HD: (3840 x 2160) at 24/25/30/48/50/60fps
- 2.7K: (2720 x 1530) at 24/25/30/48/50/60fps
- Full HD: 1080p at 24/25/30/48/50/60fps
- Slow-Motion: 1080p/120 and 1080p/240fps
The codec/bit rate is still the same – MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) at 100Mbps. However, it appears that you won’t be able to choose a .MOV container as on the OSMO Pocket, only .MP4.
In-camera HDR video is also supported in these resolutions:
- 2.7K: (2720 x 1530) at 24/25/30fps
- 1080p: (1920 x 1080) at 24/25/30fps
DJI Pocket 2: New and Improved Intelligent Features
The Pocket 2 now has a Fast Wake feature, which enables users to power it on instantly. In addition, Drop Aware even takes preventative measures when it senses the gimbal falling, and Pause Recording is there to let you pause video recording during operation.
Intelligent Modes for DJI Pocket 2 include:
- Pro Mode:
- Control advanced settings such as ISO, shutter speed, exposure, 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:
- Hyperlapse automatically integrates Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) for added smoothness.
- You can save individual images separately, record in RAW format, and use ActiveTrack 3.0.
- 180-degrees Pano: Captures four photos for sweeping landscape images.
- 3×3 Pano: Merges nine images for a wide and detailed view.
- Livestream directly to Facebook, YouTube, or RTMP.
- Story Mode:
- Preset camera movements, colour profiles, and music make it easier to choose a template, record the moment, and share to social media instantly.
Better Audio – DJI Matrix Stereo
Arguably, the predecessor Osmo Pocket’s Achilles heel was its audio performance. However, with the new Pocket 2, DJI has stepped up dramatically their game in this department. New for the Pocket 2 is the DJI Matrix Stereo, which is made up of 4 x microphones, strategically placed clear of the handle.
Directional Audio enhances sound recording from those microphones to pick up as much detail as possible, with SoundTrack adjusting the audio based on where the camera is facing. In addition, DJI has implemented an optional wind noise reduction to filter out unwanted sounds while filming outdoors.
New Accessories – including a Wireless Microphone
DJI has created a wide variety of new for the DJI Pocket 2, including 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 enables users to remove the bottom portion of the handle and attach several accessories via 1/4-20 threaded mounting point. The lack of one was a big complain with the original Osmo Pocket. Looks like DJI have been taking notes.
Thanks to this improvement, you can use the base to attach the Micro Tripod, and 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 – now with AI Editor
The DJI Mimo app has also been updated with new in-app features such as AI-Editor.
AI Editor automatically previews the footage, selects the highlights, and creates a short video. Other new feature such as Batch Select let’s you to select, delete, or download multiple items at once.
Pricing and Availability
The new Pocket 2 is available to pre-order from authorised DJI resellers such B&H:
- DJI Pocket 2 – $349
- DJI Pocket 2 Creator Combo – $499
- with wireless mic transmitter with windscreen
- DJI Pocket 2 micro tripod
- Pocket 2 wide-angle lens
- Pocket 2 Do-It-All handle
- Mini Stick control and more
To learn more about specs and new features, head over to DJI’s website here.