DJI has a new handheld camera on the market just in time for the holidays called the DJI Pocket 2 — and it improves upon the camera and microphone that we saw in the original DJI Osmo Pocket which was first released back in 2018.
The second generation of the Osmo Pocket was revealed on Tuesday — and this time around DJI dropped the Osmo name to call it simply the DJI Pocket 2. But it still very much resembles the original Osmo Pocket with its portable, lightweight body. The DJI Pocket 2 is a handheld gimbal camera that takes the silky smooth look you see in drones and puts it on a camera that you hold.
DJI Pocket 2 camera
The Pocket 2 camera improves upon the original camera in the DJI Osmo Pocket with a 4K camera, a larger 1/1.7″ image sensor, and a wider lens. In fact, it’s a 20mm f/1.8 lens, designed to provide a brighter and wider cinematic look.
Photographs can be captured in 16MP or 64MP images , and videos can be recorded at a maximum video resolution of 4K/60fps at 100Mbps.
There’s also a new HDR video, which essentially just adds ultra-vibrant colors to your video.
Other upgraded features include a zoom feature with up to 8x zoom using the 64-megapixel mode, or 4x lossless zoom in 1080p or 16-megapixel mode.
Designers also included an upgraded focus system using a Hybrid 2.0 AF blend of phase and contrast detection that allows you to lock onto and track moving subjects faster and more accurately than you could with the original DJI Osmo.
DJI Pocket 2 microphone
One of the most welcome upgrades to the DJI Pocket 2 is an improved audio system, which DJI is calling the DJI Matrix Stereo.
DJI Matrix Stereo is a system consisting of four microphones. From there, directional audio is designed to pickup better detail, and a ‘SoundTrack’ component can adjust the audio based on where the camera is facing.
There’s also an optional wind noise reduction, which theoretically can filter out unwanted background sounds.
DJI also added that the microphones are “strategically placed clear of a hand holding DJI Pocket 2,” so you don’t need to worry about thumping of thumbs in your audio file.
The addition addresses a common complaint in the original DJI Osmo, where reviewers said the microphone didn’t hold up in complicated sound situations, such as in high winds. Many suggested the DJI Osmo Pocket 2 should have it own microphone input. It seems DJI did one better (well, at least simpler for the average consumer) by just building a better mic.
DJI Pocket 2 design
The obviously standout design feature is how small it is (it weighs just 117 grams, which is less than the weigh of an average avocado!). But there’s another design feature that deserves just as much praise: the modular aspect. Thanks to its modular design, there’s a removable base plate that allows you to attach new accessories. Those include a 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.
Like the original Osmo Pocket, that allows you to either use the Pocket 2 as a stand-alone stabilized camera, but it also allows you to connect to your mobile device via a dedicated phone connector, or operate it remotely with add-on wireless accessories, such as a wireless microphone set, extension rod, wide-angle lens, wireless module, and smartphone support system.
The Osmo 2 also provides up to 140 minutes of battery life in one go.
What this means for the future of DJI
The launch of the DJI Pocket 2 signals that DJI is continuing its trend of investing not just in drones, but cameras of all kinds.
Earlier this month, the company that rose to fame for its iconic Phantom drone launched two camera gimbals targeted at professional cinematographers called the RS 2 and RSC 2. The RS line is an expansion of the rebranded DJI Ronin series, which are stabilization systems designed for heavier cameras such as DSLR and compact cinema cameras. The DJI RSC 2 was created to be slightly more portable than the bulky Ronin products (though not as small as the Osmo line of course), this time supporting mirrorless and more compact camera operators.
That’s a smart move as the company continues to grapple with growing concerns about buying drones made in the USA vs. China, and growing U.S.-China trade tensions. A number of government agencies have banned their employees from using foreign-made drones, largely kicked off after the U.S. Army in August 2017 temporarily banned its teams from using DJI drones because of cyber-security concerns.
Where to buy the DJI Pocket 2
The DJI Pocket 2 is on sale now for $349 in a kit that includes the Mini Control Stick and tripod mount (1/4″).
Or, purchase the upgrade kit for $499, which includes accessories like the Mini Control Stick, tripod mount (1/4″), Wide-Angle Lens, Wireless Microphone + Windscreen, Do-It-All Handle, and Micro Tripod.
Though, there are a few reasons to purchase directly from DJI, including free shipping, ability to purchase in the DJI Credit program (which means money back toward future purchases) and the ability to participate in the DJI Referral.
Plus, shopping through DJI gives you the option to add on DJI Care Refresh, which is essentially DJI’s extended warranty plan, for $49 for the 2-year plan, or $29 for the 1-year plan.