This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
DJI has announced the DJI Pocket 2, a small 4K camera with a built-in 3-axis gimbal. It is priced at 49,500 yen (tax included) and is now available for pre-order on the official website.
The evolution from the previous generation DJI Osmo Pocket is that the lens has been extended to a wider angle. Whereas the original model had a lens of 26mm on a 35mm equivalent, this one has a wider angle of view, up to 20mm.
In addition, the image sensor has been enlarged from 1/2.3 inches to 1/1.7 inches. Combined with a brighter f/1.8 lens, the sensor captures more light, improving detail and night photography.
The camera can shoot movies at up to 4K / 60fps at 100Mbps, and it also supports HDR video recording. Still images can be captured at 16 megapixels in normal mode and 64 megapixels in high-resolution mode.
It has a digital zoom of up to 8x and supports full HD for video and a lossless zoom of up to 4x in the 16-megapixel mode for still images. AF is a hybrid configuration that combines phase detection and contrast detection.
Sound collection performance has also improved over the previous generation. The number of microphones has been doubled to four for directional audio. When you zoom in, you can narrow the recording area around that direction. It also has a wind noise reduction function.
Active Track 3.0, which automatically tracks the subject and continues to capture it in the frame, is also included. It also features panoramic photos, 8x slow motion, and the ability to adjust camera settings such as ISO, shutter speed, EV, and focus mode.
One of the features of this camera is the ability to expand its functionality by attaching accessories, and with the USB-C/Lightning attachment, you can use your phone as a live view monitor.
By removing the bottom cover, you can also add attachments including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm jack and a receiver for a wireless microphone.
It is priced at 49,500 yen (including tax) with a mini control stick and tripod adapter. The Creator Combo, which includes a wireless mic, wide-angle lens, mini tripod, and more, is available for 64,900 yen (tax included).
Actually using it
When it comes time to use the actual device, the 20mm wide-angle lens gives you a closer angle of view to the naked eye than its predecessor. The image stabilization also allows you to shoot watch-worthy videos while running and shooting handheld. The number of microphones has been doubled to four, so you can catch birdsong and children's voices in action. The greenery of the trees and the skin tones of the children are also well represented, and the footage is so solid that it's hard to believe it was shot with a small camera.
Although the built-in display is fairly small, you can use your smartphone as a live-view monitor by attaching a USB-C/ Lightning-compatible adapter. The Active Track 3.0 tracking function, AF, slow motion, and ISO sensitivity can be set from the smartphone's large screen, which is convenient when you want to take more careful pictures.
The large 1/1.7-inch sensor allows for low noise shooting even at night.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.