- Better Bang for the Buck
- Better Sensor, Focal Length and Wider Angle
- A much better Microphone setup
- Plethora of Accessory options to go with
- Decent kit with versatile controls for even the basic Kit
- Makes you forget the first Gen Pocket in an instant
- Still no Wireless connectivity right out of the box without any add on accessories to make it happen
- The connectivity via the port can be a little finnicky
When cameras in general meets mobility, it may seem like an awesome combination, but no one addresses the fine line where the product could either be an absolute hit or one that’s filled with absolute compromises. The Osmo Pocket brought that interesting combination in a portable package, but it did feel like an early adopter product – the idea and the concept DJI was going for was impressive and we loved it, but it wasn’t something we wanted – which we will talk about it in this review but the Pocket 2 on the other hand, is a much better successor and the one you should own.
Disclaimer: We test ran this DJI Osmo Pocket 2 for a short while due to the whole Movement Control Order as we are confined in our home to reduce the contact and flatten the curve, so it’s going to be more of a hands-on review but fret not as we are planning to revisit once things get better and do some cinematic shots.
Still Compact but with Thoughtful Improvements
The DJI OSMO Pocket 2 is just as compact as the previous generation and you will notice that is looks very identical from top to bottom. The Pocket 2 is still compact enough to be stored away in a case and it comes with this hard-shell case and best part is that – it has mini compartments in it to store the adapter and other accessories to bring along with you.
The Pocket 2 bottom is removable – and that’s where the Do-It-All Handle goes, and the Tripod Mount attachment connects to. It’s a relief that now it has a tripod mount, and you have no idea how much of a game changer this is right now.
But there are subtle changes the OSMO Pocket 2 has gone through to make it better and it involves the accessories that it comes with – now we received the basic kit which comes with the essentials and not the ones with the grip, external microphones and so on. But the Basic Kit has one particular accessory to make the Pocket 2 a lot more friendly than the first generation. It is the Mini Control Stick – which comes with both the kits you purchase. Interacting with the Pocket 1 was an absolute hassle because the screen slider is not the best and it can feel a little out of control. The Control Stick is a godsent in making the experience a lot nicer – with a dedicated joystick on the side and a button to switch between modes.
Sadly, you won’t be able to use the Control Stick if you plan to pair it with your smartphone as a viewfinder but for what it’s worth – the controls on the smartphone are nicer to use and the bigger screen is nice to look at too. As for connectivity it relies on the old Adapter based but if you do want to connect it wirelessly, then you will need the Do-it-all handle to take absolute advantage of it. There is another controller wheel but its limited to one direction and comes with two buttons.
Sensor Performance is Solid
What made me love the Osmo Pocket 2 is the Sensor Size, aperture and the new wider angle as compared to the previous generation. This may seem like a smaller improvement, but it brings a lot to the table and it matters a lot if you are a content creator.
The previous Osmo Pocket had an exceedingly small sensor – 1/2.3” sensor which is really small, had an aperture of f/2.0 and a 26mm focal length with 80-degree wide angle – when we tested this when it came out, we weren’t huge fan of it because the performance fell short. That said, doing group video was challenging as you would have to move your arm further away or mount it on something like a tripod, and the low light performance was just underwhelming. But the Pocket 2 makes you forget the first generation and the better 1.7” sensor with f/1.8 makes a whole lot of difference and now that is a 20mm focal length and paired with a 92-degree FOV makes it a fun camera to play with on so many levels.
One thing I loved about the whole shooting experience is that, how you can fit other things in your surroundings with you in it, especially if you are planning VLOG and I can imagine bringing the Pocket to event floors to do B-Rolls and shoot good video in the usually underwhelming lighting we experience in such events. You do get all the other extra features like Hybrid AF 2.0 which does feel a lot more refined and the tracking is impressive – something I loved with the first generation and it’s still something I love even right now. Only bummer is that you can’t shoot on both RAW and JPEG. So, it’s either one or the other.
There are – once again – accessories to take complete advantage of the shooting with the Pocket 2 – like you can purchase the ND Filters, throw on them and you can do some awesome cinematic shots, which is what we really wanted to do but because of the pandemic and the government implemented Movement Controlled Order (aka Lockdown) we couldn’t. But we are planning to revisit, so stay tuned for that.
Hello, Quad Microphones
Another welcoming improvement with the Pocket 2: The Microphone. The sensor being small is something we could have forgiven, but the Microphone on the first generation the reason that made us stay away and let go of our personal Osmo Pocket. The Pocket 2 is now miles better with 4 different microphones places on every side of the Pocket 2 and this also allows the device to take some advantage in the software department – SoundTrack, AudioZoom and Directional Audio.
Honestly, the Microphone on the Pocket 2 is better than the underwhelming first generation – recording in stereo is just awesome. I’d still recommend having an external microphone and synchronize it in post-production which is something we always do when we do our A-Rolls at the studio but when you are on the move and want something clutter free, the microphone on the Pocket 2 is still a great option to go for. There is a wireless Microphone accessory with Windscreen that comes with the Pocket 2 complete set and if you do see yourself going around using the Pocket 2 primarily for VLOG or even like myself, cover events and sorts – chances are – you will most definitely purchase the Wireless Mic.
Here’s the test footage that covers the Microphone and give you an idea on how much of a field of view it offers.
As for the rest of the Pocket 2, you still get the crème de la crème experience DJI offers – the 8x Zoom to capture something that’s further located and in the image mode where you can capture pictures, it does the pixel binning to capture a 64MP photo but do remember that the sensor itself is just a 16MP sensor. Recording video – you have a plethora of options to choose from – from FHD all the way up to 4K60. And with the application – MIMO, it has an AI editor where you can make clips from events you have had with your loved ones on a vacay. It also has some of the features we have seen in the previous gen like Time-lapse. These are features that’s worth putting test in the real-world condition.
There are a lot of reasons why I would pick the Pocket 2 on my trip or even for work. Personally, we rely on Gimbals for our Mirrorless camera and if we do shoot on smartphone, we rely on that too. These are amazing tools for a beefed-up production but when there are events and trips where you want to reduce the clutter and just enjoy, the smartphone camera with OIS isn’t going to cut it.
The DJI Pocket 2 solves that problem in two ways: a camera that’s baked right into the system and a Gimbal system from a company that has pioneered the system for years both in the professional space and consumer space. Coming in at RM 1549 for the kit we reviewed here, it’s an amazing bang for the buck and personally going with the Second gen is worth every penny and dime as compared to going for the first gen which will be getting a price dip soon. If you are coming from the first generation, we can’t believe we are saying this – it’s worth the upgrade.
If you are a Vlogger or a content creator like us, you are most definitely going to be loving every aspect of the Pocket 2. We personally can’t wait to take it for a longer run with the Pocket 2 down the line as our personal go-to cameras for events or even vlogging for our site.
We, at The Adventures of Vesper give the DJI Osmo Pocket 2 a Gold Award for being a better successor and offering better value for money in times like these. Special thanks to DJI Global for sending us the review sample for this content to happen.