DJI Pocket 2: Is It Worth Buying in 2023?
In this episode of Not Much Else, Frankie Cavone takes a look at the DJI Pocket 2 and explains why it is the best camera in 2022. Coming in at $349 US Dollars, this is the best video camera you can get for the money. Vlogging, capturing b-roll all in 4K, this camera is a jack of all trades and it can literally fit right in your pocket. If reading isn’t your thing, watch our full review in the video below. Lets take a look at some of the key specs:
- Weight: 517 Grams
- Width: Roughly 5 inches
- Gimbal Stabilization
- 1/1.7 inch 64mp CMOS Sensor
- 20mm focal length(+4x zoom)
20mm is a great focal length for vloggers. It is not too wide so there is nothing to worry about when it comes to image distortion. When I am vlogging on a mirrorless camera, I prefer a range between 14mm and 28mm so the DJI Pocket 2 is a great sweet spot. It also takes micro SD cards and I am happy to share that this camera has unlimited recording. We have tested the camera in a professional manner at a concert and filmed over 2 hours at a time twice in 5 hours.
The battery lasts roughly 140 minutes while shooting in HD. It has a tons of modes including Video, Photo, Timelapse, Panorama, HDR video, Slow Motion and Story mode.
- 4K 60/30/24fps
- 2.7K 60/30/24fps
- HD 60/30/24fps
- Slow Motion: HD 240p/120p
For those who like to really fine tune their colors in post, this does have DJI’s D-Cinelike profile but I do not recommend it since the camera doesn’t output files 10bit or higher. What is also cool about the DJI pocket 2 is that you can use it with your smartphone and control it completely from there. I Like this becuase the screen on the Pocket 2 is small and having a bigger view is crucial. Also, by using it with the phone, you are forced to hold the phone since it is much heavier allowing for even better stablization.
Pros and Cons:
Pro: Vlogger Friendly – Not only does the camera have a 20mm focal length, the creators combo comes with a wireless lavaliere mic creating for great audio. Since the camera rotates around, you can have the lens turned around facing you and have the screen to look at as well for reference
Pro: Great Stabiliation – Since this camera is all based around the gimbal, you are getting the smoothest shots you can get at this price point. While it is not as good as a mirrorless camera on a bigger gimbal. It does the job and it does it well
Pro: Manual Exposure Features – While being able to shoot automatically without having to adjust the camera right out of the box is nice, you can improve the image with just a few tweaks. I like this because if I am trying to match the Pocket 2 with another camera, I prefer the shutter speed to be the same across the board. It is important to get used adjusting the look of the image manually to get the best results.
Pro: Great for Capturing B-Roll – The Pocket 2 can really do it all. If you are looking for even the simplist b-roll, just by panning the camera from left to right, it literally looks like a shot from a tri-pod. If you are a run and gun type videographer, i’d consider having this in your pocket that way if your main camera is at a greater focal length and you need something wide, you are covered with with DJI’s jack of all trades camera.
Pro: 4X Zoom – On the original Pocket, I liked that the focal length was tight and when the Pocket 2 was announced, I was concerned this line of cameras would have no use for me. BUT, little did I know that the camera did have 4X zoom range which I find myself using often.
Con: Poor low-light performance – Since this camera has a smaller sized sensor, it can’t let in a lot of light creating for grainy videos in the darl
Con: It’s fragile – Do not look at this camera as a GoPro. It is not waterproof and since the camera needs room to move, it’s extended out being prone to damge if you don’t take care of it. We highly recommend that you keep the camera in the case it comes with to keep it protected while not using it.
Con: Bad Dynamic Range – Again due to the sensor size, the dynamic range is not good. The highlights can get too high at times during the day at times completely blowing out the foreground. You can avoid this by using the pro exposure features built in to the camera.
Now who is this camera for? If you are a beginner looking to get into videography and your smartphone just isn’t doing it, this is the perfect camera. You are getting somewhat professional results from a $349 dollar camera with DJI’s leading gimbal stablization technology. Purchase the camera here.