A critival view on the DJI Pocket 2 Part II
In the first part I had described the equipment and the scope of delivery and now in the 2nd part it is about the results from practice.
I have recorded a video about my first experiences with the DJI Pocket 2:
It is up to the user whether to operate the DJI Pocket 2 via a smartphone or to make changes to the settings on the device itself. Both are possible and even without a smartphone, the small camera can be adjusted well.
Some functions, such as panorama or timelapse, of course only work with the smartphone.
The DJI Pocket 2 can take photos in JPEG with 16 MP. If you set the Pro mode, you can even switch between JPEG and DNG format. The latter can then be processed in many programs and apps.
Here is a comparison of the Pocket 2 camera with an iPhone. DNG was selected for both and I tried to adjust the cropping, since the Pocket 2 with a 20mm lens is much more wide-angle.
Sharpness in the center on the Pocket 2 is quite good, even if it doesn’t come close to an iPhone. At the edges, however, the Pocket 2 falls off very sharply. But it is more of a video camera.
The option to switch to 64 MP in the photo area is not necessary. You only create larger files, which don’t show more details, rather the opposite.
However, the video quality is very good for a small camera. The camera masters 4K up to a maximum of 60 frames/second. The quality of the recordings still goes up to about 85 MBit/second at 4K and 25 frames/second.
The sharpness is very good. Of course, no separation between foreground and background is to be expected due to the small sensor.
There are settings between Hi-Quality and Battery Saver mode here as well. The latter is supposed to produce low quality videos. I didn’t notice any difference in quality, though, so I’m thinking of setting Battery Saver mode as the default.
The DJI Pocket 2 has 4 built-in microphones, which are arranged in the housing in such a way that a circle is closed. The quality of the built-in microphones is very good. Especially when filming outside, you don’t really necessarily need another microphone.
For this purpose, you can adjust the input level of the microphones in 3 steps, whereby the middle and, in exceptional cases, the highest level have proven to be suitable. It is also helpful that you can select the microphones, i.e. all or only the front or rear microphones.
The DJI Pocket 2 is an excellent video camera and vlogging camera. Small and light and also stabilized by the built-in gimbal. For photos, it is unfortunately not so good to use, even a smartphone is better. also the 64 MP resolution can be m.E. confidently forgotten, you only achieve larger files.
The video quality, however, is excellent. Nevertheless, the DJI Pocket 2 is a relatively expensive package and those who can either live with 1080p or already own a smartphone whose selfie camera can record 4K, should weigh the purchase of the DJI Pocket 2 well.
What do you think of the DJI Pocket 2? Do leave me your comments/opinions.