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DJI Pocket 2 Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.7
Reviewed Aug 19, 2021 at 09:55 am
DJI Pocket 2 Picture
7.0
Travel Photography
6.7
Landscape Photography
4.9
Sport & Wildlife Photography
6.4
Vlogging
6.8
Studio Video
7.5
Action Video
Body Type
Multi-Axis Stabilized Handheld
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
1/1.7 inch
Tested Lens
Built-In Lens

The DJI Pocket 2 is a handheld camera aimed at vloggers, replacing the DJI Osmo Pocket. Like its predecessor, it has a built-in three-axis gimbal that offers exceptional image and video stabilization. It's also lightweight and portable, and it comes with a lot of frame rate options. It can record and playback video at up to 60 fps in 4k and FHD, and it has an added high-speed recording setting in FHD that can record 120 fps and 240 fps video for slow-motion playback. That said, its overall video quality is just okay, and it tends to get quite hot during use, especially when shooting in 4k.

Our Verdict

7.0 Travel Photography

The DJI Pocket 2 is decent for travel photography. It's incredibly portable, making it easy to take on the go, and it has a very good battery life, though this can vary with real-world conditions. Its built-in gimbal also does an incredible job of smoothing out camera shake. That said, its image quality is just okay, and it has a fixed focal length and aperture, giving you less flexibility to compose different shots.

Pros
  • Exceptional image stabilization.
  • Lightweight and portable.
Cons
  • Not water-resistant.
  • Fixed focal length and aperture.
6.7 Landscape Photography

The DJI Pocket 2 is okay for landscape photography, though it isn't intended for this use. Its overall image quality is just okay, though it does have good dynamic range to bring out a fair range of details in highlights and shadows. However, it doesn't have a viewfinder to help you frame shots more carefully, and its screen is very small.

Pros
  • Exceptional image stabilization.
  • Lightweight and portable.
Cons
  • Not water-resistant.
  • Fixed focal length and aperture.
4.9 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The DJI Pocket 2 is bad for sport and wildlife photography and isn't intended for this usage. It lacks any form of continuous shooting or burst photography mode. It also has a fixed focal length, so you can't zoom in on far-away subjects. Image quality is okay overall, though it's limited by the small sensor size.

Pros
  • Exceptional image stabilization.
  • Lightweight and portable.
Cons
  • Not water-resistant.
  • No continuous shooting or burst mode.
  • Fixed focal length and aperture.
6.4 Vlogging

The DJI Pocket 2 isn't bad for vlogging. It's incredibly portable and comes with a built-in three-axis stabilized gimbal to reduce almost all camera shake when recording 4k or FHD video. You can use its screen for Live View to monitor yourself and ensure you stay in frame, but the screen is quite small. You can also connect your phone to use as a larger screen, but we haven't tested this feature.

Pros
  • Exceptional image stabilization.
  • Lightweight and portable.
Cons
  • Video quality is just okay.
  • Fixed focal length and aperture.
6.8 Studio Video

The DJI Pocket 2 is okay for studio video, though it isn't intended for this use. Its overall video quality is alright. It also has an easy-to-use menu with a useful DJI Mimo companion app. Its autofocus system does an excellent job of tracking moving subjects, including an intelligent tracking feature that can automatically follow your subject. Unfortunately, the camera by itself lacks inputs and outputs aside from a USB-C port, although you can buy additional accessories to suit your needs or buy the 'Creator Combo' bundle that includes a 'Do-It-All Handle' with additional ports and wireless connectivity.

Pros
  • Exceptional image stabilization.
  • Lightweight and portable.
Cons
  • Video quality is just okay.
  • Fixed focal length and aperture.
7.5 Action Video

The DJI Pocket 2 is good for action video. It has remarkable video stabilization performance thanks to its built-in gimbal, although it makes it harder to mount on a helmet or chest rig for first-person POV action video. It supports 4k video up to 60 fps and FHD video up to 240 fps, but it can only playback 120 fps and 240 fps video in slow-motion. However, it's not water-resistant, although we don't currently test for that. Its overall video quality is also just okay.

Pros
  • Exceptional image stabilization.
  • Lightweight and portable.
  • Slow motion mode with 120 and 240 fps video capture.
Cons
  • Video quality is just okay.
  • Not water-resistant.
  • 7.0 Travel Photography
  • 6.7 Landscape Photography
  • 4.9 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 6.4 Vlogging
  • 6.8 Studio Video
  • 7.5 Action Video
  1. Updated Oct 05, 2021: Updated 'Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI' field from 'Not advertised' to 'No HDMI'.
  2. Updated Aug 24, 2021: Moved additional information regarding gimbal lock feature to 'Stabilization' boxes for clarity.
  3. Updated Aug 19, 2021: Review published.
  4. Updated Aug 16, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
9.7
Design
Portability
Height 5.1" (13.0 cm)
Width 1.5" (3.8 cm)
Depth 0.9" (2.3 cm)
Volume
6.8 in³ (112.2 cm³)
Weight
0.26 lbs (0.12 kg)
Weight With Lens
0.26 lbs (0.12 kg)

When stored in its case, the camera measures:

  • Height: 13.38 cm
  • Width: 4.56 cm
  • Depth: 2.98 cm
  • Volume: 181.8
  • Weight: 0.154 kg
  • Weight With Lens: 0.154 kg

8.5
Design
Build Quality

  • Body is plastic
  • Camera head rotates inward when turned off to protect the lens
  • Gimbal mechanism feels solid and well-designed
  • No input covers
  • Two control buttons offer good physical feedback
  • Comes with a protective cover for the accessory port
  • Comes with a protective case for transporting the camera, though it can't be used while in the case
  • Base accessory includes tripod mount

Design
Body
Water Resistance
No
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
No
Customizable Button
No
Command Dial
0
Tripod Mount
Yes, with included accessory
Lens Mount
No Lens Mount
Built-In Flash
No
Design
In The Box

  • DJI Pocket 2 camera
  • Camera base
  • Tripod base
  • Protective case
  • 2x case bumper
  • Stickers
  • Wrist strap
  • Mini Control Stick
  • Universal port cover
  • USB-C adapter
  • Lightning adapter
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • Quick Start guide

7.0
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
No

  • Small, lightweight design makes it easy to carry around
  • Boxy, narrow shape may be awkward to hold for those with larger hands
  • No dedicated handgrip, though the front of its body has a rougher texture that provides a more secure hold
  • Rubberized thumb rest near buttons
  • Only two buttons means that camera operation relies heavily on multi-tap inputs and swipes, so there's a learning curve, but once you get used to it, operation is fairly simple, and switching between modes and settings is relatively quick
  • Small screen can be hard to see and makes it difficult to adjust settings when in 'Pro' mode
  • You can't set the camera down on a flat surface when it's turned on, as it starts vibrating and doesn't feel particularly steady on its base
  • Comes with a 'Mini Control Stick' accessory that lets you manually control the movement of the camera head and zoom

8.5
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
DJI Mimo

  • You can access various configuration menus by swiping on the screen in different directons
  • For example, swiping down gives you access to the settings menu, while swiping up gives you access to the shooting settings
  • Dedicated menus for general settings, video and image configuration options, and gimbal movement, as well as a 'Pro' menu that allows you to adjust file formats, shutter speed, ISO, audio recording volume, and white balance
  • Your smartphone can be used as an external screen after downloading the camera's companion app and using the included smartphone adapter, which makes it easier to sort through the many sub-menus, though we don't currently test for this
  • Limited guide mode to explain some of the more advanced features, as well as a tutorial for the different gimbal modes

Design
Viewfinder
Type
No Viewfinder
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Advertised Magnification
N/A
3.4
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
No Articulation (Fixed Screen)
Screen Max Brightness
499 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Size
1.1" (2.9 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
64 MP
Processor
Unspecified
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
ISO Minimum
100
ISO Maximum
6,400
Tested Firmware
01.03.00.10
7.9
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Built-In
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
Yes
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
N/A
Tested Battery Life In Video
94 min

Note: The camera splits long recordings into sequential clips of 6 minutes and 48 seconds. Note also that it gets very hot with prolonged use, especially when recording in 4k.

6.0
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Built-in
Maximum Aperture
1.8
Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)
f/8.2
Minimum Focal Length
4 mm
Maximum Focal Length
4 mm
Max Focal Length (Full Frame Equivalent)
22 mm
Luminance
82.4%
Light Falloff
38.2%
Photo
Photo
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
RAW File Format
DNG
Shutter
Electronic
Minimum Shutter Speed
8 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
1/8,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
No
Focus Peaking
No
Zebra Pattern
Yes
Histogram
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes

Note: The histogram and zebra pattern features can only be activated in 'Pro' mode when the camera is connected to a phone using the DJI Mimo app. Note that this camera has a helpful panorama feature that lets you hold the camera in place while the camera head moves automatically to capture a panorama.

2.0
Photo
Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
N/A
High Speed Continuous
N/A
Silent Shooting Continuous
N/A
Raw Buffer Size
1 RAW Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
1 JPG Photos
Buffer Empty Time
1 s
2.5
Photo
Autofocus
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
N/A
Manual Focus Assistance
No
Face Detection Distance
139" (354 cm)
Eye Detection
No
Face Tracking Success Rate
N/A
Object Tracking Success Rate
N/A

Note: This camera doesn't have a continuous shooting mode, but we've included the slideshow for reference. The results are not comparable to other cameras we've tested since we had to deviate from our usual methodology to capture the photos. That said, given this camera's excellent tracking performance in video mode, we expect it to perform better for photos than the score reflects.

9.2
Photo
Image Stabilization
In Body Image Stabilization
Yes
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/4 s

Note: We had to deviate from our usual methodology for this test because of the camera's fixed focal length and aperture, so the results may not be comparable with other cameras we've tested.

6.9
Photo
Image Quality
Dynamic Range At ISO 100
8.54 f-stops
Color Accuracy (dE2000)
7.24
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 800
38.63 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
6.872 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 1600
36.76 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 1600
8.115 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 3200
35.75 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
9.223 pixels

ISO Setting Sample Photo
ISO 100 Photo
ISO 200 Photo
ISO 400 Photo
ISO 800 Photo
ISO 1600 Photo
ISO 3200 Photo

Note: The results above were acquired with the camera's photo quality set to 64MP. We also tested the image quality when set to 16MP, and it scored notably higher, about even with the DJI Osmo Pocket:

  • JPEG SNR 18% at ISO 800: 41.97 dB
  • JPEG Sharpness at 18% at ISO 800: 4.874 pixels
  • JPEG SNR 18% at ISO 1600: 38.24 dB
  • JPEG Sharpness at 18% at ISO 800: 5.208 pixels
  • JPEG SNR 18% at ISO 3200: 39.74 dB
  • JPEG Sharpness at 18% at ISO 800: 5.041 pixels
  • Dynamic Range At at ISO 100: 8.17 f-stops
  • Color Accuracy (dE2000): 7.25
  • Image Quality score: 7.7

Additionally, ISO 6400 is only available when the camera is set to 16MP, resulting in this test scene photo.

6.6
Photo
Luminance Noise
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 100 37.88 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200 37.88 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400 37.04 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800 34.85 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600 32.54 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200 29.57 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200 N/A

Note: The results above were acquired with the camera's photo quality set to 64MP. We also tested the luminance noise with photo set to 16MP, and it scored notably higher. You can see the resulting graph here and corresponding data below.

  • RAW SNR 18% at ISO 100: 40.64 dB
  • RAW SNR 18% at ISO 200: 39.03 dB
  • RAW SNR 18% at ISO 400: 36.88 dB
  • RAW SNR 18% at ISO 800: 34.31 dB
  • RAW SNR 18% at ISO 1600: 31.80 dB
  • RAW SNR 18% at ISO 3200: 28.54 dB
  • RAW SNR 18% at ISO 6400: 25.88 dB

Sample Gallery
Sample Gallery
The Skate Park

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Note: This camera can't take RAW and JPEG photos at the same time, so the sample images may differ slightly in framing.

Sample Gallery
The Polish Church

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Note: This camera can't take RAW and JPEG photos at the same time, so the sample images may differ slightly in framing.

Sample Gallery
The Studio

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Note: This camera can't take RAW and JPEG photos at the same time, so the sample images may differ slightly in framing.

Sample Gallery
The Stairway

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Note: This camera can't take RAW and JPEG photos at the same time, so the sample images may differ slightly in framing.

General Video
General Video
Video Feature
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
No HDMI
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
No HDMI
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
No
Recording Light
Yes

Update 10/05/2021: Corrected the 'Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI' field from 'Not advertised' to 'No HDMI'.

Note: The camera has three gimbal modes that each make use of the three-axis stabilization to different effect:

  • FPV: All three axes follow the handle, giving you less stabilization but more freedom to rotate, tilt, and angle the camera.
  • Follow: Locks the 'Roll' axis to create an always-level horizon.
  • Tilt lock: Locks the 'Roll' and 'Tilt' axes, leaving the 'Pan' axis to follow the handle, so the horizon and angle both stay level, preventing the camera head from tilting up or down.

You can also unlock all three axes by double-tapping on a particular subject to follow that subject automatically. When you press and hold the function button, the camera will lock its gimbal position. Finally, there's an additional 'Motion Lapse' setting within the 'Time Lapse' mode, in which the camera can follow a pre-set motion path while shooting a time-lapse video.

The camera can also record video in 2.7k resolution, but we don't currently test this.

General Video
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
No
General Video
Video Exposure Assistant
Zebra Line
No
Histogram
No
Waveform
No

Note: Video exposure assistants are only available when connected to a phone, as you can see here.

General Video
Recording Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
No
4k Video
9.5
4k Video
4k Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
Yes
30 fps In 4k
Yes
24 fps In 4k
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
8.7
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In 4k
No
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Tracking In 4k
10
Object Tracking In 4k
8.7

Note: We had to deviate from our usual methodology for this test, so the results may not be comparable with other cameras we've tested. Note also that face tracking is not available when shooting in 4k at 60 fps.

The DJI Pocket 2 has an active tracking feature that lets it lock onto a subject and track them automatically. You can see that in action here.

9.8
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
Yes
Walking Test In 4k
4.64 pixels/frames
Running Test In 4k
5.48 pixels/frames
Crop
1 x

Note: This camera has a feature that lets you lock and unlock the camera head, so you can have the camera lock onto a subject and stay locked on regardless of the gimbal's movement. We took a video with the camera locked while panning from side to side to showcase the added stability it provides.

7.9
4k Video
4k Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
100 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
80 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 bits
Record Time Limit N/A
Overheat Recording Interruption
No
6.9
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
7.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
6.0
4k Rolling Shutter
1.88°
Full HD Video
10
Full HD Video
FHD Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
Yes
120 fps In FHD
Yes
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x

Note: 120 fps and 240 fps are only available in the camera's 'Slow-Mo' video mode. This mode only allows for playback in slow motion at 30 fps. This camera also has an HDR video mode, which gives you the option to shoot at either 24 fps or 30 fps. However, it incurs 1.74x crop.

8.7
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In FHD
No
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Tracking In FHD
10
Object Tracking In FHD
8.7

Note: We had to deviate from our usual methodology for this test, so the results may not be comparable with other cameras we've tested.

The DJI Pocket 2 has an active tracking feature that lets it lock onto a subject and track them automatically. You can see that in action here.

10
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
Yes
Walking Test In FHD
1.88 pixels/frames
Running Test In FHD
2.14 pixels/frames
Crop
1

Note: This camera has a feature that lets you lock and unlock the camera head, so you can have the camera lock onto a subject and stay locked on regardless of the gimbal's movement. You can see how this feature works, with the camera locked to a target while panning from side to side here.

8.2
Full HD Video
FHD Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
60 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
30 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8
Record Time Limit N/A
6.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
8.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
4.8
FHD Rolling Shutter
2.82°

Note: We had to deviate from our usual methodology for this test, so the results may not be comparable with other cameras we've tested.

Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
microSD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
2.5
Storage And Connectivity
Input / Outputs
USB
USB-C
HDMI
No
Headphones
No
Microphone
No Microphone input
Wi-Fi
No
Bluetooth
No

You can see the USB-C port here.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The DJI Pocket 2 comes in two color variants: 'Classic Black' and 'Sunset White'. You can purchase the 'Classic Black' version on its own or as part of the 'Creator Combo', which comes with several additional accessories to help content creators. Meanwhile, the 'Sunset White' variant is only available to purchase as part of the 'Exclusive Combo', which comes with the 'Do-It-All Handle' and 'Sling Strap'. We tested the 'Classic Black' variant, but we expect the other variants to perform similarly overall.

Model Color Additional Accessories
DJI Pocket 2 Classic Black  
DJI Pocket 2 Creator Combo Classic Black Do-It-All Handle, Wireless Microphone Transmitter, Micro Tripod, Wide-Angle Lens
DJI Pocket 2 Exclusive Combo Sunset White Do-It-All Handle and Sling Strap

If you come across a different variant or your DJI Pocket 2 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update the review.

You can see our unit's label here.

Discussions