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DJI launches $599, 64-megapixel ‘gimbalcam’

DJI has made another move into the ‘gimbalcam’ segment with the release of the 64-megapixel/4K Osmo Pocket 2, delivering improved image quality in both photo and video modes compared to its predecessor.

It weighs only 117g and has ‘up to’ 140 minutes of battery life. Image sensor is  1/1.7-inch (9.3mm diagonal) CMOS sensor – this is larger than a 1/2.3-inch sensor found in the majority of digital compact cameras. While the 64-megapixel sensor can capture 64-megapixel stills ‘using a high-resolution mode’, DJI is downplaying this capability and ‘up-playing’ the hi-res sensor’s utility as an alternative to a zoom lens. At 4x zoom (via cropping) it still delivers loss-less 16-megapixel stills. An interesting direction to take the megapixel wars. The DJI Pocket 2 offers up to 8x zoom via cropping or 4x lossless zoom at 1080p video or 16-megapixels. Lens is a fast, fixed 20mm (equivalent) f1.8.

Video is up to 4k/60 at 100 Mbps. It captures RAW in DNG format. It takes microSD cards up to 265GB, with no internal memory.

As well as improvements to autofocus, a larger sensor and and a wider lens, DJI says audio has been improved with a 4-mic system for a crisper sound. Directional Audio enhances sound recording from the microphones, while audio can be adjusted based on where the camera is facing. An audio zoom function narrows the sound field when zooming the camera in.

Autofocus has been tweaked using a combination of phase and contrast detection.

Other features:

Pro Mode: Control advanced camera settings such as ISO, shutter speed, EV, and focus mode.
ActiveTrack 3.0: Select a subject and let DJI Pocket 2 keep it in the frame automatically.
Slow Motion: Slow motion with a max speed and resolution of 8x at 1080p.
Timelapse, Hyperlapse, Motionlapse: Users have the ability to save individual images separately, record in RAW format, and use ActiveTrack 3.0.
Panoramas: 180-degree panoramas – Stitches four photos
3×3 Pano: Merges nine images for a wide and detailed view.
Livestreaming: Livestream directly to Facebook, YouTube, or RTMP.
Story Mode: Preset camera movements, colour profiles, and music make it easier to choose a template, record the moment, and share to social media instantly.

Included in the package is a cover, a mini control stick, a 1/4-inch tripod mount, a wrist strap, a power cable, and USB Type-C and Lightning smartphone adapters.

Additional accessories such as a wide-angle lens, handle, USB splitter, tripod, wireless microphone transmitter, charging case, phone clip, and waterproof case are available as optional extras. Users can remove the bottom portion of the handle to attach accessories.

Local RRP is $599 for the Osmo Pocket 2 and $799 for the camera with a ‘Creator Combo’ range of accessories.

DJI is currently taking Australian orders for the Osmo Pocket 2 from its US-based online store – including offering a global warranty. When you order the camera, DJI states that this includes GST – and the price comparative to the US price reflects this – but it will not issue a tax invoice to show that the tax has actually been forwarded to the ATO. Purchase from local suppliers would be a better option.

Regarding tax invoices, DJI states: ‘Goods are sold and shipped from outside Australia by an overseas company. If requested to do so by customs, you can prove the customs value with the Order Summary email. The price includes Australian customs duty and GST. However, an Australian tax invoice is not available. We apologize for any inconvenience.’








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