Review: DJI Pocket 2

In the “action camera” stakes, GoPro has all but got the battle won. Forays into the skirmish by the likes of Sony – and its FDR-X300 is a damn fine little camera – and to a lesser degree, Nikon, plus a whole bunch of “knock off” models from various manufacturers, has done little to dent GoPro’s straggle hold on that market.

Not even the mighty DJI with its “Action Camera” model, which unlike the Sony looks like a GoPro, has made little headway.

But DJI has an ace up its sleeve in a sideways direction with the Pocket Camera.

The latest version, the Pocket 2, is an advancement on the original Pocket (go figure) and whilst it has not grown too much in size, it has a bigger sensor, wider lens, a better autofocus system and even more built in mics.

But it’s major party trick is of course the three axis stabiliser using technology no doubt learnt from the DJI engineers who are the ones who nailed together the brilliant Ronin series of gimbals for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras as well as the OSMOs and just lately, the OM4 for smartphones.

And of course DJI drones all feature three axis gimbals on board, so it is safe to say the DJI boffins know a thing or two about the technology.


OK, lets get down to the nuts and bolts of the DJI Pocket 2.

The sensor is a 1/1.7” CMOS type and allied with the 20mm F1.8 lens lets you shoot in both 64Mp and 16Mp still image modes as well as panorama shots in 3 x 3 and 180°.

Video is available in 4K / 60p, 2.7K/60p, 1080/60p and HDR 2.7K/30p. Of course lower frame rates such as 24, 25, 30 and 50p can be dialled in too.

Audio is captured by no less than 4 on board mics complete with directional audio and sound tracking.

Storage is to microSD up to 256GB and the onboard battery is said to be good for 140 minutes when shooting at 1080/24p.

Getting back to that marvellous little gimbal system the controllable range is pan (-230° to +70°), tilt (-100° to +50°) and roll +/-45° with the mechanical range available in wider pan (-250° to +90°), tilt (-180° to +70°) and roll +/-90°. The maximum controllable speed is 120° / second with shutter speeds from 8 to 1/8000 of a second.


There is a whole bunch of modes available to the user to maximise the user of the DJIO Pocket 2 such as Timelapse, Motionlapse and Hyperlapse with slo-mo at 1080p /120fps for 4x and 1080p/240fps for 8x.

Timelapse as the name suggests is for timelapsed shooting cramming hours into seconds, motionlapse is DJI’s motion smoothing system and hyperlapse takes a series of photos which are then combined into a timelapse video with motion. The difference between timelapse and hyperlapse is that you can control the speeds during the course of the hyperlapse video whilst timelapse is constant.

ActiveTrack and Facetrack systems are also incorporated letting you easily keep subjects in shot. This can be activated either on the Pocket 2 itself, or via the accompanying DJI Mimo app on your smartphone.


With the Pocket 2 you can shoot RAW DNG files (but not RAW+JPG at the same time) up to 64Mp with file sizes around the 120+MB mark. When shooting panoramas, as mentioned, the Pocket 2 supports 3 x 3 shooting, stitching this matrix inside the DJI Mimo app into a 5 x 7 image. In 180° mode in contrast, the Pocket 2 shoots and stitches 4 discreet images.

Other niceties include a Story mode using video and music templates to manufacture movies in just a few taps and an AI editor that automatically combines clips with transitions and music.


Accessories available include a “do it all” handle which incorporates built in wi-fi, Bluetooth, an audio jack, wireless mic receiver, external speaker and tripod mount. We didn’t receive one of these in the review unit, but in our original Pocket 1, we did have the wi-fi receiver so can very much recommend this as it makes communication with the DJI Mimo app so much easier than the physical connection to the phone otherwise needed.

Other accessories include a mini control stick, external wireless mic with windscreen, a waterproof case (which is very much on our wish list), a wide angle lens, ND filters and charging case among others. A full list is available at

In Use

Despite its wide array of functionality, the DJI Pocket 2 is amazingly easy to use and master.

As well as the obvious shoot-on-the-go usage, the Pocket 2 makes an admirable vlogging tool, especially if you add the “do it all” handle thus getting live streaming capability.

If you are into panorama shooting, the gimbal takes away the risk of shakiness when doing the same with a smartphone while moving in a straight line, and of course the photo mode cannot be ignored.

In its own way, the DJI Pocket 2 has almost (maybe) accidentally become the Swiss Army Knife of cameras, being adept at some many functions and adaptable to so many environments – although again I stress to get the best out of it, you really do need the “do it all handle” as otherwise, with a smartphone hanging off the side, it does become a little unwieldy.

Given a fully kitted DJI Pocket 2 and a Mini 2 drone I can pretty much shoot anything at any time. Throw in the waterproof case and anything under the water, on the land and in the sky is within reach.

Cop that GoPro!


The basic DJI Pocket 2 is AUD$599 and available from the DJI Shop online. We have also seen them in Camera House shops locally and I am guessing all the usual haunts will stock them in varying degrees (but we strongly urge talking to proper camera people when buying stuff like this as the knowledge available is invaluable compared to the chain stores selling all manner of tech).









Mum’s Day ideas? Maybe, maybe not. Not our place to judge, but some ideas anyway.

We are not too sure how many Mums want an action camera or drone for their special day in May, but hey, perhaps she wants to help you out with your next video project or something?

Who are we to judge?

Just in case though, DJI has suggested some ideas that might be useful if you have sneakily discovered your Mum is a serial movie maker on the QT and is just missing that last bit of kit you absolutely KNOW she needs.

The three we have personally found that are particularly useful are the DJI MAVIC Mini drone, OSMO Pocket and OSMO Mobile 3.

You can find tutorials on the latter two at:

And of course there is heaps of stuff on the MAVIC Mini drone around the interwebs including our very own review at

We have reviews on the OSMO Pocket and OSMO Mobile too. And if you are after an action camera, DJI has the OSMO Action.

And no, this is NOT a paid commercial (sadly).

Move over beloved Sony DSC RX0, here is the RX0 Mark II. It’s even better!

We LOVE our Sony DSC RX0 (review here); there is no more versatile camcorder on the market we reckon – and we even gave one away in a competition.

But Sony today introduced the RX0 II (model DSC-RX0M2). The new model builds upon the waterproof/dustproof2, shockproof[vii], crushproof[viii] and ultra-compact qualities of the original RX0. The RX0 II offers internal 4K recording, an up to 180-degree and down to 90-degree tiltable LCD screen that even works underwater[vi], and new image stabilisation solutions for video recording.

At the heart of the RX0 II sits a 1.0-type stacked 15.3-megapixel1 Exmor RS™ CMOS image sensor and an advanced BIONZ X™ image processing engine that offer enhanced[ix] colour reproduction including beautiful skin tones. This power packed combination has been optimised to deliver lightning fast performance and exquisite image quality for both stills and movie shooting across a wide sensitivity range of ISO 80[x] -12800. The ZEISS® Tessar T* 24mm3F4.0 fixed wide-angle lens has a shortened minimum focusing distance of 20cm, making it perfect for selfies or table-top photos. 

A camera for all conditions

The RX0 II is truly a ‘worry-free’ camera that can be taken into places that no other camera can go. Measuring just 59mm x 40.5mm x 35mm[xi] and weighing just 132g,[xii] the RX0 II fits easily into a pocket and is ready for whatever the elements can throw at it. It is waterproof2 up to 10 metres deep, dustproof2, shockproof7 up to 2 metres and crushproof8 up to 200KG force.

“The original RX0 was designed to enable new forms of creative expression through its form factor and technical capabilities,” said Jun Yoon, Head of Digital Imaging, ANZ. “The new RX0 II has built on this with added features and functionality that make it the perfect camera for any type of travel. This ultra-compact camera is also ideal for capturing stills or video across a huge range of shooting and vlogging scenarios.”

Movies and more

The RX0 II offers 4K 30p internal movie recording4 with full pixel readout and no pixel binning to collect approximately 1.7 times the amount of data required for 4K video. This oversampling reduces the appearance of moiré and jaggies and delivers smooth, high quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth. Using the recently introduced Sony “Imaging Edge™” mobile applications, this footage can be transferred to a smartphone[xiii], edited and shared easily across social networks.

The RX0 II introduces in-body electronic stabilisation[xiv] for steady footage, even when shot handheld. This can be enhanced even further when footage is exported to a smartphone or tablet running the ‘Movie Edit add-on’[xv] application where the additional information captured during filming can be processed to produce a video with gimbal-like smoothness[xvi]. An additional new feature that can be accessed via Sony ‘Movie Edit add-on’ is ‘Intelligent Framing’ where the selected subject is kept in the centre of the frame and image distortion is corrected in a final edit. Depending on where the video will be shared, the required aspect ratio can then be selected.

Additional movie features of the RX0 II include Super Slow Motion recording at up to 1000 fps[xvii], uncompressed 4K HDMI output and simultaneous proxy movie recording.  Users can utilise Picture Profile, S-Log2 and Time Code / User Bit functions to ensure a final result that exactly matches their creative vision.

Precision photography

The versatility of the RX0 II means that it offers a host of stills photography features in addition to its video capabilities. It boasts an Anti-distortion Shutter of up to 1/32000 sec. and can shoot at up to 16 fps5 to capture any fleeting moment of emotion that passes across the subject’s face. In an upgrade from the original RX0, colour reproduction has been enhanced to reproduce natural and vivid colour of human skin, and the optional ‘Soft Skin Effect’ can be applied to cover minor blemishes and wrinkles.  Rating and Protect functions can be applied in camera and a grouped display of continuously shot images can be viewed on the camera.

Sony’s Eye AF, that is proving hugely popular with portrait photographers across the world, has been upgraded on the RX0 II. The speed, accuracy and operation of the Eye AF has been improved to make it even easier to capture a stunning portrait; a simple half press of the shutter button will lock-on to the eye of the subject. The focused eye can be selected (left / right / auto) in the menu or assigned to a custom button, allowing the user to concentrate on composition.

The camera can be set for interval shooting, the results of which can be edited with Sony’s “Imaging Edge” desktop application ‘viewer’ into stunning time-lapse videos[xviii].

Multi-camera options

Up to 5 RX0 II cameras can be controlled wirelessly[xix] using the Sony ‘Imaging Edge Mobile’[xx] application and between 6 to 50 cameras will be able to be controlled via an access point (scheduled for winter 2019).The RX0 II is also compatible with the Camera Control Box CCB-WD1[xxi] which enables up to 100 cameras to be connected and controlled in a wired multi-camera setup. Both of these multi-camera solutions unlock a whole new world of shooting opportunities and free video expression from any viewpoint that the user wishes to pursue.

For more information on the new RX0 II camera, please visit its product page here

The RX0 II will be available in Australia from April 2019 for SRP $949. The RX0 II kit with the VCT-SGR1 Shooting Grip and bracket will be available in Australia from June 2019, pricing TBC.

  • [i] Approximate effective megapixels
  • [ii] Depending on usage conditions and circumstances, no guarantee is made regarding damage to, malfunction of, or waterproof/dustproof performance of this camera. Water and dust resistance equivalent to JIS protection level IP68. Under water, the minimum focusing distance is increased, and angle of field is narrower. This camera sinks in water — please use a strap to prevent loss
  • [iii] Converted from angle of view (35mm equivalent)
  • [iv] Wi-Fi does not operate.  QFHD:3840×2160.  A Class 10 or higher micro SDHC/SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC S format. UHS-I (U3) micro SDHC/SDXC card is required for 100Mbps recording
  • [v] In Speed Priority Continuous mode.  Focus and exposure settings are fixed at first frame
  • [vi] Among fixed lens digital camera with 1.0-type sensor and tiltable monitor.  As of March 2019, based on Sony research
  • [vii] MIL-STD810G C1 Method 516.7 shock test onto 5cm plywood cleared.  Applies when LCD monitor is retracted
  • [viii] Sony test condition. Applies when LCD monitor is retracted
  • [vi] Wireless functions cannot be used underwater
  • [ix] When compared with DSC-RX0
  • [x] ISO 80, 100: when expanded.  For still shooting only
  • [xi] width x height x depth
  • [xii] Approximate weight with battery and media included
  • [xiii] Availability of video transfer and playback varies depending on smartphone in use
  • [xiv] For video shooting only
  • [xv] Add-on mobile application for ‘Imaging Edge Mobile’
  • [xvi] Angle becomes narrower than actual shot. The frame area of the picture becomes narrower than the original image. The movie footage can be rendered to up to Full HD quality
  • [xvii] Sound cannot be recorded. A Class 10 or higher micro SDXC or SDHC memory card is required
  • [xviii] Wi-Fi does not operate during interval shooting.  The latest version of Imaging Edge ‘Viewer’ and PlayMemories Home desktop applications is required
  • [xix] Not available during 4K video, FHD 120p (NTSC)/100p (PAL) video or interval recording.  DSC-RX0 and DSC-RX0M2 models cannot be used with radio control at the same time.  Depending on the specifications of the access point, smartphone, and tablet to be used, and the radio wave environment of the installation location, the number of devices that can be connected may change.
  • [xx] Refer to the following page for details of compatible Imaging Edge Mobile

  • [xxi] When using the CCB-WD1, please update your software to the latest version (Supported with ver. 2.00 or later.) Up to 100 pairs of DSC-RX0M2 and Camera Control Box can be connected, according to Sony’s internal testingAttachments area

YI Horizon VR180 Camera

YI Technology (YI), in collaboration with Google’s Virtual Reality (VR) team, has announced details of its YI Horizon VR180 Camera. Developed to leverage Google’s new VR180 format, the stereoscopic, 3-D camera gives users an easy way to capture high-resolution, immersive video that lets anyone who views it immediately transport to new and amazing places.

YI Horizon VR180 seamlessly integrates with YouTube and Google Photos so viewers can easily activate a VR experience when viewed with Google Cardboard, Daydream, PSVR, and a number of other certified VR viewers. Viewers can also easily view the content in 2D. With an intuitive and sleek design, the YI Horizon VR180 Camera captures 3D video in 5.7K resolution at 30 frames per second (fps) and video looks great on desktop or mobile. The camera also features instant in-device stitching and supports live streaming so creators and fans can be together in real time.

We truly believe that it should be easy for everyone to create and share virtual reality experiences,” said Sean Da, CEO of YI Technology. “Whether it is to demonstrate a makeup tutorial or share rich experiences from a recent trip with friends and loved ones, the YI Horizon VR180 Camera provides an easy and deeply engaging way to capture many of life’s most special moments. When the opportunity to work closely with Google’s VR team on this initiative presented itself, it was a no-brainer given the team’s extraordinary commitment to defining the future of VR experiences and extensive investment in the YouTube VR180 format. We believe the YI Horizon VR180 Camera will bring endless amounts of joy to all that use the device.”

We introduced VR180 as a way to make capturing high quality, immersive photos and video easy for consumers and professional creators” said Clay Bavor, VP of VR at Google. “YI’s camera has amazing image quality, as well as features that we think will be compelling for creators like livestreaming and a preview display. We’re excited to see what consumers and creators are able to capture and bring to virtual reality.”

Key YI Horizon VR180 Camera Features:

●      Capture stunning 5.7k resolution photos and video

●      One-button live video streaming

●      2.2 inch, 640×360 retina touch screen

●      Features Type-C USB port with HD speed data transmission

●      Professional-grade 4 microphone design with outdoor noise reduction

●      Easily manage photos and videos by using the VR180 app by Google

●      Compatible with YouTube and Google Photos


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