DJI Action 2

DJI Action 2 Review: Is It Worth The Price?

The Action 2 is the brand new lightweight, well-built action camera from DJI – the company known mainly for top-tier drones. The Action 2 is waterproof and it’s simple to put on a helmet mount or chest mount to record your action.

The Action 2 has recently launched into the market after much anticipation since the first action camera in the range – the Osmo Action. Let’s see if the newest member of the DJI family of gadgets delivers any improvements and lives up to out expectations.

DJI Osmo Action 2 Review

Design

The first thing you’ll notice is that the new Action 2 camera is very small. It’s visibly much tinier and weighs a less than half the weight of its predecessor the Osmo Action. This new unit weighs in at just 56 grams compared to 124g of the former model. it’s so light that it will barely be a hinderance when worn on your body.

On the front is a 1.4-inch screen with a pixel density of 300PPI that brightens up nicely for excellent outdoor viewing. A huge lens to the right of it is protected by a screw-on lens guard. The front screen of the Action 2 is a distinct selling point. If you click the side button for a second time or double-tap the screen, it will switch to front mode, allowing you to see what you’re shooting.

The front screen is square, and you can choose to show the complete image with cinema bars at the top and bottom, or crop to the center, which is usually more convenient unless you need to see what’s going on in the wings.

A USB-C port and a microSD card slot are hidden beneath a flap on the right side of the Action. The battery is released by a pair of latches at the base, and the touch display is located on the back. The power, record, and rapid switch buttons are scattered across the top and right sides, providing excellent click feedback while remaining soft.

Pros

  • Small, compact design
  • Front color touch screen
  • 12MP sensor
  • Ultra-wide-angle lens (155 deg compared to 145 deg in prev. model)
  • Waterproof to 10m

Cons

  • Structural durability concern because of ultra light weight
  • 4K video not amazing quality but image stabilization smooths it out

Video & Image Quality

The DJI Action 2 offers a variety of video recording options, including UHD 4K60 resolution at 100Mbps and the company’s advanced electronic picture stabilization technology RockSteady.

RockSteady, like GoPro’s game-changing HyperSmooth technology, imparts gimbal-like smoothness to videos. Given DJI’s ten years of experience creating outstanding gimbals, RockSteady does not disappoint.

Because it uses the same 1/2.3 Sony IMX377 sensor as the Osmo Pocket, the image quality is practically equal. It means that, despite the relatively bright f/2.8 aperture, there will be a lot of image noise in low light, both in video and stills. In bright light, however, detail is clear and well-defined, and color reproduction is great.

Power & Connectivity

The amount of time your battery lasts is determined by the quality of the video you’re recording. On a fully charged battery, we captured about 55 minutes of 4K footage at 60 frames per second. The camera is charged using the USB-C connector. It’s under a lockable door on the left side of the camera.

To maintain a steady power supply, the door can be removed. A microSD memory card slot in the same compartment accepts cards with capacities of up to 256GB. The camera does not include a microphone input, but DJI plans to offer a 3.5mm converter that can be used to connect an external microphone to the camera’s USB-C port.

The DJI Mimo app is available to download for free and it allows you to use your smartphone to operate all of the camera’s features.

Additional Features

The camera on the Action 2 has a 12MP sensor and an ultra-wide-angle lens. It beats the Hero7 Black, with a 155-degree field-of-view and an f/2.8 aperture. The power from the battery also lasts a little longer thanks to its slightly bigger 1300mAh battery.

Video can be recorded in resolutions ranging from 720p to 4K, with aspect ratios of 4:3 or 16:9 and frame rates of up to 60 frames per second. Except for the 4K, 4:3, 60fps options, all include DJI’s RockSteady image stabilization technology. While the video quality in 4k and FHD isn’t the best, it offers excellent video stabilization, which smooths out camera shaking in your video.

In addition, the DJI Action 2 supports 8x slow-motion video, 12MP photos with adjustable exposure control, time-lapse video, and other features.

Compare the specs of the new DJI Action 2 to the former model, Osmo Action

The front screen has to be the camera’s best trick. With this function triggered by a double push of the primary touch screen, you may vlog to your heart’s delight while getting your framing just right.

Pros

  • Small, compact design
  • Front color touch screen
  • 12MP sensor
  • Ultra-wide-angle lens (155 deg compared to 145 deg in prev. model)
  • Waterproof to 10m
The Action 2 is waterproof without the need for an external case.

Cons

  • Structural durability concern because of ultra light weight
  • 4K video not amazing quality but image stabilization smooths it out

Conclusion

Overall, the DJI Osmo Action 2 is a beautiful camera and a smart purchase for current DJI customers who want to stay in the same tech environment.

While it can’t quite match the performance, usability, and features of GoPro’s flagship Hero series, Osmo Action 2 packs more than enough features and performance to satisfy even the most daring thrill-seekers who are looking for a true performance action camera who don’t want to go the GoPro route. For vloggers, the front color screen is also a game-changer.

You can buy the DJI Action 2 from Amazon.com

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