DJI Motion 2, evaluation and opinion

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Once we speak about DJI, presently the very first thing that involves thoughts is drones. A number of months in the past we analyzed the Air 2S, a spectacular drone to ‘freak out’ making video, however we should not overlook that one of many firm’s strengths are the stabilizers and motion cameras.

On this sense, there are a number of proposals, some that mix gimbal and motion digicam (just like the Osmo Pocket) and others which might be extra conventional motion cameras. That’s the place the DJI Motion 2 comes into play, which has been the GoPro Hero 10 Black’s nice rival in current months.

And, exactly, if a couple of days in the past we informed you our opinion of the newest technology of GoPro, now let’s go together with the evaluation of the DJI Motion 2, a digicam whose secret is … magnets.

DJI Motion 2Dimensions and weight39 x 39 x 22.3 mm | 56 gramsAdapterMagnetic baseSensor12 megapixels | 1 / 1.7 “CMOS Video capability As much as 4K 4: 3 at 60 fps | As much as 4K 16: 9 at 120 fps 155º Lens | f / 2.8 1.76” Contact Display | 500 nits | 350 pixels per inch density Battery580 mAh | 2.23 Wh | USB-C charging in one of many modulesConnectivity 2.4 – 5.1 – 5.8 GHz Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 5.0Sound1 microphonePrice399 euros with the facility combo at Amazon

DJI Motion 2 Assessment Sections:

A magnetic dice which you could place anyplace

I anticipate that I favored the stabilization and picture high quality so much, however I already anticipate that the most effective factor concerning the DJI Motion 2 is, definitely, its design.

It’s a modular design that nothing new, because the Insta360 One R is already a modular digicam which, by the way in which, has a 1 “lens, however right here the grace is within the compact measurement and the magnets.

The digicam has dimensions of 39 x 39 mm, a depth of twenty-two.3 mm and a weight of solely 56 grams. It’s fabricated from aluminum, which favors warmth dissipation, however could make it considerably extra delicate (a minimum of so far as manufacturers are involved) in falls.

In it we solely see the lens, the contact display, the facility button and begin recording on the high, the antennas for wi-fi connectivity and, on the backside, the ‘magic’.

There we’ve got some hooks on the edges, some connection pins and a few holes to move a strap that we will tie to the wrist.

That decrease space is the one that’s magnetized and, as you possibly can see, we’ve got neither a charging port nor a slot for a microSD.

The physique is sealed and may maintain as much as 10 meters in water with out the waterproof case, an quantity that will increase as much as 60 meters if we use the case.

All that is fairly unusual, however the rationalization is that these components occupy inside area that the battery, the processor and the sensor want … and that, actually, the digicam shouldn’t be full with out a minimum of one in every of its modules.

The magic is within the magnets and within the ‘cubes’ that we’ve got to purchase sure or sure

The magnet on the backside will permit us to put the digicam on a lamppostFor instance, as it’s fairly sturdy and, in keeping with our exams, it won’t fall even when there’s some sturdy wind.

Nonetheless, this magnet additionally works to attach the modules. When shopping for the DJI Motion 2 we’ve got to decide on between the entrance display module -which prices 500 euros- or the Energy Combo -which is 399 euros-.

Mainly one module is a display and the opposite a battery. You’re going to have the ability to put each on the identical time, however actually, I might purchase the additional battery module earlier than the entrance display, since it is going to be far more helpful to you.

Sure, the exterior display has its personal battery, however the whole recording capability shall be increased with the battery-only module and, in order for you the second display, you possibly can all the time purchase it sooner or later to mount all three on the identical time.

If we don’t bear in mind the additional battery of 1 and the display of the opposite, the 2 modules are precisely the identical. Each have within the higher half the connection modules with the digicam, in addition to two hooks that enhance the security of the coupling.

On the best aspect they’ve the report button, on the left aspect the USB-C to load each the module and the digicam and on the again the slot for the microSD. The one on the display additionally has three microphones.

These modules might be positioned as we wish, so we will put the battery below the digicam and, lastly, the display, or vice versa, however what we can’t do is moist them.

They don’t seem to be sealed our bodies and may solely get moist if we’ve got the waterproof case, in addition to submerging them to 60 meters.

And the burden is 57 grams for the battery module and 64 grams for the display. Alternatively, we’ve got one other macro images and video module that’s merely a magnetic ‘magnifying glass’ that sticks to the lens.

Full versatility with good picture high quality and stabilization, however you may be turned off by overheating

However hey, let’s get to the guts of a digicam, the sensor and the picture high quality. DJI has completed its homework right here and we’ve got a noticeably bigger sensor than the GoPro’s due to the 1 / 1.17 “CMOS sensor.

A virtually one-inch sensor with a area of view of 155º and an aperture f / 2.8 which, whereas not as vibrant because the Insta360 One R in very low gentle situations, does an excellent job.

It has 12 megapixels and we’ve got a digital zoom of as much as 4x for video (relying on the recording high quality) and 4x for pictures.

Though we’ve got a really extensive visual view, we can select between having that fisheye impact or aspherical correction, one thing the digicam does rather well.

In good gentle situations, the picture and stabilization is superb. It appears to me that the white stability is right and the publicity is pretty much as good as it may be.

That’s, when there’s an space with a transparent distinction as a consequence of a really pronounced Solar and shadow, when the publicity level is in essentially the most uncovered space it ‘manages’ effectively in order that the shadow shouldn’t be completely black or underexposed and, if we’re shifting the digicam, it compensates the publicity shortly and with out doing unusual issues.

This digital stabilization, known as RockSteady 2.0, appears to me of nice high quality And DJI has completed an awesome job on this regard, additionally within the horizon management for extra motion photographs on a motorbike, for instance.

I additionally like images, with a contrasting and really enticing picture to add to social networks. Nonetheless, regardless of the scale of the sensor, when the sunshine begins to fall, the grain begins to look and, when the situations are very tough, the stabilization disappears.

Neither is it a digicam to make use of in these conditions, however hey, you already know.

In regards to the recording, we can seize movies with as much as 130 Mb / s, we’ve got desaturated mode to edit later or pure, skilled mode to manage parameters equivalent to white stability and a collection of fairly diversified resolutions relying on the side ratio.

At 4: 3 we can seize 2.7K or 4K photographs at 24, 25, 30, 48, 50 and 60 fps. At 16: 9 we can seize 4K and a couple of.7K photographs from 24 to 100 and 120 fps to make gradual movement as much as 4 instances slower. At 16: 9 at 1,080p we can seize as much as 200 and 240 fps to make gradual movement as much as 8x.

We’ve already informed you that reminiscence playing cards as much as 256 GB go in one of many modules, however the digicam has about 22 GB usable inside that give us for about 23 minutes of recording at 4K60.

And the interface … effectively, it’s considerably complicated. The display is sq. and has dimensions of 1.7 “. It appears small -it is-, however the fact is that you simply get used to it shortly.

It’s tactile, it seems good outdoor and it has an excellent sensitivity, however the interface appeared a bit complicated to me.

Not when adjusting parameters or altering modes, however by making use of the zoom, which generally responds effectively to a sure gesture … and generally not. However hey, it’s like all the pieces, it needs to be completed.

Nonetheless, let’s speak about overheating. And it’s that, I feel that the picture high quality is unbelievable and the stabilization additionally fulfills greater than sufficient, however we can report a short while adopted both by the battery or as a result of it turns off as a consequence of extra warmth.

Open air we’ve got had higher or worse figures, relying on the climate, however to do the warm-up check we’ve got resorted to a managed atmosphere: goofing round (in order that stabilization comes into play) indoors.

At a temperature of 22º recording at 4K60 and with digital stabilization activated, the digicam tells you after 7 minutes that it stops recording as a consequence of extra warmth. We are able to resume recording, nevertheless it quickly turns off once more.

Recording at 4K120, that message seems after three and a half minutes. We measured the physique temperature and it was 43º. It will get to hassle the hand.

We can’t say what it is going to be like in summer season in a module on a helmet if we go together with the bike by way of the mountains, however it’s actually not information that leaves me alone.

The battery flies with out you noticing

Now, if heating is an issue, the battery shouldn’t be giving us peace of thoughts. There are various seize variables each for recording high quality and for stabilization, side ratio or battery saving settings.

Nonetheless, outdoor at 100% brightness, with stabilization and recording at 4K60 in 16: 9 mode, after 7 minutes of recording we’ve got 57% of the battery. Sure, at 1,080p it certain lasts longer, however the optimum decision is 4K60 each for fluidity and doable gradual cameras.

If as a substitute of 4K60 we report at 4K120, when the battery shuts down as a consequence of overheating at 3 minutes 34 seconds, we’ve got 65% battery left.

It’s going to look like a beast to you, however a minute of recording eats up 11% of the battery on this mode.

Not good information, under no circumstances. DJI claims that at 1,080p30 they’ll report as much as 70 minutes with digital stabilization off, however I don’t suppose this digicam is value it for that decision.

The capability of the digicam itself is 530 mAh and the modules (each the display and the charging module) have 1,300 mAh. If we exit with the cargo, for instance, the issue of overheating remains to be there, however a minimum of we’ve got a buffer of time.

The digicam goes from 0% to 64% battery with quarter-hour of charging with the module alone, with out connecting a USB-C. It takes 28 minutes to achieve 100%. I feel it’s not dangerous, actually, and after a full cost, the battery module has 48% remaining, so it virtually lasts for 2 full expenses.

The issue is that, on an extended journey as we don’t have a detachable battery like on GoPro, we should have a PowerBank sure or sure to load the modules and the digicam itself, making the method of occurring an tour considerably extra cumbersome than with different cameras.

DJI is aware of very effectively what it does and desires to eat the GoPro market

And we come to the top of the evaluation of this DJI Motion 2 with a considerably bittersweet style. As an idea, it seems like a beastly motion digicam to me.

It’s true that it isn’t the most recent as a result of the Insta360 One R was already modular, however the measurement of the DJI one is far more compact, I like the facility of the magnets and the construct high quality.

Recording can also be at an awesome stage due to the scale of the sensor, to the photographs that we will obtain and, above all, to an awesome stabilization.

Nonetheless, there are two necessary ‘buts’ on this mannequin that should be corrected for a brand new technology.

On the one hand the autonomy, excessively scarce and sure, I perceive that the digicam could be very small, however we do not need interchangeable batteries and possibly it’s essential to make it bigger or heavier for tour classes.

The DJI Motion 2 is a miniscule motion digicam that may report with nice stabilization as much as 4K120. It has a robust magnet to put completely different modules such because the battery and entrance display

And then again, one thing virtually extra necessary to repair, overheating. In summer season this digicam won’t maintain up outdoor, which is the place it’s primarily going for use.

However hey, sprucing that, I feel it is going to be an awesome product for the third technology. Proper now, even with distinctive picture high quality, possibly it’s important to take a look at different fashions that permit, a minimum of, to vary batteries.