As Go Pro struggles, DJI who are better known for their drones, has developed a brand-new magnetic action camera system that is a game changer and a system that is set to challenge the US action camera brand.
Some observers claim that the new DJI offering could seriously hurt Go Pro in the Australian market, which is well known for action sports, as the Chinese manufacturer has extensive retailer relationships across multiple action sports and mainstream retailers and is seen as a Company that has the capacity to produce cutting products wrapped around motion and 4K cameras.
The Action Camera 2 from DJI, sets a new benchmark for how a small camera can be used to capture content with magnets playing a key part in the both the way one can shoot, add extra battery capacity, or even attach a second lens.
The adaptive magnetic design allows users to customise multiple configurations with its modular design allowing users to easily mix and match accessories and use the camera multiple ways from attached to a headband to magnetically attached to clothing.
The first thing that you notice is that the main camera and the attach units are square.
This unique modular design is easy to get use to and is highly practical.
The main Action 2 camera module measures 39mm across and 22mm deep and easily fits into the palm of your hand or pocket.
Despite the small size the quality of the 4K video capture is excellent. It has a 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor, with a 155-degree field-of-view, and an f/2.8 aperture.
When you are shooting at a 16:9 aspect ratio, you have several options available.
1,080p video can be captured at anywhere between 24 and 240 frames per second, while 2.7K and 4K video tops out at 120fps.
You can film in 4:3 at 2.7K or 4K, between 24 and 60fps.
When I was shooting at a higher frame rate, I did notice heat build-up which in turn reduces the available battery power.
This is why it pays to buy a battery backup when purchasing this product.
The magnets are relatively strong, and never felt like the modules would come apart especially when shooting in an action environment such as skiing with the camera attached through fabric to a magnetic lanyard around my neck.
On the back of the module is the display, which measures 1.76 inches. It’s relatively small, but it’s an AMOLED display with a resolution of 350 pixels per inch. The image quality is good however most viewing and management of the Action camera is via the DJI app.
What’s interesting is that you are given two options when shopping for an action camera.
The cheaper bundle comes with a battery module, which attaches to the bottom of the Action 2 and gives it some extra juice, the downside is that you can only attach one additional battery module to the camera.
The more expensive option is the “Dual-Screen Combo,” which allows you to add a second display on the front.
The DJI Action 2 Camera has an operating time of up to 50 mins, there is 32GB of internal storage. By adding the DJI Action 2 Power Module you can increase shooting time by up to 180 minutes with a hot swap option for continuous power, and an additional microSD card slot
provide more recording time.
The DJI Action 2 Magnetic Ball-Joint Adapter Mount allows you to mount Action 2 on different surfaces like a car or windshield to record unique footage.
The DJI Action 2 Magnetic Adaptor Mount has folding fingers at its base to make Action 2 compatible with most third-party action camera accessories.