DJI Osmo Action is the company’s first attempt to capture GoPro in action camera, and now it’s re-imagining GoPro’s long overdue but memorable Hero Session camera. The DJI Action 2 is half the size of the GoPro Hero 10 Black and still offers almost the same features, but in fact its magnetic locking system opens up many innovative ways to fit objects. . On paper, DJI Action 2 seems to be a worthy adversary to Hero 10 Black, but is it really there? Time to find out.
DJI Action 2 Design
The DJI Action 2 consists of two units – the camera and the charging unit. The basic variant, also known as the Power Combo, includes two units with accessories such as a Lanyard Mount, Dual-Prong mount (to connect with GoPro accessories) and a USB Type-C cable. The assembled mounts are magnetically attached to the Action 2. A second variant called the dual-screen combo (sent to me by DJI for this review) includes an additional display on the charging unit and an additional ball-joint adhesive mount on the box. .
The DJI Action 2 camera unit is small and cube shaped, weighing just 56 grams. It has an aluminum alloy housing that gives it a premium look and feel. It is dust proof and water proof up to 10m, and it can be extended up to 60m with a custom cover. On the side, you will find a single microphone, power / shutter button and magnetic contact pins for the charging unit. The front is dominated by the camera lens and has a single level LED in one corner.
The back of the DJI Action 2 has a 1.76-inch OLED touchscreen that is responsive and visible from the outside. The charging unit is approximately the size of a camera module and comes with three additional microphones, a USB Type-C port, a microSD card slot, a power / shutter button, a level LED and a dual-screen variant. 1.76-inch OLED screen. This module is not dusty or waterproof, which means you need to be careful about how and where you use it. The USB port and microSD slot were exposed without any protection, which I am not a big fan of.
When connected the screen on the charging unit faces the opposite direction of the camera’s display, so it can be used as a viewfinder when locking. To save battery power, you can choose to use only one of the screens at a time. The magnetic force between the blocks is very strong and binds the two units together. For added protection, the clamps on either side of the charging unit allow the camera to be positioned. Similar clamps can be found on the assembled parts. If required, the camera unit can be mounted on its own or mounted with a charging unit.
In terms of design, DJI Action 2 is very innovative because it compiles many technologies in the smallest trace. The magnetic mounting system reminds me a lot of the Insta360’s Go 2 action camera. The build quality of Action 2 and the assembled components is paramount.
DJI Action 2 Features
The DJI Action 2 features a 1 / 1.7-inch fixed-focus 12-megapixel CMOS sensor. The ultra-wide-angle lens has a 155 degree view and af / 2.8 aperture. One of the highlights of this action camera is the 4K video recording at 120fps, though at best it is only five minutes per clip. Other combinations include 2.7K up to 120fps and 1080p up to 240fps. Unlike GoPro cameras, the DJI Action 2 comes with 32GB of standard storage, which can be expanded using the microSD card in the charging unit if needed.
The camera can be controlled remotely using the DJI Mimo smartphone app. It is functional and allows you to update the camera firmware, remotely check the frame, change shooting modes and upload footage from the built-in storage. It has a basic editor for trimming clips and adding text and other effects before sharing your videos. It’s not as polished as GoPro’s Quick app, but it does work.
DJI Action 2 (Dual Screen) Performance
DJI Action 2 is an absolute delight to use due to its size and how easy it is to load items. The camera’s magnetic field and charging unit allow you to attach them to any metal surface, which is easy when you do not have a proper mount. The mounts provided make it very easy to quickly attach and disassemble the camera when needed.
Using the Action 2 without the charging module has its advantages because it has a smaller track and it does not overheat. However, even when using the camera for activities such as swimming, you should keep the charging unit nearby to top up the battery. Apart from this, if you do not have your phone or laptop, the charging unit is also very useful for loading content from the camera to the microSD card.
The user interface of DJI Action 2 is excellent and the touch response of both the shots is very good. The aspect ratio of the video automatically changes depending on how you hold or mount the camera. To switch between shooting modes, you can swipe left or right on the viewfinder. It has all the basics like timelaps, slow-motion, photo and video. Quick clip mode allows you to capture 10s, 15s or 30s video clips.
Although basic functions like digital zoom are supported, although the field of view, frame rates and position settings are easy to change, there are some features I am missing. For example, Photo Mode does not allow you to take first shots and there is no night mode. For video, the HorizonSteady feature can only be used at 1080p or 2.7K at 30fps, but not at high resolution.
DJI Action 2 captures nice photos and videos during the day. Still shots have a decent amount of detail and the standard (dwarf) field of view option adjusts the in-barrel distortion of the ultra-white lens. The videos are well positioned and packed in nice details and colors. Low-light performance is a bit weak – visible noise and detail and colors are not ideal. In comparison, the GoPro Hero 10 manages to deliver slightly better results.
Here are some things I noticed while testing DJI Action 2. If you need good audio from your recordings, you should use a camera with a charging unit to take advantage of its extra microphones. My unit was still displaying a ‘slow memory card’ alert with my Lexar 32GB UHS-II SpeedGlass 3 card, which I found odd as I had previously used it to record 5K footage on GoPros. DJI has published a list of recommended cards on its website, so it is a good idea to stick to them to avoid compatibility issues.
My biggest concern about the DJI Action 2 camera may be the heat. If you are shooting at a frame rate of 2.7K or higher and above 60fps you need to make sure that the ambient temperature is cool enough or the camera will overheat and stop recording. When you select a frame rate higher than 60fps the menu system specifies a recommended temperature of 25 degrees. Unfortunately, living in Mumbai, India I did not get that luck, which means that even in a relatively mild winter, Action 2 would very easily overheat and stop recording randomly. I had this problem even after changing the high-temperature automatic shut-off threshold system to standard first hike. It’s not just me; You can find many such complaints on the internet.
In theory, 4K 120fps clips should last only four minutes, but after two minutes the camera overheats and stops recording. You can take stills until the body cools down a bit but not the video. When tested under a fan on the interior of the GoPro Hero 10 Black, both recorded at 4K 60fps, while the DJI stopped recording Action 2 within five minutes, while the GoPro recorded almost 30 minutes and finally warmed up. If you are going to use Action 2 in a steady state, you need to make sure your surroundings are cool enough or record at low resolution.
I noticed that even the 4K 30fps series streaming can be challenging when the Action 2 is in steady state. However, I was able to capture more time in the same settings while riding the bike, with the air flowing constantly over the camera body, which helped to dissipate a little heat – that is, until I stopped at a traffic signal. The charging unit tends to aggravate this problem because it charges the camera while the recording is in progress, causing the temperature to rise even more rapidly. Action 2 After a few minutes of shooting, it can be very embarrassing to have the foundation attached.
Considering its size, the battery life of the DJI Action 2 is not too bad. The camera’s internal storage allows you to record 25 minutes of 4K 60fps footage, and your storage runs out before the battery dies. Larger and faster micro SD card (up to 256GB supported) can be used to record more straight up operating time. Although it is not clear why DJI does this, long logs are divided into multiple files of different sizes. The charging unit taps the camera battery very quickly and is good for the entire top-up.
DJI Action 2 is priced at Rs. Available at first price. 31,490 and Rs. 39,990 for a dual screen combo. It is slightly cheaper than the GoPro Hero 10 Black. The biggest strength of Action 2 is its size and versatility. Magnetic connections make it very easy to load and unload this camera without any hassle. Other positives include responsive footage, built-in storage and good video quality and daytime stabilization.
The two areas where Action 2 works best are still the best in low light stills and video. However, the biggest concern is the overheating issue, which, unfortunately, makes this a very incredible action camera. Shooting at low resolution and frame rates can alleviate this, but it will defeat the purpose of paying such a premium and satisfy many buyers.
If the weather and weather conditions are favorable and you plan to use it, DJI Action 2 will serve you well. For everyone else, the GoPro Hero 10 Black is a very reliable choice.