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DJI announces compact, modular, and magnetic Action 2 camera

DJI has introduced a follow-up to its Osmo Action camera, and it’s received a totally new design — the Action 2 drops the Osmo identify and focuses on modularity with a collection of extra components and equipment that connect to the camera magnetically.

The camera module itself is small (it is 39mm sq. and 22mm deep) and features a 12MP sensor able to 4K recording, a lens that gives a 155-degree area of view, and a 1.76-inch OLED touchscreen coated by Gorilla Glass. Utilizing magnets, you may connect one other touchscreen (which additionally boosts the battery life and provides an array of microphones), an additional battery, or quite a lot of mounts that allow you to connect it to tripods or GoPro mounts, and even put on the camera as a necklace.

Talking of GoPro, any motion cam goes to face comparisons, and the Action 2’s specs fall quick when put facet by facet with these of the recent Hero10 Black: it might probably do 4K at 120 frames per second just like the Hero10 however lacks any higher-resolution choices (the Hero10 can do 5.3K60), and its 240fps tremendous slow-motion runs at 1080p as a substitute of the GoPro’s 2.7K.

It’s price protecting in thoughts that the Action 2 is tiny compared — it weighs simply 53 grams, which is sort of precisely a 3rd the load of the Hero10. DJI additionally consists of 32GB of built-in storage (expandable with a microSD card), one thing the GoPro lacks.

There’s additionally the system of magnetic equipment DJI is engaged on, which helps you to customise your camera in a manner that’s not likely potential with the GoPro. For those who want a second display screen or extra battery, you may simply snap them on — and then take them off once you need a compact or discreet camera. Different equipment, like a headscarf or magnetic ball-mount adapter that may be hooked up to tripods, are just like GoPro equipment however will (in principle) be simpler to connect to and detach from the camera.

The Action 2 additionally has motion cam table-stakes options like digital stabilization, horizon leveling, and the power to livestream or be used as a webcam, in addition to some neat tips like a colour temperature sensor that DJI says will assist produce higher colours in sophisticated lighting conditions or underwater.

Evaluating the Action 2’s value with GoPro’s isn’t easy, because of GoPro’s pricing mannequin and the DJI’s modularity. You will get the Hero10 for $400, however that requires having a $50-a-year subscription — in any other case, the camera is $500. The Action 2 energy bundle prices $399 and consists of the camera, energy module (which extends your report time to 180 minutes versus the camera’s 70 and provides an additional microSD card slot), a mount, and a lanyard. DJI tells me you may’t purchase the camera by itself, which looks as if a disgrace.

If you wish to replicate the Hero10’s built-in front-facing display screen, you’ll need to go for the $519 dual-screen bundle, which incorporates the identical issues as the ability bundle (however swaps out the battery module with the display screen one) and provides a ball-joint adapter as nicely. Whereas that’s technically greater than the GoPro’s non-subscriber asking value, the Hero10’s lack of built-in storage signifies that you’d in all probability make up the value distinction shopping for a microSD card anyhow.

DJI says that the dual-screen bundle might be approaching November 2nd, and the ability combo, together with most different equipment, might be coming in “mid-November.”

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