The DJI Osmo Motion was the corporate’s debut try at taking over GoPro within the motion digicam house, and now it’s reimagining GoPro’s lengthy gone however not forgotten Hero Session digicam. The DJI Motion 2 is about half the dimensions of a GoPro Hero 10 Black and nonetheless manages to supply almost the identical quantity of options, however what actually units it aside is its magnetic locking system which opens up much more progressive avenues for mounting onto objects. On paper, the DJI Motion 2 looks as if a worthy opponent to the Hero 10 Black, however is it actually? Time to seek out out.
DJI Motion 2 design
The DJI Motion 2 is comprised of two items — the digicam itself and a charging unit. The bottom variant, often known as the Energy Combo, contains the 2 items together with equipment equivalent to a lanyard mount, dual-prong mount (to connect to GoPro equipment), and a USB Kind-C cable. The bundled mounts connect magnetically to the Motion 2. The second variant, known as the Twin-Display screen Combo (which is what DJI despatched me for this evaluation) contains an extra show on the charging unit and an additional ball-joint sticky mount within the field.
The DJI Motion 2 digicam unit is a tiny and cube-shaped, weighing simply 56g. It has an aluminium alloy housing, which provides it a premium feel and appear. It is mud proof and water proof as much as 10m, and that may be prolonged as much as 60m with an elective casing. Alongside the edges, you may discover the only microphone, energy/shutter button, and speak to pins for magnetically attaching to the charging unit. The entrance is dominated by the digicam lens together with a single standing LED in a single nook.
The again of the DJI Motion 2 has a 1.76-inch OLED touchscreen, which is responsive and is sort of seen outside. The charging unit is roughly the identical measurement because the digicam module and has three extra microphones, a USB Kind-C port, a microSD card slot, an influence/shutter button, a standing LED, and within the Twin-Display screen variant, an extra 1.76-inch OLED display screen. This module is not dust- or waterproof, which suggests you may have to be cautious about how and the place you employ it. The USB port and microSD slot are left uncovered with none kind of safety, which I am not a giant fan of.
The display screen on the charging unit faces the wrong way of the digicam’s show when connected, so you need to use it as a viewfinder when vlogging. You possibly can select to make use of solely one of many screens at a time to save lots of battery energy. The magnetic power between modules could be very sturdy, and firmly holds each the items collectively. For added safety, clamps on both aspect of the charging unit assist lock the digicam in place. Comparable clamps could be discovered on the bundled equipment. You possibly can connect the digicam unit to the mounts by itself or together with the charging unit, if wanted.
When it comes to design, the DJI Motion 2 could be very progressive because it packs a number of tech into a really tiny footprint. The magnetic mounting system jogs my memory a number of Insta360’s Go 2 motion digicam. The construct high quality of the Motion 2 and the bundled equipment is top-notch.
DJI Motion 2 options
The DJI Motion 2 encompasses a 1/1.7-inch fixed-focus 12-megapixel CMOS sensor. The ultra-wide-angle lens has a 155-degree subject of view and a f/2.8 aperture. One of many spotlight options of this motion digicam is 4K video recording at 120fps, albeit for less than 5 minutes per clip underneath superb temperatures. Different combos embody 2.7K at as much as 120fps and 1080p at as much as 240fps. Not like GoPro cameras, the DJI Motion 2 has 32GB of mounted storage and you’ll develop this if wanted utilizing a microSD card within the charging unit.
You possibly can management the digicam remotely utilizing the DJI Mimo smartphone app. It is practical and allows you to do issues equivalent to replace the digicam’s firmware, remotely verify the body, change taking pictures modes, and offload footage from the built-in storage. It even has a fundamental editor for trimming clips and including textual content and different results to your movies earlier than you share them. It isn’t as polished as GoPro’s Fast app, however it will get the job achieved.
DJI Motion 2 (Twin-Display screen) efficiency
The DJI Motion 2 is an absolute pleasure to make use of primarily due to its measurement and the way simple it’s to mount onto issues. The magnetic base of the digicam and charging unit permit you to stick them to any metallic floor, which could be useful at instances when you do not have the proper mount with you. The equipped mounts make it very simple to shortly connect and detach the digicam when wanted.
Utilizing the Motion 2 with out the charging module has its benefits, because it has a smaller footprint and it does not warmth up as a lot. Nevertheless, even if you’re utilizing the digicam itself for actions equivalent to swimming, you may need to have the charging unit close by to high up the battery. Aside from that, the charging unit can be very helpful for offloading content material from the digicam to a microSD card, in case you do not have your cellphone or a laptop computer with you.
The person interface of the DJI Motion 2 is snappy and the contact response of each shows is superb. The facet ratio of the video mechanically switches primarily based on the way you maintain or mount the digicam. You possibly can swipe left or proper on the viewfinder to change between taking pictures modes. All the essential ones are current, equivalent to timelapse, slow-motion, photograph, and video. Fast Clip mode enables you to shoot 10s, 15s or 30s video clips.
Whereas fundamental performance equivalent to digital zoom is supported, and it is simple to vary the sphere of view, body charges, and stabilisation settings, there are a few options that I discovered lacking. For example, the Photograph mode does not allow you to take burst photographs and there’s no sort of Night time mode. For video, the HorizonSteady characteristic can solely be used at 1080p or 2.7K at 30fps, however not at larger resolutions.
The DJI Motion 2 captures good photographs and movies through the day. Nonetheless photographs have an honest quantity of element and the Customary (Dewarp) subject of view choice corrects a lot of the ultra-wide lens’s inherent barrel distortion. Movies are stabilised properly and pack in good element and hues. Low-light efficiency is a bit weak – there’s seen noise and element and hues aren’t one of the best. Compared, the GoPro Hero 10 manages to ship barely higher outcomes.
There are a few issues that I seen whereas testing the DJI Motion 2. For those who want good audio out of your recordings, then you must use the digicam with the charging unit to make the most of its extra microphones. My unit additionally saved displaying a ‘sluggish reminiscence card’ warning with my Lexar 32GB UHS-II Velocity class 3 card, which I discovered odd since I’ve beforehand used the identical one in GoPros to document 5K footage with no drawback. DJI has revealed an inventory of really useful playing cards on its web site, so it is most likely finest to stay to these to keep away from compatibility points.
Maybe my largest concern with the DJI Motion 2 digicam was warmth. For those who’re taking pictures at 2.7K or above and at a body price larger than 60fps, you may want to make sure that the ambient temperature is cool sufficient, or the digicam will overheat and cease recording. The menu system even mentions a 25 diploma really useful temperature when you choose a framerate larger than 60fps. I did not have such luck sadly, being primarily based in Mumbai, India, which meant that even within the comparatively delicate winter, the Motion 2 would overheat very simply and randomly cease recording. I had this drawback even after altering the high-temperature auto-shut off threshold setting from Customary to Excessive. It isn’t simply me both; you may discover many such complaints on the Web.
In idea, 4K 120fps clips needs to be restricted to 4 minutes, however the digicam would overheat after round two minutes and cease recording. You possibly can hold taking pictures stills however not video, until the physique cools down a bit. When examined subsequent to a GoPro Hero 10 Black indoors underneath a fan, with each recording at 4K 60fps, the DJI Motion 2 stopped recording in underneath 5 minutes, whereas the GoPro went on to document for almost half-hour earlier than it lastly overheated and stopped. If you are going to be utilizing the Motion 2 in a static place, you might want to make sure that your environment are chilly sufficient, otherwise you’ll should document at a decrease decision.
I seen that even a 4K 30fps steady run could be difficult for the Motion 2 when it was in a static place. Nevertheless, I used to be in a position to shoot for for much longer on the similar settings whereas driving a motorbike, with air flowing continuous over the digicam physique, which helped dissipate some warmth – that’s, till I needed to cease at a visitors sign. The charging unit tends to amplify this difficulty, because it expenses the digicam whereas recording is in progress, which makes the temperature rise even faster. The Motion 2 may even get very uncomfortable to even maintain after a couple of minutes of taking pictures with the bottom connected.
Contemplating its measurement, the battery lifetime of the DJI Motion 2 is just not too unhealthy. The inner storage of the digicam will allow you to document about 25 minutes of 4K 60fps footage, and you will most likely run out of space for storing earlier than the battery dies. You will get extra steady runtime should you document straight to a big and quick sufficient microSD card (as much as 256GB is supported). Longer recordings are break up into a number of information of various sizes, though it is unclear why DJI does this. The charging unit is pretty fast at topping up the digicam’s battery and is nice for a full top-up, after which some.
The DJI Motion 2 is accessible in India priced beginning at Rs. 31,490 for the Energy Combo and at Rs. 39,990 for the Twin-Display screen Combo. It’s kind of extra reasonably priced than a GoPro Hero 10 Black, however continues to be a bit expensive for what it affords. The largest strengths of the Motion 2 are its measurement and flexibility. The magnetic attachments make it very simple to mount and dismount this digicam and not using a fuss. Different positives embody responsive shows, in-built storage, and good video high quality in addition to stabilisation through the day.
A few areas through which the Motion 2 can do higher are the low-light stills and video, which are not one of the best. Nevertheless, the most important concern is the overheating difficulty, which sadly, makes this fairly an unreliable motion digicam. Taking pictures at decrease resolutions and framerates helps mitigate this, however then that defeats the aim of paying such a premium, and can go away many patrons unhappy.
If local weather and climate circumstances are beneficial the place you propose to make use of it, the DJI Motion 2 may serve you properly. For everybody else, the GoPro Hero 10 Black is solely the extra dependable alternative.