DJI’s tiny new Action 2 is going to set you back $850 with the selfie screen and microphone

Oct 27, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Oct 27, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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DJI has announced the new DJI Action 2 action camera, and they seem to have taken a leaf out of Insta360’s book by making it modular – sort of. Technically, they’ve cut the size of the camera in half, having just the lens and sensor on the front and a large OLED that fills the entire rear of the unit. But, you can also plug it into expandable modules magnetically.

The new camera features a 1/1.7″ sensor with an f/2.8 lens offering a wide 155° field of view. It’s waterproof down to 10 metres (32ft) and with a waterproof case, you can take it as far as 60 metres (196ft). The 32GB of internal storage lets you save 4K, 2.7K and 1080p video up to 120fps and you can add a microSD card up to 256GB if you need more.

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Despite being small, the built-in battery offers an impressive 70 minutes of runtime, and you can expand this to up to three hours using the power module included in the basic DJI Action 2 Combo Kit. Naturally, the camera also features built-in stabilisation and an automatic horizon feature to help keep your shot level.

As well as the basic Combo Kit, there’s also a Dual Screen Combo Kit. This costs a little more (substantially more, actually) and essentially replaces the power module, sacrificing 20 minutes of runtime for a 1.76″ touchscreen OLED (making it ideal for vloggers) and a built-in 4-microphone stereo audio matrix.

As well as the power and selfie-screen modules (both of which are also available separately), there’s also a macro lens attachment. This magnetically snaps to the front of the DJI Action 2 camera, allowing you to get close in on those small subjects and details.

Carrying on the magnetic theme, DJI has announced a couple of mounting adapters, including one that fits into your standard GoPro mount as well as a magnetic ball head mount and even an adjustable magnetic headband mount for when you want to go hands-free with a first-person perspective.

The GoPro style magnetic mount is included in the basic Combo Kit and the Dual-Screen Combo kit includes both the GoPro style mount as well as the ball head. Both kits also include a magnetic lanyard mound – similar to that which you might find with the Insta360 GO 2, allowing you to easily chest-mount the camera when wearing a shirt.

Finally, there’s a new DJI Action 2 Wireless Microphone Kit, which includes a pair of transmitters and a single receiver providing up to an impressive 200 metres (660ft) of range. It comes with a portable charging case, carrying pouch, windsocks and various cables.

The DJI Action 2 Power Combo is available to pre-order now for $399. The DJI Action 2 Dual-Screen Combo is available to pre-order now for $519. The Macro lens adapter is available to pre-order now for $79 and not surprisingly, the DJI Action 2 Wireless Microphone Kit is also available to pre-order now for $329. The various mounts and other spare bits are also available to pre-order now. Shipping is expected to begin on November 2nd.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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