The DJI Action 2 is a modular action camera with a very compact body and impressive 4K video capabilities. It’s a reimagined version of DJI’s Osmo Action camera and features a variety of magnetic modules so users can customize it to their shooting needs.
The Action 2 uses a 1/1.7″ CMOS sensor, which is larger than the 1/2.3″ sensor in the original Osmo Action camera. Its F2.8 lens gives a 155º field of view (FoV) and a new color temperature sensor helps the camera quickly adjust as shooting situations change.
The camera also features a new stabilization mode called HorizonSteady that promises to keep horizon lines stable regardless of camera orientation and DJI’s RockSteady 2.0 to reduce shake. Other features include Hyperlapse, Timelapse, 8x slow-mo, and ‘Lapse Control’, allowing users to control the speed and duration of hyperlapse and timelapse modes. The camera can be used as a webcam or for live streaming at 1080/30p.
Body and Design| What it’s like to use | Video/image quality | Conclusion
1/1.7″ CMOS sensor
F2.8 lens with a 155º FOV
Video: 4K/120p (16:9, 3840×2160), 4K/60p (4:3, 4096×3072), 2.7K/120p (16:9, 2688×1512), 2.7K/60p (4:3, 2688×2016), 1080/240p
12MP photo (Raw or JPEG, but not at the same time)
4x digital zoom with HorizonSteady off, 2x digital zoom with HorizonSteady on
32 GB of internal memory
micro SD card slot on front-facing camera and battery pack modules
1.76″ OLED touchscreen
One built-in microphone (increases to three when paired with front-facing camera module)
Electronic image stabilization up to 60fps
Waterproof down to 10m (33 ft.) without a case, down to 60m with a case
Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
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Body and design
The Action 2’s updated body design is the most visible change to DJI’s line of action cameras. It is extremely compact when used without any accessories, weighing just 56 grams (~2 ounces) and measuring 39 x 39 x 22.3mm. The OLED touchscreen is found on the back of the camera, and a single button on the top allows you to record video or shoot photos.
Camera settings are all changed using the OLED touchscreen on the back or the DJI Mimo app. On the bottom of the Action 2, you will find magnetic contacts that allow you to connect various accessories to the camera.
The DJI Action 2 can connect to a battery pack or a front-facing screen module using its unique magnetic design. The tiny but powerful magnets on the bottom of the DJI Action 2 let you attach a variety of accessories.
You can connect the front-facing screen module or an extra battery pack to the Action 2 to increase its battery life. Using either of these accessories also lets you record to a micro SD card, expanding upon the main module’s 32GB of built-in memory. The front-facing screen boosts battery life from 70 minutes up to 160 minutes (shooting 1080/30p), and the battery pack will increase battery life up to 3 hours. The two modules cannot be used at the same time.
The DJI Action 2 can also be used with accessories like a magnetic wearable necklace for capturing FPV video, a floating handle and waterproof case, a magnetic ball-joint adapter mount, a remote control extension rod, mini tripods, and a macro lens accessory.
Attaching the front-facing screen module or the extra battery pack will double the size of the DJI Action 2, but it also adds increased functionality and extra battery life.
The modular magnetic design makes it easy to swap out accessories quickly while still keeping the overall size of the Action 2 relatively small. The magnetic design also lets you attach the Action 2 to any magnetic surface, which in theory sounds like a way to capture some unique points of view. But for reasons I’ll explain below, I wouldn’t recommend attaching this camera to the hood of your car.