Best 2021 camera for content creators - DJI Pocket 2

Jerzy Rajkow-Krzywicki
Jerzy Rajkow-Krzywicki
Best 2021 camera for content creators - DJI Pocket 2

Why I recommend DJI Pocket 2 to every creator who is looking for something discrete, pocketable with awesome quality and with a very good user experience.

Topics from Vlog #27:
  • Why I recommend DJI Pocket 2?
  • Why I prefer small and frictionless camera?
  • What is the best inexpensive camera?
  • What functions are most important to me in the camera?
  • What makes a great camera?
  • Why is a camera better than a smartphone?
  • What I am using for my B-rools?
  • My way for color grading

Watch the film:

The best camera for content creators for 2021.

I have tested during the last 6 years almost every camera that is between the most budget friendly cameras to those the more expensive full frame.

This camera I am using right now is the best for content creation. It is the least amount of friction that you have to overcome when you decide to create video. This is very important. This camera, of course, it's the DJI Pocket 2.

A small little camera on a gimble that fits in your pocket and that starts very rapidly.

That contributes to the fact that you want to have it on you because you can fit it in a pocket and you have almost no friction when you want to record some video.

You just take the camera out of your pocket, you press the power button and 2 seconds later you are ready to go. So it's by far the best workflow. Better than having a smartphone, because if you have a smartphone, you have to launch the camera application. It takes seconds also.

Photo by Ahmed AlQahtani / Unsplash

The problem with the phone is different. You are distracted and you have to pay attention to a lot of things while using a smartphone for filming.

The battery runs out very quickly. The smartphones are very poor and low light and also there is a real problem to take out the files out of the smartphone.

The DJI Pocket 2 is also far better than any real camera DSLR or mirrorless camera, because it's weight smaller. It's a full package.  You don't have to think about lenses, whether you will have a small crime lens or a big zoom lens, whether your lens will be faster or slower.

The lens on the DJI Pocket 2 is quite fast - F1.8 and it's a far bigger sensor than on your smartphone. Because they have put bigger sensor to improve the low light. The low light capability of the DJI Pocket 2 is very good. Better than any action camera on the markets right now. I'm talking about the DJI Osmo Action and of course, the GoPro.

The GoPro, you might think is a good option because it's stabilized electronically. When you use this electronic stabilization in low light, it doesn't work because it needs a lot of light to work. The DJI Pocket2 is better because it has a gimbal.  Even if in total darkness, the stabilization will work.

Mountain lake in camera lens
Photo by Paul Skorupskas / Unsplash

The DJI Pocket 2 it's completely frictionless camera.

If I want to record that, take it out of my pocket and I have all I want.

The audio is excellent the 4 microphones they have installed here. The audio is far better than from any DSLR or from a mirrorless you have on the market. The audio is very important when you are making video, as I am.

The wide angle on this lens is pretty cool. I film my vlogs in 1080p but then I upscaling it to 4K when I am uploading to YouTube. If you're filming 1080p, you can use also the zoom function, which is a 4x zoom.

You have the all package, you have a camera that is frictionless, that starts rapidly. That is excellent in a low light. That has a pretty wide lens and also that has a zoom function.

All my B-roll is either recorded with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II or using the zoom function of the Osmo. I bet you will never know which clip was recorded with which camera. If you're not a pro videographer, because if you make pro videos, you will know.

The difference in quality between those two cameras is not actually in the camera itself, it's in the lens.

If you put a very fast good lens on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II the image will be better here. You cannot exchange the lenses, which you can treat as a problem or as a downside. I am treating it as a purposeful limitation that is simplifying my life.

I don't have to think which lenses should I take with me? I take the one that is already installed on the camera.

Photo by Marcus Löfvenberg / Unsplash

One last thing the footage also is very convenient to use for color grading.  

The DJI is offering a normal mode with saturated colors, but also D-Cinelike Mode that offers wider dynamic range and the desaturated colors. That lends its a very well for color grading.

I color grade them, there is no problem at all for making advanced color grading, because the grading I am making is basically the type of color grading. That mimics how an old film cinema camera would record it.  This is the esthetics I like. The footage lends its a very well to color grading, which leads me to the last point.

If you're an amateur filmmaker or even a pro that needs a second camera for behind the scenes footage or maybe to shoot some additional takes besides what is shot with the main camera. Either using this camera can be a part of this workflow and you will not have any problems in post-production later on.

I'm using a log profile on the Olympus camera and I'm using the D-Cinelike on this one. If I interchange in the footage in one vlog, you don't see the difference. So you can see a difference from an optical equipment point of view. My Olympus has more bokeh than this camera has, but that's all.

I am recommending the DJI Pocket 2. I have rarely had so much fun with the camera.

There is a channel on YouTube I'm enjoying a lot called Camera Conspiracies. The guy who runs it is looking for the perfect camera, which of course does not exist.

I have found my perfect camera and if I had to leave one camera for me, it would be the DJI Pocket 2. This is the camera I would recommend to every creator and YouTuber in 2021.

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