New form factor

The new DDJ Action 2

DJI is taking another swing at the action camera market with the Action 2 ($399 and up), its follow-up to the Osmo Action from 2019. Where the Osmo was pretty much a GoPro clone, the Action 2 rethinks the form factor. The camera itself is square, with a lens on the front and a screen on the back, and uses powerful magnets to connect to accessories and mounts. It's an intriguing camera that pushes the design envelope, but it isn't without some drawbacks, as it puts out enough heat to limit use for long-form recording, and it’s easy to imagine losing track of one of its small components.

Magnetic, Modular, and Square

The Action 2 pares the action camera to its very basics. The main module is a tiny square, about 1.5 by 1.5 by 0.9 inches (HWD) in size and weighing around 2 ounces. It ships with a sidecar module, identical in size, that snaps onto its bottom, just about doubling its width and weight. The Action 2 camera is waterproof when used without an add-on module

There are two kits available. The Action 2 Power Combo is the more affordable at $399, and includes an add-on Power Module pack to extend battery life. It's set to arrive in stores in mid-November. The battery pack houses a USB-C charging port and a microSD card slot, but isn't waterproof like the camera itself.

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