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    • Many of us who Vlog love to do the "walk and talk" shot, as in holding the phone or device in one hand, and talking into it as we head down the street.

      That's fine and dandy, but most of us bounce as we step, and the devices usually bounce along with us.

      The new DJI Pocket 2 camera and GoPro Hero 9 are supposed to eliminate that, with advanced image stabilization technology. So I decided to test them back to back, and for good measure, so how they compared to the iPhone 12 Pro, one of 4 new iPhones introduced in 2020.

      Take a look at the footage and let me know your pick. I think there's a clear winner, but I don't state it in the video, as I'm interested to see what people would say without any prodding.

    • Well I didn't expect that. I didn't cheat and google other tests, just going off your footage. I went in pre-disposed to believe the DJI would be best because gimbal, GoPro would be next because my GoPro 8 is friggin' amazing at it, and a camera phone would be last because my impression is my iPhone X isn't so great.

      But to my eye it looked like the iPhone 12 was the best and the DJI was slightly more jittery than the GoPro. How'd I do on my test?

    • I'm with you 100%. I was kinda shocked, actually on the results. I initially did this as a test for a friend, and decided as a lark to throw the iPhone in just to see, then based on the results, ended up doing a video, with same location, same time, etc.

      The bottom line is we can only leave the house with so many cameras. The GoPro is always going to be versatile because you can place it anywhere, so it's easy to tote along with your phone. The Pocket Cam has good audio, and terrific apps from DJI, but it's nearly the same price as the Mini drone. You tell me--which would you rather have?

    • The GoPro with its media mod so you get decent mics facing both forward and backward is really good. Unless I want a shallow depth of field look, it's my go to.

      But I often want the shallow depth of field so I use my EOS R5 a lot. It has vaunted in-body, in-lens, and digital image stabilization but I still can't get the video as smooth as with the GoPro.

      The iPhone 12 may make me rethink the GoPro, especially multi-cam recording for interviews. I'm starting to do more interviews now for my YouTube channels and I'd like to do some in-person while walking and social distancing. If the iPhone is that smooth and the cameras are that good and you can do multicam, I mean, what other tool allows that?

    • Not knowing the technology baked into the new iPhones, I am surprised at how well it does. Okay, not really. I suppose impressed is a better word. I know Apple spends a lot of time and money perfecting their products.

      For the GoPro, there is software out for FPV drone guys called Rock Steady which reads the motion data ahead of the image (something that can't be done while recording) and then adjusts the image to where it knows the movement will be, even further stabilizing a fairly stable image. It's pretty cool, but have no idea if it works for the slower movements here. I would be curious what the outcome is if post-production stabilization software were applied here. (Does anyone do that for vlogging?)

      @Chris I too have a DJI gimbal for my phone and agree that it's a bit large and difficult to control, but on a tri-pod with programmed movements, or fairly slow and long pans, I don't know of anything better.

    • As a science educator I am always thinking about controlled variables. What assurances do we have that the person holding the camera/video recording device was holding it the same way each time? Maybe something biased their step or bounce. I also think that where he started walking and videoing from is having an effect on our perception. When the building is near the top of his head, the movement jumps out at us but when it's just the sky above his head we really don't see the movement in the sky because there's no reference point. Just saying...

    • It was still a great video and comparison I'm just saying how you might make it even better. I mean you're going to be a big influencer on Youtube so you have to make sure your comparisons are better than the competition’s ;) Yeah real world complexities will always leave some variability and we get it.