DJI remains to be finest identified for its drones, however that hasn’t stopped the corporate from increasing into different fascinating areas, whether or not that is motion cams or laser-firing robots. The corporate’s newest foray away from drones is a wi-fi microphone system, dubbed the DJI Mic.
If DJI’s Motion digital camera started life as a GoPro clone, the brand new Mic is one thing of a Rode Wi-fi Go clone. Simply because the Motion cam bested the GoPro in a number of methods, DJI has managed to end up a compelling different to what many contemplate the industry-leading wi-fi microphone.
The DJI Mic is a intelligent system that is moveable, simple to make use of, and affords good sound high quality for the worth. It is not going to be the absolute best sound exterior a studio setting, however it’s good for podcast interviews, discipline recordings, and vlogging when the receiver is mounted on a digital camera sizzling shoe.
Mic in a Field
DJI’s Mic system consists of two transmission models and one receiver. The transmitters have an influence and report button on the facet, and a 3.5-mm microphone jack and a built-in microphone on the highest. They’ve each a clip for attaching to clothes and a really highly effective magnet for attaching to something metallic. It is a robust sufficient magnet that DJI recommends protecting it away from gadgets with SSDs and RAM.
The receiver includes a touchscreen for controlling settings on the entrance, an influence button and USB-C port on one facet, and a headphone jack and three.5-mm line-out jack on the opposite facet. This implies you’ll be able to monitor your recording and feed it by to any digital camera that may settle for audio enter.
All this is available in a useful little carrying case that holds each microphone models, the receiver, a Lightning adapter, and a USB-C adapter. This case serves because the charging unit for all three items along with protecting all the things neat and tidy in your bag. A small pouch can then maintain the case together with two supplied windscreens for the mics and a few cords. The entire bundle is about twice the dimensions of a deck of playing cards and really intelligent.
I carry this up as a result of we at WIRED use Rode wi-fi mics for all our video work, and whereas the Rodes are equally small, they lack the useful carrying case and are, frankly, a ache within the ass to take care of. They’re at all times falling out of their velcro carrying pouch and disappearing into the darkish corners of my bag. Not so with the DJI Mic, which is at all times properly saved in its case and able to go.
Straightforward, All over the place
Intelligent case apart, there may be a lot right here that is corresponding to Rode’s widespread wi-fi microphone system. The place DJI comes out forward in comparison with Rode is wi-fi vary. DJI claims 250 meters. I discovered this fairly correct as long as line of sight is obtainable. I’ve hassle considering of widespread recording eventualities during which that is useful. Whether it is although, you’ve got it with the DJI.
The transmitters are heavier than I’d have preferred, however the clips maintain up effectively sufficient in case you have a correct collared shirt. T-shirts are tougher, however I did get it to remain. The included windscreens labored effectively, although a windy day on the seashore nonetheless sounded, effectively, windy, however in regular circumstances these will hold the breeze from interfering along with your audio.