DJI makes drones. No, wait, additionally they make motion cams…. and in addition gimbal stabilizers. And now they make devoted audio tools, too. DJI has entered the audio world with the discharge of its first wi-fi audio package: Meet DJI Mic!
Be aware: This product was initially unveiled again in November 2021 (learn our story right here), however apparently it was severely delayed. Nevertheless, now evidently the time has come and DJI formally introduces the brand new DJI Mic.
DJI Mic is a dual-channel wi-fi audio system that is available in a devoted charging case. Each transmitters have a built-in microphone, a lavalier is just not required (however it’s attainable to make use of one by way of a 3.5 mm jack plug) they usually assist omnidirectional audio.
As well as, you may file audio on to the transmitter if wanted. Based on DJI, the 8GB inner reminiscence can file as much as 14 hours of audio when recording 48kHz 24-bit mono WAV (however the starting might be overwritten as soon as the reminiscence is full, so be warned).
Because it’s an entire wi-fi audio resolution, you not solely get two transmitters, but additionally a two-channel receiver, in fact. And all three units match comfortably of their charging instances, very like the Apple AirPods.
The receiver has a touchscreen show that reveals all the important thing data and in addition serves as a menu system for your complete setup. Whether or not a touchscreen show is one of the simplest ways to implement a menu system, I’m not so certain, however it’s certainly elegant. Personally, I favor bodily buttons and dials.
As quickly as you open the charging case, the transmitters will routinely pair with the receiver, which is fairly helpful! The receiver has a USB-C port for connecting the system to a PC, a 3.5mm jack for connecting the receiver to a number digicam, and two adapters (Lightning and USB-C) for connecting the receiver to a smartphone (by way of the pogo-pin connector on the underside of the system). Additionally on board: a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Should you use each transmitters as (wi-fi) inputs, you may set the receiver to M mode to file each incoming audio streams on a mono observe, or to S to file a stereo observe with left and proper channels.
A transmitter solely weighs about 30 g, so it needs to be comparatively straightforward to connect it wherever, both with the built-in clip or with an additional magnet to place it a bit out of sight.
Based on DJI, the transmitters can hook up with their respective receivers by way of an encrypted 2.4 GHz wi-fi hyperlink over distances of as much as 250 meters. The reception latency is 15 ms.
Battery life is 5.5 hours for the transmitters and 5 hours for the receiver. With the charging case, DJI claims a complete runtime of about 15 hours, however in fact that features charging breaks.
Two issues trouble me a bit about this product. First, I fully perceive that producers wish to put their model title on each product, however within the case of a wi-fi audio transmitter with a built-in microphone that’s meant to be clipped on to a shirt, my understanding fades a bit. Most professionals don’t even enable a visual transmitter or lavalier microphone, but when they do, why not a plain black field with no branding? RØDE did the identical factor with its Wi-fi Go programs (I and II), and I actually don’t get it.
Secondly, I believe any audio transmitter carried by expertise ought to have replaceable batteries, the rest is only for informal vlogging in my e-book. What do you do when a battery dies? Lunch break for recharging the transmitter?
At room temperature, it takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes to completely cost the transmitters and receiver utilizing the Charging Case. It takes about 2 hours and 40 minutes to completely cost the Charging Case.
Lastly, I would favor if the three.5mm jack sockets on the transmitters have been lockable, however for the reason that unit is supposed for use with out exterior microphones, this may increasingly solely be a minor annoyance.
Pricing and availability
The DJI Mic is on the market now, and it sells for $329. For reference, the RØDE Wi-fi Go II system sells for $299, however lacks the charging case.
What do you suppose? Would the DJI Mic package be one thing you want to see in your gear bag? Or do you like different options for capturing audio? Share your experiences within the feedback beneath!