Review DJI Mic Wireless Mic for phones, cameras and PCs

hey everybody it’s lonzeiben we’re taking a look today at a new dji product this is not a drone or a video camera or a gimbal but rather a microphone system for smartphones for cameras and computers this is called the dji mic it’s got a lot of different use cases and it is a rather interesting product so we’re going to be taking a closer look at what this is all about in just a second but i do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure that i paid for this with my own funds all the opinions you’re about to hear are my own no one is paying for this review nor has anyone reviewed or approved what you’re about to see before it was uploaded so let’s get into it now and see what this microphone system is all about now the price point on this is about 330 dollars this reminds me a lot of a pair of air pods in that the case that they come in also charges the components and this product has three components you have two transmitters that have built-in microphones and these can be clipped onto clothing they also have a little magnet here that allows you to attach it to clothes without using the clip and i’ll show you that when we do an audio test in a few minutes so you’ve got two of these in the box you also have a receiving unit here and this receiving unit will connect up with a camera with a smartphone or a computer and there are some adapters they include to make those connections happen so you have here a lightning adapter for iphones and you also have a usb type-c adapter for computers and smartphones that have a usbc connector and if your

phone supports an audio input device this will show up like any other microphone now additionally you have a three and a half millimeter output here this is a trs output they give you the cable here in the box and then you can connect this up to your camera’s microphone input mine’s got one right over here that i’m going to plug into in a little bit you could also hook this up to a gopro if you have the media mod on board which has one of those mic inputs as well now when you are using one of the mobile phone adapters the mic out here doesn’t work but the headphone adapter will and it’s got a lot of functionality here for getting it connected to a whole bunch of different stuff now these all have internal batteries that are not replaceable and you can get about five hours of usage out of these before you have to charge them again and they can charge inside of the charging case here you can also plug them into usb type c directly and provide power to them that way but if you are going to be using these things wirelessly you’ve got about five hours and then you’ve got to wait a little bit as they charge back up in the case and it’s going to take about an hour or so to get back to full charge so it would have been nice to have a replaceable battery on these so you’d have a little bit more flexibility now one of the neat things about this is that these units will record in addition to streaming back to the receiver and the recordings are stored on the unit

itself and that’s a good safety net if you’re out doing a live production and you have some interruption in the wireless audio you can extract the recording from the transmitters and use them in post-production to fix whatever audio problems you have they can also be configured to record two different audio streams so you can have it record the mainstream but also another one that’s -6 db in case you have somebody’s levels up too high or they’re screaming or something you can have a safety for those situations recorded as well a lot of flexibility with how this works now one thing that bugs me about it is that there’s a lot of pieces that can be lost so for example this little adapter is what you use to attach it to a camcorder or camera hot shoe so if you lose this you can’t attach it to your camera any longer because it relies on that to go on the shoe here as you can see i’m also concerned about losing these little adapters and then of course these little magnets can also disappear on you in fact my first night with this i had misplaced the magnet and i had to go back and find it wherever it fell off so you do have to be very mindful of taking a full inventory of all the little pieces that go into making this work when you’re out in the field all right let’s see how all of this comes together now we’re going to start with my camcorder where i have the receiver mounted here at the top you don’t want to lose that shoe adapter of course now i am using the three and a half millimeter connection to go from my receiver to the camcorder here and this is what that connection looks like this cable type has been around forever it does come with a short cable here but if you need a longer one any three and a half millimeter cable like this one will do and we’re just going to connect all that up here to get going and this is also how you would

connect it to a gopro or a dslr or something like that this camera also has xlr inputs which this does not work with now we’ve got both transmitters turned on they are paired up with the receiver by default in fact when you first open the box up for the first time everything is just working right out of the box now this is an oled touch display on the front there’s no app at the moment to configure any of this so this is what you’re going to use to configure everything it’s a little difficult to work with because there’s very little room for your finger but once you get the hang of it it makes sense now we’re going to jump into this menu first you can see right now it is set to mono and what that means is that it is mixing the audio from both of these together but you can record the audio on separate tracks if your camera supports stereo microphones by switching it over to stereo and then it will put one receiver on the left channel and the other receiver on the right channel and then in post-production you can adjust each person’s audio individually so that might be something you’ll want to do if you are not streaming live you can also run it mono where it mixes everything together and then you can use this mode where it will record mono but it will also record a second track that will give you that minus 6 db recording on each of the receivers i’m going to put it into mono here just for the purposes of this demo here there is some gain control here so you can control the gain of the receiving unit here going into the camera so if things are a little bit too low or too loud you can make adjustments here or go through your camera’s adjustments to do that you also have headphone volume here and some additional settings as well there is a low-cut filter that’s on by default and when we get into the microphones we’ll talk about the audio range a little bit more and what this low-cut filter will do and then you can link up a new device if you have to get a replacement and you’ve

got some other basic controls over here now to record you’ve got a couple of different options you can push the button on the transmitter itself here but you can also set recording individually here on the menu so i can mute the mics here i can start and stop recording on individual transmitters it also gives you an idea as to how much storage space is left on each of these now for recording these will record about 14 to 15 hours of audio as a wav file uncompressed and then it will make a new file unfortunately every 30 minutes so you’re not gonna get if you’re doing a two-hour thing a two-hour file you’re going to have four 30-minute segments that will be seamless but you’ll have to mash those together in post-production what it will do is that when it gets to a full memory state it will erase the earliest 30 minute or less audio file that’s on there so it kind of runs like a looping recording so you don’t have to manage any of it and then when you’re done and you want to pull those audio files out you just plug it in via the usbc cable to your laptop where those wav files will reside now to control each transmitter you swipe up from the left or right hand side of the screen so for example transmitter one is on the left hand side of the screen here i can start recording there and transmitter 2 is on the right hand side of the screen and i can mute it by selecting that there oddly though to control the transmitter gain you have to go over here to settings and then into this transmitter gain function this would be something i would like to see as a scrollable option off of that bottom swipe because you would think that putting the transmitter gain in here would make a lot more sense than

burying it somewhere in the settings but that’s something they could probably fix in a future firmware update so we’re going to switch gears now record the rest of the video using the dji microphone now i normally work with a sennheiser avx wireless system paired up with a sennheiser cardioid lavalier mic this is about four times the cost of what you would pay for the dji system and there is definitely an audio quality difference as you can hear i did not do any processing of this audio as it’s going into my system this is exactly what comes out of it so as you can hear it is a bit bassier maybe a little more muffled not as clear as what you would get out of something more expensive but it is better than the microphones built into most smartphones and camcorders and there’s two of these in the box so you can do an interview with somebody and get i think decent quality isolated audio but certainly not up to pro level standards now the microphone at the top here is an omni-directional microphone which means it picks up everything that it hears not only the person talking but everything else around it as well and that means it’s going to not do so well in noisy environments so if you’re out at a trade show or some big convention or something it’s going to really have a hard time pulling you out of that

there’s no fancy noise reduction or any kind of ai going on here it is just going to pick up whatever it picks up and shoot it out the wire through its radio i did take it outside a little while ago hooked up to my iphone and you can get a feel for what it sounds like in a more natural environment than my basement studio have a listen so i thought i would take it outside and show you what it sounds like or let you listen to what it sounds like with some natural sound going on so it’s kind of a windy day here we have some traffic coming by on the street behind me and because this is an omnidirectional mic it’s going to pick up a lot of the ambient sounds if you’re walking into a busy shopping center or some kind of trade show or something you’re probably going to want to get a cardioid microphone that will isolate noise a little better than this will now these do support external microphones in addition to the internal one you’ve got a three and a half millimeter adapter here it is one or the other so when you plug the microphone in it disables the internal mic and a little bit earlier i was able to connect up my sennheiser mic to it and it sounded just fine so you do have the option to choose a different microphone if this one is not working for you they also give you a windscreen in the box here for each of the microphones there are two of them a couple of dead cats here that you can attach to cut down on the wind noise when you’re out and about now these are designed to be

clipped to the person speaking if you plan on using it as a handheld mic you will get some handling noise as you’re touching it so get them clipped onto people and attach an external mic if you need to pass something back and forth there are some controls on the transmitter so you can start and stop recording with this button here and the power button here can mute the mic if you double tap it now dji says the frequency response of the microphone goes from 50 hertz to 20 kilohertz if you have the low cut filter on like we do right now which is the default it is 150 hertz to 20 kilohertz but i could also disable it here so you can see the difference in sound quality it doesn’t make much of a difference here with my voice now dji says the range of these devices is about 250 meters from the transmitter back to the receiver here and that will be true when you’re outside without any real obstructions in the way but indoors it’s going to be a different story depending on the construction of the building that you’re in how much wi-fi is being used around you and all the other things that can interfere with a 2.4 gigahertz signal which is what these operate under so for example my sennheiser here works on an area of the spectrum that is not as common for consumer electronics and i’ve been able to use it at ces in a whole bunch of very crowded places this one’s going to vary a bit especially based on what other wireless technology might be in use around you because it operates on a very common frequency so my advice would be to enable that recording function every time that you’re out in the field just as a safety net and that’s something that professionals do in their productions as well and if everything came out great no problem but if it didn’t you’ve got a recording that you can use as a backup now my home i was able to walk throughout most of my house and had no problems with it but again your

mileage will vary so overall i found this to be a very simple way to get external audio into your phone computer or camera i like the fact that you have two microphones in the box so you can do a show with your friend for example and get isolated audio on each they even have the magnets here that will attach to your clothing act as a little stand for this as well so you can even set it up in the middle of a table or something for a round table discussion i wish the microphone quality was a little bit better but its ease of use and lack of complexity i think is going to be very useful for people looking to up their audio game without spending a ton of money just yet on pro level audio gear this is certainly i think accomplishing what dji has set out to do now i know there are other products like this in this space that i have not yet reviewed so i might try to get to some of those in the future if you’re interested in this topic that is going to do it for this look at the dji mic and until next time this is lon seiben thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by the lawn dot tv supporters including gold level supporters jim tannis and tom albrecht hot sauce and video games and eric’s variety channel brian parker and frank goldman amda brown and matt zagaya and chris allegretta if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to lawn dot tv support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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