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DJI Mic 2 vs DJI Mic, Why I Would Upgrade

Intro

DJI have now released the DJI Mic 2. So if you’re kind of deciding whether you should go for the first gen or whether you should go for this second gen, then there are several reasons why I do think it is definitely a worthy upgrade.

It’s definitely worth getting if you vlog with the Action 4. But this is if you just for any camera that you use. And if you’re just trying to decide between the Mic 1 and the Mic 2, then here are the reasons why I think it’s definitely worth the upgrade.

DJI Mic 1DJI Mic 2
Total Operating Time15 hours18 hours
Noise CancellingNo active noise cancellingIntelligent noise cancelling
Storage 8 GB8 GB
Internal Recording14 hours14 hours, supporting 32-bit float internal recording
Interaction0.95-inch touchscreen1.1-inch touchscreen + dial
Transmission Range250m250m
Dual Channel RecordingYesYes
Magnetic MountYesYes
PriceUSD 249USD 349

Unchanged Part

But before I get on to that, just a few things as to what hasn’t really changed between the DJI Mic 1 and the DJI Mic 2.

250m Range

So you’re still going to get the same transmission distance. So this is based on how far away you’re standing from the camera and then how far away you can go with the transmitter and still get a really good signal. It’s exactly the same.

Dual Channel Recording

And then when it comes to the dual channel recording, you still have that feature in both the 1 and the 2. So if you want to record with two people, you can have one of the channels on the left side and then the other channel on the right side. So you’re just keeping that audio separate.

Magnetic Mount

Conveniently attach a transmitter to whatever you’re wearing via the integrated back clip or by using the clip magnets. Weighing approximately 30 grams (1 oz), wearing the DJI Mic 1 transmitter is comfortable and seamless. Compared with Mic 1, the DJI Mic 2 transmitter weighs 28 grams, and I can barely feel the difference when wearing it.

Magnetic Mount

Operating Time

Now in terms of the specs and in terms of the update, so this isn’t new features. I’ll still get on to those in a little minute. But in terms of the actual updates. So with the DJI Mic 2, you’re actually going to get three more hours in terms of the battery life and the runtime. So with the DJI Mic 1, it’s up to 15 hours of complete runtime. And then with the DJI Mic 2, you’re going to get up to 18 hours of runtime.

But when it comes to internal recording, both of them have an internal storage size of 8 gigs, so you’re going to get 14 hours of internal recording. 

DJI Mic Comparison

Updated Design

In terms of the design itself. So it’s completely redesigned. The OLED screen on the receiver is a lot bigger on the DJI Mic 2, and you’ve also got this thumb wheel as well, which makes it really easy and more precise when you’re just going through the menu when you’re trying to select things and you’re trying to really dial in the parameters as well. So that thumb wheel really makes it a lot more useful as it does having the bigger touchscreen as well.

Carrying Pouch

There’s a New Mic 2 carry pouch, which is exactly like the Osmo Pocket 3, except it’s just smaller just to fit in what it needs to. And so it’s it’s just a little bit easier to put everything in and organize things inside that carry pouch as well. You still can’t attach a furry windshield to the transmitters and then close the case itself, but it doesn’t matter because you probably still take the pouch with you. Maybe, uh, so you can just keep your windshield in there, and you can also keep the lav mic in there as well, which is really handy.

Carrying Pouch

The Case

And then in terms of the case, so the case again is also redesigned. So the DJI Mic 2 case is bigger than the DJI Mic 1 case. And when you close the case it’s got this little kind of lock. So instead of you just being able to flip it open like you can with the DJI Mic 1, when it closes, it kind of locks itself in place. So you have to kind of press it to then open the case. But yeah, it’s just one of those things where you’re not going to accidentally open the case, which is really useful.

Windshield Design

It was a little bit of a faff to do, with the DJI Mic 1, when you use the furry windscreen, you have to kind of locate it and then screw it into the top. Whereas with the DJI Mic 2 transmitters, all you have to do is it’s got this little stick at the end of it, and then you just put it into the hole where you’d put the lav mic and that’s it, cliped in place.

Direct Bluetooth Connection

This is going to allow you to connect via Bluetooth without needing the receiver. And you can can connect directly to Osmo Pocket 3 or Osmo Action 4 and then also your phone. So you don’t have to plug the receiver in. You can just connect via Bluetooth and it works really well. The only thing is, which is that with the Action 4, you can only connect via Bluetooth using one transmitter. So if you want to use two, then you do have to plug the transmitter into the Action 4. But with the Osmo Pocket 3, you can connect two transmitters.

32 Bit Float Recording

And so the next feature that will definitely make me wanna upgrade is the fact that you have 32 bit float, meaning that when you record your audio, it’s going to be really difficult for you to get audio that sounds bad. So if you record audio, which is a lot louder than it should be, and it looks like it’s clipped, when you bring that audio back down, it’s gonna sound absolutely fine. And likewise, if you record something which is too low, if you record any kind of narrative which is too low, and then you want to bring that audio level back up, it’s not going to bring up loads of noise floor with it. So you’re still going to get clean and clear audio, which is just great. So that is definitely a feature that I would think is worth the upgrade.

Bullt-In Gain Preset

When you’re kind of unsure as to where to set the gain for your different cameras or on the transmitter or on the microphones. So there’s a feature which allows you to do this based on your camera model. So if you go into the menu and you select whatever camera you’re using. So for example I’m using the Sony A7s3, I can go in there and I can select that camera model. And then the gain will be set on the receiver. And I can also get a recommendation as to where to set the gain on the actual camera itself, so that I’m getting the best audio quality and the best audio volume possible when I’m filming with my a7s3. So it’s a really great way to just kind of take the guesswork out of things and just make sure that you’re kind of starting off with decent audio in terms of the correct levels for example.

Intelligent Noise Cancellation

Suppose you’re out and about and it’s really noisy and you’re filming outdoors in a really noisy environment. In that case, there’s cars, there’s people talking, you can turn on intelligent noise cancellation on, and then it’s going to eliminate all of that background noise. So it’s just kind of focused on your voice.

Intelligent Noise Cancellation

Disappointed

As you can see from the design, from the transmitters themselves, the DJI MC two is completely redesigned. It has a translucent face, which is really cool because you can see what’s going on behind or inside the the microphone, which I quite like seeing. But, if you get the transmitter in Pearl white, it doesn’t have the translucent face.

Audio Quality

I think both of them sound great. So I think in that respect you’re not really going to be disappointed if you thought. Do you know what? If you don’t actually need all the new features from the DJI Mic 2,  going to get the DJI Mic 1. You’re not going to be disappointed. That audio sounds awesome.

Price

And that’s the imporant thing,you should consider. DJI Mic 2 (2 TX + 1 RX + Charging Case) is USD 349, But DJI Mic (2 TX + 1 RX + Charging Case) is USD 249.

Final Thoughts

DJI Mic 2 better than DJI Mic 1, is it worth an extra hundred bucks it might be for some people and might not be for others and I will explain that. If you’re a content creator, if you’re someone who’s investing in your business you’re a filmmaker,please just get the Mic 2. it’s going to be way worth it you’re going to save money instead of buying Mic 1 and then regretting it and buying Mic 2 or maybe the future Mic 3. If you already have Mic 1 and you use it all the time you probably might want to upgrade just because these features do make a huge difference. If you don’t use it all the time or you’re not someone who needs that high quality raw 32-bit float recording or you don’t care about those additional you know stacking upgrades then just keep Mic 1.

Darren

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