DJI Mic 2

DJI Mic 2: is it worth the upgrade?

It’s no secret that DJI has been diversifying its product offerings beyond just drones, but into all sorts of tools for content creators and professional photographers. DJI has been steadily leaning into its handheld gimbals and microphones. And today, DJI launched the DJI Mic 2, indicating the company’s ongoing interest in tapping the ever-growing market of content creators.

DJI Mic 2
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Compared to the original DJI Mic (and most other mics you can expect to find on the market), it’s an up-level in audio recording on nearly every level. And with a price starting at $219 for the standard kit, it’s incredibly affordable too.

Among the highlights of the new DJI Mic 2 are:

  • Omnidirectional recording
  • A Safety Track feature that allows users to record a second track at -6dB alongside the primary audio track
  • Intelligent noise-canceling technology to reduce noise in loud environments (that’s on top of the included windscreen to lower wind noise).
  • 8GB of internal storage per transmitter (offering up to 14 hours of uncompressed 48kHz 24-bit audio recording)
  • Maximum audio transmission range of up to 250 meters (820 ft)
  • 6-hour operating time (can be extended to a generous 18 hours with the charging case)

What does that all mean? In short, expect clearer vocals with less chance for unexpected audio level spikes. That makes for less risk of unwanted noise like wind, summing up to being the best microphone for people shooting in otherwise loud environments, like cities. And don’t overlook the internal storage, a decently long range and a long battery life. This device also offers plenty of backup to ensure you can capture audio on as close to a full charge as possible, and with as close to full storage space as possible.

How the DJI Mic 2 works

This external microphone is designed to be incredible easy to use. It mostly targets on-the-go content creators like travel bloggers, lean businesses or just people looking to do film shoots with minimal setup. There’s no need to install additional software, and you can record audio in one click.

DJI Mic 2
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It works with almost any type of camera, whether that’s another from DJI’s lineup of cameras (like the Osmo Action 4 camera or the Osmo Pocket 3), most smartphones or even a more professional camera.

To use it, simply open the charging case (upon which the DJI Mic 2 automatically powers on). You then choose the camera you intend to connect it with via Bluetooth. If using a camera without Bluetooth, you can also connect it through USB-C and Lightning Adapters. There’s also an 3.5mm TRS analog output. 

DJI Mic 2
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The Mic itself has plenty of controls so you can adjust settings for your style. That includes ability to adjust volume, gain and brightness. All that can be edited through a 1.1-inch OLED touchscreen (there’s also a precision dial that you might rather use).

Is the DJI Mic 2 quality any good?

DJI Mic 2
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While ease of use is certainly important, an easy-to-use mic is no good if the quality is bad. That’s not the case here.

The standout feature of the quality here is the DJI Mic 2’s 32-bit float internal recording capability. In practice that means more nuanced sound. You can distinguish a quiet whisper vs booms, and it really makes vocals pop. It also gives you more leeway in the post-production to adjust audio levels.

And while you can dial in on your own settings, there are also presets which might be more ideal for beginners.

The DJI Mic 2 also has a powerful lifespan per charge. In one charge, it can run for 6-hours per transmitter and receiver. Throw in the on-the-go charging case to make it 18 hours without needing a formal power source. That’s ideal for settings like camping or travel, where charging is inconvenient.

It has a range of 250 meters (820 feet) should you need to walk far away from the receiver. That’s about one-and-a-half times as long as the Seventeenth hole of Pebble Beach, the famous California golf course. Of course, that assumes you’re filming in an open, unobstructed environments without interference like, yes, a golf course. Range decreases in more chaotic environments, like a concert venue.

There’s also that handy internal storage (8GB per transmitter), offering up to 14 hours of uncompressed 48kHz 24-bit audio recording.

A new aesthetic for the DJI Mic 2

With the new DJI Mic 2 comes a new aesthetic that almost looks inspired by Apple AirPods.

DJI Mic 2
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As far as the Mic itself, the minimalist design comes in two transmitter colors, either ‘shadow black’ or ‘peal white.’ While the black one looks more discreet in most use cases, the white one is actually quite elegant (and looks pretty Mac inspired).

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You’ll likely connect it on clothing, where you can attach it via a magnetic attachment. The transmitters also have a clip-on design.

If you purchase the upgraded kit, you’ll receive a compact, metal charging case. The carrying case also has a new locking latch feature, which is particularly helpful for folks prone to dropping it.

DJI Mic 2
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The original DJI Mic vs the DJI Mic 2: is it worth the upgrade?

The DJI Mic 2 follows the original DJI Mic, which was announced in October 2021 and shipped in April 2022 starting at $329.

Besides some seriously upgraded specs, there are entirely new features. Among the standouts:

  • Better battery life: With the Mic 2, you’re looking at 18 hours of life with the charging case vs 15 on the old model. When considering the transmitter alone, the old 5.5 hours has been improved to 6.
  • Pro-level audio quality: Among the reasons to love the improved audio include AI noise cancelling technology and clearer vocals
  • Direct Bluetooth connection: This handy new feature makes for a much easier, more convenient use system, allowing you to connect it to your smartphone or other JDI cameras.
  • Thumbwheel: Another new feature, this lets you make more precise and quick parameter adjustments than what fat thumbs might do on the clunky touchscreen. And speaking of the touchscreen, that’s also been upgraded to a 1.1 inch screen
DJI Mic 2
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Really the only feature the DJI Mic has going for it is price. Despite initially launching at $329, the DJI Mic is now down to just $159 for the base model. That’s $60 less than the new DJI Mic 2. If you’re super tight on budget, then the DJI Mic is certainly not a bad deal.

But if your budget has some wiggle room, then the improved features (largely driven by far superior audio quality) are worth the extra $60.

How to get your hands on the DJI Mic 2

DJI Mic 2
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It’s here, and it’s available today from DJI’s own store. You can also buy it from authorized retail partners such as Amazon and B&H Photo.

There’s also an upgraded version with that fancy charging case, plus two (rather than just one) transmitters. The pricier kit also includes two sets of windscreens and clip magnets. That upgraded version costs $349. Here are those two kits side-by-side:

DJI Mic 2 (2 TX + 1 RX + Charging Case)DJI Mic 2 (1 TX + 1 RX)
Price: $349Price: $219
1 DJI Mic 2 Receiver1 DJI Mic 2 Receiver
2 DJI Mic 2 Transmitters (Shadow Black)1 DJI Mic 2 Transmitter (Shadow Black)
DJI Mic 2 Charging Case
Camera Audio Cable (3.5mm TRS)Camera Audio Cable (3.5mm TRS)
Mobile Phone Adapter (Type-C)Mobile Phone Adapter (Type-C)
Mobile Phone Adapter (Lightning)Mobile Phone Adapter (Lightning)
2 Windscreens1 Windscreen
2 DJI Mic 2 Clip Magnets1 DJI Mic 2 Clip Magnet
DJI Mic USB-C Charging CableDJI Mic Splitter Charging Cable
DJI Mic 2 Carrying Bag
DJI Mic 2 Carrying Pouch

Alongside the main kit, DJI is also offering other accessories, such as the DJI Lavalier Mic ($39) and DJI Mic 2 Charging Case ($69). The DJI Mic 2 Transmitter (Shadow Black) and DJI Mic 2 Transmitter (Pearl White) can also be purchased separately at $99 each.

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