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DJI's latest wireless microphones solve one of my biggest problems with audio recording

The new DJI Mic 2 features enhanced microphones that can reduce environmental noises. But that's not even its best feature.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor
DJI Mic 2

DJI Mic 2


ZDNET's key takeaways

  • DJI Mic 2 is available now for $350 at most major retailers.
  • Two mics and one receiver make for the perfect setup for most recording environments, and the 32-bit float means the audio remains crystal clear, even if the volume spikes.
  • It's not cheap, but for the utility, I think it's well worth it.

I've been a big user of the first-generation DJI Mic setup, and the hardware has delivered great audio across a wide variety of situations. DJI just released a second-generation package -- and these mics have a much-needed audio feature.

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As I'll show below, there's a lot more to the DJI Mic 2 than fresh finishes (rather than just black, this updated version comes in shadow black and pearl white, allowing the kit to better blend into different situations). 

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DJI Mic 2 key features

  • Wireless range: 250 m/820 ft
  • Battery life: 6 hours (18 with charging case)
  • Outputs: USB-C, Lightning, and 3.5mm TRS analog output
  • User inputs: 1.1-inch OLED touchscreen and a precision dial
  • Audio: 14 hours of uncompressed 48kHz 24-bit audio
  • Finishes: Shadow Black and Pearl White 

After taking a look through the spec sheet, it seems as if there are three features that set this updated release head and shoulders over its predecessor.

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First, the DJI Mic 2 setup supports 32-bit float. This audio format has a much higher dynamic range, which not only allows wider sound ranges to be collected and stored, but also prevents audio spikes from clipping and distorting the recording. Previously, if I wanted this level of quality, I had to use a product such as the Tentacle Sync Track E recorder

This feature alone makes upgrading to the DJI Mic 2 compelling because it dramatically reduces the chances of a recording being spoilt. 

DJI Mic 2 setup is sleek and convenient to carry about

DJI Mic 2 setup is sleek and convenient to carry about.


Then there's also a new intelligent noise-canceling feature for reducing environmental noise, which allows for clean, uninterrupted conversations, even in noisy environments.

While you might still need to add a windscreen to reduce noise in windy or fast-moving scenarios, intelligent noise cancelling should help to prevent ruined recordings. 

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Finally, there's an updated user interface in the form of an addition of a precision dial to make tweaking settings easier -- and a lot less frustrating, because if there was one thing that I didn't like about the original DJI Mic setup, it was the touch-based user interface, which could become really frustrating at times.

ZDNET's buying advice

The DJI Mic 2 seems to be an intelligent, well-thought-out update, focusing on features that not only help capture better, cleaner audio, but also make it easier to use. Yes, at $350, this kit is definitely not cheap, but if you are looking for a reliable way to capture audio, especially in tough conditions, this setup might just be the one for you.

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