Alright, so this is probably the best value for money branded lavalier microphone for use with the DJI Osmo Pocket and by value for money I mean cheap or budget.
While there are cheaper lavaliers that also sound good, it’s difficult to recommend most of them as they aren’t really branded and made by a specific manufacturer and consistently use the same parts, namely the ECM or capsule. Some of the other cheaper lavs can vary quite wildly with their capsules, so therefore one may sound good but when you buy another one from the same supplier it could sound completely different and bad.
At least with JK range of mics they do seem to be very consistent in their build quality and components and will therefore sound fairly identical from one mic to the next. This is why I don’t have any problems recommending these mics as long as their tone is suitable.
On the tonal quality of the 044. It is not as bright as the internal mics of the Osmo Pocket and I dare say it sounds a bit dull by comparison. Although this less brighter sound can be very good when recording people with sibilant voices, such as myself.
Very surprisingly and although the tone changed when I hid it under my shirt, I actually think it sounded really good. So this is another very good for the JK MIC-J 044.
There are a few variations of this mic with different connections and locking nuts etc. For use with the DJI Osmo Pocket just get the straight 3 pole 3.5mm version, sometimes called TRS or stereo, although it is not a stereo mic just a normalised stereo connection, which is very important for use with the Osmo Pocket. https://geni.us/JK-MIC-J-044
I’ve also used this mic with a Rode Wireless GO on the DJI Osmo Pocket and while that combination sounded good, this is way cheaper as it doesn’t use a wireless system and this video also gives a great idea of how the JK MIC-J 044 sounds hard wired into the Osmo Pocket.
Anyway. I think this is a good sounding and excellent value for money omni-directional lavalier which is also very small and very easy to conceal or hide. I’ll be trying this mic out with my main camera soon and also with the DJI Osmo Action once DJI release the microphone interface for the Osmo Action.
Special thanks to Mr. Ian Craig for giving me this microphone for use on my videos. Check out Ian’s channel, he does great ‘real world’ videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/iancraig10
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