Comica has announced the CVM-VM30, the world’s first wireless shotgun mic — a claim that holds water when considering shotgun mics that have wireless functionality out of the box without any additional accessories or modules.
As DIY Photography points out, it’s previously been possible to add wireless communication to an XLR shotgun microphone, the Comica CVM-VM30 is different because it has a built-in 2.4GHz wireless transmitter.
The CVM-VM30 is a super-cardioid condenser wireless shotgun mic with support for wired and wireless modes. An on-mic button switches between the two modes. Comica says that users can operate in different situations when using the mic wirelessly, enabling more versatile use cases without extra modules or accessories.
Wireless mode promises latency under 20 milliseconds, and the mic’s wireless working range is up to 100 meters (around 330 feet) in an open area and about 20m (65 feet) in a complex interior setting.
The VM30 shotgun mic can be used with arm stands, tripods, boom poles, and more for a wide range of content creation and production, including filmmaking, YouTube videos, live streaming, podcasting, and more.
As for audio quality, the mic records 24-bit audio at a 48KHz sampling rate, promising “high-fidelity sound quality.” The super-cardioid pattern helps reduce ambient noise and produce cleaner sound.
The VM30 supports 75/150Hz low-cut and high-frequency boost modes. These modes allow users to filter out low-frequency sounds and ensure good detail and clarity when recording high-frequency audio.
The VM30 is compatible with many devices, including dedicated cameras and smartphones, and supports analog and digital output. Analog output is delivered a 3.5mm output.
Users can quickly adjust the mic’s gain using a rotating gain dial on the rear of the mic, and the mic includes a safety mode to prevent popping and a button to mute the mic instantly. The VM30 has a shock mount and high-density wind muff to ensure clean reception when shooting outdoors.
The mic and receiver each include screens to monitor settings and audio. On the mic, the OLED screen shows signal status, audio mode, battery power, audio dynamics, and more in real time. The IPS display on the receiver shows pairing status, gain level, battery power, and audio dynamics.
The CVM-VM30 promises up to 50 hours of recording when using the wired mode. In wireless mode, battery performance remains impressive, promising recording for up to seven hours. The mic charges using a USB-C cable and can be charged while in use. It’s worth noting that the mic doesn’t offer an internal recording mode.
Pricing and Availability
The Comica CVM-VM30 is available now for $189.
Image credits: Comica