DJI Mic vs Rode Wireless Go 2: Which One is Better?
By Naila Syifa
Updated February 2024
Wireless microphone systems have become essential for modern content creators. Whether you're a vlogger, filmmaker, or podcaster, having a reliable and high-quality wireless microphone system is key to producing professional content.
In this article, we will be comparing two popular wireless microphone systems: the DJI Mic and the Rode Wireless Go 2. Both are reliable and versatile, but we'll be examining the features of each to determine which one is better suited for your needs.
DJI Mic is better than Rode Wireless Go 2 with larger storage, longer range, longer overall battery life, and magnetic design. However, Wireless Go 2 is also attractive with its more flexible gain control from 0dB to –30dB, while the DJI Mic supports gain control between -12dB to 12dB.
✓ Charging Case Included
✓ TRS, USB-C, Lightning Adapter Included
✓ Up to 14 Hours of Internal Recording
✓ Battery Up to 5 Hours
Rode Wireless Go 2
There are two versions of DJI Mic available. The first one, which includes two transmitters, one receiver, and a charging case, is quite expensive at US$249. The second version, which includes only one transmitter and one receiver, is more affordable at US$159. If you need to record audio from two people at the same time, such as in interviews, the first version of the DJI Mic is a good option, but if you only need to record audio from one person, the second version will save you some money.
Rode Wireless Go 2 is slightly more expensive than the DJI Mic, but buying from certain retailers may get you a lower price, making it a roughly equal option to the DJI Mic in terms of price. At normal retail prices, however, the Rode Wireless Go 2 can cost around US$299 for two transmitters and one receiver, and US$199 for a transmitter and a receiver.
DJI Mic has a more modern-looking design with a rectangular shape and sleek black finish. The transmitter supports magnetic attachment, so you can easily attach it to your clothing besides using the back clip. The receiver features a built-in 0.95-inch OLED touchscreen, which displays and allows for easy adjustments to your audio settings. In addition, the DJI Mic comes with a charging case, which doesn't only charge your DJI Mic transmitters and receiver but can also be used as an all-in-one storage to keep them safe when not in use.
Rode Wireless Go 2, on the other hand, has a more industrial design with a square shape for its transmitters and receiver. It doesn't look as visually appealing as the DJI Mic, but they're roughly equal in terms of weight and are both compact. The Wireless Go 2, however, offers no magnetic design. So, you can only rely on its back clip to attach the transmitter to your clothing.
#3 Audio Quality & Features
Rode Wireless Go 2
Both the DJI Mic and Rode Wireless Go 2 deliver equally exceptional audio quality, with clear and crisp sound. They both also support some common features, such as dual-channel recording, which records two different sound sources simultaneously with the two transmitters.
A safety channel is also available on both microphones, which records a backup track at a lower volume in case of any distortion or sudden loud noises.
Both microphones also allow for gain control, though the feature is a bit different. The DJI Mic allows for manual adjustment of input and output sensitivity between -12dB to 12dB. Meanwhile, the Rode Wireless Go 2 offers gain control only in the receiver through a three-stage pad switch between high (0dB), medium (-12dB), and low (-24dB). However, expansion is also supported to a 10-stage pad, ranging from 0dB to –30dB in 3dB increments. This allows a more precise adjustment of gain levels.
Another feature that both the DJI Mic and Rode Wireless Go 2 share is internal storage that supports on-board recording. With 8 GB internal storage, the DJI Mic can record up to 14 hours of uncompressed 48kHz 24-bit audio. The internal storage of the Rode Wireless Go 2 is unspecified, but it supports a shorter recording time of 7 hours of uncompressed audio and 24 hours of compressed audio.
If you're looking for more advanced features like 32-bit float internal recording or direct Bluetooth support, consider the newer version of DJI Mic, the DJI Mic 2.
Read also: DJI Mic 2 vs DJI Mic
#4 Connectivity & Range
Rode Wireless Go 2
Both the DJI Mic and Rode Wireless Go 2 are compatible with a range of devices, including cameras, smartphones, computers, and tablets, through various adapters and cables. One difference is that while the DJI Mic comes with all the necessary accessories included to connect to those various devices, the Rode Wireless Go 2 only comes with cables necessary for connection to cameras and computers. For smartphone connectivity, both Android and iOS phones, you'll need to purchase the additional cables separately.
DJI Mic also has an advantage with its longer audio transmission range, supporting up to 250 meters in open areas, while the Rode Wireless Go 2 has a range of up to 200 meters in open areas. This is a minor difference, but could be an important factor to consider if you're filming in a larger space or outdoor environment.
#5 Battery Life
Generally, the DJI Mic has a shorter battery life. The transmitter can last for up to 5.5 hours on a single charge, while the receiver can last for up to 5 hours. With the charging case, however, you can extend the battery life to up to 15 hours. This is perfect for longer recording sessions or outdoor shoots where you may not have access to power outlets.
The Rode Wireless Go 2, on the other hand, has a longer single-charge battery life, with the transmitter and receiver both capable of lasting up to 7 hours on a single charge. One disadvantage is that the Rode Wireless Go 2 doesn't come with a charging case included. The charging case for Wireless Go 2 has to be purchased separately for around US$79, providing an additional battery life of up to 21 hours in total.
If you're interested in a Rode wireless microphone that comes with a charging case included plus some extra advanced features, consider the Rode Wireless Pro.
Read also: DJI Mic 2 vs Rode Wireless Pro
DJI Mic vs Rode Wireless Go 2
Rode Wireless Go 2
Rode Wireless Go 2 is more expensive than the DJI Mic, but the DJI Mic seems to offer more value for money with its charging case that provides additional battery life, a longer range, larger internal storage, more accessories included, and a more visually appealing and magnetic design.
However, the Rode Wireless Go 2 is also a great option for those who prioritize having longer single-charge battery life and more flexibility in the gain control.
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