B&H Photo News Roundup: Week of January 15, 2024

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B&H Photo News Roundup: Week of January 15, 2024

With CES in the rearview mirror and NAMM just up ahead, we had a bit of a breather this week, with only a handful of new products released. Audio announcements are beginning to trickle in as next week’s trade show approaches, and a pair of flash products from Godox hit the market.

The DJI Mic 2 is Here

The top announcement of the week goes to DJI, who introduced the Mic 2, a follow-up to the tremendously popular first-gen model that’s a mainstay wireless mic system among content creators. Available in single-person and 2-person configurations, the Mic 2 adds some noticeable improvements to the portable system, namely 32-bit float audio recording for more flexibility and intelligent noise reduction for cleaner recording.

DJI Mic 2 2-person Wireless System
DJI Mic 2 2-person Wireless System

The Mic 2 also features a stealthier design than its predecessor, and the transmitters come in shadow black and platinum white finishes. The receiver has been updated, too, with a 1.1" OLED touchscreen on the rear and a nice scrolling adjustment wheel for simple settings navigation. When you get the 2-person kit, everything comes packaged neatly in a dedicated Charging Case, for keeping the entire system topped up.

Godox Announces the V1Pro

Godox made a pair of announcements for strobe products, with both items focused on small, portable tools for on-location lighting. The V1Pro is an upgrade of one of the brand’s most popular lighting products (the original V1) and adds a unique, removable sub-flash to the front of the light body, for additional fill light. Having two separate flash heads on the same body is a unique idea, and it will be interesting to see the results.

V1Pro with SU-1 Sub-Flash installed
V1Pro with SU-1 Sub-Flash installed

Even if you’re not sold on the idea of needing two flash heads in one speedlight, the V1Pro also gains some power updates: it is now able to fire off 100 consecutive flashes in a burst before the overheating cutoff, and the new battery can also be recharged directly via USB-C. Also, an external power pack can be used to further quicken recycle times and improve overall battery life.

Touchscreen control over the Xnano Trigger
Touchscreen control over the Xnano Trigger

The second Godox announcement of the week was for the tiny-but-impressive Xnano TTL Wireless Flash Trigger. A flash trigger in and of itself isn’t the most exciting product, but Godox managed to shrink this one down quite a bit compared to the competition, and added a sleek touchscreen, an internal USB-C-rechargeable battery, and side dial for settings control. To be honest, from the top, the transmitter might even be confused for an Apple Watch. Beyond this total rethink of how a transmitter should be designed, the rest of the Xnano’s feature set is nearly the same as other X system transmitters: 328' range, 32 channels, high-speed sync up to 1/8000-second, and it’s available for Canon, FUJIFILM, Nikon, Olympus/Panasonic, and Sony TTL systems.

NAMM 2024 is Coming

In case you’re looking for a head start, we’re beginning to compile all NAMM-related announcements here, so check back over the next week or two to see what’s happening in the audio categories across our website. Two NAMM-related announcements were released this week:

In other news…

Keeping it short this week since NAMM will soon be underway. We’re expecting to see lots of action in the audio and music worlds. See you then!

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