Sony just announced the launch of the new ECM-W2BT wireless microphone and ECM-LV1 compact stereo lav for video creators.
In addition, Sony aims to bring high-quality wireless audio with lower noise and stable connection to vloggers and enthusiasts looking to upgrade the sound quality of their web videos.
Designed to be ideally paired with MI-shoe compatible Sony mirrorless cameras, both the new Sony ECM-W2BT wireless microphone and the ECM-LV1 stereo lavalier aim to give users a high quality, hassle-free wireless option for digital audio capture.
Flexible Connection Options – Digital via MI-Shoe or Analog 3.5mm
Billed as the “perfect solution to meet the needs of today’s vloggers, YouTubers and video creators”, the new latest Sony ECM-W2BT wireless kit can be used in a wide variety of scenarios. It comes in the form of a compact, MI-shoe mountable receiver and a transmitter.
Both have physical switches on the side (a huge plus in my book), a 3.5mm stereo mini jack input, and an omni-directional capsule. It should be noted that the capsule on the receiver is located at the back of the mic allowing for a two-person interview (provided one sits behind the camera for best results).
Furthermore, users can also use this kit with third party (non-Sony) cameras via the standard 3.5mm mini-jack input. Both analog and digital capture is supported, and it can be easily toggled from the built-in switch on the side.
However, to get the best out of them, a MI shoe camera such as the Sony a7c, a7s III, or ZV1 are preferable.
Digital wireless audio for your vlogging camera
The new Sony ECM-W2BT wireless mic allows users to record low-noise digital audio by connecting the receiver to a camera equipped with a digital audio interface compatible Multi Interface Shoe.
Moreover, the digital audio signal output from the receiver can be recorded directly on the camera body without an external cable.
Additionally, the ECM-W2BT has been completely redesigned and uses an advanced omni-directional mic capsule to capture clear sounds from any direction.
Stable connection, range up to 600 feet, and Low-Latency transmission
The ECM-W2BT has a range of up to 600 feet (200 meters), significantly increasing the flexibility of audio recording. Furthermore, the unit also features a new Qualcomm aptX Low-Latency codec for both high-quality audio capture and low latency transmission.
Three Audio Pick-up Modes
Users can chose from three different sound pick-up patterns – Mic, Mix, and RCVR mode. And the good thing here is they are physically switchable from the side of the unit. No need to fiddle in menus or press small buttons.
- When in MIC mode, the microphone will only pickup audio from the microphone transmitter mounted on your subject.
- RCVR mode – picks up sound ONLY from the internal microphone at the receiver, so the user can record audio of themselves.
- MIX mode – can record audio from BOTH the transmitter and receiver – a must for two-person interviews.
Manual Attenuation Levels – 0db, 10db, 20db
In tough audio situations, the new ECM-W2BT offers manual attenuator control from the side of the transmitter. The pad allows users to change levels to adjust for excessively loud sounds at a lower volume or amplify quieter sounds to record louder audio.
Also, Sony is throwing in a free windscreen furry to reduce wind noise, which is especially helpful when recording outdoors.
Up to 9 hours Operation
Thanks to the battery assist function via the power supply from the camera’s Multi Interface shoe gives receiver for up to 9 hours of operation. This is important for those filming long-form content or all day interviews.
For easy reference, the ECM-W2BT includes a LINK lamp to notify the user of the status of the communication between the microphone and the receiver. Additionally, a POWER lamp is also included to easily check the remaining battery charge.
Besides, a connector protect holder for multi-interface foot cover is provided, which can be used to carry the receiver and microphone as one unit or can also be used as a microphone stand, for stable microphone positioning during interviews or other stationary uses.
ECM-LV1 Stereo Lavalier Microphone
The ECM-LV1 stereo lavalier microphone is compact in size, but also allows for high-quality audio capture when on the go.
Furthermore, the stereo mic includes a 360-degree rotatable clip that allows it to be mounted horizontally to a necktie, or vertically in a pocket maintaining the same angle. In addition, the ECM-LV1 gets power from the mic connector.
Pricing and Availability
The new ECM-W2BT wireless microphone is due to ship in April 2021 at a price of $229 USD. Likewise, the ECM-LV1 stereo lavalier is priced at $30 USD and is due to around the same time next month.
You will be able to pre-order both from authorized dealers such as B&H in North America very soon.
To get full specs and learn more head over to Sony’s dedicate page here.