Motion cams are nice. I really like the concept of getting a tiny digital camera that may slot in my pocket that’s able to go it doesn’t matter what the journey. Within the case of the Hero9 Black, that additionally contains wonderful picture stabilization and surprisingly good picture high quality. There are a couple of conditions the place it wants a little bit of assist, and that’s the place the Media Mod is available in.
The Media Mod is a plastic case that wraps round your Hero9. In addition they have a model for the Hero8. On it there are two chilly shoe mounts, a mic enter, an HDMI output, and USB-C for the reason that Hero9’s personal is now coated. Most significantly, there’s a built-in mic.
Right here’s a more in-depth look.
The Media Mod snaps onto the Hero9 securely, after you take away the digital camera’s battery door. The underside of the case is open, leaving revealed the fold-away mounts of the Hero9. Rubber buttons on the highest and facet press the corresponding buttons on the digital camera. There’s an included wind defend for the microphone. The plastic feels pretty sturdy, however not practically as sturdy because the Hero9 itself feels.
The primary take a look at, in fact, is for the built-in mic. That is going to range a bit relying in your environment, however in my testing I discovered the Media Mod mic to focus on my voice higher from the background, although with a bit much less heft than the digital camera’s personal mics. You’ll be able to hear what I imply roughly 4:10 within the above video. The distinction is pretty refined, although, and one isn’t considerably worse than the opposite.
What’s extra noticeable is the impact of the windshield. I didn’t have a very windy day throughout my testing, however there was sufficient that it was audible within the footage recorded with simply the digital camera’s built-in microphones. It was far much less obvious on the Media Mod mic with its foam windshield connected.
Equipment for the accent
The Media Mod has two of its personal equipment. The primary is the tiny $50 Mild Mod, which has 10 LEDs and comes with a rubber diffusion cowl. It’s very vivid for its measurement. The sunshine is somewhat on the cool facet for my tastes, however there are third social gathering firms that promote coloration filters for it. Alternately, you may get just about any LED mild you need for the reason that chilly shoe on the Media Mod is a typical measurement. I do like the scale of the Mild Mod, nonetheless, because it doesn’t add an excessive amount of to the general bulk of the Hero9.
The opposite major accent is the $80 Show Mod front-facing display. This can be a 2-inch flip-up display that connects to the HDMI output on the again of the Media Mod. For the reason that Hero9 already has a front-facing coloration LCD, I don’t assume that is fairly as helpful as it could be with the Hero8, but it surely definitely provides you a greater view of what the digital camera is definitely seeing. It additionally frees up the digital camera’s built-in display to show extra easily-readable information about your footage.
The Media Mod isn’t for everybody. The microphones on the Hero9 are fairly good, so the built-in mic isn’t essential in most conditions. Low-light efficiency is sweet, for an motion cam, so the sunshine won’t be important for everybody both, particularly you probably have a telephone readily available and might use its flashlight.
That mentioned, the Media Mod is unquestionably helpful in lots of conditions. The mic will help if there’s lots of ambient noise or extreme wind. In excessive circumstances, you’ll be able to all the time join a wi-fi mic to the mic enter. For conditions the place you don’t have a telephone, or want a free hand or two, having the ability to mount a light-weight could be very, let’s assume, helpful.
So ultimately I really feel, like I do with most GoPro merchandise, it’s somewhat costlier than it ought to be, however fairly helpful and properly thought out.
Take a look at my video above (also linked here) for the way the mic sounds in comparison with some others.
Media Mod: $80