Good sound is extremely important, especially for video recordings! By now, most cameras deliver a good picture. But the sound is still something else because of the distance to the camera.
Accordingly, there are various wireless lavalier microphones for cameras. In this review, we’ll take a look at the Comica Vimo C2.
The Comica Vimo C2 is an affordable 2-piece set of wireless lavalier or lapel microphones. These are compatible with large cameras, as well as USB C smartphones, and feature noise cancelling, among other things.
Interesting! Let’s take a look at the whole thing in a test!
Comica Vimo C2 in test
The Comica Vimo C2 set consists of a carrying case, various cables, two radio transmitters „microphones“ and a receiver.
The Comica Vimo is also available as C1 and C3 version.
C1 = Only one microphone
C2 = Two microphones
C3= Two microphones + charging box (similar to wireless earphones)
In itself, I find the C3 set very exciting because of the charging box. However, I „only“ have the C2 version here.
This comes in a cloth box. There are all the cables and the transmitter / receiver safely stowed. For charging, however, you have to manually hook it up to a USB C cable.
Comica fortunately includes a 1 to 3 USB C cable, so you can charge all modules at once on one USB port.
Also included are cables to connect to 3.5mm audio inputs, which also have a USB C adapter and windscreen attachments for the microphones.
The receiver of the set has a small integrated display. On it, you can see the following information:
Receiver battery level
Transmitter battery level
Transmitter signal strength
The display is very helpful in practice!
Stereo or Mono
With the Comica Vimo C2 you have the choice between mono and stereo mode. In mono mode, the signal from the microphones is recorded on both channels of the camera.
In stereo mode, the sound from the first microphone is on the left channel and the sound from the second microphone is on the right channel. This way you can freely „mix“ the sound later in editing.
How do the microphones sound?
Let’s move on to the question of how good the microphones sound. I tested the microphone on the Sony ZV-E10. Here, the receiver initially delivers a quite loud/strong signal.
You can still adjust the volume between 1 and 4 on the receiver. Already on level 1 the signal is quite strong. On my ZV-E10 I usually set level 5 (out of 31) and on the receiver level 2.
The microphone generally delivers a quite powerful and warm sound. Especially when you have it attached to a shirt collar. I have no real criticism, except that the microphone does not „focus“ so clearly on the voice and it sounds quite „spatial“.
For comparison, the Sennheiser XSW-D Mobile Lavalier Kit (promotional link) delivers a much brighter sound, but perhaps also a bit sharper and more focused. Hard to say who sounds better here, tends to be better intelligibility with Sennheiser, but the timbre with Comica perhaps a bit more natural.
The microphones of the Comica Vimo C2 set offer optional noise cancelling. This can actively block out background noise, hissing, etc.
In principle, this works quite well, but there is a noticeable impact on the voice recording quality.
Therefore, noise cancelling only makes sense in extreme situations to get a usable recording.
Problems with the wireless connection?
In my office, where there are admittedly many Bluetooth and WLAN devices, I did not have any problems with disconnections or similar, even though the transmitters/receivers use the 2.4GHz band, which is quite busy by now.
As is so often the case, it depends a bit on your taste and your use case. Basically, I find the Comica Vimo C2 really good!
The audio quality varies between good and very good. We have a nice and quite full sound. However, the sound is perhaps a touch less focused than, for example, the Sennheiser XSW-D Mobile Lavalier Kit, which is generally a touch clearer and more „brilliant“, but less full.
For +- 135€ the sound of the microphones is really decent though! Listen best to the video from above.
Other plus points are the practical display on the receiver and the generally uncomplicated use.
So if you are looking for a cheap lavalier microphone kit, then the Comica Vimo C2 is clearly recommended!