The LARK 150 is the first 2.4GHz digital wireless microphone system in the Hollyland microphone product line, offering ultra-low latency and 100m stable wireless audio transmission.
ProVideo Coalition has mentioned Hollyland Technology products before, but the LARK 150 a 2.4GHz digital wireless microphone system is a first for the company, as it steps into the professional audio world. Some may ask if the company has the talent and ability to create what customers need, and to that Hollyland Technology answers with a single word: Yes!
To some extent, Hollyland has been long involved in the audio industry with their wireless video transmission and wireless intercom systems, as all their wireless video transmitters transmit both video and audio, while wireless intercoms are all about audio. So, it is not so surprising to see them coming up with a wireless microphone system. Real-world test of the new product will reveal more about the LARK 150 but for now all ProVideo can share with its readers is the information made available by Hollyland Technology.
The LARK 150 is the first 2.4GHz digital wireless microphone system in the Hollyland microphone product line. The company says that this ultra-compact clip-on wireless microphone is “equipped with highly-sensitive omnidirectional microphones for the best audio performance. The DSP method ensures a noise-free audio transmission by filtering low-frequency environmental noises. It reduces post-stage noise cancellation processing and improves the efficiency of content output.”
A microphone to start a new product line
The tiny and super-light transmitter was designed so it can easily be clipped-on to your collar or used with the included lavalier microphone, basically anywhere you’d like to attach it to. The charging case provides portability and convenience to this microphone system. Besides that, Hollyland notes, “it charges the whole system about 2.5 times in addition to the 4.5 hour battery life on the transmitter and 7.5 hour life on the receiver. It auto pairs the transmitters and the receiver, serves as the storage box and the platform to upgrade the whole system. It has 100m transmission, two-way mute, safety track audio mode, real-time audio monitoring, and so many more user-friendly features make the system a perfect wireless microphone solution for different types of content creation.”
The company says it is aiming high with the LARK 150, even though it is the first wireless microphone system Hollyland introduces to the market. To ensure high-precision sound pickup and the system’s professional sound quality, the LARK 150 is built with different technical methods and applications, such as DSP (Digital Signal Processor) intelligent noise cancellation, an anti-vibration sound chamber design, ultra-wide frequency response, ultra-high SNR(Signal To Noise Ratio), plus built-in highly-sensitive omnidirectional microphones on the transmitters and more.
Key features of the LARK 150
Here are some of the key features of the Hollyland Technology LARK 150 2.4GHz digital wireless microphone system:
- <5ms & 100m stable wireless audio transmission range
The LARK 150 has less than 5ms, ultra-low latency and 100m stable wireless audio transmission. The stability of the system is ensured by the power-on smart frequency selection feature so it automatically chooses the best channel when powering it on, and the 8,000 times per second Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) radio signals transmitting method to intelligently avoid interference on set.
- Ultra-compact construction
The LARK 150’s transmitter is currently the world’s smallest and lightest (37*37*17.5mm, 21g). You can basically just throw the system into any travel kit bag with the convenient and portable charging case that functions like an Apple EarPods case, for easy charging, auto-pairing, upgrading, and storage for the whole wireless microphone system.
- Mono/Stereo/Safety Switchable Tracks
Just like any other microphone system, The LARK 150 is a stereophonic microphone system with standard Mono Track and Stereo Track options. Making it handier, Hollyland added the audio-pop preventive Safety Track as a third option.
The safety track is dual-channel audio designed for post audio processing to handle microphone popping. The left channel is mixed audio from both transmitters while the right channel is the same mixed audio at -6db.
- Two-in-one combo
The versatile standard package of the LARK 150 is comprised of two transmitters and one receiver plus a lavalier microphone, a TRS cable, a 3.5mm user-friendly windshield, a Type-C to Type-A cable, and a storage bag. It literally includes all the details you would ask for in a wireless microphone.
Perfect for vlogging, interviews and more
The company claims that all the above-mentioned features plus other little user-friendly touches of the system make it the perfect microphone for vlogging, YouTubing, interviews, on-stage talk shows, commercials, live streaming, and other types of content creation. This is, Hollyland adds, “because both the transmitter and the receiver have mute control access to effectively manage the audio being recorded, a 3.5mm TRS audio output plus an additional 3.5mm headphone jack for audio monitoring on the receiver, an HD OLED screen for device status display, etc.”
Compatible with an array of devices such as DSLRs, portable audio recorders, computer and so on, the LARK 150’s 2 TX & 1 RX Combo is a plug and play system that can make you focus on getting the shot. Add to that the charging case design that serves easy charging, auto-pairing, upgrade and storage for the whole system.
The kit includes the following items:
- Charging Case x 1
- Transmitter x 2
- Receiver x 1
- Furry Windshield x 2
- 5mm TRS Cable x 1
- USB Type-A to Type-C Cable x 1
- Lavalier Microphone x 2
- User Guide x 1
The official MSRP of te LARK 150 is $329, and the prices in a different currency may vary depending on the exact location. The best way to find that out would be to get in touch with the Hollyland Team or look for their local partner on their website. Batches of the LARK 150 are already on its way to Hollyland partners.
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If you want to use the higher-quality rear cameras on an iPhone for selfies or vlogging, you lose the ability to preview the image. But with this nifty little clip, the Apple watch can be transformed into a solution to that problem.
While the front-facing camera on the iPhone is generally good enough, there are some cases where you might want to take advantage of the superior rear-facing cameras. In order to do so while giving you the ability to still get a preview for framing purposes, the Ulanzi ST-09 phone tripod mount for the Apple Watch will come in particularly handy.
It’s a simple little clip that looks very similar to other iPhone clips, except this one has a mount designed specifically for the Apple Watch Series 5. The company doesn’t specify which models of Apple Watch are supported, but since it says “Series 5” it’s likely only compatible with it and the newer Series 6 which is identical in size.
The accessory includes a screw mount on the bottom so that it can affix to a tripod or grip for vlogging and silicon pads to prevent scratching your phone. Curiously, no anti-scratch pads are included in the Watch mount. It even includes an additional cold shoe that would allow for the mounting of accessories like a shotgun mic.
The clip can compress as small as 58mm and up to 89mm, which makes it able to hold any iPhone from as small as the new iPhone 12 Mini through the giant iPhone 12 Pro Max.
This device only really makes sense if you are already an Apple Watch owner, since purchasing a $20 mount for a $450 device specifically to use it as a monitor feels like a stretch. Still, having the ability to use the higher-quality rear-facing cameras makes vlogging with a device you already own more palatable than going out and purchasing dedicated cameras like a GoPro or DJI Osmo. Since so many people already own both an Apple Watch and an iPhone, this cheap accessory suddenly makes taking selfies and making vlogs a lot more approachable for very little extra investment.
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GoPro announces the release of their best, most advanced HERO camera to date, the GoPro HERO9 Black. I got a chance to start testing one out and here is my first look hands-on with the GoPro HERO9 Black: More power with a new 23.6MP sensor. More clarity with 5K video and 20MP photos. More stability with HyperSmooth 3.0 and Boost in all settings. More speed options with TimeWarp 3.0 and slo-mo in up to 4K. More creativity with a front-facing LCD screen. And, more battery life to power it all.
*Disclaimer: Since I live in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California, I had little time to do extensive outdoor testing with the HERO9 Black due to the horrendous air quality we’ve had (upwards to 500 on the AQI at times), so suffice it to say, I’ll be providing a much more extensive features test and comparison with previous models in soon when it’s safer. For now, enjoy the limited outdoor tests and images along with some creative “indoor activities” for all of us working from home and stuck inside!
GoPro announces it’s newest camera, the HERO9 Black which features a new sensor that delivers 5K video and 20 megapixel photos, next-generation HyperSmooth 3.0 video stabilization with in-camera horizon leveling, a new front-facing display, a larger rear display, 30% more battery life, and a Max Lens Mod accessory that brings Max HyperSmooth video stabilization and Max SuperView ultra wide-angle photo and video.
HERO9 Black’s 23.6MP sensor is the most significant imaging hardware upgrade since a 12MP sensor was introduced with HERO3 in 2012.
What I see in so many of these new features is that GoPro is really taking customer feedback to heart. Some of the biggest complaints I’ve heard over the years, like battery life, displays/menus, changeable lenses/filters and image quality are answered with this release.
The first thing you’ll notice is the larger size over the HERO8 Black. This is to accommodate a 30% larger battery, larger sensor and larger screens on both the front and back. While the HERO9 does fit all previous GoPro mounts, the accessories and mods will not fit.
What I’m most excited about is the ability to remove the lens cover to swap out lens mods, such as the soon to be released Max Lens Mod which is a super wide angle lens adapter that the HERO9 Black has a built-in setting that utilizes the GoPro MAX technology.
The Max Lens Mod ($99.99) brings unbreakable Max HyperSmooth video stabilization and low-distortion, ultra-wide Max SuperView to HERO9 Black at up to 2.7K60 resolution. Max Lens Mod also allows for horizon lock even when the camera is rotated a full 360°. This enables mind blowing creative versatility for social media producers, film and television professionals and weekend warriors, alike.
My hope is that PolarPro and other 3rd-party manufacturers develop some Macro and Zoom lens covers and ND filters soon that will fit – especially if GoPro opens up their API to allow them to read the lenses correctly.
HERO9 Black-compatible Mods also include the Media Mod for HERO9 Black ($79.99), now with a removable foam windscreen; Display Mod ($79.99); and Light Mod ($49.99). Max Lens Mod will be available globally starting October 2020. The Media Mod for HERO9 Black and Display Mod will be available starting Sept. 16.
*Note that the HERO8 Black Media Mod and the Light Mod is currently available on GoPro.com as well as at select retailers.
HERO9 Black Features (from GoPro press release):
• New Image Sensor
• Video: 5K30, 4K60, 2.7K120, 1440p120, 1080p240 and more
• Photo: 20MP
• New 1.4” front color display with live preview and status modes
• Larger 2.27” rear touch display with touch zoom
• 30% more battery life than HERO8 Black with improved cold weather performance
• Removable, rechargeable battery
• HyperSmooth 3.0 with in-camera horizon leveling
• TimeWarp 3.0 featuring Real Speed and Half Speed
• 1080p Live Streaming
• 1080p Webcam mode
• Power Tools: HindSight, LiveBurst, Scheduled Capture and Duration Capture
• SuperPhoto + HDR Night lapse video
• RAW photos
• Digital lenses
• Voice control with 14 commands in 11 languages + 6 accents
• 3 microphones with advanced wind-noise reduction
• Stereo + RAW audio
• Larger speaker for improved audio playback
• Removable lens cover
• Built-in folding mounting fingers
• Rugged + waterproof to 33ft (10m)
• Compatible with Max Lens Mod, Light Mod, Display Mod and Media Mod for HERO9 Black
Subscribing to GoPro.com
The GoPro subscription service delivers the best value and end-to-end experience to GoPro users. GoPro subscribers benefit from no-questions-asked camera replacement; unlimited cloud storage of their GoPro photos and video at original quality; enhanced live streaming to GoPro.com with fewer restrictions than other live streaming services; up to 50% on mounts and accessories at GoPro.com, including the brand-new lineup of GoPro Lifestyle Gear; plus, up to $100 savings on new camera purchases. The GoPro subscription is available for $49.99 annually or $4.99/month.
- Global Availability
HERO9 Black is on sale internationally starting today on GoPro.com and at select retailers around the world (such as FilmTools.com, our sponsor). The camera retails for $449.99 MSRP or on GoPro.com for $349.98 with the purchase of a one-year subscription to GoPro. Existing GoPro subscribers can also take advantage of the $349.98 pricing at GoPro.com.
HERO9 Black joins GoPro MAX at $499.99 MSRP, or $399.98 with a one-year GoPro subscription; HERO8 Black at $349.99 MSRP, or $299.98 with a one-year GoPro subscription; and HERO7 Black at $249.99 MSRP to round out the full 2020 GoPro Lineup.
*NOTE: I’ll be showcasing all of the available GoPro Products in my next hands-on review soon to detail the features and comparisons between the current models.
My Hands-on Tests:
As I mentioned above, I didn’t have the time or ability to test all the new features of the HERO9 Black just yet, but I’m planning on do some real world tests of some of the “Power Tools” added like Hindsight, Scheduled Capture and Live Burst modes in an upcoming review article. Here are a few features I was able to get in before the product release announcement:
I tested the latest Time-lapse feature on a trip to the office where I work for a biotech company in the San Francisco East Bay from my farm up in the Sierra Foothills in Northern California. It’s a 125 mile trip one-way so I set the HERO9 Black to capture one frame every 2 seconds and used a GoPro power pack and grip to attach it to my display console in my Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid. I didn’t have to worry about some occasional “bounce” with this setup as it was capturing still frames every 2 seconds, so they’re not noticeable at all in the playback.
Here’s the resulting video – 2 hours compressed to under 2 minutes for the 125 mile one-way trip.
- Use as a Web Cam:
While the HERO8 Black with the Media Mod attached worked well with the new GoPro Webcam app, I couldn’t get the HERO9 Black to work on our iMac 27″. My wife teaches music and voice coaching globally and relies on a solid production environment. We first tested a HERO8 Black as a web cam for her on Zoom and I know now that I’ll never see it back! (shown below)
The HERO9 Black however would not connect to her older iMac but I did get it to work on my more recent MacBook Pro 15. There are also issues with it working with Microsoft Teams but there is a posted workaround from the Microsoft community for now. I’m hoping these issues will be resolved soon with an updated firmware release.
- High-Speed Capture for Slo-Mo:
So what do you do when you’re stuck inside all weekend because the air quality is deemed “Hazardous” fro the wildfire smoke? You COOK!! My favorite hobby is cooking – and since the COVID-19 SIP order started in March, we’ve been eating at home 100% of the time – and luckily, we’ve been able to grow some of our own produce on our small farm as a result.
I’ve been wanting to do some YouTube cooking videos from some of my favorite recipes ranging from homemade New York style bagels and Brioche Rolls to southern style greens in the InstantPot and various savory Indian dishes. Here I was finishing up some green lentil Dal and Chicken Tikka Masala on the stovetop and slapped the HERO9 Black with the magnetic clamp grip to the hood range to capture some of the splattering mess in slo-mo.
I shot this at 240fps (1080p) and edited it to play back at 30fps in Adobe Premiere Pro. I can see where this could go with a good quality macro focus Lens Mod someday, but enjoy some splattering goodness from the kitchen:
- Perfect for Vlogging:
With the new front-facing color screen on the HERO9 Black, it’s really easy to frame yourself in the shot and whip the camera around to capture the world around you. The improved built-in microphones are great at cancelling ambient noise and capturing your voice – and with the new Media Mod, the additional mini shotgun mic with foam windscreen will give you an even better capture, or you can add an external lav mic if you wish. (I’ll test this out further in my extensive review soon).
- Better Still Image Capture:
There’s just so much more to explore with still image capture that I haven’t had a chance to try out yet on the improved 20MP sensor – including Scheduled Capture and Night Lapse for starry skies. I’m looking forward to clearer smoke-free skies soon to try out all these features properly, but for now, I offer you an in-studio shot of my prized 1971 Fender P-Bass with the factory Fretless fingerboard, EMG active pickups and a vintage Wilkenson 5-String Conversion bridge. I’m impressed with the improved dynamic range of still images from the new sensor in the HERO9 Black so far, and with more Lens Mod attachments, hopefully get some closer focal range options in the near future.
With the ability to shoot in 5K video, you can also get clear frame-grabs from your action footage to produce clear and crisp still images on the fly and capture that EXACT moment you were hoping to get.
Check back for updates and my full hands-on review of the entire camera lineup from GoPro soon, including all the features mentioned above and a HERO8 Black/HERO9 Black comparison, as well as the GoPro MAX 360 cam.