A new action camera microphone will allow GoPro users to finally match their breathtaking footage captured at the extremes with high-quality audio.
Sennheiser's product, on show in the Future Zone, is a mini external microphone that the company claimed is waterproof and nearly immune against snow, ice, and wind. Based on a lavalier design, it features an internal protective device, the Umbrella Diaphragm, which is located above the acoustically active membrane. A windshield made of a special foam material ensures that the mic can even be used for water sports while fully retaining its wind protection properties.
According to Sennheiser, the microphone’s windshield is being fine-tuned. It needs to protect the mic reliably against wind noise and must retain this quality even when completely immersed in water. A classic hairy windshield or a classic foam windshield could not do the job – if they get wet, quality sound has a hard time travelling through it.