For vloggers, videographers and mobile journalists, storytelling is equal parts — art and craft. Perhaps more than anything else, it is sound that makes a story come to life. Whether interviews, commentary or ambience, sound is the key to captivating and drawing in an audience. To provide creators with a tool to explore their sonic horizons, Sennheiser has launched the new MKE 400 – a highly directional compact shotgun microphone that brings compelling audio to DSLR/Ms and mobile devices alike.
According to Vipin Pungalia, Director, Professional Segment, Sennheiser India, “Sennheiser has been shaping the future of industry for last 75 years. We have always endeavoured to offer our customers the most premium products which is possible basis our expertise and passion for excellence in the sound industry. Over the past few years, we have witnessed a significant rise of content creators in India. Due to this, Audio for Video segment has seen a growing demand for wireless audio devices. Keeping this in mind, we have introduced the MKE 400 shotgun microphone that provides a crystal-clear recording without any background voice. We are looking forward to seeing how our customers respond to this.”
Everything you need to capture compelling audio
1. A highly directional microphone to focus on your subject and eliminate background noise
The MKE 400 achieves its directionality with an acoustic interference tube, providing a super-cardioid polar pattern that ensures pick-up from the direction in which the camera is facing while cancelling out distracting noise from the sides. The result: dialogue recordings with presence and clarity that will help bring your content to life.
2. Protection from wind and handling noise
The MKE 400’s shock-mounted capsule minimizes handling noise, while the cleverly designed microphone housing doubles as a standard windscreen. For outdoor use, a furry windshield is included: Simply place it over the integrated windscreen for maximum wind protection while recording. The microphone’s low-cut filter also does its part in removing problematic low frequencies like the hum from air-conditioning systems or the rumble from wind.
3. Flexible adaptation to any sound source
In your creation process, you will come across loud and confident speakers – but you will also want to catch those softer voices. The 3-step sensitivity switch adjusts the audio level to the mic input of the camera, helping you to address all the differences in dynamics that you encounter on a shoot.
4. Full control over the sound
One of the most important things when recording audio is to check levels and monitor your sound. Therefore, the MKE 400 is not only fitted with a low-cut filter and three-step sensitivity switch to fine-tune your sound but also with a headphone monitoring output and integrated 8-step digital volume control, as not every camera has its own audio output. You can plug any headphone with a 3.5 mm (1/8”) jack directly into the MKE 400 and conveniently check levels and audio performance while rolling.
Your video recording is most likely not confined to one device, and your microphone doesn’t have to be either. The MKE 400 includes 3.5 mm TRS and TRRS locking cables to be used with DSLR/M cameras or mobile devices, ensuring that switching from one device to another is accomplished with ease. The mic’s cold-shoe mount with ¼-20 thread allows for universal mounting atop of cameras, gimbals or even at the end of a boom pole.
6. The luxury of a small package
A wise saying is that the best mic is the one you actually have at hand. The MKE 400 helps you stay ready by being so compact and lightweight that you can take it anywhere. The microphone housing doubles as a standard windscreen, and the shock-mount is inside it – this not only leaves valuable space in the camera bag but also on the camera itself, providing room for other accessories. Speaking of accessories – the MKE 400’s cables are coiled and locking so they stay out of your way and stay securely connected while shooting.
7. Generous operating time
It takes just two AAA batteries to power the microphone for up to 100 hours of continuous audio capture. A low battery indicator will reliably warn you three hours before the batteries run flat – more than enough time to finish the shot you’re working on.
8. Manual or automatic power on/off
When connected to DSLR/M cameras, the MKE 400 automatically powers on/off with the camera. So your mic is ready the instant your camera is, and helps you save energy when you’re not rolling. Power detection also works with many smartphone models: if you remove the MKE 400, it will automatically turn off. A manual power button is provided too, featuring an off-delay to avoid any accidental operation.
The Mobile Kit – an ideal option to get started on great sound
The MKE 400 is also available as “MKE 400 Mobile Kit” which additionally includes a Sennheiser Smartphone Clamp and Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod in a convenient package for your camera bag or mobile set-up.
Priced at INR 16,900, the MKE 400 will be available from today, exclusively on Amazon.
Keep a Trak of Your Health & Wellness with Fitbit Luxe
Fitbit announced India availability of Fitbit Luxe, a fashion-forward fitness and wellness tracker designed to help you take a more holistic approach to your health and wellness. From stress management tools to automatic activity and sleep tracking – you can keep track of all your health metrics in an effortlessly chic bracelet design.
Luxe’s breakthrough design has a soft, gentle shape inspired by the human body that sits lightly on your wrist with a jewellery-like look and feel. Fitbit applied a modern take on traditional jewellery-making techniques using an innovative design process called metal injection molding to create Luxe’s stainless steel case, providing the warmth expected of handcrafted jewellery, all while delivering a level of precision needed to enable its advanced sensor technology.
The result is one of Fitbit’s most fashionable and comfortable devices yet, designed for a diverse range of wrist sizes for 24/7 wear. To produce the high polish synonymous with jewellery, Fitbit used a metal vaporizing technique on the soft gold and platinum finishes to provide a truly premium look and feel. Fitbit has also partnered with Laguna Beach-based jewellery brand gorjana to further elevate Luxe’s style.
Fitbit Luxe gives you access to Fitbit’s wide range of health and wellness features to support a holistic approach to healthy living.
- With a light, slim form factor, Luxe is designed for maximum comfort, making it easy to wear nightly to manage your sleep. Sleep Score helps you better understand your sleep quality, and bedtime reminders can help you establish a more consistent sleep routine.
- Get insights into your wellbeing in the Fitbit app with the Health Metrics dashboard1, which tracks your breathing rate, heart rate variability (HRV), resting heart rate (RHR), skin temperature variation, and coming soon, oxygen saturation (SpO2).
- Available with Luxe and all available heart-rate enabled devices, Fitbit’s Stress Management Score2 provides a daily assessment of your body’s ability to handle stress based on your activity levels, sleep, and heart rate.
- A personalized standard for tracking activity beyond steps, Active Zone Minutes3 measures your time spent in each heart rate zone, to gauge when to push harder or scale back, and it helps you reach the weekly recommended goal of 150 Active Zone Minutes to help improve your health.
- With 24/7 heart rate tracking, you can track your daily heart rate in real-time to better measure your calorie burn. You can also choose from 20 different on-wrist exercise modes including golf, pilates, spinning, or tennis, and for those who prefer running, biking, or hiking outside, you can use connected GPS from your phone to see real-time pace and distance.
In addition to all the health and fitness features, Luxe offers features like alarms, a stopwatch, and timers to help you manage your day, all with up to five days of battery life. Stay connected and up-to-date with the customizable call, text, and smartphone notifications, and set bedtime reminders or use do not disturb when it’s time to focus.
The most elevated fitness tracker, Fitbit Luxe is now available at Fitbit.com/in and on other major e-tailers Amazon, Flipkart, Myntra, Nykaa, Tata Cliq and across Reliance Digital, Croma, Helios, Landmark and select retail stores.
Luxe retails for INR 10,999 and is available in Lunar White / Soft Gold Stainless Steel, Black / Graphite Stainless Steel, and Orchid / Platinum Stainless Steel. Available for INR 17,999, the Fitbit Luxe Special Edition comes with a gold stainless steel Parker Link Bracelet from the timeless jewellery brand gorjana, and includes a peony classic band. Classic and woven bands are available for INR 2,499 while gorjana Parker Link Bracelet in soft gold stainless steel is available for INR 5,499.
Charge Your Gadgets with Maximum Power with RAEGR’s ‘RapidLink 1150’ GaN Charger
RAEGR officially launches RapidLink 1150 GaN Charger in India. The new charger is a single solution for charging multiple gadgets with the power, speed and safety of the latest GaN technology. Compatible with most devices that require fast chargers, the RapidLink 1150 can charge your gadgets with a maximum power output of 65 watts.
Ajesh George, MD for RAEGR, commented “Our dependency on gadgets is on the high rise, and the patience for charging their batteries is soon running out. Using the latest GaN technology, gadgets such as smartphones, laptops, tablets and game consoles that feature larger batteries can be speedily and safely charged. Our RapidLink 1150 is based on the latest GaN technology that not only fast-charges every compatible device, but is also compact as compared to any conventional charger by up to 40%, making it an ultra-portable fast-charging solution. Most smartphone brands ahead may not bundle fast chargers, and hence the RapidLink 1150 is an ultimate choice for all your charging needs.”
RAEGR presens RapidLink 1150 65W GaN Charger – a single charger with dual USB ports to fast-charge up to two devices simultaneously. It features a PD (Power Delivery) USB Type-C port and a USB Type- A QC3.0 port that is suitable for almost every gadget out there. So be it your smartphone, tablet, gaming console, or your ultrabook, charging those high-capacity batteries in a very short time is now a reality.
The RapidLink 1150 is based on the GaN (Gallium Nitride) chip technology. Using GaN chips has a huge advantage – it reduces the overall size of a charger by almost 40%, runs cooler, saves more power and charges faster than conventional fast chargers. It is ultracompact and highly efficient too. This 65W charger can be easily carried around in your pocket or handbag, making it highly portable.
The RAEGR RapidLink 1150 sports a PD USB Type-C port that can deliver a maximum of 65 watts, beneficial for fast charging some of the latest tablets, laptops or ltrabooks. Now charging a Macbook from 0% – 100% can be done in under 2-3 hours. The charger also sports a USB Type-A port featuring QC3.0 with a maximum power output of 18W. This port can speedily charge most compatible smartphones, tablets and consoles with great ease. Using both the outputs simultaneously, you can fast-charge up to two gadgets together. When using both ports, the USB Type-C PD port will output a maximum of 45W, while the USB-A port will supply a maximum of 18W.
Along with GaN’s advanced technology comes reliability and efficiency too. The RAEGR RapidLink 1150 features a built-in chip that safeguards your connected devices against excessive heating, overcharging, overvoltage and overcurrent. Thanks to the GaN chip again, the charger runs cooler than conventional fast-chargers, dissipating low heat, thus consuming less power, and lowering your electricity bills too.
The RAEGR RapidLink 1150 65W GaN Dual USB charger is compatible with a range of devices which include iPad Pro, iPhone 12 Mini / iPhone 12 Pro / iPhone 12 Pro Max, Note 20 series, Galaxy S21 series, Nintendo Switch, and many more. It can support up to 18W QC3.0 Charging, PD 18W fast-charging for all iPhones, 27W PPS fast-charging for Galaxy Note 20 / Galaxy S20 / Galaxy S21 Series, PD 45W for the new MacBook Air, Dell XPS, Type-C Ultra Books, and PD 65W for new MacBook Pro and is compatible with other Ultrabooks / Type-C charging laptops. The RapidLink 1150 is also BIS certified, making it ideal for Indian power requirements and socket types.
The RAEGR RapidLink 1150 65W GaN Dual PD + USB Charger will be available for an exclusive price of Rs.3999 on Amazon.in, and includes a standard industrial warranty of 1 year. Customers can avail of an additional 6 months of warranty upon registering the product.
Get Rid of Slow Charging, Mi Brings New HyperSonic PowerBank
Mi India announced the launch of Mi HyperSonic PowerBank, the most powerful and feature-rich powerbank from the house of Mi. Designed to meet the needs of the modern consumer, the device is equipped with hyper-fast 50W fast-charging capabilities and comes with triple ports, enabling users to charge multiple products at the same time.
Hyper-Fast 50W charging
With a triple port design including the USB-C + Dual USB-A ports, Mi Hypersonic power bank can fast-charge compatible smartphones at 50W and is also capable of fast charging a laptop at 45W (PD 3.0). The 50W fast charging can power up a typical 4500mAh smartphone battery in just ~1 hour 5mins of time. With up to 45W charging, the USB-C not only reduces the time needed to charge devices, but it also allows users to fully recharge the power bank in just 3 hours 50 mins.
It features a premium matte black design that is made from high quality PC + ABS material making it lightweight yet strong and durable for all types of usage. The triple ports are designed in a way that it is comfortable to hold the device at all times, thereby completing the overall exquisite and clear look of the power bank.
Quality and Safety
Mi Hypersonic power bank is designed to provide consumers not just faster charging but enhanced safety and protection as well. It comes with high density 20,000mAh Li-poly batteries that ensure fast and safe charging with every use. Equipped with 16-layers of advanced chip protection, the power bank safeguards itself and the devices from short circuit protection, temperature protection, input over-voltage protection, electrostatic protection, battery over-current protection, over discharge protection and much more, making it perfect for everyday usage. It is a must have accessory that is safe and powerful for the devices’ required charging needs.
Mi Hypersonic power bank also features a low power charging mode that can be activated by simply double tapping the power button, to allow safe charging of devices with low-power output such as Bluetooth headsets, fitness bands, smartwatches etc.
Price and Availability Mi HyperSonic Power Bank 20000mAh is available at a crowdfunding price of INR 3,499 on Mi.com starting today (30 July’2021)
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