The dead cat or wind muff is what it is. Snaps into place and works but covers up the indicator lights you want to see. Also comes off easily with nudge. The storage pouch could have been better. You get a soft pouch that probable cost $1 😐 They should of had a nice hard case to store the transmitter receiver the trs cable and the wind muffs. But atleast they give you something ...
Really pleased with the overall sound quality plug n play easy fast hook up and operation and you gotta love the small size. Haven't tested the range but it recorded while I stepped into the next room. 20ft maybe. So far works great with action cameras gonna test on others and will update if any issues pop up.
UPDATE: The transmitter microphone stops working once you plug in an external mic. It will not revert back to the onboard microphone when you unplug an external mic. Very disappointing 😓 This seems to be a common problem. You can find my video on YouTube. Currently there are no fixes Rode is not doing anything about it as of this moment. Thankfully Amazon has great customer service. If you get this and want to find out if you have a defective one test the external mic input first. If you know you'll like it and are ok with not being able to use it as it should and you are fine with just using the onboard then don't plug in an external mic. Or wait till they come out with a revised edition. Not sure why the big reviewers who got this early failed to mention this problem.
UPDATE 2: I was pretty happy with this but sure enough I had to test the external mic input on my 2nd unit. I felt this should work the way its suppose to. I paid full price and shouldn't have to live with a product that doesn't work the way its suppose to. And sure enough the same thing happened. Rode needs to make a different batch that fixes this issue and clearly label that it's an updated version. I don't want to have to go through the refund repurchase thing again. 😒 That's 2 now with the same problem. 3rd times the charm right?
1. To manually change a channel: Power up both units. Open battery door on RX, press red sync button, press channel button on front of unit to desired channel. Open battery door on TX and press red sync button. It should change to the channel you selected on the RX. You need to do this fairly quickly, the RX times out, if I recall. You should not have to do this if it actually seeks a clear channel, but here is how to do it manually. It bad you can't scan through the channels more easily.
2. Rode support specifically told me that NiMH batteries work fine in these units. Any AA battery should work. I wondered about this because NiMH batteries have a slightly lower voltage.
3. Rode makes a lav microphone with a detachable cord and swappable ends. This isn't it. The microphone end and connector end are molded on the cable. So for goodness sake, be careful!
4. I do get intermittent digital noise, but very low, less than -50 dB... but if you crank up the gain on a quiet spot, it's there. If your editing software is any good, you can use a audio gate function and make it go away without impacting your recording. I think, to a degree, you sign up for this when you go wireless. If you want perfect audio, you need cable and a good wired microphone.
UPDATE (09 JULY 2019): I contacted Rode by phone. They informed me there is ONLY a Series III. There has been no Series II. The problem is that there is a misprint on the packaging itself which reads "Series II" and they've since contacted the Rode headquarters in Australia to take action. The newer improved windscreen protector is still in testing and Rode has not issued replacements as of yet. The sound quality is ver good and I am now getting accustomed to the new features. I'll test the connection to the DJI Osmo Pocket today or tomorrow and update what I discover!
What's worse, the audio had lots of noise when I got it to record. It turns out if you have a 2.4GHZ wireless wifi nearby, it will cause a ton of interference. While I can turn off my wifi, if you are recording next to a lot of wifi signals, you probably will have a lot of problems.
Overall, very disappointed. I have gotten Rode a bunch of times over the years and enjoyed their microphones, but this thing is a complete dud.