I am shooting a new Netflix series at the moment and had the opportunity to test drive a pre-release version of the new Schoeps MiniCMIT. Here are my findings:
very small, very lightweight. It´s that small, there even isn´t a dedicated suspension available right now. I used a Rycote one for Schoeps CCM mic and changed the lyres (see pics). It works very well. Even when mounted as plant in a pic-car on a trailer.
I had a CCM41 on the sunvisor and the MiniCMIT from down below. Couldn´t decide which sounded nicer. CCM41 very natural, MiniCMIT got this additional punch I like so much on the CMIT5U.
The built in low cut (70Hz, 24dB/oct) is perfect for dialog recording on a boom pole. When used with a mini-XLR connector one could have the mic just below the ceiling. Might make it possible to boom where one would have changed to a different mic (CCM). Now you can keep the punchy sound of the CMIT throughout a scene.
There is no high-boost nor proximity low cut as found on the CMIT5U. That´s the trade off for making the MiniCMIT - mini.
For me that´s the main reason to keep the CMIT5U as my main mic and I´m happy that Schoeps decided not to replace the 5U by the Mini but make it a 3rd member of the CMIT family. I do use the high boost quite often in difficult locations when I need that extra bit of speech intelligibility. Even the low cut at 400Hz (prox effect) gets used sometimes when fighting some nasty reflections in the corner of a room.
Since my boom mic is 99% used with a Zaxcom TRX742 that´s what I tested the MiniCMIT with too. There is the same tone and noise floor as with my CMIT5U.
My TRX742 is always at the top of the pole next to the mic. Since I was fighting RFI for a long time I now know that EMC connectors by Neutrik are needed to reduce the noise. That´s still the same with the MiniCMIT. When used in the Rycote Cyclone with no EMC connectors I would get some RFI that would go away when touching the antenna. Same mic used in my trusted Cinela suspension with EMC connectors - no RFI.
MiniCMIT is just as good as the trusted CMIT5U but in a very small size.
If you are used to the high boost / prox filter then keep the 5U too.