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RØDE VideoMic Directional On-Camera Microphone

by RØDE
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Studio recording quality
  • All you need for great sounding video: mount on-camera and go
  • Integrated shock mounting, foam windshield included
  • Provides over 100 hours of service on one 9 volt alkaline battery
  • Full 10 year warranty (product must be registered online within 30 days of receipt)
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RØDE VideoMic with Rycote Lyre Mount RØDE VideoMic with Rycote Lyre Mount 4.2 out of 5 stars (36)
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight227 g
Product Dimensions27.3 x 12.7 x 7.6 cm
Batteries:1 9V batteries required.
Item model numberROD VIDEOMIC
ColourBlack
Scale Lengthinches
Voltage9 volts
  
Additional Information
ASINB0007U9SOC
Best Sellers Rank 4,382 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight399 g
Date First Available16 Feb 2007
  
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Product Description

Product Description

The RODE VideoMic is a professional grade 1/2" condenser shotgun microphone designed for use with consumer video cameras and personal audio recorders. An in-built shock mounting system isolates the VideoMic capsule and electronics from its standard sized shoe mount, providing isolation from external physical factors that may cause unwanted rumble and vibrations in the microphone. Its standard sized shoe mount also includes a 3/8" thread in the base for easy mounting on a boom pole or stand. (note that cameras with proprietary sized mounts require an additional adaptor.) Its super cardioid polar pattern is highly directional, focusing on the subject in front of the camera, and minimising any surrounding sounds. Manufactured from rugged and durable ABS, the microphone is designed to withstand being tossed in a camera bag while remaining lightweight and extremely portable. In addition to the microphone's native 40Hz-20kHz response a selectable high-pass filter at 80Hz is available, which will prevent low end noise such as air conditioners and traffic from being recorded. A -10dB and -20dB level attenuation (or PAD), selectable from inside the battery compartment, allows recording of loud sound sources, such as live music or motorsport. The RODE VideoMic directional on-camera microphone is covered by RODE Microphones' industry leading 10 year warranty.

Box Contains

1 x RODE VideoMic
1 x Spare Set Silicon Suspension Bands
1 x Product Manual
1 x Warranty Information Card


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100 of 100 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent with minor reservations. 14 Aug 2009
By Robert Groom TOP 100 REVIEWER
I have owned and used this microphone for well over a year now in various situations - for a church wedding, whilst travelling in New Zealand and recording home footage of groups, baby shots etc. In all situations, it has performed well. Sound quality is very good indeed. I recorded a clip of champagne being poured into a glass for a wedding, and the noise when listened to through headphones was exceptionally clear and full without an excess of background hiss. Battery life is very long indeed. My reservations are only these - whilst you exclude any mechanical noise from the camcorder, and to some degree wind noise by the addition of the mic cover, it is possible to pick up vibration knocking noise as you move about recording, if you are not careful to hold it with care. The suspension rubbers are also quite fragile, and can break if you are not careful. 4 replacements are supplied. I have so far needed to use only one, though I have has 3 breakages - with a careful hand, pair of tweezers and a tube of superglue, I was able to stick the others back together. Beware that this mic is only mono, so you will have the same audio track in both channels. However, a lot of stereo mics have barely any separation anyway, so is this really a major drawback? For me, no. If you are looking for a mid-range mic, this model is definitely worth the money. It's relatively small, light, robust and compact, and the sound quality is generally excellent. Would I buy it again? Yes.

As an update, I have since found that it is possible to use plain rubber O-rings as replacements for the original suspension rubbers. The ones I use are 1.6mm cross section and 9.1mm internal diameter. They can be bought far more cheaply than the proprietary items - 50 for less than a tenner.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rode VideoMic 17 Dec 2008
Yes a very good product, I've had this for some years now and had no problems with it. I would say though it is a very sensitive microphone and if you not careful you will get interference from the camera itself.
I would recommend to anyone after good and clear sound.
Thanks
Ian
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4 Nov 2009
Verified Purchase
Nice product, very rapid delivery.
I use this Rode mike on a Canon HV20 whenever the situation needs better sound control.
Often I can film without this external mike, and then enjoy the small size and mobility of the bare HV20. However, the internal mike cannot cope if the wind is blowing. Also the internal mike points skywards and picks up planes that my ears do not notice. Also the Canon's internal mike seems to distort base sounds.
In any of these cases I screw the Rode mike onto the HV20, and plug little earphones into my ears to monitor the sound. It makes the HV20 more cumbersome to handle but this inconvenience is nothing compared with the better control over sound recording.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rode video mic wow 6 Jan 2009
This is an excellent mic for the money very good polished sound and you even get 10 years waranty when you register online.I have 2 Pannasonic mini dv 3ccd camcorders and this mic fits nicely.
If you want good sound don't buy cheap rubbish buy Rode.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked mic for Pro-Amateur recording 13 Dec 2010
Does what it says on the tin.

You can't expect the best mic in the world for this money, but it comes damn close for me and my crew! I love this mic, plug and go.

I have used it a few times and the ambient noise/camera noise is far less hissy and distracting. Its by no means brilliant as the suspension thingys are fiddly and difficult to replace, but hey, you get what you pay for.

Its easy to use and sound quality is great!..

PROS:
Cheap
Easy
Great Sound

CONS:
Fragile suspension thingys
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rode Videomic impressions 11 Sep 2009
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I bought this mic after reading several reviews on the internet.
Basically I need to video the speeches at a wedding reception and I know the venue is large with quite a bit of reverberation due to the size and height of the ceiling. I know the built in mic which is fine for ordinary use would struggle to record the voices properly so I needed a directional mic.
I have done some tests at the venue with the Rode Videomic and there is a noticeable improvement over the built in mic.
This mic is a good compromise for recording voice overs on video without going to the greater expense of a clip on radio mic. Rode VideoMic camcorder microphone
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
By Paul W TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I wanted better quality sound for my Sony HandyCam HDR-XR520VE and an external mic is the way to achieve this. There's limited options to adjust volume gain on my camcorder and I was concerned if the mic would work ok with it - it works perfectly though not tested it at demanding locations like live concerts yet. You can adjust the mic to make it less sensitive if its too loud for your camcorder. So far I've used mine with the camcorder on low record volume and the mic on maximum sensitivity setting.

I have the Rode Videomic and the Sennheiser MKE 400 and have done some very careful comparisons. Without any doubt the Rode Videomic has a better response range - especially at the lower end. Sound is much fuller with the Rode than with the Sennheiser - very noticeably so - a much richer sound. If you look at the specs - especially the frequency response chart - you'll notice the Rode is head and shoulders above the Sennheiser.

However the Sennheiser is a definite improvement over the built in camcorder mic.

So given the Rode is better soundwise it should be a no brainer choosing that over the Sennheiser? Well the problem is the Rode is massive compared to my camcorder - whereas the Sennheiser is much, much smaller and more portable and looks less silly on top of the camcorder. Also makes it easier to carry around and less bulky when using the camcorder.

So bit of a dilemma - sound quality vs convenience of small size!

The other minor issue is with the Rode adjusting sound sensitivity involves removing the battery and fiddling with the miniscule switches inside the battery compartment using the end of pen. Its not something you'd want to do in the middle of recording a live concert that's for sure! With the Sennheiser it's a simple switch on the outside and easy to access. However the Videomic has 3 sensitivity levels - the Sennheiser has just the one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Happy with purchase.
Happy with purchase.
Published 13 hours ago by Shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value For Money.
Great product that I've made a lot of use out of with my Canon 600D. The sound quality is really good & it's good value for money. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Coirle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
produces great results
Published 24 days ago by oldbiker
5.0 out of 5 stars top quality
Bought this for short videos and never looked back, perfect sound pickup and can attach it to so many points using the hotshoe adapter plate! Read more
Published 28 days ago by james jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Great.. but.. why not just make it stereo!
This would be absolutely fantastic if they made it stereo, but I guess the point is they make two models and this one is aimed at those of you that only need a mono directional... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dan
2.0 out of 5 stars Selling old model like the new model!!
Well,it's not the model that I saw in the pictures, the ricote is black and different.Its a old model,so I am not happy with that.
Published 2 months ago by Marijuan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
This went well with a JVC camera very useful to cut out back ground noises, needs slightly up dating to be more compact
Published 4 months ago by Robert Steed
5.0 out of 5 stars Great microphone!
Produces awesome sound and battery life lasts a longgg time! Sometimes I've left the mic on for a day without realising and the battery is still green and carried on for long time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Raiden
5.0 out of 5 stars Top product
It's not to bulky and easy to fit. It catches all the sound and its very clear. My brother uses a lot for wedding event and he loves it.
Published 7 months ago by sahan asad
3.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for Canon
Overall not a bad mic but not recommended for canon 550D's as it is not compatible, not a fault on the mics part it is the camera itself. Read more
Published 10 months ago by danielle turner
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