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Quality Product for Budget DSLR Video
on 29 November 2013
I know my way around cameras and have done my share of video work so when I began using my Canon EOS 7D to make short videos for a client I knew an external mic was essential. Unfortunately a lot of DSLR lenses are not made with video shooting in mind and make a hell of a racket when refocussing.
I tried video once with the internal mic on the 7D and was disgusted at how much noise my Canon 50mm f1.4 generated.
I quickly realised I needed offboard sound recording so looked around for a decent, budget microphone. This seemed to tick all the boxes.
The mic records only mono but I have no issues with this, realistically speaking a shotgun mic like this is going to display very little stereo separation anyway so mono it is.
The build quality is good, the microphone unit itself takes a 9 volt square batter (how quaint) and inside the battery flap there is a noise reduction switch that can be flipped on if recording in very loud venues.
To the rear of the unit there is the on/off switch which, if flicked an extra notch, activates a high pass filter that eliminates any sound of 80hz or below. I found this feature amazingly useful as I have been recording pieces to camera in a distillery and there is a constant background hum of machinery. This works well to get rid of that distracting sound and doesn't detract from the sound quality at all.
As an aside, mounting the microphone on your cameras hotshoe works pretty good as the mic is then aimed straight at your subject, the sound profile of the mic eliminates a lot of noise from the sides which is hugely useful.
The red mount, although looking flimsy, is actually pretty tough and is designed to flex in order to eliminate noise transmission through the camera body into the mic. It works, even the cable that plugs into your SLR's mic in jack has notches for securing it to prevent it flapping against the camera body and causing microphonics.
As you can tell I am impressed with this mic, it is well thought out and works very well for the money. I would recommend buying the RODE Deadcat as this is an absolute essential when shooting in any kind of breeze at all.
A really nice microphone that should be the first port of call for the wannabe film maker.