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RØDE VideoMic Directional On-Camera Microphone
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I would recommend to anyone after good and clear sound.
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.
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.
If you want good sound don't buy cheap rubbish buy Rode.
I bought it to go on top of a Canon HV-30 camcorder and the results are really good.
I'd certainly recommend it.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Connection was never right. I always thought my camera was faulty. Turned out it was the jack plug on the mic. Very disappointed as I had great aspiration for this microphone.Published 4 months ago by M. S. Parkinson
Better off spending a little bit more on the Rode Videomic Pro as you get a lot more of a professional quality sound. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Terry
Microphone is great, its perfect to improve the sound quality on DSLR's.. but the customer service by RODE is terrible!!!!! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have tried no end of microphones on my camera and on a boom pole fed into the camera, including some very expensive long shotguns. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Maurice W. Smith
Used on a film set (That go relesed in Asda, Tesco, HMV, and its always on top of my camera at weddings and events, its not very loud on the output side, so its at its best when... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Paul
Not great sound quality, introduces a lot of noise to the recording. Videomic Pro is a LOT better.Published 19 months ago by landsleaving