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- Compact size and lightweight - only 80mm (3') long and 42gm (1.5oz)
- All-metal microphone body
- No battery required (powered by camera plug-in power - min 3v)
- Designed and manufactured in australia
- Two year extended warranty when you register your microphone
- NOTE:This Item Is Compatible With Any Camera Providing Suitable Plug-in Power 3-5V
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The VideoMicro is a compact microphone designed to improve the audio quality of your videos. It incorporates a high-quality cardioid condenser microphone capsule for great quality audio recordings when used with a wide range of cameras. A directional microphone, the VideoMicro reduces distracting peripheral sounds and focusses on the audio in front of the camera. Its pickup is more forgiving than RODE's other on-camera microphones providing a more natural sound when recording indoors. Perfect for capturing incredible audio to accompany inspiring vision. The microphone body is made from aluminum, giving it a high level of RF rejection, and is finished in RODE's high-grade ceramic anti-glare black coating. Included with the VideoMicro is a camera shoe mount featuring a Rycote Lyre shock mount. Featuring a suspension structure composed of a hard-wearing thermoplastic, it is far more effective at minimising unwanted vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise than traditional elastic suspensions. Virtually indestructible, the Rycote Lyre will never sag, snap, wear out or require rethreading to maintain its effectiveness. Also included is the WS9 synthetic furry wind shield with foam inner cell, designed for use in outdoor scenarios where wind and environmental noise can inhibit recordings. Optionally available is the RODE SC7, a TRS to TRRS cable that allows the VideoMicro to be used with smartphones, to capture crystal clear, directional sound for video and video applications such as Periscope.
VideoMicro; SC2; WS9; Lyre Shoe Mount
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VideoMicro shown connected to Panasonic G7
- Compact size and lightweight - only 80mm (3’) long and 42gm (1.5oz)
- All-metal microphone body
- No battery required (powered by camera plug-in power - min 3V)
- Rycote Lyre shock mount included
- Deluxe furry windshield included
- Designed and manufactured in Australia
The Compact Audio Solution for Video Makers on the Move
Portable Solution for DSLR or Action Cameras
The RØDE VideoMicro is the most compact VideoMic in the range. It offers natural, clear audio in an incredibly small package, ideal for compact DSLRs or Action Cameras. There are no batteries to connect or switches to manage: Simply connect to your camera and start filming.
- Incredibly Compact: Ensures microphone out of shot with wide-angle lenses and action cameras.
- Plug and Play: Connect to camera and record. No batteries required.
- Windshield Included: Furry wind cover included for capturing clear audio in windy conditions.
- Made by RØDE, for the Road: Built from rugged aluminium and thermoplastic to withstand tough shooting conditions
Perfect For Filming on the Move
Compact and versatile, Videomicro can be mounted on a wide range of cameras, especially suited to action cameras with wide-angle lenses.
Rycote Lyre Mount Included
The Rycote Lyre mount (included) offers outstanding isolation, protecting your recordings from handling noise during a shoot.
A Deluxue Furry RØDE WS9 windshield is included in the package - no additional purchase required.
Add SC7 Cable for Mobile Phone Operation
Add RØDE SC7 (TRS to TRRS) cable and VideoMicro can also add clear, directional audio to compatible smartphones.
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Having now used this a few times in various conditions, the sound quality is excellent, even picked up my voice clearly on a windy boat trip. Would this be without this mic for vlogging now.
I have spent more than a thousand pounds on the camera and felt that a small investment in a microphone was in order. I was not wrong. The sound quality is revolutionised with this external microphone. The build in mic is a waste of time and a small investment pays enormous dividends if you are thinking of using your DSLR for video.
It comes with a fluffy microphone cover and needs no batteries as it takes power from the camera (make sure the Mic jack is powered).
Well worth the investment. If you’re using your DSLR for video, make this investment - you won’t be sorry!
Just to clarify some things;
It records mono not stereo
Mounts onto a hot shoe or cold shoe mount
Requires the SC7 patch cable (~£10) to work with mobiles (the cable included only works for TRS to TRS)
Thankfully, they've included the windshield because without it, the audio picks up quite a lot of windy noise. Indoor use without the windshield is okay, but for conveniences sake you may as well keep it on. The windshield does an excellent job at keeping the wind out and softening loud breaths when you speak into the mic. I don't pick up any 'hiss' as other people have complained about, but I do get some noticeable background noise. I've found that cleaning it up using Audacity makes the mic sound extremely high quality.
The mic feels very high quality with its full metal body. There are no complaints from me about the mic design.
The main problem I have with the product is actually to do with the Rycote Lyre Mount. Since the mic is only fixed on it at one point, the mic is able to rock forward and backward quite noticeably when you are moving about (i.e. walking). This is extremely noticeable on the audio, meaning it is more aimed towards stationary vlogging and filming (thus defeating the point of making it compact and easy to travel with). Using a different mount or using a gimbals should solve this, but falls heavily outside my budget (Rycote mounts are ~£50 and gimbals are ~£100). Also, the plastic of the mount feels very cheap and susceptible to snapping at any point. You do get 2 years warranty on this though, so I will see if it is needed at all.
Overall, this mic is definitely worth the money. It falls within the budget microphone price while delivering premium microphone quality (especially after editing audio in post). Pick this up if you're looking for a compact budget mic!
HOWEVER - with my 5d2 - totally different kettle of fish. It's like it was made for it. Beautifully rounded sound. The suspension bracket is pretty weedy, lets the dead cat lean all over the pentaprism housing which could generate rubbing noises I guess - it should elevate the mic higher than this thing does. Tests so far haven't shown that up - but trials on a windy day might do so, we'll see. If any concerns arise I'll update this.
The default audio setting on a 5d2 is auto levels. Might work well enough in calm air but in breezy weather the camera's microphone picks up little blast noises from the wind puffing across the grille where the condenser unit's placed. With the Rode fitted, mine needed the levels reduced markedly or else there was noticeable clipping in the sound produced. Initially, being new to this sort of thing, I failed to take into account the directional nature of the mike and adjusted levels going by the bar graphs on the camera's screen, so I was behind the camera/mike assembly. Meaning the mike was pointing away from me. Oops.
Took mike off and pointed it at me at about a metre and half. Perfect sound, quite perfect. Nice mike, this.
Got the low grade converter cable to let me use it with my phone. Doesn't work. This thing's outrageously priced and is made of the thinnest cheapest feeling fragile cable imaginable. I repeat, it does not work. Get the mike, forget the adaptor cable meant to let you use this with your smartphone.
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