The Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro is one of my favorite external microphones for a DLSR camera. I have personally owned and used the Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro for over a couple years now and almost always rely on it as my “go-to” the external microphone. The features I love the most about this microphone are it’s small and compact size and it’s the ability to record in stereo. The microphone is ultra lightweight at 115 grams or about 4 ounces and can easily be thrown in your weekend bag when traveling or going somewhere to vlog or record some videos for YouTube.
There are many choices for external microphones on the market (well, actually not too many choices) and Rode is usually a favorite among YouTubers. Rode builds a quality product in Austrailia and uses premium materials and craftsmanship to build their products. They make microphones for many other purposes other than video recording. With that being said, Rode knows what they are doing and you will be happy with the overall quality of several of their DSLR microphones. I own a handful of Rode microphones and the Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro is my favorite among all of my purchases. That is a personal choice, though, much of the videos I make are not in the sense of traditional vlogging that you may think of, I usually vlog my surroundings and not usually myself talking to the camera.
Keep your style of vlogging in mind because if you are planning to do a lot of talking in front of the camera the Rode VideoMic Pro will likely be your best bet. Many vloggers prefer this shotgun style microphone for all of their vlogging. This Rode VideoMic Pro (mono) is probably the most popular microphone among YouTubers the vlog with the camera always on themselves talking.
I believe the ability to record in stereo is its best feature and that is my humble opinion. Most other microphones record in mono which means only one channel. Although that usually makes for alright or good sound for most people’s vlogs, it does create a limit on how good the sound will be. If you are simply vlogging in a selfie type mode a mono microphone will probably do a good job for you. If you are recording sounds for many different directions or want a more fuller, truer and most life-like audio recording than having a stereo microphone will probably benefit you the most.The Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro records audio from the front as well as the sides and will omit noise coming from the back side of the microphone, which can be good for vlogging purposes. So if you are traveling and doing some vlogging at a busy location and you are filming yourself in selfie mode with the camera pointed at you the microphone will help block out background noise. There are differing opinions about how well the Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro does for vlogging purposes and I have read many different viewpoints, I can say without a doubt given my own usage and experiences this microphone performs wonderfully for vlogging. I typically leave the microphone at its stock settings of 0 (zero) db and make no adjustments to the internal audio recording on my Canon 80D.
Some of the technical features of the Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro are first of all its compact size, it’s ability to record in stereo and the standard 3.5mm jack to plug into your camera. It also features a 3-way audio level control that adjusts the microphone’s recording to -10db, 0db (where I always leave it) and +20db if you are in a very quiet environment and want to amplify the recording coming in. It also features a high pass filter around 75-80 Hz which is designed to cut out the noise generated by traffic, humming from an air conditioner and other undesirable background noises. The microphone also has shock mount system which is really nice if you are moving around and on the go because you will not have the microphone making any clunking or banging noises with your movements that could be distracting.
One of the only weak features of the microphone is that it requires a 9-volt battery for power. This is really not a big deal for myself as I am used to this just being the standard. Most popular external microphones on the market do require a 9-volt or other batteries for power, so it is just to be expected in my opinion. The Stero VideoMic Pro is rated at over 100 hours of usage from a single 9-volt alkaline battery. I myself have never tested much beyond 70-80 estimated hours of usage before I simply just replace it. The immensely popular Rode VideoMic Pro also requires a separate 9-volt battery as well and it is rated at 70 hours of usage before replacement. The newer Rode VideoMicro is a newer and cheaper model that doesn’t require a separate battery if you are the type of person that will always forget to change the battery or turn it on.
All in all, I have to say I am very pleased with my Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro for my vlogging and video recording purposes. I have filmed weddings, vacations, short demonstration videos and done hundreds of hours of vlogging with this microphone and I have yet to have any trouble with it. The microphone actually stills look like new despite being touted around half of America and half of Europe. I generally try to take nice care of my camera gear though. I usually transport this microphone in an old purple Crown Royal bag with an extra 9-volt battery and throw it in my camera gear bag, it usually gets scrunched up and buried under other camera accessories but still always seems to work like a charm. I highly recommend this microphone for vlogging and making videos for YouTube even though I have read contrary to that from other sources on the internet. It kind of makes me wonder how much some of these other reviewers actually used the microphone to come to the conclusion that the Rode VideoMic Pro (mono) is the only option for a vlogger using a DLSR camera? The VideoMic Pro is definitely a great choice for vloggers but not the only one.As with any external microphone the only way to use it in my opinion, is with the fuzzy windsock or dead cat/kitten accessory permanently installed to cut out potential wind noise. I never take the fuzzy sock off the microphone, that way if I am outside on a windy day I never have to worry about a bad audio recording.