The Rode VideoMicro is a newly released, affordable option for adding an external microphone to your current vlogging camera. I personally bought this microphone the week it came out as I was anxious to test it’s capabilities on my Canon 80D and see how it stacks up to some of the more expensive microphones on the market. I was rather pleased with its performance for the price.
The Rode VideoMicro is not to be considered a high-end microphone but it is one of the most affordable external microphones on the market that will give you better results than not using an external microphone. The price is what really sells this microphone, at nearly 1/3 of the price other really good microphones on the market it is a super value. It is made by Rode which manufacturers their products in Austrailia with high craftsmanship and is a solid investment for a vlogger just starting out.
The actual durability of the microphone housing itself is rather good considering it is made of lightweight aluminum. It also is very compact in size and one of the best features about it is, the fact that it doesn’t require a battery to power it. It’s literally plugin and play, which is very nice in it’s own way. The microphone itself is a directional microphone and is good for indoors recording allowing the microphone remove distracting peripheral sounds and focusses on the audio in front of the camera. The metal housing helps to reject RF background annoyances.
The microphone also features a thermoplastic Rycote Lyre shock mount that helps to reduce vibration noises from moving around. This is a great feature because many of the more expensive microphones on the market use this system for mounting and for it to be on a lower priced model is not typical. I feel the suspension mounting system is basic and minimal in my opinion. It does not convey the type of long lasting quality that the other more expensive models do, but it is adequate for many people’s needs. The cord to attach the microphone to your camera is the standard 3.5mm which you will find on most consumer grade equipment.
With my own testing of the Rode VideoMicro, I have to honestly say I was not blown away with the results. That is a fair statement though considering what it is. It doesn’t compete with something like the Rode VideoMic Pro as it simply is a more affordable model at about 1/3 of the price. With that being said the microphone performed well for most of my indoor and outdoors tests. I actually really like the product and think it’s one of the best deals on the entire market for an external microphone.
This is an awesome little microphone in the sense of its compact size (you will really appreciate that in the longrun), the overall metal construction, the fact that you don’t need a separate battery to power it and last but not least you receive the fuzzy windsock with it right out of the box. That combination of features simply make it an awesome deal. The fuzzy “wind blocking” sock is usually an additional $20-30 dollar purchase for most microphones, so to have it included is really beneficial and nice. The never having to change a battery is also a pretty attractive feature. I thoroughly recommend this product for Ybeginnersgginers or people on a tight budget. If YouTube is something your new too and want to step up your game a bit, but not wrap up too much money into buying equipment – go with the Rode VideoMicro.