In-keeping with their ethos of putting their customers first and truly listening out for what users want and need, Rode have recently unveiled their selection of Vlogger Kits. Each kit includes a premium-quality tripod, an incredibly effective MicroLED, and of course their best-selling, tried-and-tested Rode VideoMicro directional microphone for smartphones.
With three kit options allowing it to pair with any make of smartphone, the Rode Vlogger Kit is your answer to pro video production without breaking the bank.
Let’s take an in-depth look at these packages!
Each of the kits includes a varitation on Rode’s smallest VideoMic. They are all functionally the same Microphone; a 0.50″ Cardioid condenser capsule, with a 100Hz-20kHz frequency response, a 140dBSPL maximum SPL, and an impressive -33.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal sensitivity.
Being a directional microphone, it focuses on the source its pointed at while minimising background noise spoiling your recording.
The only differing factor between the microphones is the input.
iOS Lightning Input
Universal 3.5mm TRRS Input
The Tripod 2
The Tripod 2 is a sturdy three-position tripod with the same premium build-quality that has seen Rode grow into an internationally recognised brand.
In the closed position, it’s also perfect for handheld use. It also features a gimbal head for even more flexibility, ensuring you get the perfect shot every time.
The SmartGrip is a high-quality, all-metal smartphone mount, and the perfect companion for the Tripod 2. The rubberised grips are able to hold phones 65mm to 85mm wide. It also features a cold shoe mount for microphones and accessories, and three attachment points for mounting in a range of orientations.
The MicroLED is a compact rechargeable on-camera light that mounts comfortably onto the Tripod 2. It features four adjustable brightness settings and a clip-on diffuser with eight coloured filters for excellent flexibility and diversity. It’s charged and powered via USB-C, with over four hours of operation on a single charge.
USB-C Vlogger Kit
The USB-C Vlogger Kit is designed primarily for Android phones, or any device with a USB-C input. This kit is differentiated by the included microphone, which is the VideoMic ME-C, which connects directly to your smartphone via USB-C. No cables, no fuss, just a direct clamp.
iOS Vlogger Kit
The iOS Vlogger Kit is designed for Apple phones, with a Lightning input. It includes the VideoMic ME-L, which connects directly to your smartphone via Lightning.
Universal Vlogger Kit
The Universal Vlogger Kit is designed for use with all smartphones/devices with a 3.5mm input. The included microphone in the Universal kit is the Rode VideoMicro, which connects via a 3.5mm TRRS connector. The inclusion of the VideoMicro means the addition of a microphone shockmount and a different mounting mechanism to allow both the microphone and light to sit above the SmartGrip clamp.
Considering the inclusion of Rode’s VideoMic, MicroLED, and incredibly high-quality hardware from a brand as well trusted as Rode, these vlogger kits come in at an exceptionally reasonable price point.