Rode are incredibly well known for their presence in studios across the world. Their range of recording microphones have become well-loved staples in the arsenal of many musicians and producers. And what’s more impressive is the approach they took to price-point. With the consideration of bang-for-buck, there are few microphone brands that can come near offering the same value.
But studio microphones isn’t where they stopped. Rode broke into the world of film audio in a massive way with their range of NTG shotgun microphones, quickly appearing on film sets both professional and amateur.
Enter the VideoMic range. Rode have brought their high-quality, bang-for-the-buck approach to camera-mounted microphones.
The range includes everything from professional quality mini-shotgun microphones which attach comfortably to DSLR cameras, to compact directional mics for use with smartphones.
Regardless of the level of video you are recording, Rode have a VideoMic directly suited to your needs.
Let’s take a look at some of the range to help you find the mic to suit your needs.
The Rode VideoMic NTG is in many ways a flagship offering within the VideoMic range in that it is a true broadcast-grade highly directional supercardioid shotgun microphone optimized for on-camera use. This is made evident by the 35Hz – 18kHz frequency response and -26 dB re 1V/Pa sensitivity.
As well as pairing perfectly with DSLRs, compact cameras, and smartphones – either on-camera, as a boom mic, or on a pistol grip – it is also a fully-featured USB microphone that can be plugged into a computer, tablet, or smartphone. On top of this, the 3.5mm jack doubles as a headphone output for seamless monitoring of audio while using the USB output.
The Rode VideoMic Pro is a true professional shotgun microphone designed for use with camcorders, DSLR cameras and portable audio recorders.
At the core of the VideoMic Pro is a 1/2″ condenser capsule that provides broadcast-quality audio via a 3.5mm connector, with an incredibly low self-noise of just 14db. The super-cardioid polar pattern ensures that surrounding audio is rejected, and your recording is focused on the subject in front of the camera.
The Rode VideoMic Pro + was introduced as an upgrade to the original VideoMic Pro, offering a host of additional features and an improved capsule/line tube and windshield.
Rode have included an Automatic Power Function, automatically turning the microphone off when unplugged from the camera, a built-in Battery Door which makes replacing the battery a breeze. The VideoMic Pro+ can be powered by the included Rode LB-1 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery, 2 x AA Batteries or continuously via Micro USB, making it incredibly versatile.
The VideoMic Go is focused on easy, on-the-go shooting. Coming in at a weight of only 73g, it boasts an impressive sensitivity of -35.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal.
The VideoMic GO has no complicated switches or settings and is powered by your camera’s external microphone input, requiring no batteries to operate, ensuring you never miss a great shot.
The VideoMicro is the smallest on-camera microphone that Rode make. At just 42g, weight and portability is the name of the game, building even further on the aims of the Go.
The VideoMicro is also powered directly by the camera, and maintains a formidable sensitivity of -33.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal.
Shrinking the form factor once again, Rode have taken into account filmmakers of all types – which includes mobile. The VideoMic ME (available for Android and Apple devices) is purpose built to attach directly to your phone to deliver professional level audio through it’s 0.50″ cardioid capsule. Phone audio does not get better than this.