If you are getting started with your videography career or your youtube channel, you want to spend less at the beginning till you start making some money then you can upgrade your gear. To do that, we would recommend to start off with a low budget audio setup that provides good quality. And yes, we’re talking about Rode’s Videomicro on-camera microphone.
As we believe is spending less, and getting more. Rode’s videomicro has proven to its users that it can provide a good quality of sound while spending fewer bucks.
Rode videomicro specification
|Polar Pattern||Cardioid * will be explained later
|Frequency Range||100Hz - 20kHz
|Sensitivity||-33.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (22.00mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
|Output||3.5 mm TRS
|Transducer Type ||Condenser
Rode’s microphone videomicro is a compact on-camera microphone with a lightweight which can be used with DSLR AND your iPhone or Android devices. The microphone is designed to provide a better audio quality than the built-in microphone. Rode’s videomicro is a condenser microphone with a cardioid polar pattern; which means that it can pick up sounds from the front and it is least sensitive to sounds from the rear.
Note: If you are new to microphones, you need to understand that a polar pattern of a microphone defines the sensitivity of the sounds in relative with directions or angles.
Since it is a cardioid mic, it also means that it reduces distracting peripheral sound because it focuses on the audio coming from in front of the camera. The microphone comes with a furry “ dead cat “ windscreen, which helps in reducing noise coming from wind when you are shooting outdoors. It also includes Rycote Lyre Shock-Mount
That helps to reduce unwanted noise and vibration.
Details and Spec :
- The mic is powered by camera plug-in power (min. 3V) so no battery is required.
- It includes a 1/8″ TRS patch cable
- Includes Rycote Lyre Shock-Mount
- WS9 Deluxe Furry Windshield
- Cardioid Polar Pattern
- Condenser Microphone
- All-Metal Microphone Body
Compact size and lightweight – only 80mm (3’) long and 42gm (1.5oz)
- Rode Microphones 2 Year Warranty (1 Year + 1 Additional Year with Registration
Cons and Pros of Rode Videomicro
- When they said it’s a compact microphone, they really mean it. It is a lightweight microphone with good specifications.
- Very reasonable price, especially for those who are looking for a low budget gear.
- The perfect tool for anyone using compact videomaking gear and compact video recorder like mirror-less cameras.
- Some pro-users would find the “ no batteries” feature as a drawback since it gets power from the camera’s battery.
- Using it with phones: sometimes the mic captures radio interference from the cellphone transmitter. Better to be in an Airplane mode.
You can read more reviews on the rode videomicro here and here.
Rode videomicro with iPhone and Android Smartphones
If you will be using the microphone with an iPhone or Android devices, you will need some accessories to help you do that. However, Rode started recently manufacturing the second version of this microphone called Rode Videomic me. It is pretty much the same as this one, however, more specifically and targeting video shooting using a smartphone. You can check it out and read more about it here. Moving back to the videomicro, as we already said you won’t be able to use the videomicro directly with your smartphone, you need to use other cables and adapters. The included 3.5mm TRS to TRS patch cable will not work on your smartphone whether you are using an iPhone or Android devices. You will need to buy the Rode SC7 TRS to TRRS patch cable which is sold separately in order to connect the microphone to your smartphone. The cable has two colored ends, the black end is the TRS which goes into the microphone, and the Grey end of the cable is the TRRS that you plug it into your phone. You will also need to get creative here as the smartphone does not have a cold shoe mount, you can attach it to a tripod with a cold shoe mount like this one and solve the issue. Or you can also get the videomic Me, as it does not need a shock mount or a cable because it gets attached directly to your phone. But the Videomic Me is a smartphone dedicated mic, which means you won’t be able to use it with cameras as well.
Rode video micro and compatibility
When it comes to VideoMicro microphone and compatibility, the videomicro is compatible with most of the cameras in the market. However, there are few cameras that do not support the videomicro. Here is the list;
- Nikon D7000
- Canon T3/1100D
- Canon C100, C300, C500
- Canon VIXIA HFR500
- Canon VIXIA HFG20, HFG30
- Canon XA-10
- Canon Vixia G10
- Canon Legria HF G25
What’s in the box of a Rode videomicro
The package contains;
- Videomicro Microphone
- Rycote Lyre shock mount
- Furry windshield “ Dead cat “
- Patch Cable
- Instruction Manual
This is a very nice video that shows you the output audio of the Rode Videomicro
Rode videomic The ultimate comparison : Rode Pro vs Go vs Micro Video Mic [ UPDATE ]
A lot of the questions that we have been receiving were around rode’s microphones regarding which one to get for an audio gear. To make it easier for our readers we decided to write this section and compare between the three Rode’s products; Rode Videomicro, Videomic Pro, and Videomic go. This will include the pro and cons of each and a comparison table at the end of the post. We did the work and research to make it easier for our readers, we hope this post can help you.
Rode videomic pro
- Compact, lightweight and convenient.
- Decent off‑axis noise rejection
- Long battery life over 70 hours
- It has its own battery, which means it doesn’t depend on the camera’s battery
- It has a preamp
- highly directional microphone
- New mount less tolerant of extreme movement than the original Videomic mount.
- Its windshield does not do a good job in windy conditions
Rode videomic go
The beauty of the videomic go is that it does not need a battery. All you need is to plug it in with the camera and you are ready to go. You won’t even worry if it’s on or off.
- Running on phantom
- Highly directional microphone
- Compact and super lightweight
- Great sound quality
- Rycote suspension system
- In-line power draws battery noticeably from the camera
- Mic size and on camera position makes it difficult to use the viewfinder on a DSLR.
- Not compatible with Nikon D7000)
The very remarkable and noticeable thing about the videomicro is its small size and lightweight which makes it perfect to use with low weight mirror-less camera.
- Very cheap price
- Tiny size
- Running on phantom
- Comes with dead cat
- No batteries needed
- Picks up the surrounding environment
- No adjustable power levels
A comparison table with the specification of rode videomic pro vs go vs videomicro
|Criteria||Videomic Pro ||Videomic Go ||Videomicro
|Polar Pattern ||Super Cardioid ||Super Cardioid ||Cardioid
|Frequency Range ||40Hz-20kHz (Selected HPF @80)||100 HZ-16kHz||100Hz - 20kHz
|Sensitivity ||-32.0db re 1 Volt/Pascal (22.00mv @94 db SPL) +/- 2 DB @ 1KHz||-35.0db re 1 Volt/Pascal (17.80mv @94 db SPL) +/- 2 DB @ 1KHz||-33.0db re 1 Volt/Pascal (22.00mv @94 db SPL) +/- 2 DB @ 1KHz
|Output ||3.5 mm stereo mini – jack output||3.5 mm stereo mini – jack output||3.5 mm stereo mini – jack output
|Patch cable ||Fixed cables ||Removable Cables||Removable Cables|
|Transducer Type ||Condenser||Condenser||Condenser|
|Battery||9 Volt battery powered, for more than 70 hours of usage ||Doesn’t have a battery, uses camera’s battery. ||Doesn’t have a battery, uses camera’s battery.
|Weight||85 g ||73 g||42 g|
|Reviews||Read More||Read More||Read More|