RODE - VideoMic On-Camera Shotgun Microphone

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This RODE VideoMic VIDEOMIC-R shotgun microphone is compatible with most consumer video cameras and personal audio recorders and features a Rycote Lyre-based shock-mounting system that helps prevent vibrations and rumbling.
$149.99
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Overview

What's Included


  • RODE VideoMic On-Camera Shotgun Microphone
  • WSVM windscreen

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (152 out of 165)

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Features


Compatible with most consumer video cameras and personal audio recorders

For wide-ranging use.

Condenser capsule

Captures clear, high-quality sound.

Super cardioid polar pattern

Enables highly directional recording to help minimize distracting background noise.

Rycote Lyre-based shock-mounting system

Features rugged ABS thermoplastic for durability and isolates the microphone capsule and electronics from the shoe mount to help eliminate rumbling and vibration.

3-step PAD

With 0dB, -10dB and -20dB options enables clear recording of loud audio sources, such as live musical performances, motorsports and more.


Overall customer rating

4.3
93%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Microphone EVER buy for my DSLR

    Posted
    iReviewIt
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    After read a lot and see a few videos to find the right Mic for my DSLR i found this amazing mic to replace the built-in mic of my dslr. I realized that in order to eliminate ambience sound/noise I needed to get a shotgun mic so i buy Rode videomic and with my Canon 70D is the perfect combo for all my audio recording needs. You can also connect the video mic directly to your dslr camera but you will not be able to monitor the audio levels, unless of course your camera has a designated headphone output BUT with the Zoom H1, you can monitor the audio levels from the videomic. I also purchased the Sescom LN2MIC-ZOOMH4N 3.5mm Line to Mic cable to be able to route the ouput audio from the Zoom H1 to the camera. I noticed that by using this cable it reduces hiss noise. If you're looking into buying the Rode videomic, definitely go for the Rycote Lyre Mount. It is sturdy. No need to replace rubber bands unlike the previous Rode model. I have the videomic attached to a ALZO Multi-Mount and it does reduce noise and I can't barely hear the camera lens. Hope this feedback can help some of you out there. Of course there are other better shotgun mics out there, but under $200 the Rode videomic with the Rycote Mount is a great choice if your budget is tight,BEST choice you can ever make !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I'd Love to Give 5 Star but Not Portable

    Posted
    GiggingMusician
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is a great mic for the money. Sound is terrific, especially for capturing low end in musical performances, also for conversation. To get it working, put mic onto the hot shoe, plug mic cable into video camera audio-in, and go. (Don't forget to turn on the power!) But think about that. I'm going to a gig to use it, shlepping tons of stuff in bags and cases: amps, guitars, microphone stands, etc. But the shock mount is flimsy and cumbersome to carry. I transport it via the original cardboard/plastic packaging in which I bought the microphone. Also flimsy! This week the cardboard box ripped. (Bought it five months ago.) There's no case in which to transport the microphone. Serious problem. I wish this mic were more portable, had a viable travel case, and a shock mount that weren't so flimsy because the sound is awesome for $150. 3 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    For the Budget Vloggers

    Posted
    WestHizz
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I needed a budget friendly mic for my home studio and based on all of the youtube reviews, I decided to go with the Rode VideoMic. This mic is paired up with Nikon D3300 and works perfect on camera or mounted on my mic stand and telescopic boom. I've had this mic for two weeks now and for my very simple purposes of capturing clear dialogue, it does the job. I'm sure the Pro version for $100 is WAY better, but I didn't need it. I discovered if I'm about two feet away from the mic, pointing down at me from the mic stand, my voice is portrayed on the high end. If I place the mic almost right in front of me, I get a warmer and more mellow sound. I haven't had to fool around with -db function because there was no need. HOWEVER, if I needed to, you have to use a very small jewelers flat tip screwdriver to adjust it inside the battery case which is VERY inconvenient. Other than that, I'm satisfied.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent Microphone. Batteries needed

    Posted
    Fluffy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    The microphone itself is good and picks up noise from pretty far away, however it is not very directional and anyone talking or even walking/typing/rustling papers around it will get picked up on this mic. Also, it doesn't say anywhere on this page "Batteries Not included." I was a little disappointed when I got back to the office to use it and saw that I had to run back out and buy a 9V battery. All in all, depending on what you are using it for, good microphone for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good

    Posted
    Pijitoe
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I am reviewing this item because I think I have to to get 25 bonus points. I have only used it a couple of times. Good points are it captures more bass than the built in mic in my Sony RX10 Mkii. It also does not get as much of the zoom motor and other noise as the built in. It can cut out air conditioning noise that has been a problem for me in the past. The only negative is that my voice from behind it seems to have a strange timbre to it. I have not used it enough to say more about this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for videographers who want to improve sound

    Posted
    Brianna
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I recommend this videomic much more than the RODE videomicPRO because why so spend so much money on just a videomic? Honestly videomics in my opinion just make the sound quality more crisp and this does that exactly with a more affordable price. And it does not come with batteries so you need to buy certain batteries which will only cost you another $3. If you just want a good sound quality but don't want to spend too much on a videomic, I totally recommend this!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good overall mic.

    Posted
    mando323
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    This mic worked well during testing. I used it for an event and then the problems became obvious. During this event the event sound levels were all over the scale. This was a major problem since the noise level control for the -10dB was a set of dip switches inside where the batteries are located. This made it very difficult to change the noise level on the fly. Other than that the mic worked well for my other event where the noise was very consistent.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid performer for a good price

    Posted
    Mike53105
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I recently bought a new Canon DV recorder and found my older Canon mic wouldn't fit (thank you Canon). Rather than getting another Canon mic that might again become obsolete, I decided to go with a more universal mic. I've recorded over 12 hours of video with the Rode already and I find the sound quality is excellent. It was easy to set up, has run the 12 hours on a single battery, and connects easily to my camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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