Canon EOS 7D External Microphone Review
Rode VideoMic Directional Video Condenser Microphone w/Mount $149.00
The internal microphone on a DSLR camera leaves a lot to be desired. In most cases users prefer to use the internal microphone as a track to sync externally recorded sound from the Zoom H4N. The RODE VideoMic does improve the in camera recording abilities, it is often paired with the Zoom H4N.
Videos for a Closer Look at the Rode Video Condenser Microphone w/Mount
The only drawbacks we have found using it, is that it uses a 9 volt battery with no indication of voltage levels. The last drawback is if you are not using headphones to monitor sound, you might miss that the RODE VideoMic is not plugged in all the way. If the RODE VideoMic is not plugged in all the way, it is neither out or in. Being in this halfway point actually produces no recorded sound what so ever. Neither the internal or external microphone is then working. There should be a couple of LED indicators on the microphone that show red, yellow and green for power and more importantly if the microphone is plugged in but not receiving a sound signal. We have lost a take due to no sound once, never again. We now make very sure there is a fresh battery and the 3.5 mm plug is verified and re-verified as plugged in all the way.
The RODE VideoMic has to be one of the most popular shotgun microphones on the market. Once you are aware of its minor short comings it will perform beautifully for your video productions.
From the Manufacturer
- Broadcast and studio sound quality condenser microphone with wind-shield
- Rugged reinforced ABS construction
- Two step high-pass filter – flat or 80 Hz; three step PAD – 0, -10, -20dB
- Integrated cold shoe mount, 1/4″ and 3/8″ thread
- Power: 9 V battery powered operation (battery sold separately)
- Acoustic Principle: Line gradient
- Directional Pattern: Super Cardioid
- Frequency range: 40Hz-20kHz, selectable HPF @ 80Hz/12dB/octave
- Output impedance: 200 Ohms
- Signal noise ratio: 74 dB SPL (A – weighted per IEC651)
- Equivalent noise: 20 dB SPL (A – weighted per IEC651)
- Maximum SPL: 134dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KOhm load)
- Sensitivity: -38 dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (15 mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
- Weight: 176gm
- Dimensions: 65mmH x 250mmW x 102mm
The RODE VideoMic is a professional grade shotgun microphone. Based on the latest Film industry technology, the VideoMic is designed specifically for use with high quality digital video cameras. The microphone exhibits low noise and an unusually wide bandwidth for its size. It is ultra lightweight, yet rugged due to its ABS construction. The VideoMic is powered by a standard 9 V battery and offers a low battery LED status indicator and a switchable high pass filter to reduce unwanted low frequency rumble. The VideoMic attaches to any camcorder that has the standard camera-shoe fitting and utilizes a stereo mini jack for audio output. RODE VideoMic Shotgun Microphone Features Broadcast and studio sound quality Rugged reinforced ABS construction Two step high-pass filter – flat or 80 Hz Integrated shock mount 9 V battery operation Condenser transducer Low noise circuitry Low handling noise Includes windscreen Integrated camera-shoe mount.
Rode Deadcat Wind Muff Microphone $39.00
Like the Zoom H4N or any microphone, we highly recommend always pairing it with Dead Cat windshield. There are those certain purchases like a UV filter for your DSLR lens, that are just necessary for day to day production. They for the most part only serve a positive purpose being installed and really there is no reason to remove them. The Dead Cat windshield installed over the RODE Video Mic does not hinder its performance, rather it improves it in outdoor production. Even on what appears to be the most calm day can build up minor gusts of wind that is instantly picked up by the RODE Video Mic. At Domain-Cheap.com the Dead Cat windshield has saved the day countless times and block all wind sounds in our productions. Like the Dead Cat windshield for the Zoom H4N, we highly recommend it as a utilitarian purchase for your RODE VideoMic.
From the Manufacturer
- Compatible with Rode NTG-1, NTG-2, NTG-3, VideoMic
- Minimizes wind noise when recording in high wind conditions
- Made of specially designed artificial fur
- Acoustically transparent
- Muff-style microphone windscreen
The Dead Cat windshield is designed for minimizing any wind noise when recording in high wind conditions. A perfect match for Rode’s Video Mic, NTG1 and NTG2 condensers; the Dead Cat is made from artificial fur specially designed to minimize wind noise while remaining acoustically transparent. Rode Dead Cat Features Designed for minimizing any wind noise Ideal for outdoor audio and video applications Made from artificial fur (no cats were harmed) Acoustically transparent for quality recordings Perfect match for Rode’s VideoMic, NTG1 and NTG2 condensers.
In this Canon EOS 7D External Microphone Review, we talked about how to build a website video with very focused audio using a Rode’s Microphone. When creating a website video you don’t always have time or ability to wire your subject with a lapel microphone and with that the Rode’s VideoMic brings great value to your own website video tool kit. Thank you for reading and as always create a website video that will be remembered. If you liked this Canon EOS 7D External Microphone Review please like this article and let us know what you think in the comments below!
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