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Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone

You Pay: $220.38
Product Highlights
  • Ultra Compact and Lightweight
  • Broadcast-Quality Condenser Mic
  • Supercardioid Polar Pattern
  • Integrated Shock Mount and Windscreen
  • 3-Position Level Control
  • 2-Step High Pass Filter
  • Standard Camera Shoe Mount
  • 3/8" Threaded Mount
  • 3.5mm Output Plug
  • Uses a Single 9V Battery

The VideoMic Pro from Rode packs the audio quality and features of the popular VideoMic into an ultra compact and lightweight design that's ideal for use with HDSLR cameras, camcorders, and audio recorders. The microphone has a broadcast-quality condenser capsule with a supercardioid pickup pattern to capture audio from the front, while minimizing pickup from the sides and rear. An integrated shockmount and foam windscreen minimize handling and wind noise to keep your recordings crystal clear.

On the rear of the mic, you'll find a 3-way level control that offers -10dB, 0dB, and +20dB modes. There is also a 2-step high pass filter with 0 and 80Hz settings, letting you minimize the impact of low frequency hum, camera motor noise, and similar distractions. The mic has a standard camera shoe and a 3/8" threaded mount for easy attachment to cameras and boom poles. The 3.5mm plug is compatible with a wide variety of different cameras and audio devices. The VideoMic Pro operates for up to 70 hours on a single 9V battery, allowing you to work in the field without constant replacements.

Compact and Lightweight
Ultra compact and lightweight design with a rugged construction that's ideal for use with HDSLR cameras, camcorders, and audio recorders
Condenser Capsule
The broadcast-quality condenser capsule has a supercardioid pickup pattern to capture audio from the front, while minimizing pickup from the sides and rear
Integrated Shockmount and Windscreen
The integrated shockmount and foam windscreen minimize handling and wind noise to keep your recordings crystal clear
3-Way Level Control
The 3-way level control offers -10dB, 0dB, and +20dB modes, letting you set the perfect level regardless of what device the mic is connected to
High Pass Filter
The power/HPF switch lets you turn the mic off, set it for a flat frequency response, or engage the 80Hz high pass filter. The filter minimizes the impact of low frequency hum, camera motor noise, and similar distractions
Versatile Mounting
The integrated camera shoe and 3/8" threaded mount offer easy attachment to cameras and boom poles
Standard Plug
The 3.5mm plug is compatible with a wide variety of different cameras and audio devices
Long Battery Life
The VideoMic Pro operates for up to 70 hours on a single 9V battery, allowing you to work in the field without constant replacements
Transducer Line Gradient Condenser
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Response 40Hz - 20kHz
Output Level -10dB, 0dB, +20dB (Selectable)
Maximum Output +6.9dBu
Sensitivity -38dB (1V/Pa)
Dynamic Range 114dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 74dB
Max Input Sound Level (SPL) 134dB
EIN 20dBA
Battery Type/Life 1 x 9V Battery, Up to 70 Hours of Operation
Output Impedance 200 Ohms
Output Connectors 1 x 3.5mm Stereo Mini Plug 1
Please Note:

Delivers a Dual Mono signal when connected to a stereo jack

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Low Frequency Roll-Off 80Hz High Pass Filter
Dimensions (HxWxL) 3.74 x 1.69 x 6" (95 x 43 x 150mm)
Weight 3 oz (86g)
Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone
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    RodeVideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone
     
    4.5

    (based on 558 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (328)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (183)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (357)
    • Easy to use (333)
    • Good audio (270)
    • Compact (258)
    • Versatile (129)

    Cons

    • Not durable (28)
    • Flimsy design (20)
    • Pricey / poor value (12)
    • Flimsy (6)
    • Limited functions (5)

    Best Uses

    • Outdoor events / games (160)
    • Amateur recording (149)
    • Professional recording (99)
    • Performances (72)
    • Shooting indoors (61)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (215), Novice (53), Tech savvy (42), Aspiring film maker (36), Film professional (36)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (213), Yes (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good audio, bad-ish construction

    I'm a videojournalist. I've used the old Rode shotgun mic on DSLR shooting before (I shoot with a 5D Mk II).

    Here's what's good:
    - You can bump...Read complete review

    I'm a videojournalist. I've used the old Rode shotgun mic on DSLR shooting before (I shoot with a 5D Mk II).

    Here's what's good:
    - You can bump the preamp to +20 which helps you not have to crank in the in-camera audio, which is low-quality.
    - You can use a high-pass filter if you're handholding with a lens that has IS turned on (24-105, for example) because otherwise you'd hear this horrible background sound. So it takes care of that really well.
    - I set the camera on auto-levels with this and it does just fine.
    - It's compact and wayyy smaller.

    Here's what's bad:
    - The little rubber bands that suspend the shotgun mic come off a LOT. They were falling off a few minutes right after I got it. That's annoying.
    - I just wish it was sturdier. I don't feel like I can throw it in my bag and high-tail it out of there; I've got to make sure that it's the last thing in, placed on top, and it won't be rubbing off anything when I pull it out of the bag otherwise it's going to have the bands snap off.
    - I might have to gaff tape the bands on, but I don't know how well that will work + it's just obnoxious.

    So overall, good microphone, and I don't know if I'd want the huge megaprofile of the older version or the newer one coming out (VideoMicPro HD). It's discreet which is a HUGE plus of using a DSLR to shoot video. But you just gotta noodle with it from time to time to fix those dern-tootin' rubber bands!!!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Pros and Cons - Pick Your Preferences

    Yes, this is a great microphone once you figure it out, especially the trick in getting the battery cover off and snapping it back on. What's worse, is the battery cover isn't attached...Read complete review

    Yes, this is a great microphone once you figure it out, especially the trick in getting the battery cover off and snapping it back on. What's worse, is the battery cover isn't attached by a small strap to the body of the electronics compartment of the mic. It's only a matter of (short) time that I'm struggling with removing or replacing the battery cover that it will fall and I'll lose it. Once you lose the battery compartment cover, that's it. The battery won't stay in its place, no contact, no power, no mic. Dead duck. This is a deal-killer for me.No matter how good the mic is, if you're on a shoot and somehow you lose the battery cover, you have no mic, and for most of us, that means no sound, or really bad sound. If you're shooting mission critical assignments, like a wedding, and you rely on this mic, you're in a world of hurt if you drop the battery cover and can't find it, such as under a table in the reception, or similar situation.If that weren't enough, the little rubber bands holding the mic body to the mounting bracket are very loose, and come off almost regularly as you try to fiddle with the body to change the battery. It's really poor design, and Rode should have figured out this is not a sustainable design for reliable field use. I ended up glueing the rubber bands to the body so they didn't keep coming off. You put one side on, and other side comes off. Geez, what a pain.If you plan to use the mic where a mixer is involved, as do I, you'll need an extension cable or two, because the short cord from the mic is long enough to reach the camera only if it's mounted on the hot shoe directly above the camera. If you plan to use an "L" bracket, you'll need an extension cable to reach the camera input jack. The cord is NOT coiled, which would have been nice. It just hangs there.The switches on the back of the body give good control over mic functions, but they're really small, and tight to operate, so you'll jiggle the mic quite a bit when you engage the switches. Sometimes, you'll go all the way to the right when you're trying to get to the center position, so more fiddling is involved.These might seem petty, but when you're under pressure to get the right shot, the last thing you need is to wonder if the rubber bands are loose on the suspension, or having to change the battery in mid-shoot, then losing the battery cover on the floor, and looking around for it. Heaven help us if we lose the battery cover in a dark room or outside on grass, or other equally distasterous situation.[...] So far, there is no fix for this in the pipeline that I know of, and there's no provision for purchasing extra battery covers. I'll update this review if I find out anything to the contrary. In the mean time, just keep in mind that if you lose the battery cover, you're a dead duck. If you want to take that chance, I'll sell you mine at a discount!Hope this helps.

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    5.0

    Really solid mic

    By photohollo

    from Nashville, TN

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • 9v Battery
    • Onboard Gain Control
    • Small Form

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Run and gun video
      • Scratch Audio

      Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

      I bought and used this mic in a recording studio to get b-roll of an artist during a recording session. It was really handy being able to adjust gain on the mic itself depending on how loud the music was. I also like that it runs off 9v battery as opposed to AA or AAA which a lot of hot shoe mounted mics do. So far so good, I really like the mic and can't wait to put it to other uses.

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      5.0

      Great!!

      By Shawn

      from Florida

      Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

      Great product and fast shipping!!!

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      4.0

      Great audio input for my GH4

      By Simon

      from Bogota, Colombia

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Ease of Use
      • Great Sound quality

      Cons

      • annoying buttons

      Best Uses

      • Event Coverage
      • Video journalism

      Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

      I only gave it 4 stars as I'll have to return the mic. I noticed that it produced a hiss that is clearly audible at 16khz. I was able to eliminate this sound in FCPX but didn't want to have to do this extra work everytime I'm editing audio from this mic. I actually compared it to the same exact mic from a friend and the other one works just perfectly. Bad luck, defective item. Returning it soon and hoping it'll be OK next time.
      Thanks B&H for the amazing customer service, as always.

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      5.0

      Just what I had expected

      By Elana

      from Israel

      Verified Buyer

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            Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

            I have just started using my Canon EOS 5D Mark 2 for professional video.
            My teacher had recommended that I buy this RODE mic, and boy am I happy I invested in this one.
            There are a lot of options to go for cheaper, but after deciding to invest in a better mic - I am not looking back!
            I am extremely satisfied with this product!

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            5.0

            Excellent mic!

            By Andrew P

            from Houston, TX

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Affordable
            • Compact
            • Light Weight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Filmmaking
              • Interviews

              Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

              I bought this Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun microphone to go with my Sony a7s since I travel a lot shooting interviews etc. I needed something that was light and compact. This mics quality is amazing for the price!

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              5.0

              Great Compact Mic!

              By Chauncy Adventure

              from Stroudsburg, PA

              Verified Buyer

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                    Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                    I had heard great things about this product and I never really trusted them until I got it in the mail! Absolutely fantastic microphone. Records a great sound for run and gun and low budget indie film makers. Small enough to fit into my small travel case along with my camera! If you're having second thought about this product, disregard them and buy this mic. NOW.

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                    4.0

                    Great Entry Level Audio

                    By Jet City Saint

                    from Seattle/New Orleans

                    Verified Buyer

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                          Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                          This a great little mic for documentary work and very easy to use.

                          It sits on top of the camera nicely in the hot shoe mount but can also be used on different mounts such as a boom. (with adaptor not included)

                          An XLR input option would complete this mic.

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                          5.0

                          Great mic!

                          By Patrick R.

                          from Miami Florida

                          Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                          Got this mic with the gh4. I've used this mic many times before and still haven't had any problems! Great mic!!

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                          4.0

                          Good for the price

                          By cyclekraft

                          from Fort Collins, CO

                          Verified Buyer

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                                Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                                4-stars because this mic isn't PRO level. Pro in that if you want the best most clean sound, this mic is not the one. It's good for 95% of us who need better sound than onboard DSLR sound.

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                                4.0

                                Great Product!

                                By Evan

                                from Boston, MA

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                                      Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                                      Used the VM Pro on an interview this weekend, and all was great! Clear audio. Would definitely recommend to a friend.

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                                      • Yes

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                                      5.0

                                      Great product

                                      By Chris

                                      from Hamilton Square, NJ

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                                            Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                                            Quick & Easy ordering with a great price and fast shipping.

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                                            • Yes

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                                            4.0

                                            Great video mic

                                            By Mike H

                                            from Phillipsburg NJ

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Compact
                                            • great in any environment

                                            Cons

                                            • Suspension

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Most Everything

                                            Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                                            I have two of these for both a Panasonic TMC-900 camcorder and a GH4. The only downside has nothing to do with the sound quality this microphone produces. I am not in love with the suspension system design. Otherwise, it would get the fifth star.

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                                            4.0

                                            impressive

                                            By pixelmxr

                                            from antioch

                                            Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                                            I'm not an audio/video person but I can tell that I have a quality product for the work

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                                            4.0

                                            Great mic!

                                            By psalter1

                                            from Columbia SC

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                                            Using this with the Panasonic GH4. Sound is good. Needs a preamp but other than that performs as expected.

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                                            5.0

                                            NicoFlowProductions

                                            By NicoFlowProductions

                                            from Daly City

                                            Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                                            Came free with the gh4!! I can't complain It's pretty solid. Took a minute to find where to insert the battery tho.

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                                            4.0

                                            Nice little mic.

                                            By JBailey

                                            from Reno, Nv

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Good sound
                                            • Price Point
                                            • Small and light

                                            Cons

                                            • Ok Sound At Close Range

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Almost A Pro Caliber Mic
                                            • Not Really A Pro Mic

                                            Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                                            Ran a few tests with this mic to get to know it before actual shoots. Works really well when the subject is about 10Ft from the camera. At that distance, it isolates really well. It, also, does a great job removing camera/lens noises. I love the gain settings on the unit. There has been a lot said about the battery door, it isn't that bad. You do have to angle the top in and fiddle with it, but it isn't has bad as most reviews. For the price, I'm pretty happy with it.

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                                            5.0

                                            great compact mic!

                                            By Joe Spit

                                            from NYC

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Good audio
                                            • Small
                                            • Sturdy

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                                                I got this for free with the purchase of my a7s. I've hade other rode vid mics and this one is my favorite! the shock mount is super sturdy unlike the other mics who rubber bands were akin to those little ones people use on their braces. this one is a goodin'

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                                                5.0

                                                Sounds Great!

                                                By Lux

                                                from Portland, OR

                                                Verified Buyer

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                                                      Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                                                      The sound is great and it is easy to use.

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                                                      5.0

                                                      World's Most Versatile Microphone

                                                      By James Hewitt

                                                      from Doylestown, PA

                                                      Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                                                      This is hands down the most versatile mic I have used. I was able to record some nice ambient forest sounds for a short film, capture dialogue, and I even used this for a Skype call believe it or not.This microphone has some insane quality, especially with the +20db boost. If you're going back and forth between the Rode VideoMic Go, Rode VideoMic, and the Rode VideoMic Pro, defiantly go with the Pro version. It's worth the extra money for that switch. I have studio monitor headphones (M50x) and I couldn't hear any noise from my Nikon D3300 preamps. The wire like others said is a little thin, however.If you have a little extra money, it's well worth it to buy a Rode DeadCat, a 10' Mini Stereo Wire, and a Pistol Grip.This mic is a must have for everyone with DSLR's. Even for home movies.

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Fantastic Mic

                                                      By Chiarascuro

                                                      from Berkeley Springs, WV

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Compact

                                                      Cons

                                                      • Battery level indicator

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Recording

                                                      Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                                                      I love the sound quality from this mic on my GH4. It is compact, and light.

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                                                      Always keep spare batteries handy and you won't get caught without power.

                                                      Duracell -  9V Alkaline Battery (Coppertop)
                                                      • You Pay: $3.69
                                                       
                                                      Watson -  9V Rechargeable NiMH Battery (250mAh)
                                                      • You Pay: $7.95
                                                       

                                                      Add more interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                                                      Pearstone -  Stereo Mini Male to Stereo Mini Female Extension Cable (Black) - 25'
                                                      • You Pay: $6.99
                                                       
                                                      Rode -  Stereo Mini Male to Stereo Mini Female Cable - 10'
                                                      • You Pay: $10.99
                                                       

                                                      Adapters

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                                                      Adapters allow more interconnectivity options.

                                                      Kopul -  XLR to Mini Adapter
                                                      • You Pay: $9.95
                                                       
                                                      Rode -  SC4 3.5mm TRS to TRRS Adaptor
                                                      • You Pay: $15.00
                                                       

                                                      Wind Protection

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                                                      Protect your audio from wind noise with a windscreen.

                                                      Rode -  DeadCat VMP Wind Muff for VideoMic Pro
                                                      • You Pay: $39.00
                                                       
                                                      Auray -  WSW-VMP Custom Windbuster for Rode Video Mic Pro
                                                      • You Pay: $39.00
                                                       

                                                      Boompoles

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                                                      Get your mic closer to the sound source with a boompole.

                                                      Rode -  Micro Boompole - 3-Section Boom Pole
                                                      • You Pay: $49.00
                                                       
                                                      Polsen -  SBP-10 5-Section 10' Telescoping Aluminum Boompole
                                                      • You Pay: $139.95
                                                       

                                                      Pistol Grips

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                                                      Get your mic closer to the sound source with a Pistol Grip.

                                                      Auray -  Universal Microphone Pistol Grip
                                                      • You Pay: $29.95
                                                       

                                                      Mounting

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                                                      Additional brackets and rigs allow more convenient piggy-backing of devices.

                                                      Vello -  Triple Shoe V-Bracket (4.1" Wide)
                                                      • You Pay: $24.90
                                                       
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