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Vidpro XM-88 Shotgun Microphone Kit

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Product Highlights
  • Supercardioid & Cardioid Polar Patterns
  • Durable Aluminum-Alloy Construction
  • Powered by Phantom or One AA Battery
  • Shockmount and Stand Mount Included
  • Camera Shoe Adapter Included
  • Foam Windshield and Furry Wind Muff
  • Cushioned Hand Grip
  • Foam-Padded Hardcase and Cables Included

The XM-88 Shotgun Microphone Kit from VidPro includes a microphone and a wealth of accessories designed for use with video cameras and DSLRs. The XM-88 microphone is switchable between cardioid and supercardioid polar patterns. The off-axis signal attenuation provides focused audio pickup. The XM-88 features durable aluminum-alloy construction for indoor and outdoor use. The microphone also features dual power modes, allowing it utilize Phantom power or one AA battery. It includes long and short (on-camera) audio cables with multiple connectors to support XLR, 1/8" (3.5mm) and 1/4" jacks.

The XM-88 includes an adjustable shockmount and stand mount with thread adapters for a 5/8" mic stand, 3/8" boom pole, 1/4" tripod and camera shoe mounts. It also includes a furry wind muff, a foam windshield and a cushioned hand grip.

Transducer Type Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid and Supercardioid
Frequency Response 100 Hz to 20 kHz
Nominal Impedance 1kΩ
Load Impedance 2.3kΩ
Sensitivity -45 dB, short
-38 dB, long
Power 1 x AA alkaline battery or 48V Phantom power
Output Connector 3-pin XLR
Construction Aluminum alloy
Dimensions (Ø x L) 0.87 x 14.2" (22 x 360 mm)
Weight 4.4 oz (125 g) without battery
Vidpro XM-88 Shotgun Microphone Kit
  • Suspension Shockmount
  • Adjustable Shockmount
  • Camera Shoe Adapter
  • Furry Wind Muff
  • Foam Windshield
  • Cushioned Hand Grip
  • 26' (7.9m) XLR Cable
  • 16" (41cm) XLR Cable
  • 16" (41cm) XLR to 1/8" (3.5mm) Cable
  • 1/8" (3.5mm) to 1/4" (6.3mm) Adapter
  • AA Alkaline Battery
  • Foam-Padded Hard Carry Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    VidproXM-88 Shotgun Microphone Kit
     
    4.3

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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          Most Liked Positive Review

           

          At any price...a Great Kit!!

          I rarely give any product 4 STARS (much less 5) as there are always those irritables that take it down a notch. But the XM-88 Shotgun Mic Kit is not one of...Read complete review

          I rarely give any product 4 STARS (much less 5) as there are always those irritables that take it down a notch. But the XM-88 Shotgun Mic Kit is not one of those products! As an up and comming production outfit, maintining high production value is key to our success. And so often times its the audio that suffers in video production and after extensive research online, I purchased the XM-88 a few weeks ago. The first question unboxing this Microphone that came to my mind was, "Why doesn't every shotgun mic come equipped like this one???" Everything you need to get started in any situation is right in the box!
          Using it with an Canon XA25, I have found the Microphone to be pretty much neutral with out much coloration on either end of the scale. And the truth is, when you do spend so little on a peice of equipment, you just don't expect much anyway, but this Mic really works great in interview style shoots. The included cables are not top notch, but they work!! Why 4 and not 5 stars...?, I still can't figure out how to attach the handle for handheld situations, and insted of finger grips on said handle (that was shown in the descriptive image)its just a straight dense foam covering it instead. And lastly, I could not audibly hear any difference in changing the pattern setting (cardioid and supercardioid) of the XM-88.
          The bottom line is, for the money, or even as a cheap backup, this Kit is untouchable for what it delivers. I expected a tinny, hollow sound in the back of my mind to be honest, even after reading reviews and hearing sample audio. But none of this was present. With a professional looking carrying case, and all the accessories to to record on the fly, the XM-88 is one of the best values in recording audio when you budget cannot afford the very top rated Shotgun Microphones!

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          Most Liked Negative Review

           

          Good enough for the price

          I was looking for a cheap solution to help me in my productions with two cameras. I just bought this microphone two weeks ago and I liked the results until now. There is no...Read complete review

          I was looking for a cheap solution to help me in my productions with two cameras. I just bought this microphone two weeks ago and I liked the results until now. There is no big difference between the cardioid and super cardioid position switch, but it's OK.
          If you have a low budget to buy a shotgun microphone, it's a good choice.

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          4.0

          Good Starter

          By DHH

          from Cleveland, OH

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy Starter Kit

          Cons

          • Non-uniform Mic To Mic

          Best Uses

          • Good for beginners

          Comments about Vidpro XM-88 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

          I purchased 4 of these microphone kits to work with my Zoom H6. The kits had everything I needed to start recording including an AA battery to power the microphones and a long SLR cord. I set them up on camera tripods with 1/4"-20 connectors.

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          4.0

          Very Good Product

          By Kiss

          from Philadelphia, Pa

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good sound
          • Inexpensive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Audio For Filming

            Comments about Vidpro XM-88 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

            I am using this shotgun mic for my antibully film. The sound is coming out very well. It's a nice inexpensive shotgun mic that can get the job done for you on small to mid size projects.

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            4.0

            Great sound so far

            By Mike

            from Melbourne, FL

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

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                  Comments about Vidpro XM-88 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                  Nice way to get into audio for a good price.

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                  4.0

                  Great value

                  By Michael Finney

                  from Birmingham UK

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Mic Response
                  • Good Mic Sensitivity
                  • Goot Mic Response

                  Cons

                  • Dead Cat Not Good Enough

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Movies

                  Comments about Vidpro XM-88 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                  I'm an amateur movie maker looking to get great results. By profession I'm an Electronics engineer. The microphone is good in terms of the signal to noise ratio,(hiss) there seems to be very little hiss. This is excellent. Signal level is not high when using it with the 1.5v battery. Don't have phantom power to try it, but might be improved. The accessories are good for what you pay. The shock mount seems flimsy but does the job. The cables and connectors are fine. Anyone haveing problems is pulling the cables out by the wire,not the connector base.
                  Whats Great:
                  The mic has a LED to show that the power is on.
                  The switch (On/Cart/Super Cart) is very positive with a nice click.
                  I can definately hear the difference between the Cart and Super Cart settings. Others who can't were probably in a small room and picking up sound reflections from the walls of the room.

                  Not so Great:
                  The dead cat is more like a dead kitten, and the sponge wind filter is very delicate.

                  Overall excellent value for money. Yes, I would advise someone who is'nt a Pro to purchase.
                  No,I don't work for the company.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome sound

                  By Bet

                  from Quarryville, Pennsylvania

                  Comments about Vidpro XM-88 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                  Before purchasing this item I was somewhat skeptical because of the reviews I've read. However I've used this product and found that the device and the mechanics of it worked rather well. Wires weren't pulled out when I detached my cables from the bottom. I've come to realize it's the person mishandling the device rather than the device itself. It's a great item for a great price.

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                  4.0

                  Seems good to me

                  By Ryan C

                  from Astoria, NY

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • price

                  Cons

                  • Xlr Is Too Long For Case

                  Best Uses

                  • Filmmaking On A Budget

                  Comments about Vidpro XM-88 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                  I haven't used this a lot yet, but the sound is decent. As long as it doesn't break anytime soon, it's a great mic for the money you pay. The XLR that comes with the kit is almost excessively long, and hard to get back into the case.

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                  5.0

                  great for the price

                  By MAttybdown

                  from Atlanta ga

                  Comments about Vidpro XM-88 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                  Didnt have much money for the mic I wanted so I tried this one and its been the best mic yet. Great job.

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                  5.0

                  GREAT MIC

                  By PARTRONIC

                  from BROOKLYN NY

                  Verified Buyer

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                        Comments about Vidpro XM-88 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                        MIC HAS GREAT PICK UP RESPONSE, I USED IT WITH A XLR PLUG IN WIRELLESS TRANSMITTER WITH RECEIVER AT MY VIDEO CAMERA, THE AUDIO IS CLEAR , IF YOU HEAR IT PICK UP TOO MUCH NOICE IS BECAUSE YOU ARE IN A NOICE ENVIROMENT, USE THE VOLUMEN CONTROL IN YOUR CAMERA TO AVOID THIS. I RECOMEND IT

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                        3.0

                        Good for the price

                        By Nick

                        from RI

                        Comments about Vidpro XM-88 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                        A good starter mike. Sound quality is acceptable, but not great, but it is a terrific place to start since everything you need is in the box. I used it for a while and slowly replaced certain elements, while continuing to use the carry case.

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                        5.0

                        Does what it's suppose to

                        By Vaclav

                        from Washington, DC

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Affordable
                        • One Stop Solution

                        Cons

                        • none

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Vidpro XM-88 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                          I was at first skeptical since this mic is much cheaper than others and provides all the accessories you need. But let me tell you. It all works very well. I'm really happy that it comes with both XLR and 3.5" jack hookups that way I can plug it into my camera when on the run or into a preamp XLR for premium sound quality.

                          All the accessories work great too, Only the foam cover seems a bit cheap. but I use the wind screen fluff more anyways.

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                          5.0

                          One of the best mics ever made!

                          By Bradley Hale

                          from Massachusetts

                          Verified Buyer

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                            Cons

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                                Comments about Vidpro XM-88 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                                I use this to record live local music bands in Massachusetts,and shooting nature footage.Easy to use,the price,records sound flawlesslyNothing bad about it.

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                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                At any price...a Great Kit!!

                                By ProPhotog

                                from North Alabama

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Great price
                                • Great sound
                                • Great Sound Price

                                Cons

                                • Different Items In Kit
                                • Needs Pattern Tweeking

                                Best Uses

                                • Interviews
                                • Run and Gun

                                Comments about Vidpro XM-88 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                                I rarely give any product 4 STARS (much less 5) as there are always those irritables that take it down a notch. But the XM-88 Shotgun Mic Kit is not one of those products! As an up and comming production outfit, maintining high production value is key to our success. And so often times its the audio that suffers in video production and after extensive research online, I purchased the XM-88 a few weeks ago. The first question unboxing this Microphone that came to my mind was, "Why doesn't every shotgun mic come equipped like this one???" Everything you need to get started in any situation is right in the box!
                                Using it with an Canon XA25, I have found the Microphone to be pretty much neutral with out much coloration on either end of the scale. And the truth is, when you do spend so little on a peice of equipment, you just don't expect much anyway, but this Mic really works great in interview style shoots. The included cables are not top notch, but they work!! Why 4 and not 5 stars...?, I still can't figure out how to attach the handle for handheld situations, and insted of finger grips on said handle (that was shown in the descriptive image)its just a straight dense foam covering it instead. And lastly, I could not audibly hear any difference in changing the pattern setting (cardioid and supercardioid) of the XM-88.
                                The bottom line is, for the money, or even as a cheap backup, this Kit is untouchable for what it delivers. I expected a tinny, hollow sound in the back of my mind to be honest, even after reading reviews and hearing sample audio. But none of this was present. With a professional looking carrying case, and all the accessories to to record on the fly, the XM-88 is one of the best values in recording audio when you budget cannot afford the very top rated Shotgun Microphones!

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                                5.0

                                Vidpro is great, they solve my problem

                                By Pong

                                from Hong Kong

                                Comments about Vidpro XM-88 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                                Vidpro is really a great and responsible company, they solve my XM 88 problem quickly!! They changed my XM 88 at the very first time, this is really really cool!!

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Excellent Value For The Price!

                                By Rick Azzaro

                                from NYC, NY

                                Pros

                                • Excellent audio quality
                                • Many accessories
                                • Solidly Built

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Eng And Studio
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Vidpro XM-88 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                                  I purchased the XM-88 for us with my Panasonic AG-AC160A and I must say I was very impressed. Audio quality is excellent, phantom or AA compatibility is really useful and the kit includes EVERYTHING you'll need to operate the microphone. Great buy!

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                                  3.0

                                  Good enough for the price

                                  By Dimi

                                  from Dallas, TX

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • cheap
                                  • Easy to use
                                  • Good Accessories
                                  • Hard Case

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Interviews
                                    • Second Microphone
                                    • Testemonials

                                    Comments about Vidpro XM-88 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                                    I was looking for a cheap solution to help me in my productions with two cameras. I just bought this microphone two weeks ago and I liked the results until now. There is no big difference between the cardioid and super cardioid position switch, but it's OK.
                                    If you have a low budget to buy a shotgun microphone, it's a good choice.

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                                    • No

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