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Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit

B&H # VIXM55 Mfr # XM-55
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Product Highlights
  • Supercardioid Polar Pattern
  • Durable Aluminum-Alloy Construction
  • AA Battery Powered
  • 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-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit from VidPro includes a supercardioid condenser microphone and a wealth of accessories designed for use with video cameras and DSLRs. The off-axis signal attenuation provides focused audio pickup. The XM-55 features durable aluminum-alloy construction for indoor and outdoor use. 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-55 includes an adjustable shockmount and stand mount with thread adapters for a 5/8" mic stand and 1/4" tripod and camera shoe mounts. It also includes a furry wind muff, a foam windshield and a cushioned hand grip. The microphone is powered via a single, included AA battery.

Transducer Type Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Response 100 Hz to 16 kHz
Nominal Impedance 1kΩ
Load Impedance 2.3kΩ
Sensitivity -45 dB, short
-38 dB, long
Power 1 x AA alkaline battery
Output Connector 3-pin XLR
Construction Aluminum alloy
Dimensions (Ø x L) 0.87 x 10.8" (22 x 275 mm)
Weight 3.5 oz (99 g) without battery
Vidpro XM-55 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 Hardcase
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    VidproXM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit
     
    4.4

    (based on 35 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (13)
    • Good audio (12)
    • Easy to use (11)
    • Versatile (8)
    • Compact (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (9)
      • Outdoor events / games (8)
      • Professional recording (7)
      • Home studio (5)
      • Performances (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (10), Novice (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (17)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Fantastic budget shotgun microphone

      I needed a secondary shotgun microphone and after buying quite a bit of new gear I wanted to find something that wasn't too pricey. I always check out performance reviews on youtube before buying...Read complete review

      I needed a secondary shotgun microphone and after buying quite a bit of new gear I wanted to find something that wasn't too pricey. I always check out performance reviews on youtube before buying any gear but this mic set had none. Although it did have some reviews on another site that gave it positive feedback there were no videos demonstrating its performance. For the price I figured i would risk it and just order it. I am very happy I did.

      The set is kind of hard to believe once you get it all out. There is a 20'+ cable, two XLR cables one XLR to XLR, the other is XLR to 3.5mm. There is a handle that can be screwed in so you can just old it and there is the shock mount with extra rubber bands. There is also a hot shoe adaptor as well as a foam screen and a dead cat! The case is nice as well and won't need a different one to protect it. All that for the price is awesome.

      I have not used the mic for an actual film shoot yet but I have tested it with all my gear and I am very happy with the performance. I plugged it into my H1 and my H4N Zoom units with both the 3.5mm (H1) and the XLR (H4N) and the sound is solid. Not too tinny or basey. A nice flat recording perfect for dialogue. It is directional so you need to point it directly at the sound source obviously. It is mono so I bought an XLR splitter cable to run into both channels on the Zoom H4N.

      The mic runs on a single battery. It has an on and off switch with a light which is nice as other mics I have had do not have the light. It does not run on phantom power but the other larger mic of the same brand has both battery power and phantom power.

      Overall I am very happy with this purchase and have some projects lined up very soon in which I will be using this mic. I will update the review when those are posted.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great For Beginners, Good for Amateurs

      I'm not a video guy, I'm an audio guy. I was in a bind and needed a shotgun mic quick for some SFX gathering and field recording work. This mic has excellent features...Read complete review

      I'm not a video guy, I'm an audio guy. I was in a bind and needed a shotgun mic quick for some SFX gathering and field recording work. This mic has excellent features and the price was fanstastic so I bought it. I admit I was also slightly enchanted by all the great accessories this kit offers. The short cables and 1/4" adapter are junk. The mic cable is fine, the clips, camera/tripod adapter and bushing, foam grip, and shockmount are good and I'm glad I have them! The foam windscreen is good, the furry windmuff doesn't really do its job (stick to the foam in my opinion).The mic has surprisingly good directional performance for its short length, although it is a little noisy and lacks sensitivity for the finer details. It IS however good for voice and dialogue - its main purpose. I will definitely be using this mic a lot more and although I was tempted to return it, I will be keeping it, I only wish I had double+ cash to by a better mic in the first place. I think this mic is a better deal than the XM-88 as well, based on specs and performance. The version of the XM-55 I got has a very effective HPF, and it runs on either a AA battery or Phantom, which is an essential feature in the field. It has a very lightweight feel and overall "cheap" build quality, but anyone who takes care of their gear won't have a problem. The handling noise is a very big issue with this mic - so be very careful about that and be sure you have plenty of strain relief on the mic cable, as even the cable slack swaying finds its way into the audio.Overall worth the price but not exactly wowing anybody. I think if you don't have a shotgun mic and are short on cash this is the best deal around. When you start to buy more expensive gear, keep this - it's always good to have something a little cheaper you don't mind taking risks with on location!

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      5.0

      All in One

      By VidTeacher

      from Dallas TX

      Comments about Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

      Comes with everything you need in a shotgun mic. Wasn't sure if it would attach to my 1.8mm mini jack on my canon t3i, but it came with the adapter cable. Some of the components are fairly cheaply made (wind muff, case), but the price is awesome for the fact that everything is there. Plenty of foam inside the case to keep it all safe, even a little slot for a spare AA battery. I'll be able to easily wire this on to my DSLR or boom pole with little effort.

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      3.0

      Great For Beginners, Good for Amateurs

      By Mode

      from Boston, MA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Aa And Phantom
      • Accessories
      • Battery Or Phantom
      • Overall performance
      • value

      Cons

      • Build Quality
      • Handling noise
      • High Self-noise
      • Lacks Sensitivity
      • Lacks Sensitivy

      Best Uses

      • Adr
      • Dialogue
      • Foley
      • Sound FX
      • Voice

      Comments about Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

      I'm not a video guy, I'm an audio guy. I was in a bind and needed a shotgun mic quick for some SFX gathering and field recording work. This mic has excellent features and the price was fanstastic so I bought it. I admit I was also slightly enchanted by all the great accessories this kit offers. The short cables and 1/4" adapter are junk. The mic cable is fine, the clips, camera/tripod adapter and bushing, foam grip, and shockmount are good and I'm glad I have them! The foam windscreen is good, the furry windmuff doesn't really do its job (stick to the foam in my opinion).The mic has surprisingly good directional performance for its short length, although it is a little noisy and lacks sensitivity for the finer details. It IS however good for voice and dialogue - its main purpose. I will definitely be using this mic a lot more and although I was tempted to return it, I will be keeping it, I only wish I had double+ cash to by a better mic in the first place. I think this mic is a better deal than the XM-88 as well, based on specs and performance. The version of the XM-55 I got has a very effective HPF, and it runs on either a AA battery or Phantom, which is an essential feature in the field. It has a very lightweight feel and overall "cheap" build quality, but anyone who takes care of their gear won't have a problem. The handling noise is a very big issue with this mic - so be very careful about that and be sure you have plenty of strain relief on the mic cable, as even the cable slack swaying finds its way into the audio.Overall worth the price but not exactly wowing anybody. I think if you don't have a shotgun mic and are short on cash this is the best deal around. When you start to buy more expensive gear, keep this - it's always good to have something a little cheaper you don't mind taking risks with on location!

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      5.0

      Great little package

      By Cory

      from Reno, NV

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • cheap
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

          Mic works pretty well, especially considering the price. It's great that it also includes the cables and mounts and the hard case to store it all in.

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          5.0

          WOW! Works better than i thought

          By Swingcatvb

          from Virginia Beach, VA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy Lots Of Accessories

          Cons

          • Shoudla Got It Earlier

          Best Uses

          • Band Interview Mic

          Comments about Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

          I attached it to my Canon XA10 and it worked wonders. Shot a concert and it picked up minute sounds from a un-micced percussion.

          plus it works as a Voice Over mic in a pinch.

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          • No

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          2.0

          Lots of hiss

          By budget shooter

          from san francisco, ca

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accessories

          Cons

          • Hiss

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

            Granted, this is a cheap mic set. But I've used this mic a few times so far and none of the audio I've gotten from it is usable. The set might be more valuable for the add-ons that come in the box.

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            4.0

            Versatility

            By Essexii

            from Indianapolis

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                  First, why not 5 stars? It is not as good as as Senheisers or similar mics costing $300 plus. But below that and with a limited budget this "kit" (and that is really one thing that seperates it from the competition) is one outstanding deal. The mic is very basic on/off switch, 1.5vAA (huge selling point, hate oddball batteries and AA can be picked up anywhere or rechargeables are abundant)/phantom (not tried yet but nice option), one setting and black. A 20 ft xlr mic cable, xlr to mini adapter, short xlr jumper, mini to 1/4" and the list goes on. In a nutshell the accessories are worth the price of admission and the mic is thrown in for free. At $[*] this kit makes a bundle of sense for video professional who is looking for options. I have used it as nat sound on a DSLR and as a boom in an iterview setting, in both instances it sounded really good and I never really felt like I was using a "cheap" mic. Technology has changed and the microphone playing field has leveled also. While it is no Schoeps it is worth every penny of $[*] and as long as expectations are not over the moon it will not disappoint.

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                  4.0

                  Solid starter mic

                  By Josh

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to setup
                  • Good Value
                  • value

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors

                    Comments about Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                    I bought this kit as a basic mic for any DSLR recording I have to do, and so far it has worked well. The output is fairly clean, but the levels are a little low when running off +48V Phantom to my Tascam DR60d. It's a solid, easy-to-use mic for anyone just looking to grab some decent audio in well, contained environments. And the fact that it comes with many necessary accessories makes it a good value.

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                    5.0

                    Great Mic for the Money

                    By Coldfrenchfries

                    from Ann Arbor, Michigan

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                          I've only used this mic a few times since I've bought it but so far, I'm very impressed with the sound quality for only $. It comes with a lot of accessories, including several XLR cables, which is awesome. I absolutely love how it also came with a carrying case and a boom mount.So far, I haven't found anything I don't like about it, other than the fact that as soon as you unpack the carrying case, you'll never figure out how to get everything back in there again. Haha.Bottom line: great quality microphone for just $. Perfect for a broke videographer just starting out.

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                          5.0

                          SUPER GREAT VALUE

                          By Cheo

                          from Albuquerque, NM

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Price and quality
                          • Pricequality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Audio Support

                            Comments about Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                            As a filmmaker on a low budget always looking for the best deals in town, B&H brings the right product and quality and support to you for the best value price online .. love it

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                            5.0

                            XM-55 Shotgun perfect choice!

                            By Arlette

                            from Maryland

                            Verified Buyer

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                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                                  This shotgun mic was a perfect pick for my feature film. It was easy to use and captured excellent sound!

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                                  4.0

                                  Good basic mic set

                                  By Addy

                                  from Washington, DC

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur recording

                                    Comments about Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                                    I've been using it to create training videos. Mic is solid if you're on a tight budget. I do really love all the accessories in the kit. May eventually upgrade the mic and use the rest of the kit with it.

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                                    5.0

                                    does the job

                                    By Street-Level Youth Media

                                    from Chicago

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact And Good Sound

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                                        fulfilled our needs at our youth center with a recording studio

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Beginning bundle

                                        By Kade

                                        from Western Wisconsin

                                        Verified Reviewer

                                        Pros

                                        • Accessories
                                        • Easy
                                        • price

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Boom Mic
                                          • Independant Recording
                                          • On Cammera
                                          • School

                                          Comments about Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                                          Got this for school, as I'm in a video program, because I didn't want to be tied down to the schools equipment. I love the flexibility that it has given me as I am starting to shoot videos, and record ambient sounds. For the price it is a great buy because it comes with tons of accessories. That being said the mic itself is not worth [$], but if you are just starting out I would say it gives you some great diversity of use. Glad I bought it but can't wait to find the money to upgrade.

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                                          4.0

                                          Pretty good equipment

                                          By Mo Mo

                                          from Lafayette, Louisiana

                                          Comments about Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                                          I just used this equipment this past weekend and haven't had a chance to edit it and listen to the quality of the sound. I used it connected to a boom and an audio recorder for a short film. My boom operator was able to hear everything the mic was picking up (which is a good thing) so we knew when to hold for a loud bus and shoot. I don't know if the credit can be given to the mic or the earphones, but it definitely worked for what I needed and on a budget. The kit comes with a long cord that was perfect for using my boom amd a short cord for if I were conducting interviews, and it all comes in a nice carrying case. What else could I ask for. If I can edit this post after I begin editing my audio, I will.

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                                          5.0

                                          Works great for me!

                                          By Joe Brown

                                          from Central Valley, CA

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                                                No complaints. I have only had it for a couple of weeks. I am very happy with it.

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                                                4.0

                                                Good Mic for the Price

                                                By Dave with a Mic

                                                from Buffalo, New York

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Inexpensive

                                                Cons

                                                • Product Packaging

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                                                  Bought this microphone to be used on school video projects. For what we need it to do it works wonders. Have not tested it outside yet, but indoors it works wonders.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Great Mic for the $$$

                                                  By Vlog-Social

                                                  from Lake Barrington, IL

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Comments about Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                                                  I'm happy with the mics construction and performance. I'm using it in an office setting for recording video blogs. There is quite a bit of echo in the room using the camera's on-board mic. I mounted this mic on a boom stand pointing downward over the desk and the audio is fantastic.

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                                                  4.0

                                                  Great microphone kit for the money

                                                  By AJ Smith

                                                  from Jacksonville, Florida

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Good quality sound
                                                  • Great Value
                                                  • Many Included Accessories
                                                  • Well built

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Camcorder Recording
                                                    • Dslr Recording
                                                    • Handheld Recording

                                                    Comments about Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                                                    This is a good, all purpose microphone. The sound quality is above average and its build quality is good. The kit contains several accessories that are helpful for virtually any application. The included case is probably a bit small for everything that is included. You have to re-pack everything exactly the way it came out in order to close the case. The included windshields work well. If you are a professional I would expect you to keep this as a backup, however, for the enthusiast, it is a great microphone. I use this with my Panasonic AG-AC90 camcorder and it far outperforms the built in microphone.

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                                                    4.0

                                                    Small but mighty

                                                    By DJ

                                                    from Union City, CA

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Clear Audio
                                                    • Easy to handle
                                                    • Great Value
                                                    • Lightweight

                                                    Cons

                                                    • How To Use For Novice
                                                    • Needs A How To For Novice
                                                    • Shoe Adapter Too Big

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                                                      I video tape student talk in a variety of situations; whole class discussion, small group and in pairs. Up until now I have struggled with getting clear audio from students which is the main purpose for the videos. With this shot gun microphone I'm picking up student voices across the room. This makes my video taping less intrusive in the classroom. Before I had to practically put the camera in students faces. When dealing with young children, they tend to perform or freeze when a camera is present. Now they hardly know I'm there.

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Happy so far...

                                                      By Chris_Tyson

                                                      from Montreal,Qc

                                                      Verified Buyer

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                                                        Cons

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                                                            Comments about Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit:

                                                            As someone who wanted to start filming his own work, I stumbled on this kit. I've heard mixed reviews on it, but so far I'm really happy with it. You have to keep in mind you need to handle it with care as it is made of mostly plastic, so move slowly when plugging wire in and handle with care.

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