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RodeStereo VideoMic Camera-Mounted Stereo Microphone
 
4.4

(based on 92 reviews)

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    (57)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (43)
  • Great sound quality (42)
  • Easy to use (40)
  • Durable (37)
  • Simple use (32)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)
  • Noisy (5)

Best Uses

  • Professional (28)
  • Shooting indoors (18)
  • Shooting outdoors (16)
  • Home movies (14)
  • Productivity (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (52), Gearhead (14), Aspiring film maker (10), Film professional (6), Parent (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (28), Business (25)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Small Priced Mic Can Take Big Hits

Let me start off by saying that I have examples of this mics performance in a very loud and very active live band setting.
Youtube username is:
bluefishswims

There you...Read complete review

Let me start off by saying that I have examples of this mics performance in a very loud and very active live band setting.
Youtube username is:
bluefishswims

There you will find 10 examples of this mic in action. :) The ten videos are the ones with the acronym "DATH" in the titles.
Hope that helps.

Now, onto the review....

I've read a lot of reviews and seen a lot of reviews in which people put down the mics performance indoors by saying that it doesn't pick up their voices all too well and picks up too much surrounding noise. Well, that's what this mic is meant to do; it's meant to pick up surrounding noise, which is why it's a "Stereo" mic.
So, ambient sound and surrounding noise is what the SVM picks up best and if that's what you're looking for then this does that perfectly both indoors and outdoors.
If you're trying to use this as a shotgun mic for interviews outside or for interviews inside then you will be disappointed because you will hear the A/C turning on, the hum of the television, and just every other noise alongside your voice. Your voice will not be isolated.
This mic is not meant to isolate noise, it's meant to take in all noise.

That out of the way, it performs Great if you're using it for Live Bands, big events, choir concerts, etc. It allows you to relive the entire "Live Show" experience to the fullest with Full Sound and just very clear audio.
Just be sure to keep it pointed at the source though because it is a very directional mic. If you move it around then you'll hear the sounds shifting to your left and right ears and, as with any other mic, whatever is in front of it is loudest.

It's great for vacations if you want something that is better than the built in mic on your camera. This is one that you can trust not to get distorted if any unexpected noises come into play.

All-in-all it's a great buy and if there're enough sounds going on in the recording (as in a live band setting) then you'll hear no distortion, hissing, or buzzing. But when there's very little going on and you're just recording ambiance in an empty room then yes, there is some hissing and noise.

The only other accessory I bought was an extension for it along with a boom pole.
I use this mounted on top of my Canon Vixia HV30 and with the boom pole. works great.
I plan on buying an extra shotgun mic just to have the best of both worlds (stereo and shotgun).
The shotgun mic i'm going to get will probably be the Rode NTG-2.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Excellent quality - Not for DSLR

This mic has a whole lot of quality for the price. Unfortunately, the results with my 5D Mark II were not satisfactory. It is not the mics fault. Used in another device,...Read complete review

This mic has a whole lot of quality for the price. Unfortunately, the results with my 5D Mark II were not satisfactory. It is not the mics fault. Used in another device, this mic is superb. Left / Right phasing is great and very precise. Does not have enough output for the 5D Mark II audio processor to deal with. Results are a high frequency hiss that has nothing to do with camera motors, Image Stabilization or room noise.

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5.0

This mic is intense!

By K.M

from Newport, RI

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Rode Stereo VideoMic Camera-Mounted Stereo Microphone:

      I use this mic with my Cannon Vixia HD Camcorder to record the organ and choir at my church and the pipe organ at my other church. It picks up the lowest tones of the pedal and highest pitches of the smallest pipes...if you can spare a few extra dollars definitely upgrade to this mic...you wont be disappointed!

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      4.0

      Awesome.

      By Gabesfree

      from Boston ma

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Rode Stereo VideoMic Camera-Mounted Stereo Microphone:

            I use it with the 5d m3 works like a charm

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            4.0

            Right now

            By Memphis Photog

            from Memphis, TN

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Professional

              Comments about Rode Stereo VideoMic Camera-Mounted Stereo Microphone:

              Arrived with a screw loose and wiggled on shoe mount. Once we discovered this, all is well!

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              1.0

              This goes back today

              By Chris

              from Charlotte, NC

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Noisy

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Rode Stereo VideoMic Camera-Mounted Stereo Microphone:

                  The sole reason for purchasing this mic was to be used with a Canon 60D in an attempt to get usable sound with an on-board mic. In most cases I would go with a separate recorder but it would be nice to have the option of a simpler setup. This mic was not the answer. It may be fine in other applications, I didn't test it any other way, but with the 60D, the audio was unusable. At 6 feet away, the audio was very weak and mostly covered in a constant hiss. I even tried to import into Audition to capture a noise print and filter it out, but there just wasn't enough of a good signal there to work with.

                  If you are planning to use this in another way, it may work great. But if you are hoping to be able to use this for anything where audio is important... this won't work with a DSLR.

                  Very disappointed, and still looking.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  3.0

                  Good Mike, some design problems

                  By Nap

                  from Annapolis, Md

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compliments DSLR well
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy
                  • Hot shoe clip broke
                  • Poor battery compartment

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Rode Stereo VideoMic Camera-Mounted Stereo Microphone:

                    I got this mike to use on a DSLR with HD video. Took it on a weekend of photos and video of steam locomotives in Nevada. I can't comment on the sound quality as I have not evaluated it. However I have had 2 serious durability and use issues. First, the battery compartment has a spring on the bottom of the 9V compartment. This pushes up on the battery so much that even with the door closed, the power contacts are erratic. I had to stick foam on the bottom of the door to get it to work. Second the metal clip that slides into the hot shoe broke apart, it is a thin metal casting, not solid metal. Now perhaps I handled it too roughly, but just carying the tripod with camera and mike mounted will break the hot shoe clip. Called Rode and they will repair under warranty, I pay shipping. Both these items seem to be design issues, so caution may be indicated with this unit.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    4.0

                    Solid constrution

                    By Belvedere

                    from San Francisco

                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Interface With Camcorder
                    • Quality Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Shooting Indoors
                      • Shooting Outdoors
                      • Travel
                      • Upgrade

                      Comments about Rode Stereo VideoMic Camera-Mounted Stereo Microphone:

                      easy to use, nice stereo separation

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Amazing sound quality

                      By jlopez

                      from Chandler, AZ

                      About Me Parent, Tech Savvy, Video recording beginer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Interface With Camcorder
                      • Quality Construction
                      • Quality stereo sound

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Shooting Indoors
                      • Shooting Outdoors

                      Comments about Rode Stereo VideoMic Camera-Mounted Stereo Microphone:

                      This mic produces excellent quality stereo sound. It has a very solid body. The size is a little larger than I expected and a little heavier, but still a great product.

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                      5.0

                      Great mic, but beware of noise on DSLRs!

                      By howl

                      from Moscow, Russia

                      About Me Technically Challenged

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Great sensitivity
                      • Quality Construction
                      • Rich sound

                      Cons

                      • No preamp
                      • Not so good for DSLR

                      Best Uses

                      • Live shows
                      • Replacement

                      Comments about Rode Stereo VideoMic Camera-Mounted Stereo Microphone:

                      I use this mic with Canon Rebel t2i (EOS 550d) to record live classic concerts. You can find examples of the live organ concerts recordings (EOS 550d+StereoVideoMic) at http://youtube.com/organmsu. The only problem is the noise, which canon preamp generates. Still, the sound is very deep and rich, so is the sensitivity. For me, the quality is sufficient for youtube, besides that there's little choice - external preamp+MagicLantern is not an option for me, too much bother. Things which are not so great it captures every noise from the sides (as it's not directional), so you have to stand as close as possible.

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                      5.0

                      Works great with my Nikon D7000

                      By SpiderWayne

                      from Walnut Creek, CA

                      About Me Tech Savvy

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Interface With Camcorder
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quality Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Shooting Indoors
                        • Shooting Outdoors
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Rode Stereo VideoMic Camera-Mounted Stereo Microphone:

                        I use this on my Nikon D7000 and it works great directly into the camera. I also use it by plugging it directly into my Zoom H1 line in input. Either way is great.

                        Outside, throw on the dead kitten that comes with it and your ready to go.

                        I've only had it a couple of weeks now and so far can't find anything wrong with it.

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                        5.0

                        Don't buy for Nikon D7000

                        By fastv10

                        from Lake Tahoe

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Interface With Camcorder
                        • Quality Construction

                        Cons

                        • No Performance Improvement

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies

                        Comments about Rode Stereo VideoMic Camera-Mounted Stereo Microphone:

                        This Mic has excellent performance and low noise; however, I purchased it to use with my Nikon D7000 and discovered the Nikon external mic pre-amp input stage is too noisy for an external mic connection. I initially tested the mic with an Apogee Duet 2 with Wave Lab 7 and found the mic to be very low noise with excellent stereo performance. The Nikon D7000 internal mic has very little noise; however, connecting a high quality external mic is not an option due to it's poor external mic input noise performance.

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                        5.0

                        Gooooddd stuff, fo' sho!

                        By @indiestarTV

                        from Tampa, FL

                        About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Interface With Camcorder
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight
                        • Quality Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Shooting Indoors

                          Comments about Rode Stereo VideoMic Camera-Mounted Stereo Microphone:

                          Works awesome in my video interviews. The dead kitten should be worn at all times because it cancels out mostly all unwanted noise. I say "mostly" because if you're on a bus, ummm... you're gonna hear it in the background. I love the mic, its a great upgrade from the VideoMic! I've used it sidestage to record live bands and it gets some clear stuff, just depends on how "heavy/hardcore" the band is.

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                          5.0

                          Rode - Australian quality microphone

                          By Jerryr

                          from Toronto, Ontario

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Improves Performance
                          • Quality Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Shooting Indoors
                            • Shooting Outdoors
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Rode Stereo VideoMic Camera-Mounted Stereo Microphone:

                            So far I am very happy with this mic. I am using it with Panasonic HDC-TM900 camcorder and there is only one small problem. When installed with Windbreaker - there is interference in max zoom position. Solved this with installing hot shoe extension - this lifted the mic a bit and no more problems.

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                            5.0

                            Better than even the commercials!

                            By Sorcha

                            from Halifax, Canada

                            About Me Retired Photographer, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Quality Construction

                            Cons

                            • Heavy if in the hot shoe

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Live music recording
                            • Shooting Indoors
                            • Shooting Outdoors
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Rode Stereo VideoMic Camera-Mounted Stereo Microphone:

                            For recording a concert, it's perfect. For a train going by, it's perfect. But for a river rolling bye, it is no better than the on-camera mic because directional sensitivity means little in that case. Great at a party too.

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                            5.0

                            Works Well with my Panasonic Lumix FZ150

                            By Patiio

                            from Fort Collins, CO

                            About Me Parent

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Quality Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Movies
                              • Shooting Indoors
                              • Shooting Outdoors

                              Comments about Rode Stereo VideoMic Camera-Mounted Stereo Microphone:

                              I have used the stereo Rode VideoMic to tape an indoor musical production. The sound is clear and doesn't appear to have much distortion. I am pleased with how it works. The camera prompts you to make sure you turn on the external microphone. One does need an adaptor to make it work.

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                              1.0

                              Great mic, Poor quality mount

                              By Peter

                              from New York City

                              About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                              • Flimsy Design

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Rode Stereo VideoMic Camera-Mounted Stereo Microphone:

                                I used this attached to a 5d Mark II at a concert. Within 3 hours of usage, the mount was loose and getting worse. The connection point is aluminum, and not engineered for an active environment.

                                It's too bad too, as the mic itself was great. I just need it to handle the same level of activity as my 580 flash has taken over the past years without difficulty.

                                I returned it.

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                                5.0

                                Rode built tough/quality sound

                                By Clive carrying Canon

                                from Philadelphia PA

                                About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Quality Construction

                                Cons

                                • Not light weight

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Movies
                                • Music
                                • Shooting Indoors
                                • Upgrade

                                Comments about Rode Stereo VideoMic Camera-Mounted Stereo Microphone:

                                I use this to record audio of live music concerts, not The Rolling Stones but rather music school (of rock). I use a Canon 5D mark 2 HDSLR camera, and
                                purchased this based on other reviews that commented on it's effectiveness in such settings and it fully lived up to my expectations. It is solidly built with aluminum frame - feels like a "pro" piece of kit. It is somewhat expensive, however quality of audio picked up by the mic, and construction quality seem to be in line with price. It is not a light weight mic, other mics may be, but this one is 1960s era weight. It feels like something that could take a hit and not be damaged. Overall this mic is of solid construction but more importantly delivers high quality audio recording capability to an HDSLR camera.

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                                5.0

                                great!

                                By jane

                                from new york

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Lightweight
                                • Quality Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Shooting Indoors

                                  Comments about Rode Stereo VideoMic Camera-Mounted Stereo Microphone:

                                  superb sound quality

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  excellent

                                  By bobD

                                  from suburban Chicago, IL

                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Improves Performance
                                  • Long battery life
                                  • Quality Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Upgrade

                                    Comments about Rode Stereo VideoMic Camera-Mounted Stereo Microphone:

                                    use this with panasonic HMC40 for recording live music.

                                    nice clear mic with good dynamic range. used it outdoors during band practice, inside a gym, and indoors in a home. none of these are acoustically ideal, but the rode mic performed well given the situation.

                                    i like the 9V battery because i can carry some spares and not worry about running out of juice.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great for recording live music!

                                    By Matt

                                    from Austin, TX

                                    About Me Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                    • Improves Performance
                                    • Quality Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • Heavy

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Replacement
                                    • Upgrade

                                    Comments about Rode Stereo VideoMic Camera-Mounted Stereo Microphone:

                                    I bought this mic to aid in capturing videos of my wife's bands live performances, and I must say, I think it was a good decision. It caused me to spend a little more than I wanted to for the whole camcorder package, but the results are sounding very good so far. I've tried capturing videos in the past, and the bottleneck has always been the audio quality. The small, built-in mics on today's cameras are too easily overpowered by the audio levels at live rock music shows, but the combo of this mic with a camera that has the ability to attenuate the incoming audio signal worked out beautifully! the mic, itself, also has a high-pass filter option, that helps attenuate low frequency sounds, and there is also a -10dB attenuation switch that helped bring the audio into a range that could be recorded with good quality. The only negative thing I can say is that, with a wind screen attached, the wind screen is somewhat visible in wide angle shots, but this is probably more to do with the mounting setup on the camera than the mic itself. I would definitely recommend this mic to someone looking to record stereo sound at live music performances.

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                                    4.0

                                    Rode microphone

                                    By Ben-jangles

                                    from Lafayette, LA

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Comments about Rode Stereo VideoMic Camera-Mounted Stereo Microphone:

                                    It has great sound quality for it's price. And a good sound range. Couldn't complain about it.

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