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RodeVideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone
 
4.5

(based on 558 reviews)

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    (328)

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    (183)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (27)

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    (15)

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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

                              Verified Buyer

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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

                                    Verified Buyer

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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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                                              • Yes

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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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