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RodeVideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone
 
4.5

(based on 518 reviews)

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    (171)

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    (25)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (357)
  • Easy to use (333)
  • Good audio (266)
  • Compact (254)
  • Versatile (129)

Cons

  • Not durable (27)
  • Flimsy design (20)
  • Pricey / poor value (12)
  • Flimsy (6)
  • Limited functions (5)

Best Uses

  • Outdoor events / games (159)
  • 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 (188), Yes (6)

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

Perfect!

By Zac

from USA

Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

This mic has great sound quality and very little hum or hiss. It's perfect for ameture audio for video or for on the go shooting.

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5.0

great microphone!

By Ryan

from Ontario, Canada

Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

This mic is an excellent place to start for someone who's still new to filmmaking. It sounds great, it's light, easy to use and I love the +20db option. And for those complaining about the bands holding it in place, they work fine and do a good job reducing shock

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5.0

Great Mic Great Price

By Logan

from North Carolina

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Great sound
  • Long Battery Life

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

      I use this mic as a secondary mic or if I'm not able to use my NTG2. This mic holds up very well for a non xlr setup. If you are looking for a mic to hook directly into your camera and not looking to burn through your pocket, this mic is the best option. (I use this with my GH4)

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      5.0

      Light and Easy to use.

      By ecxs

      from los Angeles

      Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

      Not as flimsy as the old models. This is a great mic.! Love that its small and very light.

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      2.0

      meh

      By Boecker

      from Rio de Janeiro

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Fragile
        • Noisy
        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

          Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

          i know this kind of mic won't be any miracle and i understand dslr sound is terrible by nature; but i expected it to be a little less hissy.

          design is also quite poor, battery compartment is horrible to open, shock mount suspension is extremely fragile.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Small in size, not in sound

          By Holgaguy

          from Massachusetts

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to use
          • Good sound

          Cons

          • Plastic construction

          Best Uses

          • Interviews
          • Run and gun video

          Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

          I used this last week, a few days after is arrived. It sounded great! The mic remained on the camera and I set it to +20dB, and the camera audio lower than I might ordinarily have it set. It was perfect. The shoot was outside with some extraneous noise and a little wind. The mic did well isolating isolating the subject who was speaking.

          Two of my only concerns is that it's made of plastic, and the cable seems a little flimsy. We'll see how that works - maybe it will be fine.

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          5.0

          I highly recomend this Mic

          By Elias

          from Puerto Rico

          Verified Buyer

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            Cons

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                Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                Nice to handle. excelent sound.

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                5.0

                Great Sound and Simple as You Can Get

                By Ty

                from Orlando, FL

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy
                • Great sound

                Cons

                • Needs adapter

                Best Uses

                • Simple Shoots

                Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                I used this mic for a product demonstration video. The sound was crisp and clear, and the High Pass filter was very effective at knocking out the refrigerator hum in the background. It is plug and play and easy to use, just remember to use headphones while you are recording so you know when you forget to turn it on!

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                5.0

                Can't beat it for the price

                By MJ Klose

                from Los Angeles, CA

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                Pros

                • Easy to use
                • Great audio
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Indoor
                • Short videos

                Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                Most of the DSLR-focused mics that I've used always have compromises but this mic is pretty awesome at just about everything. I've shot with it indoors and it sounds great (easy peasy) but I recently did a short shoot outdoors on a windy day and this little guy fed into a Tascam DR-60D grabbed spectacular audio from ~15 feet away. Can't beat that for the price!

                And like all of the Rode products I use, the VideoMic Pro has fantastic build quality. Shooting long lens? Throw it on one of their boom poles and you will be blown away.

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                5.0

                great audio

                By RJ the photo guy

                from virginia beach, va

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Cord too short

                Best Uses

                • Interviews

                Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                good quality audio. no DSLR buzz.

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                3.0

                Unusable battery case

                By Boyd

                from Ecuador

                Verified Reviewer

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                      Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                      The quality of the product might be high but it takes about 10 minutes every time to try to close the battery case. This design is the most stupid I have seen in years and I'm really afraid I will break something while trying to close it. Totally unusable in the filed where you want to be able to replace the battery as quick as possible.

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                      5.0

                      Best Mic for the Price

                      By Anna D

                      from USA

                      Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                      The reason I bought this mic is because I heard it pairs well with canon cameras. I used it with my canon 7D. To be fair testing it against the original rode video mic, it sounds similar. I decided to go for the pro version because of the size factor. It's smaller and light to put on the hot shoe of my dslr and in my camera bag. I personally think you should save up a little more and get the video mic pro over the regular video mic. I works great in noisy room where you are just trying to get the voice of one person in front of you. And it will always sound better than the in camera mic. I tested it and it does work great with the recommended settings, which is high pass filter on with +20 db and 2ticks on the camera settings for canon cameras.In conclusion I definitely recommend buying this mic because it sounds great and for it's price it beat a lot of it's competitors. :)

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                      5.0

                      Perfect complement to DSLR Video

                      By jmgrodi

                      from Steubenville, ohio

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                      I am using in combination with the Zoom H1 and getting great results.

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                      4.0

                      Great quality for the price

                      By Heather

                      from Colorado

                      Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                      Worked great for indoor and outdoor use with windscreen on.

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                      2.0

                      Not User Friendly

                      By Rich

                      from Chicago, IL

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good audio

                      Cons

                      • Feels cheap
                      • Poor build quality

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                        A good product if you're in the need for an external microphone for your DSLR camera. Not the best quality as you'll notice right out of the box. This fella comes from the video kits you would normally see in B&H's DSLR packages. I got this from the Canon 70D video kit.It has a dodgy build thats rather confusing to setup right out of the box. You use rubber-band like connectors to bind the mic to the foot rail of your DSLR. It's sketchy, tricky, and all-around looks very dangerous and insecure. Yes, it does it's job, but not very friendly for consistent use with its setup/tear down time.

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                        4.0

                        Great portable mic for dslr

                        By Prangsta83

                        from Arlington va

                        Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                        Bought this Rode bc I needed a mic that would I put directly into my dslr. I hate syncing audio in post. So far the mic has been great. Used it on a short recently. If you are in a garage or noisy park etc it will pick up the background noises. For best use I recommends quite environments. Leagues above the built in camera on my t3i

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                        2.0

                        VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone

                        By john

                        from new york

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Small

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                            I found the item flimsy and the recorded sound didn't seem all that great. Perhaps not any better than the in camera mic. there was a lot of hum and sometimes hard to adjust the settings for clearer sound

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Everybody needs a shotgun

                            By Jim

                            from Chicago

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy
                            • Light Weight
                            • Sexy
                            • Sounds good

                            Cons

                            • A little flimsy

                            Best Uses

                            • Recording audio

                            Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                            This thing makes my DSLR's on-board mic look like an idiot. I've used it on the shoe. I've used it on a boom. It's lightweight, it's easy to use, and it even sounds good. If I had to say anything negative about it, I would say the battery door could be more robust.

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                            4.0

                            Works great!!

                            By Rico

                            from Hatteras NC

                            Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                            Had a shoot of kiteboarding and helped out a lot'

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                            5.0

                            Great Microphone!

                            By Bal

                            from Chicago, IL

                            Verified Buyer

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                              Cons

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                                  Comments about Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone:

                                  I'm glad I purchased this microphone. Perform as expected!

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                                  • No

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