TThe Rode range of Mics are ideal for DSLR videographer

Rode Mic for the Nikon D5200There are various ways of recording sound when you are shooting video with your D5200. Whilst using the internal mic is the easiest option, the sound quality is not good enough for professional use, or if you have to compete with any background noise.

The Rode mics fit on to the hot shoe and then into the jack on the side of the camera. They all have some sort of shock absorber – usually some flexible plastic fitting – and are very simple to use. Obviously one advantage of having the Mic on the camera like this is that it faces the same way as the lens. These Mics are ideal for interviews or documentary type videos and can also be very useful at concerts or live events, where the sound all tends to come from a single source. The best Mics are actually mono. That is because they can be pointed in the right direction and don’t suck sound from the periphery. Stereo Mics tend to pick up much more ambient sound. The graphics here show the sort of area the Mics cover. If you want to know more about these look for “polar pattern for a cardioid microphone”.


The RØDE VideoMic

rode_videomic_sideThe RØDE VideoMic is a professional grade condenser shotgun microphone designed for use with consumer video cameras and personal audio recorders. “Condenser” refers to the way the sound is gathered and is regarded as more generally more sensitive that the other main option, the dynamic Mic. “Shotgun” refers to the shape of the Mic – long and cylindrical.

videomic_polar-patternThe shock absorber does a good job of isolating the VideoMic. The microphone is very directional, aiming directly in front of the camera. It also has the option of a high pass filter, which removes all noise below 80HZ – this level of noise tends to be distant traffic rumble or, if you are inside, the aircon. Inside the battery compartment (it runs on a 9volt battery), there is a level reduction option, but this is very difficult to access and change. It is certainly not something you could expect to do during the shoot.  The foam cover is reasonably effective at keeping out wind noise.

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The RØDE Stereo VideoMic

rode-stereo-videomic-The RØDE Stereo VideoMic is a broadcast quality stereo microphone. It is an ideal microphone for capturing environmental and ambient sounds, as well as live music. For dialogue and directional applications the RØDE VideoMic and VideoMic Pro are more appropriate. It also has a good in-built shock mounting system that prevents unwanted rumble and vibrations in the microphone.

Rode-Stereo-VideoMic polar patternsIn addition to the high pass filter, there is an option to reduce the sound input by 10 decibels, to allow recording of loud sound sources, such as live music or motorsport. The Stereo VideoMic is ideal for use with DSLR cameras such as the Canon 5DMkII, Canon 7D, Canon 1D, Canon 550D/T2i, Canon 60D, Nikon D7000, Nikon D5100, Panasonic GH1 and Panasonic GH2.

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The RØDE VideoMic Pro


The RØDE VideoMic Pro is another shotgun microphone specifically designed for DSLR cameras. It provides broadcast quality audio via a 3.5mm minijack connector (outputting the mono signal to both left and right channels). Surrounding audio is minimised, and your recording and it focusses on the subject in front of the camera. An innovative suspension system separates the VideoMic Pro capsule and electronics from its mount, preventing unwanted rumble and vibrations in the microphone.


Easily accessible on the rear face of the microphone are the power, filter and level controls. It has a selectable high-pass filter at 80Hz, which will prevent low end noise such as air conditioners and traffic from being recorded. Below these controls are the level settings. The -10dB level attenuation (or PAD) is ideal for recording loud sound sources, such as live music, motorsport, or interviews where the subject is very close to the camera. The +20dB level boost is designed for use with DSLR cameras such as the Canon 5DMkII, Canon 7D, Canon 1D, Canon 550D/T2i, Canon 60D, Nikon D7000, Nikon D5100, Panasonic GH1 and Panasonic GH2. This boost in the microphone output allows the user to reduce the camera’s preamp level (or mic-input level), effectively reducing the amount of noise generated by the camera’s comparatively low quality audio circuitry. The VideoMic pro is battery powered, and provides over 70 hours recording from a single 9V battery.

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