Product review

18 Jun, 2020

Röde Videomicro

Tested by: Russ

Cost:

GBP

Weight:

g

Miles used:

Miles

Times replaced:

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Review

Getting crisp, clear and rich sound out on an adventure is important in film making. The sound makes up 90% of the information we get from watching a video, so having a compact, lightweight microphone to take out on the trail really shines through in the final cut. So why the Rode Videomicro?

 

Why Videomicro?

It’s tiny, lightweight and the sound quality is second to none for such a small directional microphone. It’ll fit most DSLR cameras and it works perfectly on my Canon M50 and while editing compared to just using the built-in microphone you can really tell the difference.

 

How well does it work?

The included windshield really works well, even on particularly windy days. In serious gusts, you do get some friction noise, but it doesn’t blow out the sound you want to record. The range on this directional microphone is fantastic, enabling you to shoot subjects at a distance and still pick up the slightest sound. The shock mount also dampens much of the noise generated by handling and moving the camera around so you get truly uninterrupted recording in a minimalist package. I’ve used it on many of my hikes to record adventure around the world and on the Welsh 3,000s.

 

Top tip!

Make sure you place the red cable into the notch integrated into the hot shoe, it’ll keep the microphone steady and positioned correctly.

 

Value for money

I’m really pleased with the quality of the Rode Videomicro and sadly quality does come at a price. It’s worth spending over £50 on such a tiny microphone if you’re going to make adventure videos regularly. If not, there are cheaper options out there, I just haven’t tested them.

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Overview

  • Durability 70% 70%
  • Portability 90% 90%
  • Sound quality 90% 90%
  • Value for money 60% 60%

BPros

  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • High quality sound

CCons

  • Expensive

Specs

Price:

£54 on Amazon

Total weight:

84g (2.96oz)

Warranty:

2 years

Features

  • 80mm directional microphone
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Included windshield
  • Integrated hot shoe
  • Shock mount included
  • For full list of specs and features visit rode.com

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