The Rode’s Videomic Pro is comparatively lighter, smaller, and more convenient than its predecessor. It is a true shotgun microphone. The Rode VideoMic Pro is designed to use with DSLR cameras and camcorders.
It features a 1/2-inch condenser capsule that offers broadcast-quality audio. It has a 3.5mm mini-jack connector with a low self-noise of 14db. It provides almost 70 hours of recording from the 9V battery.
The super-cardioid polar pattern greatly reduces the surrounding audio and focuses on the subject in front of the camera. There is a standard sized shoe mount for on-camera use. This $228 microphone has a 3/8-inch thread at the base of the mount. Plus! It has a 10-year warranty also.
- Weight: 85g
- Colour: Black
- Capsule: 0.50″
- Address Type: End
- Maximum SPL: 134dBSPL
- Output Impedance: 200Ω
- Acoustic Principle: Line Gradient
- Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted): 14Dba
- Dimensions: 100mmH x 75mmW x 170mmD
- Active Electronics: JFET impedance converter
- Frequency Range: 40Hz – 20kHz (selected HPF @80)
- Maximum Output Level: 6.9mV (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)
- Sensitivity: -32.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (20.00mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
DESIGN AND FEATURES
The Rode VideoMic Pro sits on top of an SLR neatly. All thanks to the mount at its base. This mount can also connect a boom-pole via the 3/8-inch thread. The lightweight and small design of VideoMic Pro make it ideal even for small SLRs.
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You can get an additional windshield if you claim an extended warranty. The additional windshield is called the “Deadcat.” Its cover sits over the microphone and provides additional coverage against the wind noise. However, it doesn’t come with a protective case.
But this microphone has a foam wind-shield already. Due to which Rode VideoMic Pro microphone works well without the additional windshield. The shock mounting keeps it from hitting against its base or surroundings.
As it provides isolation from the external factors that can cause unwanted vibrations in the microphone. It is held on with some elastic bands specifically designed for this purpose.
The power, filter, and level controls are on the back of the microphone. They are easily accessible. This microphone has a 40Hz-20kHz response. However, in addition to that, a high-pass filter at 80Hz is also available.
It will help in preventing the low-end noise greatly. The -10dB level pad is perfect to record the loud sound sources like live music, interviews, or motorsport. The +20dB level boost is used with DSLR cameras. It reduces the noise of the camera’s low-quality audio circuitry.
The standard 3.5mm audio jack of the Rode VideoMic Pro can easily connect to a camcorder or digital SLR with external mic input. This microphone provides an amazing sound definition. For the best results, the source must be placed straight in front of the microphone.
The best thing about Rode VideoMic Pro is that it effectively isolates and captures voices in environments where the internal microphone struggles. If you’re using it with digital SLR, pull down the audio levels in the camera until there is a small visual signal indicator. Switch the VideoMic Pro, after doing that on to +20db.
WHAT I LIKE:
- Compact, lightweight, and convenient.
- Good balance of price and sound quality.
- +20dB setting useful for noisy cameras.
- Long battery life.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE:
- No carrying or protective case.