All microphones may offer similar features, but the quality ranges from land to sky. There is a list that we could provide, of the best microphones for DSLR video cameras available in the market, with the best features to give the best output.
DSLR video cameras have set a high benchmark with their visual quality. But most users of these might be disappointed by their inbuilt microphones’ average performance. To deliver a top-level of audio quality, content creators and other professionals have turned to the external microphone that sits atop the video camera or is handheld.
- 10 Best microphones for DSLR video cameras
10 Best microphones for DSLR video cameras
While opting for a microphone, one should consider its mounting, audio quality(frequency), output, and type- directional or shotgun. A directional microphone is limited to recording only what it is directed at. A shotgun mic records audio from all directions. The main points one should keep in mind while selecting a microphone are:
1. Type (Shot-gun or Directional)
2. Directivity (Cardioid, Hypercardioid pattern, Supercardioid pattern or Lobar pattern)
3. Audio Quality
There’s no monotonous answer to the kind of microphone you pick up. It is a situational decision on the buyer.
The following is our list of best microphones for DSLR video cameras:
|RØDE VideoMic Pro+||Rode||4.4./5||Check Price|
|Sennheiser MKE 400 Shotgun Microphone||Sennheiser Pro Audio||4/5||Check Price|
|Shure VP64A Omnidirectional Handheld Microphone||Shure||4.1/5||Check Price|
|Zoom SSH-6 Stereo Shotgun Microphone||Zoom||4.6/5||Check Price|
|Tascam TM-2X Stereo X-Y Microphone||Tascam||4/5||Check Price|
|RØDE VideoMic||Rode||4.3/5||Check Price|
|Shure VP83 LensHopper||Shure||4.3/5||Check Price|
|Canon DM-E1||Canon||4.5/5||Check Price|
|Saramonic VMIC Recorder||Saramonic||4.8/5||Check Price|
|Audio-Technica AT8004||Audio-Technica||3/7/5||Check Price|
RØDE VideoMic Pro+
A safe bet among the available best microphones for DSLR video cameras, this assures the user exceptional results with its low self- noise ratio and high-quality audio. It effectively rejects surrounding sound to the bare minimum. It also gives clean results with its built-in Rycote layer shock mounting. Lightweight and compact, it assures a comfortable use and is available at an entry-level price. It is fitted with a windscreen made of foam that cancels out unwanted external noises. Long battery life is an additional perk to this microphone that delivers decent audio quality.
It is a broadcast-quality mirrorless or DSLR mountable microphone. It is powered with LB1 Li-ion rechargeable batteries. The frequency can be regulated from 20Hz to 20kHz, which makes the device sensitive to lower frequencies. It embraces two-stage high pass filters to confiscate the lower frequencies like traffic-noise and a high-frequency boost for refined clarity and three-stage gain control such as -10dB, 0dB, +20dB. The other agile features include auto power ON/OFF, detachable cable, and ten years of warranty when you register the microphone with RØDE. It contains both shotgun and directional features.
- Its compatibility and portability- it is just 150mm long and does not make the video camera unstable during shoots.
- It has a detachable cable, which makes it very flexible if you want to use a longer cable.
- Cuts out all the background sound.
- It has an automatic power feature.
Sennheiser MKE 400 Shotgun Microphone
Small, light, and made with a metal frame, this microphone is out on the market at a not too high price. While the shock mount system prevents handling noises from interrupting the audio quality, its low-cut filter cancels out light wind noises. It’s AAA battery ensures about 300 hours of use. It also has a switchable control for sensitivity.
Shure VP64A Omnidirectional Handheld Microphone
A handheld omnidirectional microphone, this one provides high output and better signal to noise ratio. The rubber isolation mount, windscreen, and water-resistant mesh are added bonuses. The frequency responses ensure clear speech reproduction. The positioning of the mic is variable due to its omnidirectional polar pattern design. It’s not a shotgun mic and is likely to pick up surround sounds, but the price tag does justice to it. One should note that it does connect directly to a DSLR as it uses an XLR connector.
Zoom SSH-6 Stereo Shotgun Microphone
This is an exceptional choice for live recording events where you need the surrounding sound. It has a multi-directional range and picks up sound not just from the center, but from left and right. The bidirectional mic captures the sound that can be built around the target sound from the center. It comes with a direct control knob, windscreen and does not draw power from the camera as it has AA batteries. It is built of metal with a few plastic connections and is toughened for its rigorous use. But it is rather long and might cast a shadow over your video if it’s longer than your lens.
Tascam TM-2X Stereo X-Y Microphone
What made us choose this in our top 5 list was its superior specifications and comparatively affordable price. This records stereo audio to the input on your DSLR camera. It has dual microphones that can be switched from directional to shotgun type for recording. The TM-2X also offers an excellent audio frequency range of 50Hz – 20kHz and comes with a camera shoe adapter. It does not require batteries as it draws power from the camera. The cherry on the cake is that it can rotate 180 degrees.
Similar to its sibling, it is also a solid-budget friendly option. It is powered by a 9V battery. The mic clenches a two-stage high pass filter for reducing low background noises. The frequency can be regulated from 40Hz to 20kHz. The gain control is possible at 0dB, -10dB and -20dB. The other nifty features include windshield and the Rycote Lyre shock mount. The shock mount is the one you usually have on the top of your camera. It elevates the microphone ‘off’ the camera.
Shure VP83 LensHopper
Shure VP83F is also a go-to microphone because of its wide compatibility power and flexibility. It is a high-end microphone and is equipped with fruitful features for professionals as well as hobbyists. It belongs to the shot-gun type, and it is an explicable option to capture high-quality sound.
The VP83 holds a super-cardioid polar pattern, and one can incarcerate the sound from the source without the catching unwanted audio. Shure VP83 contains a Rycote Lyre system that impedes unwanted mechanical noises. It uses AA alkaline rechargeable battery and functions for 125 incessant hours. The features are as follows:
- It runs on AA batteries and also has a 3.5 mm detachable cable.
- This microphone is built to last.
- It cuts down unwanted noise.
- Its self-noise itself is very low.
These are its key features, and if you’re confused between Rode and Shure. The answer comes without question. Get this one.
It is not just a shot-gun microphone; it has 90-degree and 120-degree modes of audio capture. With the flick of a switch, one can go from traditionally narrow shotgun capture too much wider stereo modes for capturing larger groups.
The frequency can be regulated from 50Hz to 16kHz. It is compatible with all kinds of video cameras. It uses a single button-type Li-ion rechargeable battery. Another agile feature is that it is equipped with a shock mount. But it is a little pricey when compared to Rode manufacturers.
Canon directional microphone is one of its kind. It is a switchable microphone from different angles. The features are the following:
- Switchable from shotgun to 90’degree and 120’degree width.
- It is compact and has an “auto-on” mode.
- Produces no vibrations that disrupt sound quality.
- It has a feature, especially for “to the point” kind of operation.
Saramonic VMIC Recorder
Saramonic VMIC is a shotgun video camera recorder. It allows you to record exactly what you hear in reality. The features as follows:
- There is a choice between two models- one with a flash recorder and one without. The flash recorder allows WAV files to be recorded.
- It allows capturing the audio in the perfect tone, through the low-cut control.
- It helps get rid of unwanted frequencies.
- It’s a total value for the cost.
Microphones would offer the same features, but it would be expensive. This is a premium choice.
The AT8004 houses a steel grille, making it rough and tough for use. The features are as follows:
- The dynamic range that these mic covers is a plus point for the ambiance of the project.
- It can be connected to a DSLR through adapters.
- May not be the best to record the sound of crowd or events but provides the best quality within the range of 3 meters.
- It is omnidirectional, making it very flexible to use.
So, these are the best microphones for DSLR video cameras that you should consider buying. Most of these are very popular among famous YouTubers and travel bloggers. You can also share your favorite microphones in the comment section below.