Whether you’re vlogging for millions or just filming family events, using a dedicated microphone instead of the camera’s built-in microphone will instantly elevate your footage. Australian audio experts Rode have been putting out stellar shotgun mics for a while now, and now there’s a new release: the Rode VideoMicro II.
This on-camera condenser microphone improves on the OG VideoMicro with an all-new isolation mount that will reduce handling noise and accidental shock, plug-and-play connectivity and a superior cardioid pickup pattern that will focus on what you’re aiming at, not what’s going on around you.
It’s 39 grams lighter than the original model, despite the all-metal body and more streamlined design that also helps deliver a full-bodied sound. The internal circuitry has been upgraded to increase sensitivity while also reducing intrinsic noise.
As before, you can mount it directly to your digital camera’s cold shoe mount, using a 3.5mm coiled cable to connect it directly to your camera’s external microphone input – no batteries required. There is also a 3/8″ thread for mounting on an arm shaft for more professional recording setups.
It will play nice with action cameras and smartphones, via the included secondary cable and optional mounting accessories. Rode also includes two windshields in the box (one foam, the other furry) so there’s no excuse for any wind noise in your shots.
The VideoMicro II completes Rode’s lineup of next-generation on-camera microphones, following the VideoMic GO II and VideoMic NTG. The original launched ten years ago, and quickly became a staple for YouTubers, vloggers, and streamers as well as home filmmakers.
Filmmakers who want to step up their sound will be able to pick up the Rode VideoMicro II from today forward. It will be available from Amazon UK and Amazon US, as well as all the usual retailers and e-sellers, for £79 / $79.