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Best Shotgun Mic for DSLR

Hey everyone, my name is Evan Thomas and today
you are going to learn about the best shotgun mic for travel videos and the best shotgun
mic for vlogging. I have three different mics that are all in
the same price range. I have the RØDE VideoMic Pro, the RØDE Go
and the Saramonic Vmic Pro. In my travel videos, I’ve mainly been using
the RØDE VideoMic go, for two reasons: first of all I like how small it is, and second
you don’t need a battery for it. There’s no on and off switch. So with this cable connected, it provides
phantom power from the camera to the mic, so as soon as you turn on the camera, the
mic gets power. Prior to using the RØDE videomic go, I was
using the RØDE videomic Pro, however, I kept going to shoot things and discovered I forgot
to turn on the mic. I would shoot a whole video sequence and go
back later in the day to review the footage and realize I forgot to click the on and off
switch. And this is a battery powered mic which means
that if you keep the switch turned on, you will drain the battery and you’ll be out in
the field with a powerless mic. Although this does have more features and
technically has better sound, I prefer shooting with the RØDE videomic go. That said, I just did receive the Saramonic
Vmic pro which is very similar to the RØDE Videomic Pro in that it has a high frequency
audio filter and a plus +20 and a -10 decibel setting. So now I’m going to open up the new Saramonic
Vmic Pro. So this is the Saramonic Vmic Pro and it was
meant to compete with the Rode video mic pro. The first thing you’re going to notice is
how big it is. If I compare these side by side, you can see
that the Saramonic is about 3 inches longer than the Rode Videomic pro and that can be
an issue if you’re shooting with a wide-angle lens because the top of the mic might actually
get in frame. I do like how nicely it’s built, it is metallic,
it comes on a rubberized shock mount so you’re not going to get a lot of humming noises or
low frequency noises from your camera interfering with the mic. One thing that’s a good advantage with the
Saramonic as opposed to the RØDE videomic pro is that it has an audio-out plug so that
you can monitor your recordings with headphones. And it also has a vocal booster button that
you can click and it apparently improves the dialogue when you’re recording in a noisy
environment. So when you’re shooting travel videos or vlogging,
you’re going to encounter a bunch of different scenarios where sound might be an issue. So you might be in a busy street market with
lots of ambient sounds, you could be in a field trying to record a sound off in the
distance so you want a very strong mic. If you’re vlogging, you’ll want a mic that’s
in arms-length distance because you’re going to be holding the camera about here. So what I’ve done is create a series of tests
that tries to mimic each of those different environments, and like I said earlier, please
listen and you decide which sounds the best. So if you have a pair of headphones, highly
recommend putting them on for this video because you will want to listen for all of the subtle
nuisances of the different mics and it might be hard to hear through your laptop or desktop
speakers. So if you have headphones put them on. For the first test, the microphone is going
to be about 5 feet away from the audio source and I’m going to play some music through my
laptop and let you decide which one sounds best. The next test, the microphone is going to
be about twenty feet away and I’m going to do the same thing, play some music, and you
decide which microphone is the best for vlogging. Now we’re going to record me talking over
a low frequency bass sound and we’re going to play around with the high frequency pass
filters on the Saramonic Vmic Pro and the RØDE videomic pro. When you’re making travel videos or vlogging,
you’re often going to find yourself in windy conditions and wind can be a major detriment
to video if you don’t have a proper wind screen, so now we’re going to test all three of these
microphones in the wind. I’m going to simulate the wind with my house
fan, with the house fan blowing directly into the mics without a wind screen and see how
they hold up. Before I go any further, I’d like to ask you
for a favor, if you’re enjoying this video and you want to see more tutorials and reviews,
please click “like”, subscribe, and if you have any questions please leave a comment. I respond to every single comment within 24
– 48 hours. This is me talking to the RØDE videomic pro
as if I were vlogging. This is me talking to the RØDE videomic go
as if I were vlogging. This is me talking to the Saramonic Vmic pro
as if I were vlogging. No we’re going to head outside my house here in Santa Monica,
California and record some ambient noises, maybe some birds in the trees, or I’ll walk
down to the street and record some cars. So now that you’ve had a chance to listen
to all three of the shotgun microphones performing in different conditions, please leave a comment
in the comments section and let me know which one is the best shotgun mic for vlogging or
the best shotgun mic for travel videos.

15 thoughts on “Best Shotgun Mic for DSLR

  1. Keep posting and you will get there Evan, i see you put work into it! What do you think of my vlogs? Leave a comment on my newest video! Become a part of the Story Family! 😀

  2. Nice video, Evan. I actually just recently purchase a RODE Videomic Pro microphone to up my vlogging and video production game for my YouTube channels (though I haven't used it yet), so my opinion may be biased in the sense that I wanted to like this one, but I felt like this microphone in your video had a much richer, clearer sound than the other two microphones, especially for the vlogging clips.

  3. Man, very underrated channel for the quality of reviews. As for the mics: regarding your test Saramonic is a total crap. It's impossible to record anithung with it in windy environment, the dialog filter feature does nothing, the sound itself just… just sounds crappy. The Rode Videomic Pro is better than Go in terms of filtering ambient sound, but it sounds slightly muffled, so I would prefer Rode Videomic Go.

  4. Hey Evan, I use the same mic as you, the videomic Go is my favorite because it doesn't need a battery and the sound is very good. thumbs up !

  5. Thanks a lot for this useful info.. Yesterday I got purchased my new Saramonic shot gun mic and Panasonic Lumix 4k camera for my shooting.. Today I have checked the same.. Now I am not worried about surrounding noises.. Saramonic mic will not capture other voices than focused one.. Your testing is good.. But Rode 1st one is more better and Saramonic is also very good one for you tubers..

  6. Really helpful video, thank you. Would have liked to have the camera's built in mic included just for comparison as I don't have a mic so would like to see how big the difference is.

  7. Thanks Evan. A good, comprehensive comparison. I like the Rode Videomic Pro for its balanced sound quality and small profile. The Rode Videomic Go seems to boost the high end a significant amount. That said – I agree with you about the convenience of the Rode Go. I've also forgotten to turn on The Rode Pro the odd time – plus the 9 volt battery is a pain in the ass to change. So…. if I were buying a new shotgun, I'd go for the Rode Go and EQ in post. The Saramonic just doesn't cut it. Sounds muddy or muffled plus the size is prohibitive as you mentioned (when using a wide angle lens). That one's gonna be a hard sell.

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