It is no secret that the key to good video project is great audio, and Rode has enjoyed its position as the “go to” microphone system for DSLR video shooters for quite some time now. But now a new competitor, MyMyk, has surfaced and is hoping to carve out some of Rode’s market share.
MyMyk’s two launch products are the SmartMyk and the SmartLynk, both of which are designed specifically with DSLR shooters in mind.
The SmartMyk, the direct competition to the Rode Video Mic, is priced at around $250 putting it on the high end of the DSLR mic market (along with the Rode VideoMic Pro). The SmartMyk is also incredibly lightweight coming in at only 60gms including the battery, which is great because the last thing you need when your lugging around lots of heavy DSLR gear is more weight.
“Smart Myk is a directional microphone which works by localising the sound to the image, rejecting background noise to concentrate on the sound from the subject of the camera’s focus. It easily attaches to any DSLR or video camera, making it perfect for professional recording, home videos, internet broadcasting, journalism, sporting events and much more.” – MyMyk Product Description
The other product that MyMyk has released is the SmartLynk, which is a powerful on camera audio controller. The SmartLynk allows you to have two mic inputs (each with their own level control), headphone monitoring, and two audio out ports for recording to your camera in addition to an external audio recorder like an H4n.
“SmartLynk is a compact, portable/on-camera,two-channel mixer and monitoring device, giving you the results of a professional audio production rig at a fraction of the price. The perfect companion to the SmartMyk microphone and the MyMyk Camera Audio iPhone app, SmartLynk allows you to monitor your sound input prior to and during recording; block unwanted AGC noise from the camera by overriding the camera’s built-in Automatic Gain Control (AGC); or record external audio without needing to be attached to your DSLR or video camera. What’s more, it has two microphone inputs so you can capture multiple audio channels at once” – MyMyk Product Description
When used in combination the SmartMyk and the SmartLynk pair together perfectly to help you get the best audio possible out of your DSLR setup. To get a great look at the two products when used in conjunction with each other check out this great demo video.
I think that these could be a great Rode competitor, my only real critique is that the SmartMyk looks really cheap. It looks to be made of cheap plastic and the microphone is so thin it looks to be really flimsy. I have not used one, so I do not know, but just basing my opinion on the images provided by MyMyk I would be much more comfortable with the durability of a Rode over these (based on the eyeball test).
From what I can see the performance of these two new products is great, its just the looks that is throwing me off. I know they are making a big selling point that these items are small and light, making them a good alternative to the bigger and bulkier Rode options. But for me, I like my gear to have some bulk, just to put my mind at ease over things easily breaking.
You can learn more about MyMyk and their SmartMyk and SmartLynk products over on their website.
What are your thoughts? Are these going to make good competitors to the Rode Video Mic? Let us know in a comment below.
[via Planet 5D]