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RØDE Introduces VideoMicro & VideoMic Me

By Kishore Sawh on September 20th 2015

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RØDE is one of the most identifiable brands in microphones, having made great audio accessible to the masses for years now. Their products, like the VideoMic with its Beats-esque red cabling, can be found in camera bags everywhere for good reason. At the IBC show in Amsterdam recently, RØDE announced 6 new products including 2 new microphones and that’s reason to get excited.

So what was added to the world’s favorite on-camera microphone family? The VideoMicro and the VideoMic Me.

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At only 80mm in length, the VideoMicro doesn’t have a big footprint, but what it lacks in size, it should make up for in capability as it has a high-quality cardioid condenser mic capsule. It’s a directional mic aimed to reduce distracting peripheral sounds and only take in clear audio from where your camera is pointing. It should be more forgiving than the other microphones in the RØDE on-camera line-up for more natural sound, especially inside.

With the VideoMicro, you’re treated to a Rycote Lyre shock mount made of thermoplastic, which makes it much more composed and more effective at cutting out undesirable vibrations and noise from cable movement. Apparently, it won’t ever sag or wear out or require rethreading to remain effective, and the body is aluminum in build (which married it to a high degree of RF rejection) so not only is it good for sound, but built soundly. Coming in at only $59, I can see this flying into bags, like my own.

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The VideoMic Me is yet another high quality directional mic, but designed specifically for Apple’s iPhone and iPad, though it has a TRRS connector and adjustable mount which should make it compatible with various Apple designs, even with cases. It’s tiny but functional, and has a headphone jack located aft which allows for easy access for monitoring and playback. This is sure to take your Snapchat, Periscope, or vacation video to new heights of quality.

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Both of the new mics announced are finished in RØDE’s high-grade ceramic anti-glare black coating, and cine with a deluxe furry windshield. The VideoMicro is available to buy now, with the VideoMic Me said to be shipping later this year. With the popularity and demand for video growing, there’s more reason than ever to get good at it and give your imagery great accompanying audio. With these new releases, there’s no reason not to.

You can get the VideoMicro now here.

About

Kishore is, among other things, the Editor-In-Chief at SLR Lounge. A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

7 Comments

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  1. Alexander Europa

    I’m super excited about both of these mics….audio quality is a piece that I’ve been missing from my beginner videography and both of these items will be good starter mics to get me out of the world of muffled and muddy audio. I have pre-ordered the VideoMicro…now I just have to wait a few weeks for it to show up on my doorstep. :)

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  2. Dave Haynie

    Well, much better than the built-ins no doubt, but you can only get so much “shotgun” directionality in such a short mic. Even the famous VideoMic is kind of a compromise to shooting on a camera that can’t easily manage a 10-16+” shotgun mic. And it’s kinda cool they include the dead cat, though you’d be hard pressed to find one for such a small mic. My real complaint here is that this article is kind of reinforcing the fallicy that a tablet should ever, under any circumstance, pretend to be a camera. Please, people, put down the tablet and pick up a camera, or a smartphone if you must.

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    • Kishore Sawh

      ha. Oooh Dave, please allow me to re-enforce the notion here that I don’t promote the use of tablets for photography/videography. I’m not really a gear snob, but even I’ve got limits, and people holding up iPads is just past mine. Using an iPhone is abit different, and though I’m not one for it, I wont fight against the current that is the popularity of using iPhones as cameras. While it’s not my cup of tea, there’s so much good work being put out from the, or at least popular work, it’s understandable.

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    • Dave Haynie

      My beef isn’t so much the lack of a real camera… after all, if someone’s really happy with the once-in-a-lifetime shots they got on their phone, who am I to say they’re wrong. Rather, it’s the obstruction they create. Maybe this started out as a West Coast thing… first use I saw of the iPad-as-a-camera was some years back. I had my usual 25lbs of Canon full frame gear with me, and I ran into a surprising number of people holding up these gigantic tablets — and of course, holding them in front of everyone standing behind them. Even with a big camera at my eye, I don’t think I’m obstructing other folks’ views much more than usual (I’m 6’1″ and 240lbs, so yeah, I’m probably in your way, but no moreso than any average linebacker).

      I’m fine with the iPhone in casual use, but then, I do a bunch of concerts and music festivals every year, with a viewfinder equipped camera, and it does get a bit annoying to see a hundred brightly lit 5″ screens being held up to shoot shaky video. So it’s kind of situational for me… and you do kind of wonder if anyone remembers actually being places, or just the view of the screen, as we were discussing in another place.

      On the other hand, when I was growing up, the generic camera was the Kodak Instamatic… my Mom had one. Not good. Taken against that, the smartphone is the best cheapest camera ever for the masses. That’s a good thing, and does actually act as a gateway drug for some people… my 16-year-old niece graduated from her iPhone to a Canon T3i and a bunch of my old APS-only lenses… she did a show in Princeton over the summer.

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  3. Kevin Cucci

    this mic looks great but honestly they have so many at this point that it is getting really difficult to understand which one is the best bang for the buck.

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    • Dave Haynie

      Mics are like cameras… and guitars. The correct number to own is “just one more”…

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Kevin, I think this is only an answer you can arrive at once you’d figured out precisely what you’ll be using the mic for. Even low level commercial work? Family and vacation videos? Instagram shorts…? Start there and your answer will come. I’d still wager in the RODE range, the VideoMic is probably the best/safest bet.

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