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RØDE VideoMic Pro Gets An Upgrade In Almost Every Way

By Kishore Sawh on May 19th 2015

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There are pieces of photography/videography equipment which are almost iconic largely due to their appearance. The Leica rangefinder design is unmistakable, Stevie Wonder himself can’t miss the LaCie rugged line of bright orange external drives, and few, and if any pieces are as identifiable as the grey Canon lenses. Somewhat along those lines, is the RØDE VideoMic Pro. It’s borderline phallic appearance with the company name in bold printed on the outside can be found in photographer and videographer bags everywhere. It’s the company’s bestseller, certainly one of the most popular mics on the planet – and it’s just had an update.

This industry standard on-camera shotgun mic was released in 2010 and caught on like a virus due to its small size, high-quality audio, industry first +20db level boost, and relatively inexpensive price. But it’s been about 5 years since the release, so an update was warranted and has arrived with both physical and performance upgrades.

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The Ricote Lyre suspension system is perhaps the best microphone shock mounting solution to date and has been implemented on the VideoMic Pro. It has a suspension makeup of hard-wearing thermoplastic to minimize vibrations and unwanted noise than more traditional solutions. According to RØDE’s site,

Virtually indestructible, the Rycote Lyre will never sag, snap, wear out or require rethreading to maintain its effectiveness…At the heart of the VideoMic Pro is an all-new 1/2″ condenser capsule that provides broadcast-quality audio via a 3.5mm minijack connector (outputting the mono signal to both left and right channels) with an incredibly low self-noise of just 14db. A super-cardioid polar pattern ensures that surrounding audio is minimised, and your recording is focused on the subject in front of the camera.

If that isn’t enough to peak your interest, the microphone capsule is also entirely new and said to give the new Pro even lower self-noise and higher level sensitivity, resulting in clearer, better audio over a broader dynamic range. It is battery powered and gives an impressive 70 hours of use with a single 9V battery. The cost for all this? $249, only a $20 increase in price from the original version, and probably worth every penny.

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Specs

  • Rycote® Lyre® shock mounting onboard
  • All new capsule with lower noise and higher sensitivity
  • Broadcast recording quality condenser microphone
  • Compact form factor (150mm/6” length)
  • Ultra lightweight (85g/3oz)
  • 9V battery powered – over 70 hours use (alkaline)
  • Integrated shock mounting
  • Integrated foam windscreen
  • 3.5mm stereo mini-jack output (dual mono)
  • Two step High Pass Filter (flat, 80Hz)
  • Three position level control (-10dB, 0, +20dB)
  • Camera shoe mount with 3/8” thread for easy boom pole mounting
  • 10-year warranty with online registration at www.rodemic.com/warranty

Get yours here.

Source: RØDE

About

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.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Yankel Adler

    The original was great, would like to see how this one actually performs

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  2. Marlon Fortune

    This would be a nice addition to my kit, I’ve delayed for too long from purchasing one of these. The internal camera mic is not too horrible, but its time to upgrade from that : )

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  3. Tosh Cuellar

    The original is in every photographer/videographer kit in my office, great piece of equipment, glad to see it get an update.

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  4. Dave Haynie

    The original VideoMic wasn’t a bad mic for cameras without XLR inputs, so this sure looks like a nice upgrade. One of my regular video mics is a Rode NTG-1, and I have a few other Rodes for recording and sound reinforcement. Good stuff.

    I’d still want a dead cat on it for outdoor use, which used to be a problem, since it’s kind of an odd configuration. But these were popular enough for Rode to make their own. The other thing, with battery-powered mics or devices (I normally use a Zoom H4n for my recording needs, at least for mobile video or small projects), is that you MUST toss out that old battery before a new session. And don’t use cheap batteries. Unless you’re monitoring all of your audio recorders, you won’t know when one dies, necessarily, but at least with quality, fresh cells, you know from experience which ones might die during a session and which will last.

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  5. Brandon Dewey

    great article

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