Shopping for on camera microphones for your Youtube channel?
But not quite sure what you’re looking for, or how to tell the difference between one model and the next?
Well you’ve come to the right place.
Because in this ultimate guide, I’m going to show you our top 7 picks for the best on-camera microphones currently on the market.
So here’s what we’re about to cover:
Table of Contents:
- The Best “Budget” On-Camera Microphone Option
- The Best-Selling On Camera Microphone for Youtubers
- The Industry Standard for Youtube Professionals
- The Most Underrated Microphone You Never Heard of
- An Amazing Shotgun Mic in a Small Package
- The Longest Shotgun Microphone on the List
- The Only On Camera Mic With Internal Recording
The Best “Budget” On-Camera Microphone Option
As every amateur filmmaker knows, video equipment is insanely expensive, especially for those of us first starting out.
And the truth is, if until you’ve learned the finer techniques of the art form, you really won’t even benefit much from super expensive gear anyway.
So if this your first time working with an on-camera microphone, I highly suggest going with one of the cheaper (but still good) options, such as the Movo VXR10.
Besides just the mic, it also comes with a shock-mount, a deadcat windscreen and a few more useful accessories as well.
And if it’s price makes you skeptical of its quality, you need not worry, since it has literally thousands of positive reviews to its name.
If this sounds close to what you’re looking for, here’s the link:
The Best-Selling On Camera Microphone for Youtubers
If you’ve ever considered yourself in the club of “wannabe youtubers”…
Then you’ve no-doubt heard of, or at least seen the Rode VideoMicro countless times.
Because for many years, it was the go-to option for anyone trying to start their own channel. Mainly because:
- It’s insanely compact
- Simple to use for beginners
- And very affordable
So if you’d like a significant upgrade from the previous mic we covered, this is the next option I’d suggest:
The Industry Standard for Youtube Professionals
Compared to the other Rode mics we’ve covered so far on the list, the Rode VideoMic Pro+ offers a number of useful added features:
The first and most obvious feature is the advanced suspension mount that is actually quite good at isolating the mic from any handling noise on the camera.
It also has two easy access high-pass filter settings on the back that allows you to cut out even more rumbling and wind noise before it ever gets recorded.
Next, it has a handy new feature that automatically shuts off the mic whenever you shut off the camera, so you don’t accidentally drain the batteries.
And finally, perhaps most important of all, a safety track that records -10dB lower than the main track, as insurance against accidentally clipping.
The Most Underrated Microphone You Never Heard of
Originally launching their very first microphone back in 2018, Deity microphones quickly made a name for themselves in the Youtube community…
After more and more filmmakers started talking about how great it is compared to the Rode VideoMic Pro+.
A few notable features worth mentioning:
- Stepless Gain Knob – for smooth and precise gain adjustments, even while recording
- 51 hour Battery – compared the thirty-something with Rode mics.
- An Insane Value – according to many, it’s the best value per dollar of all mics on this list
Many pros even use Deity’s on-camera microphones as back ups to much more expensive, professional microphones.
An Amazing Shotgun Mic in a Small Package
The most recent update in Rode’s line of on-camera microphones…
The Rode VideoMic NTG is essentially a mini shotgun microphone, that is exceptionally good at isolating sound sources for the environment.
Notable features worth mentioning include:
- -20dB Pad – which is handy anytime you want to avoid clipping on unusually loud sound sources (such as maybe a gun shot).
- Variable Gain Knob – which allows you to perfectly fine tune your levels to any sound.
- USB Functionality – so you can record your voiceovers straight to your computer as you edit.
Having personally tried all these mics myself, this one is my personal favorite.
The Longest Shotgun Microphone on the List
While not primarily designed to be mounted on-camera…
The Sennheiser MKE 600 includes a unique adapter mount that makes it rather easy to attach.
And the biggest adantage here, compared to every other mic we’ve covered so far is…
The add length of this shotgun mic makes it easier to pick up sound only from your target, while rejecting maximum background noise.
Which is an extremely useful feature, anytime you’re recording outdoors or in noisy environments, as so many of us often are.
If that sounds like you, then this very well may be your best option.
The Only On Camera Mic With Internal Recording
Compared to previous mics on the list, the Shure VP83F offers even more upgrades that we haven’t yet seen.
- LCD screen – to easily monitor your current settings
- RF rejection – to eliminate interference noise from other electronic devices.
- Internal Mic Recording – meaning you don’t even need the camera to record audio. And you’ll always have a backup even when you do
It’s even been said that the audio conversion quality on the mic is noticably better than on most cameras, so it’s an added bonus if you need ultra high quality audio.
Now one last time, here are the links:
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