courtesy B&H PhotoVideo
The built in microphones found on most consumer camcorders are not very good. But then again, they are usually a lot better than the cheap omni-directional mikes found on smaller pocket camcorders and digital cameras.
The secret to getting good audio for video is using an external microphone. One of the best - and most affordable -is the new Rode Stereo Video Mic Pro. Just $299
Røde is the undisputed leader in on-camera microphone technology, and its new Stereo Video Mic Pro is the most lightweight, compact and superior sounding camera-mountable stereo microphone the company has ever built. It’s an excellent choice for capturing the sound of live musical performances and for ambient / environmental recordings. The built-in microphones on HDSLR and video cameras have a very unnatural and unpleasent sound quality.
The Rode Stereo Video Mic Pro has a life-like response, capable of transporting audiences into another world. It features a -10dB pad for louder sounds, and it has a +20dB boost option that improves the audio quality on HDSLR cameras that feature manual level control (such as the Canon 5D mkII).
A camera-mountable shock mount is built in, and you can attach it to a boom pole with its 3/8" thread mount. A single 9-volt battery gives the Stereo VideoMic Pro over 100 hours of life, and a rear LED stays illuminated when powered on. There's a lot more to like about this mic, so for more information and to hear it in action, please watch this hands-on review video.
|Active Electronics||JFET impedance converter|
|Frequency Range||40 Hz - 20 kHz|
|High Pass Filter||Selectable, 75 Hz|
|Output Impedance||200 Ohm|
|Maximum Output||+4.2dBu (@ 1% THD into 1kΩ)|
|Output Connection||1/8" (3.5mm) stereo mini-jack|
|Directional Pattern||XY Cardioid (coincident)|
|SPL||134dB (@ 1 kHz, 1% THD into 1 kΩ load)|
|Sensitivity||-38dB (12.6mV@94dB SPL) ±2dB re 1V/Pa @ 1kHz|
|Equivalent Noise||20dBA SPL (A - weighted per IEC651)|
|Dynamic Range||100dB (per IEC651)|
|Signal/Noise||73dB SPL (A - weighted per IEC651)|
|Dimensions||2.6 x 4.25 x 5.1" (66 x 108 x 130mm)|
|Weight||4.1 oz (117 g) (without battery)|