People may forgive bad video but not bad audio.
Most cameras have built-in mics, but the sound is typically just okay.
If you’re going to do video, you really need to invest in a good mic. Doesn’t have to be crazy expensive, but even a cheap mic is better than no mic.
I have a lot of mics (can you have too many?) that I use for different reasons. I like to be covered for almost any scenario.
You’ll also notice I love RODE mics. They work, have great sound and if you register them with RODE come with some impressive warranties too.
ON CAMERA MICS (also called shotgun mics)
Rode VideoMic Pro+. This is a higher end Rode mic that has a lot of features. Possibly the best feature is the ability to power if directly from your camera which eliminates the need for additional batters.
Rode VideoMic Go. A simplified version of the Pro+. No bells and whistles but is cheaper and has a very good sound too. And like the Pro+, it uses your camera’s power instead of additional batteries.
Rode VideoMicro. Very small, compact-style mic that has a really good sound. I use this with my Canon M50, my GoPro Hero 7 Black and even my iPhone 8+ (you’ll need an adapter for iPhones 7 and newer).
Another cool little mic is the little Rode VideoMicro Me-L made specifically for iPhones with a lightning connection. Small little thing that can help focus in your audio.
Rode RodeLink Wireless Filmmaker System. This is one of the best wireless mic systems I’ve ever had.
They pair right out-of-the-box and have an amazing sound. The kit even comes with a lav mic too.
The RodeLink Wireless is half the price of the equivalent Sennheiser system and just as good too.
Rode Wireless Go. I never thought you could make such a small, versatile wireless mic, but here it is. Tiny and just like the Wireless Filmmaker system, pairs the second you turn it on.
The mic is actually built into the transmitter but also comes with a mic jack too. Solid and affordable.
Rode SmartLav+. Great sounding little lav mic made for smartphones. If you have an iPhone 7 or newer, you’ll need an adapter. It does have a fairly short cord so keep that in mind.
Rode NTG1 Boom mic. This is a solid boom mic with an XLR output. There are other, newer versions, but for me, this works and does all I need it too.
HANDHELD / DESK MICS
It’s has a USB and XLR input plus a headphone jack too. It comes with both cords and a mic stand.
And the best part? You get all of that for under $75!
Blue Yeti USB mic. This is really a desk mic and way too heavy and cumbersome for a handheld mic even though I know some people use it as a boom mic.
It has four different audio settings and a great sound too. This version is a USB mic only. And just looks cool!
If you have any questions about any of the tools and resources I use, please let me know.
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