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.


Check out the cameras I use and recommend!


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 Pro+ Compact Directional On-Camera Shotgun Condenser Microphone

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 VideoMic GO Light Weight On-Camera Microphone

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).

Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone with Rycote Lyre Shock Mount


WIRELESS MICS

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 RodeLink FM Digital Wireless Filmmaker System

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 Wireless Go – Compact Wireless Microphone System, Transmitter and Receiver

LAV MICS

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 smartLav+ Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone for iPhone and Smartphones

BOYA lav mic. This is a really good lav mic that can work with a smartphone or DSLR camera and has the longest cord I’ve ever seen. And, it’s under $25!

BOYA Mic with 1/4″ adapter for Smartphones iPhone DSLR Cameras

Tascam Lav Mic + Digital Recorder. And now for something completely different. It’s a mic. It’s a digital recorder. It’s a mic connected to a digital recorder and creates really good audio!

You just turn it on, hit record and it will record for hours. Plus it’s virtually impossible to accidentally bump the volume or worse, turn it off. It records to a micro-SD card.

Tascam DR-10L Digital Recorder

BOOM MIC

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.

Rode NTG1 Condenser Shotgun Mic

HANDHELD / DESK MICS

Audio-Technica ATR2100 mic. This is my go to mic for my livestreams and podcast.

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!

Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

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!

Blue Yeti USB Microphone – Blackout Edition

If you have any questions about any of the tools and resources I use, please let me know.

Keep creating!

|kevin


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