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Rating and Reviews: Rode VideoMic Shotgun Mic

Capture high-quality sound on your iPhone videos! This mini Rode shotgun mic plugs into your smartphone's 1/8" TRRS headphone jack, and points front or back.

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"Well worth the money if you need a decent mic at a low cost" submitted October 2, 2018

By Ron D in Rochester, NY
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Musical Background: Audio Engineer, home recording, video recording
Music Style: I don't play, I just record & listen to music. But I've recorded contemporary bands, choirs and concerts, voice-overs, other rec
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Sound: The sound quality depends on what you are using to record. It narrows the field of sound but does reduce the sound level a little, but I'm experienced with sound, Most people wouldn't notice any difference. Great to use for interviews and close up stuff and will handle some distant audio (like in my church which has a PA and band it comes through sounding decent.) Feature: Most useful feature is that it's pocket sized so I can keep it with me and that I can listen through the mic.Least useful feature? Only has software for iOS but you don't need it - any audio software will work, and work better than Rode's app. Ease of Use: Quite easy to get good sound. Just be close enough to hear the sound, point the mic in that direction and listen through the mic in case you need to adjust it. Quality: Durable product, only comes apart in 3 parts (main body, screw-off front, and rubber clamp) With care it should last a few years if not more. Value: Yes, I bought a resealed one and it is doing well. Manufacturer Support: Have not need it yet. The Wow Factor: Great because it allows me to focus the mic instead of the omni-directional phone/tablet mics. Overall: This mic works on almost all smartphones, tablets and some cameras. My friends and I tested it on a Galaxy of products, iPads & iPhpnes, a Fire 7 HD tablet and an HD video camera, and it recorded sound about the same as without a mic, except that it focused more on the direction it pointed to and not as much sound from behind the mic. The big furry windscreen is a useful whimsical tool that works well to dissipate wind moving near the mic. Plug any earbuds or headphones into the mic and you can hear what's recording.
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