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Australian audio brand RØDE has one of the best marketing tools imaginable. It brands the windshields on all its video mics with the RØDE logo so that whenever you see a press conference or a scrum of cameras, you’ll see that RØDE logo all over the screen. It’s as smart a move as all those Marshall guitar amplifiers emblazoned with the iconic Marshall script logo.

Microphones for video cameras are RØDE’s bread and butter business. The company ships thousands of them from its Sydney factory and no matter where you are in the world, you’ll always see a video camera with a RØDE mic.

Now the company has announced a new version of its mega-selling VideoMicro model aimed at DSLR and video camera users who need a high-quality shotgun mic for mounting on the top of a camera to pick up speech in clear, broadcast quality.

The VideoMicro is iconic and has become a classic with amateur content creators and professional filmmakers. The VideoMicro II takes things to the next level with new features offering enhanced performance, redefining the standard for ultra-compact on-camera microphones.

The VideoMicro II is a true shotgun condenser microphone with a super-cardioid polar pattern. It delivers highly directional audio and focuses on the sound source it is pointed at while reducing background noise.

Built at RØDE’s state-of-the-art factory in Sydney, the VideoMicro II uses RØDE’s annular line tube technology and offers a transparent and full-bodied sound. The circuitry has been overhauled for enhanced sensitivity and lower self-noise. Considering its compact size, the VideoMicro II capture broadcast sound quality and is just as easy to use as its predecessor.

The VideoMicro II doesn’t need batteries and has no complicated controls. It’s an ideal device for upgrading the audio quality on almost any camera or smartphone. One of the most striking new features of the VideoMicro II is its red suspension mount. The HELIX isolation mount was explicitly developed for the VideoMicro II by RØDE. It’s a highly innovative shock mount system that protects from knocks, bumps and handling noises that would otherwise spoil the sound.

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The mic has a 3.5mm TRS output and no complicated controls. Just plug it into the host camera and start filming. The lightweight design adds just 39g to the weight of a camera and the rugged, all-metal body is tough enough to withstand life on the road. Also included in the price is deluxe foam and furry windshields for cutting wind noise when filming outside. The cables provided can connect the VideoMicro II to cameras and smartphones.

Damien Wilson is RØDE’s CEO: “The VideoMicro was groundbreaking when it was released almost a decade ago. Never had creators been able to record clear audio with a microphone as compact, lightweight and easy to use. It has since become the world’s best-selling on-camera mic and has spawned many imitators, though none have replicated the professional performance of the original. Over the past ten years, we have continued to innovate across our entire VideoMic range. We are excited to update the VideoMicro with next-generation features for today’s creators.”

Verdict: The sound quality delivered by the VideoMicro II is simply stunning. This compact shotgun mic has a broadcast-quality capsule that captures speech beautifully, even from some distance away. The low floor noise helps keep the sound pristine even when cranking the gain up. The choice of foam or furry windshields is a nice touch and adds extra value to what is an already competitively-priced microphone. If you have a DSLR or video camera that could benefit from an upgrade to its built-in microphone, the VideoMicro II offers superb performance at a bargain price. Thanks to its rugged, all-metal body, the VideoMicro II is robust enough to cope with life on the road, and it doesn’t even need batteries. Highly Recommended.

Pricing & Availability: The RØDE VideoMicro II is available now and costs just $79.

More info: rode.com

Tech Specs:

  • Acoustic principle: Pressure gradient electret condenser.
  • Polar pattern: Supercardioid.
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz.
  • Output impedance: 2.6kΩ.
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 79dB.
  • Dynamic range: 95dB.
  • Sensitivity: -30dBV (31.62 mV @ 94 dB SPL) ± 1 dB @ 1kHz.
  • Max SPL: 110 dB SPL.
  • Output connection: 3.5mm TRS.
  • Weight: 39g.
  • Dimensions: 80mm length and 22 diameter.
  • Included accessories: Helix isolation mount, foam windshield, WS12 furry windshield, SC7 TRS to TRRS patch cable, SC13 TRS to TRS patch cable.
  • Compatible accessories: SC3, SC4, SC8, SC11, DCS-1, Tripod 2, VXLR Pro, VXLR+, Mini Boompole.
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