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The Rode Microphones VideoMic with Rycote Lyre Suspension System is a shotgun microphone that can easily be mounted on a DSLR camera. It features a Rycote suspension system that attaches to the camera's shoe. The VideoMic is lightweight and when mounting on a camera it does not appear in the frame. The VideoMic can also mount to Rode's boompoles for elevated audio capture. Its super-cardioid polar pattern attenuates sounds from the sides. The result is a signal that sounds closer to the camera, even when shooting in noisy environments or at moderate distances.
The included Rycote Lyre is a non-elasticized suspension structure composed of a hard-wearing thermoplastic. It is more effective at acoustically decoupling microphones from unwanted vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise than elasticized suspensions. The lyre remains effective at a wide range of temperatures and is virtually indestructible. It will never wear out, sag, snap or require any rethreading to maintain its effectiveness.
An attached, coiled cable terminates to a 1/8" (3.5mm) mini output connection. The VideoMic features a condenser element that utilizes a standard 9 Volt batteries (sold separately). The microphone will run for approximately 100 hours on a single battery.
Reviewed by 4 customers
Great for events, weddings or as a boom!
Great for in camera mic and as a boom mic
I've used Rode mics for the past 4 years for our wedding films, and love the quality of the audio using my DSLR's. The rubber bands on the old version tended to cause the mic to sway side to side, while the new Rycote Lrye Suspension system is very durable and holds the mic right where it needs to be. Using a steadycam with the old version was close to impossible, but the new version works great.
This is my second Rode VideoMic. I liked the quality of the one I had but I dropped it and its diaphragm broke. I didn't feel like (nor have time) fixing it so I bought this one. I like Rycote Lyre Suspension better than the other type. It's flatter so easier to pack. I use it for shooting documentaries with DSLR so its lower profile is a welcome feature that, I think, allows the entire camera to be more stable. Sound quality is not perfect but A WHOLE LOT better than the integrated mic. It is cheap enough that I don't have to worry so much about bringing it to shootings when safety of camera equipments (as well as myself) are not guaranteed. With the GlideCam I use, it is a bit tricky to balance the camera with this mic but not impossible.