I recently picked up a Rode VideoMicro Microphone for use with my iPhone 6. While this microphone is meant for use with cameras it works great with my iPhone 6 but there are some details you’ll need to know before buying. The Rode VideoMicro was built to use with cameras. You attach this microphone to your camera to record high quality audio when your shooting video. The built- in microphone on most cameras are not very good so with the VideoMicro you can record better audio and improve the overall quality of your videos. The Rode VideoMicro retails for $89 but you can find it online for as low as $59.
The box contains the VideoMicro microphone, a dead cat windscreen, a shock mount, a patch cable, and quick start guide.
The microphone does not require a battery. It draws power from the camera. Make sure to check rode.com to see if your camera can power this microphone. The microphone’s patch cable is TRS to TRS with a 3.5mm male connector on each end. The shock mount is a Rycote Lyre. It has a cold shoe adapter. Supposedly these Rycote Lyre are pretty good. The windscreen is a dead cat. Thick and furry, which is should eliminate more wind noise than a foam windscreen.
This mic is an on-camera microphone but I plan to use it with my iPhone 6. I checked rode.com and it is compatible. Rode recently started shipping a second version of this microphone called the Video Mic Me. It’s the same microphone as this one, but designed specifically for smartphone. I’ll explain later why I chose the VideoMicro over the Video Mic Me.
The VideoMicro will not work out of the box with the iPhone 6. The included 3.5mm TRS to TRS patch cable will not work with the iPhone or other smartphone. The iPhone headset jack is uses 3.5mm female TRRS connector. I needed a different patch cable. I bought the Rode SC7 TRS to TRRS patch cable which is sold separately for $15. The black end of the cable is TRS and the gray end of the cable is TRRS. Rode now uses a grey connector for TRRS, which is a nice touch. The black tip plugs into the microphone and the gray tip into the iPhone.
I’ll still need a way to mount the microphone to my iPhone as the it doesn’t have a cold shoe mount. When I shoot video with my iPhone I like to build up a rig. If you have watched my channel you have seen that I used a ALM MCam with my iPhone 5s and am current using a iPro Lens case for the iPhone 6. The MCam has a cold shoe mount integrated in the body. My iPro Lens case has two 1/4 20 mounts. I am going to connect this cold shoe mount to the top 1/4 20 mount and use that to hold the microphone. Once I get this rig all set up. I’ll record some video and we can hear how the microphone sounds.
As I said earlier Rode has the Video Mic Me for smartphones. It costs the same but clips directly to the smartphone, it has a built in 3.5mm TRRS male plug to attack to the phone. It comes with the dead cat but it doesn’t need a shock mount or require a patch cable. It has a headphone pass-through on the back which the VideoMicro doesn’t have.
I chose the VideoMicro because I use a rig and can attach the VideoMicro’s shock mount to a cold shoe adapter. Looking at the pictures its not clear how well the Video Mic Me would mount to a phone in a case. By choosing the VideoMicro over the Mic Me I’ll have the flexibility of using it with both an iPhone and a camera in the future.
The downside is the added cost for the TRRS patch cable, cold shoe adapter, and a splitter if I want a headphone jack to monitor audio from the headset jack.
How did you think the mic sounded? leave a reply below. I still need to do more testing.
Check out my video below.
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