The barriers to entry in personal and professional video recording and audio are lower than ever. Thanks to affordable DSLRs, sophisticated smartphones and tablets with HD cameras, anyone can shoot a quality film. While most cameras and smartphones come with built-in microphones, the emphasis is often on the camera and not the sound quality, which is why we like to use an external microphone for all our cameras (iPhones and Androids included).
An external camera is designed to block out background noise in order to focus on the subject, delivering crisp and clear audio. From filming your family reunion at a busy park, to shooting an interview in the middle of a crowded street, an external mic is better equipped to reduce noise from camera shaking and vibration and instead deliver audio that is as clear and impressive as the video it accompanies.
From vloggers to musicians, family videographers to small business owners, these compact and professional-style camera microphones will ensure that your great video also has excellent audio.
1. Movo VXR10 Universal Video Microphone
Compatible with DSLRs, cameras, camcorders, iPhones, Androids, tablets, laptops and more, the Movo VXR10 Universal Video Microphone is one of the most versatile microphones on the market. Ideal for personal use, vloggers, home videos and more, the Movo is made durable thanks to its aluminum construction. We also like that it doesn’t require batteries, cutting down on costs and removing the risk of the microphone dying during a shoot.
Pros: The Movo comes with a shock mount that cuts down on vibrational noise and a cardioid condenser that minimizes background noise.
Cons: The Movo also works with GoPros, but a separate adapter must be purchased.
2. Comica CVM-V30 PRO Camera Microphone
Designed to keep the focus on subjects and cut down on background in noisy environments, the Comica CVM-V30 PRO Camera Microphone can be adjusted between -38dB to -28dB and includes a low-cut mode for especially loud areas. The Comica uses a Super-Cardioid Polar Pattern when capturing noise which helps to pick up the subject’s voice and dim background noise.
Pros: The Comica has a shock-resistant structural design that reduces vibration noise.
Cons: The Comica works on all cameras that come with a 3.5mm(TRS) audio input jack except for the Canon T6. The Comica also requires 3A batteries, which are not included.
3. TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone
Designed with a universal mount that attaches to most DSLRs, cameras and camcorders, the TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone features 200Hz low-frequency attenuation, making it ideal for single person or group interviews and vlogs. Like the Comica, the TAKSTAR has a 10dB sensitivity enhancement to help reduce background noise and a shock-resistant structural design. Though a professional-style microphone, the TAKSTAR is affordable enough to use for personal videos.
Pros: The TAKSTAR has a heart-shaped single-point pickup that cuts down on background noise and its’ three controls are conveniently placed on the side of the mount.
Cons: Unlike the Comica and Movo, the TAKSTAR does not come with a windsock. It also runs on 1AA battery, which is not included.