RODE Videomic Pro vs RODE Stereo Videomic – Which One Shoud I Use?

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Matt Granger from PhotoNewsReviews checks in with a great comparison of 2 excellent microphones from RODE – the VideoMic Pro and the Stereo VideoMic Pro.  Although these two microphones have similar names, they yield very different results, over and above the fact that one is mono and the other is stereo.

The RODE VideoMic Pro has become the industry standard for recording high quality audio.  By design, it’s a “Shotgun” microphone, and is therefore a Unidirectional Microphone (which means that picks up sound from one general direction.  This is great for isolating audio from one source in crowded or noisy noisy surroundings – i.e., interviews).

RODE-VMPRODE VideoMic Pro Shotgun Microphone

  • Broadcast recording quality condenser microphone
  • Compact design (only 150mm/6 inches length)
  • Ultra lightweight (only 85g/3oz)
  • 9 volt battery powered, with up to 70 hours battery life (alkaline)
  • Integrated shock mounting

 

The RODE Stereo VideoMic Pro on the other hand, is an Omnidirectional Microphone (which means that it picks up sound equally well from all directions.  This is much better of you want to record the ambient sounds from your environment and aren’t too concerned about focusing on a specific subject).

RODE-SVMPRODE Stereo VideoMic Pro

  • High quality stereo option for videographers
  • 9V battery powered – over 100 hours use (alkaline)
  • Integrated shock mounting
  • Integrated foam windscreen
  • 3.5mm stereo mini-jack output

 

Either of these microphones can be mounted to your camera’s hotshoe or to a separate mount on a camera rig or boom pole.  When shooting outdoors, we highly recommend using a windsock (aka “Dead Kitten”) to cut down on wind noise.

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