If you are someone who is into creating vlogs and shooting videos for documentaries and interviews, then I strongly believe that you already and most certainly know and understand the importance of the “quality of sound” and the role it has to play in differentiating good quality video outputs from the not so good ones.
And again, if you have used your DLSRs and SLRs for recording videos without an extra mic, then you most probably know what I am talking about and how an extra microphone can prove to be beneficial for both you and your videos.
Hence, in order to record videos with the best sound quality it is very important that you do not rely on the built in mics that come with your DSLR Camera and invest a little on an extra mic to give good results, for which just to make the selection process much more easier and specific we have with us today the following article on the “Best DSLR Microphones” for the year 2019, where we shall not only look at the list of the best microphones for your DSLR but also pick a few points of wisdom necessary for being able to decide which one is better and which is not.
Top 5 DLSR Microphones In 2019
Well just as promised right in the beginning, this is the part where we list out the top 5 microphones for DSLR which after an elaborate process of reviewing and studying we have come the decision that they truly deserve a place in our list here today.
If you have ever used a Rode mic, then a Pro “+” behind the name should already give you a little hint of how better and awesome the Rode VideoMic Pro+ is going to be. The all new Pro+ I would say brings a lot to the table which lets you record and produce some of the best quality audio and sounds out there without much hiss or noise of any kind.
Also, being a shotgun type of microphone where audio capture needs to be as specific as possible, the Rode Pro+ does an excellent job in doing so, keeping noise and other distraction audios at the minimum and produce a clear audio response of the subject at hand.
Polar Pattern: Super-cardioid
Frequency Response Range: 20Hz- 20KHz
Equivalent Noise Level: 14dBA
Power Source: Inbuilt Rechargeable Battery (AA batteries)
Output Impedance: 200 ohms
Weight: 1 pound
- Warranty up to 10 Years (on registration with Rode)
- Good 20-20,000Hz frequency range
- Robust and Sturdy built quality
- Can be a bit difficult to carry at times
Along with all of that this Rode Mic also brings to you a good frequency range ranging from 20Hz at its minimum to 20,000Hz at its maximum, enabling you to record and produce sound exactly how you as a human can hear and feel. And last but not the least why we think the Rode VideoMic Pro+ deserves to be at the top of the list is its 10years warranty offer which you could say just reflects their own confidence over the product.
For people who like to just plug, record and forget, the Audio Technica AT 8024 is the perfect shotgun microphone. Offering a good long battery back up of up to 80 hours, this Audio Technica mic gives you enough reasons to take your DSLR on long trips and journeys without having to much think about waiting or charging.
And apart from being the ideal option for long runs as well as long days, the Audio Technica moreover, comes with a good frequency range of 40 to 15000Hz, which although is not as much as our previous Rode mic, still is an awesome alternative to get quality and clear sounds.
Polar Pattern: Line-cardioid, LR Stereo
Frequency Response: 40-15000 Hz
Power Source: 1×1.5V AA Battery
Weight: 144 grams
- Superb Battery backup up to 80 hours
- Good quality audio capture
- Sleek design and easy to carry
- Produces a little hiss on higher frequencies
With all that said however, when it comes to sounds in higher ranges close to the maximum limit it may give some little hiss from time to time, but if you can manage and keep things under control then noise as such should not an issue.
3. Boya BY-M1
Next on our list we have lavalier type of microphones and topping that list, we have the Boya BY-M1 which comes at a really affordable price and also provides some of the best quality audio capture.
With a frequency range of 65-18000Hz, the Boya BY-M1 for a Lavalier microphone gives some excellent performance when it comes to recording and producing clear and rich sounds with minimum noise. The mic runs on a LR44 battery as well as can be directly plugged in and used, making it ideal for almost any kind of situations.
Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional
Frequency Response: 65Hz-18000Hz
Power Source: LR44 type battery
Weight: 2.5 grams
- Very very affordable
- Good Audio Quality
- Good Noise cancellation
- Built quality not very high grade
But, if we need to leave put aside the performance aspects of the mic and focus on the built quality and design of the Boya BY-M1, then it is not much of a player there, since the mic head itself looks and feels quite big as compared to the rest of it and construction wise too, it does not feel very sturdy and strong. Hence, making it a priority for the users that they must handle it properly while using.
Coming with a 50 – 18000Hz frequency range which is if not much but just a slight higher than our previous lavalier, the Audio Technica ATR 3350 is just a sweet piece of mic both on performance end as well as design end.
With a sleek and slim design, this Audio Technica lavalier mic is not only easy to hide but completely hassle free due to its rigid yet very flexible design. Moreover, with a weight of just 6 grams, you will absolutely feel nothing on you while the mic is attached on you, giving you an experience which is free of any extra bugged up burden.
Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional
Frequency Response: 50-18000Hz
Power Source: LR44 Type battery
Cable Length: 6m
- Lightweight and Flexible design
- Good Frequency range
- Good quality sound capture
- Sometimes a little hiss can be felt in audio
Another very beautiful and awesome product from Audio Technica is the stereo type microphone, the Audio Technica AT8004 which gives you not only quality but also simple and classy looks to start with.
Coming in an affordable price range of $99.00, this Audio Technica stereo microphone is perfect for any type of users both beginners and professional as well who does not want to invest much on a mic but still want a rich quality experience as well as produce some really good audio for their blogs and videos. Lastly, if we need to talk about performance, then it is pretty certain that this device will surely give you no trouble at all and will just stand up to your expectations well and good.
Type: Stereo | Hand held
Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional
Frequency Response: 80-16000Hz
Power Source: Plug-in (None)
Weight: 158.75 grams
- Simple and classic design
- Sturdy built
- Mike stand not available (has to be bought separately)
How To Choose The Best Microphone For DSLRs?
Well, if you are simply planning to buy a microphone at random for your DSLR and hope it will be able to provide you with some very high quality sound, then right there I would say you are mistaken. The reason, is simply because every camera is built differently and works differently.
Along with that there is the part where you will need to decide what kind of purpose or scenario you want to use it for. Like these, there are many other factors which play a very vital role in helping you decide the perfect microphone for both you and your camera so that you can have the best experience and the best results.
And hence, for that very reason we today bring to you a short yet informative guide on “How to pick the best microphone for your DSLR?”
Is Your Budget All Good For The Go?
The very first and foremost thing quite obviously is how much you are willing to invest and how much can you actually invest. Most often if you are just doing small scale vlogs or interviews for your personal vlog or even some high end vlogs, then going for an expensive high-end microphone may not seem like a very good idea.
You can however find yourself many good quality affordable mics which will meet your purpose just fine. So, I would recommend that if your do not have some high-end commercial recording to do then sticking with the affordable quality mics with standard features and operation is just fine.
However, if you feel that you need some really good featured and pricey mic for the job then you are always free to try out that option too. “Just keep in mind and ask yourself whether investing that much of an amount is worth it or not”.
What Type Of Mic Suits Your Needs?
The second and other most important point you must look at is what type of mics are there and which one meets your purpose. Usually there are three main types of microphones available for DSLRs, which are as follows:
Stereo | Handheld: If you are more of an interviewer kind of guy whose videos mainly revolve around taking interviews and reactions of other people over a mike, then having a the more conventional Stereo or Hand held type of Microphone besides you may seem to be the best option for you. Although, these microphones are not unidirectional and more multi-directional in nature.
Which means that you will get a clear reception of sound from every direction be it the person’s voice you are interviewing or everything that is happening around you and the person. I personally recommend it for interview sessions and general sit on interviews as it gives a more authentic feeling to the whole process.
Shotgun: If you are looking for something which can give you more specific results for sounds you are only interested in and want present in your video, then a shotgun type of microphone is the ideal choice for both you and your videos. These type of microphones work perfectly to capture singular sounds and discard any kind of extra sound that may be present at the surroundings or backgrounds, giving you crystal clear audio of only things you want.
Lavalier: You must have seen most stage anchors and new reporter who does not like to carry the typical hand held microphone have a mic attached to their shirt or dress. Well these kind of mics which are also known as lavalier mics come really handy if you don’t want an extra burden in your hand and want to simply be free whenever you are doing your job like interviewing someone, or just simply vlogging about your favorite place or tv shows, or even singing at times depending upon the quality of the mic. A completely easy and hassle free alternative for recording sounds and audios.
Durability, Built Quality & Portability
Last but certainly not the least when it comes to choosing a good quality microphone from the not so good ones, the factors that need to be considered and reviewed is the built quality of the product, the durability of the product and finally the portability of the product.
Now, it is pretty obvious that no one in their right mind would like to invest on a mic which won’t even last a month or so. Am I right? Hence, it is pretty important to first check the product built quality and at the same time observe and research on how durable that product would be. And if you can make a good assumption of both the factors then choosing the right option is most certain.
Also, with those two factors, in case of microphones you will also need to check the portability and weight. Since, most often you will be carrying the microphone attached to your camera or with you hand, the fact that it needs to be light and portable for easy carrying needs to be always kept in mind before choosing one to buy.