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Shootout of the Mini Shotguns!

If you’re shooting video with a DSLR, chances are you’re going to want a small shotgun mic in your kit. With all the choices on the market it’s hard to know which one is right for you.

Chad Johnson has solved this problem for you – Shootout of the Mini Shotguns!

Shootout of the Mini Shotguns! from Chad Johnson on Vimeo.

For me, the number one factor in choosing a mic is how it sounds. My experience is that I can fix all kinds of problems in post production by taking out things I don’t want in the audio but it’s hard to put in what wasn’t there in the first place.

For my ear, the RØDE mics sound the best. And, in my experience with both mics, they are well made, reliable and easy to work with.

I know there are some situations where the off-axis rejection of a shotgun mic is the most important factor. In my experience those situations call for a high end professional shotgun operated by an experienced sound recordist. That’s not the same as mounting a shotgun on your DSLR and hitting the record button.

So, have a listen to Chad’s shoot out and decide for yourself. Then take a moment to leave a comment and let me know what you think.


{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Misha Antonich May 23, 2011, 2:45 pm

     Thanks for this great test!

  • Anonymous June 5, 2011, 5:33 am

    I just bought the RODE Video Mic from B&H. I think it sounded best of the four. Even better than the Rode Video Mic Pro. Glade a I made a great choice. Thanks for the microphone shoot out, it told me just what I needed to know. 

    Ron Whitting/ A.F. productions
    Tyler, Texas
    60D Canon / Rode Video Mic /H4N Zoom for HD Video Production

  • Anonymous August 27, 2011, 10:29 am

    I’ve been reading up on shot gun mics especially the Rode models. Nothing like hearing it.
    Thank you for another great one. The Rode Mics Rule
    Only Love,

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