Camcorder Microphone Reviews And Buying Tips

A camcorder microphone does exactly what you would expect – it is a microphone that is designed to be used with a camcorder, to provide you with the best possible audio for anything that you are filming.

They will be designed to be entirely unobtrusive so that the film itself is not disturbed, while ideally giving you a lot of choice over what types of sound are picked up. This is because a lot of different films require different sound to be used at different times – both near and far. If you can get the best camcorder microphone for this then you will be on your way to filming perfectly.

But any external camcorder microphone needs to have certain features. An external camcorder microphone should be able to pick up the sound that you want while being entirely unobtrusive, simply because you do not want it to get in the way of filming in general.

Camcorder microphone reviews can give you a really good idea overall for what to look for, but in general it is up to you. Depending on what you are filming you will need different things, so make sure that you prioritize this when looking.

As for different brands, Rode, Audio-Technica and Sony show time and time again that they are able to produce brilliant mics to go with their products. Sony obviously can produce mics to go with their line of video cameras, but in general they produce some really high quality products which you can use with a number of different camcorders. Other brands are also available, but for overall quality you really cannot beat these three high quality brands.

2014 Best Rated Camcorder Microphone
#1 Shure VP83 LensHopper

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#2 Rode VideoMic Pro VMP

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#3Sony ECM-AW3

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2012/2013 Rankings
#1 Rode VideoMic Pro VMP

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#2Sony ECM-AW3

Shotgun mics in general are well known for being useful with camcorders simply due to their design. The Sony ECM-AW3 however is a great example of what to look for in any product that you buy, simply because it is so well designed for its overall purpose.

Key Features

  • Size of 4.7 x 3 x 9.8 inches
  • 3.2 ounces in weight, making it light for ease of use
  • Two way communication included
  • Able to be used 150 feet from the camera
  • 3 hours total battery life for continuous use
  • Earphone jacks are brilliantly useful

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#3Audio-Technica ATR-6550

This is another example of a great mic to use when filming – it is so perfectly designed that you can use it pretty much whenever you need, for whatever you are filming.

Key Features

  • Weight of just 4 ounces
  • Switchable polar pattern included
  • Designed especially for cameras and filming
  • Cardioid condenser design
  • 3 feet long cable comes with the product
  • Camera mount and attachments come with the product as well

Reviewers are very positive about this mic, as it is so well designed for a number of different uses.

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