As a Vlogger one of the most vital pieces of equipment you want to invest in is a quality microphone. While it is equally important to use the right camera, without the right audio the quality of the video will do little to help your Vlog gain in popularity. Relying on just the microphone on your camera can be a huge mistake as these will often pick up unwanted background noise and disturbances. Using an on-camera microphone can easily help your videos stand out as your message will be clearly heard.
There are a number of different mics that you can use from boom mics to USB microphone to condensers and omnidirectional. Which one is the best the help grow your vlog? It all depends on where you plan to use it most Some mics do better in the home or indoor setting others are ideal for your traveling adventures. Below you will find a variety of mics that are favored for a number of reasons by well-established vloggers. No matter what type of vlog or what your budget you will find the right mic for you.
Best On-Camera Microphones for Vloggers
The Rode VideoMic Pro is a shotgun microphone that is highly recommended in the vlogging community. It is able to produce broadcast quality audio by eliminating background noise and focusing on the sound coming from in front of the camera. It is equipped with shock mounting to also reduce disturbances from vibrations, wind or shock. It can record for over 70 hours and runs off a 9V battery.
This compact cardioid shotgun microphone is a great and affordable option for an on-camera microphone for vloggers. It can record for up to 300 hours off a AAA battery. It is equipped with a built-in shock mount to reduce noise from handling as well as switchable sensitivity to minimize side noise while recording.
The Azden SMX-10 is a directional stereo mic designed to be used to capture natural sounds without all the noise. It is equipped with a shock mount and camera mounting system that captures a wide frequency range. It can be used either through battery power (for up to 1000 hours) or plugged in. It also features a widescreen to decrease wind noise when used outdoors. It is a standard mic that will offer better quality audio than the on-camera mic and budget friendly.
If you are a vlogger that focuses on outdoor activities or events than this should be the mic you consider. It’s designed to cut out low-frequency noise and has rear-noise reduction included in the design as well. Since it is designed to specifically pick up environmental and ambient sound this is not the best to use for interviews or extensive dialogue, and since it is a bit more costly.
The Tascam TM-2X is equipped with an X-Y stereo pattern resulting in two mics being able to cover a wider area of sound. This two mic set up is what produces the stereo sound recording where the audio your record will have more depth. You can change the direction of each mic if you want to experiment with the different types of audio you can collect through the mic. It is a fairly affordable mic that gives vloggers a number of possibilities when it comes to their audio.
This is a shotgun mic that can be a bit more challenging than the other mics on this list. The Zoom SSH-6 can offer crystal clear audio but you will need a zoom recorder to achieve that level of quality if using with a DSLR camera. This mic offers not only center focused recording but two side recording capsules that allow you to record optimal all around sound, which makes it an all-purpose mic with the ability to record indoor and outdoor audio with ease.
The Saramonic VMIC Recorder is a shotgun mic that delivers premium broadcast audio. This mic is designed to work with DSLR cameras and features a shock mount and camera shoe mount. The foam widescreen included allows you to record indoors and outdoors with the ability to minimize wind noise. What you end up recording is audio that is rich and detailed.
The Shure VP83F is a condenser microphone comes with a number of great features. The audio LED screen display allows you to track your input levels and make adjustments to gain or add filters to reduce environmental noises. While the audio you can capture is clear the downfall to the Shure VP83 LensHopper it the short battery life. It requires 2 AA batteries and can only last for about 10 hours.
Let us know how your microphone works out and if you have found some that are better or more affordable, we always love to hear your thoughts!