Which DSLR offers the best sound quality

DSLR movies with better sound

The soundis at Film exactlyO important as the picture.Unfortunately bring built-in microphones in DSLR cameras (or video cameras) are not an acceptable result. Built-in microphones are integrated into the housing, so any background noise in the vicinity of the camera - e.g. zoom, autofocus, image stabilizer or housing contact - is mercilessly recorded. In addition, the microphones are of poor quality.
It therefore stands to reason, a external microphone upgrade or with one digital audio recorder to help out. By the way, I do both. The challenge is not to get worse. An external microphone for, say, € 35 is not an effective improvement either. What is left for the electronics besides the manufacturing costs, the packaging and the merchant's earnings? In any case, not enough for usable sound. So something affordable with more substance has to be found. With a stake of around € 100 it looks much better. A manufacturer that demands professional studio quality is the Australian microphone manufacturer Rode. The model Rode VideoMic * was noticed very positively by the price / performance ratio of around € 85-95.

Who is Rode Microphones?
Rode Mikrophones, based in Silverwater, Australia, is a manufacturer that has been designing and manufacturing microphones since 1967. The Rodes aim in the direction of professional use in studios, for sound systems, video, film and singing. Rode offers the possibility to get a 10 year guarantee on the product, provided the buyer is willing to register on the homepage. It speaks for the manufacturer to be so convinced of his products and to pass this on to the customer.

In which Rode VideoMic * is a mono condenser microphone connected in parallel. Due to the parallel connection, the audio signal can be heard on both stereo channels. It thus fulfills the first requirement of professional use, because the sound is often recorded in dual mono for design reasons and only later mixed with other sources to create stereo or surround sound. The VideoMic is connected via a 3.5 mm stereo jack plug with a spiral cable (if a socket is not available, see audio recorder). The length of this is matched to the use on DSLRs and thus nothing flutters around in a disturbing way.

The VideoMic is a mechanically decoupled microphone, which avoids the recording of operating or running noises. There are no running noises with DSLRs, but camera movements are still a good thing.
As a typical condenser microphone, a power supply is also required, here a 9V block with a specified running time of 100 hours.


A large foam protection (pop protection) against wind noise is included in the scope of delivery and is sufficient for light wind. I myself prefer the use of a so-called Deadcat windscreen, which reliably keeps the noise away, even with a little more wind.

It is attached to the DSLR camera on the hot shoe.

On my Canon EOS 5d Mark II I get with the Rode VideoMic * a balanced sound, powerful and with directional characteristics. The background noise is very low, which indicates the good quality of the microphone capsule. So all in all a highly recommended improvement.

The Rode VideoMic * has meanwhile become standard equipment for me when it comes to good sound in films. I can't imagine without it. Due to its design, it is well suited for DSLRs, for small video cameras it looks rather oversized, but still works very well.

I also use one digital audio recorder. If necessary, this can also be placed on the hot shoe (with adapter *) and gives me a little more freedom to record the sound in another position or after recording the film.
Such a digital audio recorder is also an ingenious option for owners of Cameras withoutMicrophone input, still get an excellent sound. However, this must then be added to the recordings afterwards. In practice, the handling is a bit more complex, but the results are absolutely convincing. During processing, it helps to record the sound with the internal microphone and the audio recorder. The sound track of the internal microphone then forms the reference track for the sound of the audio recorder during editing. Using the waveform, the audio recorder can quickly assign the soundtrack. The Tascam DR05_V2 * audio recorder, which is very interesting in terms of quality and price, is very suitable for these purposes. For currently less than 100 €, there is an excellent sound, even on DSLR cameras without a jack socket. For the more demanding, the Tascam DR-60 * or the Zoom H6 * come into question.



In the meantime I have implemented numerous video footage productions with the Rode VideoMic *. This is usually the DEADCAT *raised, because the best quality, without the slightest wind noise, is a must.

The audio quality is simply impressive, and the agencies went through the sound control every time without any problems.

So it remains, absolute buy recommendation.


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