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Microphone for Canon 5d Mk iii - Rode VideoMic vs. Zoom H1

I am looking for an affordable, but capable microphone for the Canon 5d Mk iii. So far I am considering the Rode VideoMic vs. Zoom H1. Do you have any experience with these or can you recommend another model?

Rode VideoMic

Zoom H1

by Erik Annis at 2013-01-04 03:29:42 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

I tried using a Zoom H1 and while it works it’s a real pain the the butt to set up and use so I went with the Rode VideoMic Pro.

by James Colburn | 04 Jan 2013 05:01 | Omaha, Nebraska, United States | | Report spam→
Depends what you want to record. Different jobs require different mics.

That’s the old model Rode Video Mic. There’s a newer, smaller one. At best it’s only really good for B roll ambient sound.

The Zoom H1 is good but has a pretty wide angle. For interviews in noisy places you will have to get it very close to the interviewee’s mouth (and probably in your shot).

My own solution is to use wired lapel mics for interviews (into a Zoom) and the Zoom H4N or H1 for ambient sound. The in-camera audio is only used for background or as a reference to sync up the other sources in post.

There’s a reason why TV crews employ a dedicated sound person: my experience is that if you’re doing this by yourself you need to simplify things as much as possible.

by DPC | 04 Jan 2013 12:01 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
This would be for run & gun situations, where lapel mics are not an option. I want it to be directional (for subjects up to 20 feet away) as well as useful for 3 feet away interviews with a wide angle. I would put a dead cat windscreen over the mic for outdoor use.

I think I will go with the Rode mic. On the 5d Mk3 is the Rode VideoMic Pro a much better solution (over the Rode VideoMic? Since the Rode VideoMic Pro can be set to +20db on the 5D MK3.

by Erik Annis | 04 Jan 2013 15:01 | | Report spam→
I have not used the Rode VideoMic, but I will second the notion about the throw of the Zoom being very wide. The quality of the sound isn’t bad, but if you could put a directional mic with the zoom you would be in good shape.

by chris cella | 05 Jan 2013 05:01 | North Hollywood, United States | | Report spam→
I think you may have difficulty using the Rode VMP at a distance of 20 feet. You want to get the mic as close to the subject as possible. (I have a Rode VMP and am currently having problems getting it to record anything).

by PJ Heller | 05 Jan 2013 10:01 | Christchurch, New Zealand | | Report spam→
I just started out with a Rode vmp and it is ok…but this H1 looks like a better deal as you can listen to what is exactly recorded with headphones, a crucial advantage if you ask me.


If I knew about this H1 earlier I would have bought it.

by Tom Van Cakenberghe | 06 Jan 2013 16:01 | Kathmandu, Nepal | | Report spam→
I use Sennhessier ME66 shotgum mic with HOSA MIT-156 impedance matching cable on my 60D-ML v2.3 stable release. works great. Will get best results if one use sennhessier MKH416 and a DSLR ACTIVE PREAMP (JUICED LINK OR BEACHTEK) and keeping both the ML audio levels (analogue and digital) to zero settings. For more details pls don’t hesitate to contact me.

by Prathapan C R | 06 Jan 2013 17:01 (ed. Jan 6 2013) | Kerala, India | | Report spam→
Another option for a recorder besides the Zoom H1 is the Tascam DR-05 or the DR-40 (with XLR inputs).

by PJ Heller | 06 Jan 2013 21:01 | Christchurch, New Zealand | | Report spam→

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