We spent 22 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. If you don’t have the luxury of a sound mixer and boom operator to capture the audio portion of your videos, but you can’t stand the tinny, unreliable sound from the microphone built into your camera, one of these dedicated camera mics will be your solution. They attach easily to the hot shoe on any camera body, and can capture tight, directional audio or large stereo scenes with ease. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work.
8. Azden SMX-10 Stereo Condenser
The Azden SMX-10 Stereo Condenser picks up a good quality sound with a very directional polar pattern that ignores the majority of background noise. Unfortunately, its built-in cable is impossible to replace if it begins to fail.
The Sennheiser MKE 400 Shotgun comes from a company renowned for its sound equipment production, and the audio that this unit captures is excellent. If you encounter heavy winds, however, the included wind screen doesn’t do enough to block them.
For shoots that take place where the wind is high, the Comica CVM-V30 Shotgun comes with an effective dead cat wind screen, as well as a built-in 10 dB boost to compensate for the reduction in sensitivity caused by the muff.
The compact and lightweight Neewer Micro NW-VM10 is a smart solution for anyone shooting on a budget. It captures a formidable quality sound for its size and price, and with a little tweaking in post you might assume the gear on your set was much nicer.
The Rode Videomic Go is intended for the shooter who wants as little to worry about as possible, as it requires no batteries to function, and includes no additional features or abilities beyond providing excellent sound quality.
Built for capturing the entire scene in front of your lens, the Rode SVMX Stereo Videomic X utilizes a pair of incredibly sensitive and acoustically matched condenser microphones to provide a rich and balanced audio experience.
If you need to feel the difference between your left and right channels, there are few options that will give you as much bang for your buck as the Tascam TM-2X Stereo X-Y. Its opposed stereo condensers create an absorbing and realistic sound stage.
The Rode Videomic Pro R+ features a low-end filter that can cut out frequencies anywhere below either 75 or 150 Hz, which is incredibly useful if you’re filming in a vehicle or around anything creating a consistent and obtrusive hum.