The 8 Best Camera Mics

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.

  • Comes with a foam wind screen
  • Some units hiss more than others
  • May show up in wide-angle lenses

Brand Azden
Model AZ-DSMX010
Weight 2.4 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Sennheiser MKE 400 Shotgun

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.

  • One battery lasts up to 300 hours
  • Low power warning light
  • Not the most durable construction

Brand Sennheiser
Model MKE 400
Weight 9.1 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

6. Comica CVM-V30 Shotgun

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.

  • 100hz low-cut filter
  • One-year warranty
  • Shock mount is a little wobbly

Brand Comica
Model 4332047381
Weight 13.1 ounces
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

5. Neewer Micro NW-VM10

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.

  • Comes with a carrying case
  • Minimal background interference
  • Signal to noise ratio is a bit low

Brand Neewer
Model 10090510
Weight 8.2 ounces
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

4. Rode Videomic Go

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.

  • Weighs in at just 73 grams
  • Supercardioid polar pattern
  • Included cable is flimsy

Brand Rode
Model VMGO
Weight 7 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

3. Rode SVMX Stereo Videomic X

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.

  • Sturdy aluminum construction
  • Xlr output option
  • Runs on a single 9-volt battery

Brand Rode
Model SVMX
Weight 3.2 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Tascam TM-2X Stereo X-Y

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.

  • Noise isolation arm included
  • Comes with a great wind screen
  • Attaches to a tripod easily

Brand Tascam
Model TM-2X
Weight 9.6 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Rode Videomic Pro R+

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.

  • Decibel boost and pad
  • Very effective shock mount
  • Detachable aux cable

Brand Rode
Weight 11.7 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0