For almost five years now the Rode VideoMic Pro has been one of the most popular and affordable on-camera shotgun microphones on the market. It has been a favoured choice for the majority of DSLR video shooters, seasoned professionals and enthusiasts alike. Today RØDE has announced an updated version that finally features the Rycote Lyre suspension system that previously was available only with the VideoMic GO and the original Rode VideoMic.
Virtually indestructible according to Rode, the Rycote Lyre suspension system is widely regarded as the best microphone shock mounting solution available minimising unwanted vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise. Another new feature of the latest Rode VideoMic Pro is the upgraded 1/2″ microphone condenser capsule that improves both the physical characteristics and audio performance of the mic.
Here is a quick look at the old VideoMic Pro, the VideoMic with Rycote, and the New Upgraded Rode VideoMic Pro with Rycote Lyre Suspension produced by MrCheesyCam.
As far as we can see the new Rode VideoMic Pro is a little bit bigger and longer in terms of physical size compared to its predecessor which means that you won’t be able to use the old Furry Windscreen on the new model. Neither you’ll be able to attach the new Rycote Mount system to the previous version. Along with the improved shock mounting system, the latest Rode VideoMic Pro also features a thicker and robust cable, leaving an overall positive impression in terms of build-in quality and durability.
The super-cardioid polar pattern of the brand new condenser mic capsule ensures that surrounding audio is minimised, and your recording is focused on the subject in front of the camera providing broadcast-quality audio with an incredibly low self-noise of just 14db.
Furthermore, you can still find the selectable three position level control of the input signal (-10dB, 0, +20dB) on the back side of the mic, plus a selectable high-pass filter at 80Hz which is a nice add-on, especially when you are using the mic in noisy and highly saturated low-frequency environments.
Rode VideoMic Pro 2015 Features:
- Rycote® Lyre® shock mounting onboard
- All new capsule with lower noise and higher sensitivity
- Broadcast recording quality condenser microphone
- Compact form factor
- Ultra lightweight
- 9V battery powered – over 70 hours use (alkaline)
- Integrated shock mounting
- Integrated foam windscreen
- 3.5mm stereo mini-jack output
- Two step High Pass Filter (flat, 80Hz)
- Three position level control (-10dB, 0, +20dB)
- Camera shoe mount with 3/8” thread for easy boompole mounting
- Extended industry leading 10 year warranty with online registration
- Availability: May 2015
- Price: $249
The microphone uses a standard sized shoe mount for on camera use and features a 3/8″ thread on the base of the mount for easy boom pole mounting. As the new Rode VideoMic Pro is still battery powered, you should expect over 70 hours of operating time from a single 9V battery.
Rode VideoMic Pro 2015 sells for $249 (only $50 more than the previous model) which is still a pretty competitive price considering the newly-added features and the overall value one can get for such an amazing broadcast quality product. The shotgun mic will be available for pre-orders from authorized retailers towards the end of the week.
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