Popular audio gear manufacturer Rode Microphones, have just announces the official release of their new VideoMic Pro+ on-camera shotgun microphone designed for compact cameras such as DSLRs and the latest crop of 4K mirrorless cameras such as the lovely Panasonic GH5, for example. The new Rode VideoMic Pro+ is available to pre-order now for $299 from authorized dealers such as B&H and is expected to start shipping sometime in mid-August. The new “Plus” version builds upon on the good sides of the existing workhorse VideoMic Pro, while at the same introducing quite a few new features and design improvements.
Announced at the 2017 Rodeshow celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary, the new VideoMic Pro+ now boasts an improved and more flexible power supply, detachable output cable as well as an upgraded microfiber windshield, as well as a 2x stage high pass filter, output level control, and a high-shelf filter.
Rode VideoMic Pro+ Features
- Designed for Mirrorless cameras and DSLRs
- Improved RF-Immunity Over Previous Model
- 20 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
- Rycote Lyre Shock-mount
- 3.5mm Mini-Jack Output
- Dual Mono Output
- Right Channel Can Act as Safety Channel
- Selectable HPF and High-Frequency Boost
- New Redesigned Battery Door
- Power options:
- 2 x AA battery
- or New LB-1 Li-Ion battery
- or USB power
- Included Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
- Battery Lasts Over 100 Hours
- Includes Micro-USB & TRS Cables
- Price: $299 at B&H
“The VideoMic Pro+ is a new benchmark in on-camera microphones,” comments Damien Wilson, RØDE and Freedman Group CEO. “We have listened to our customers and are delivering the microphone they’ve asked for, with features such as the built-in battery door, automatic power function and included Lithium-Ion Battery.”
I am really excited to see Rode improve the battery compartment and allow for different power options compared to the older VideoMic Pro version, which I still have. The older version is only powered via one 9v battery, which isn’t too bad, but replacing the battery is quite painful, as the door latch and the whole design of it rarely works without a fight coupled with a few expletives in the process. Having an option to use 2 x AA batteries and also a new, long-lasting lithium-ion battery, not to mention USB power from a power bank, is of course a major plus.
For those shooting with compact cameras that lack XLRs on the body, such as the Sony A7s II, (which you can equip with XLRs thanks to the not-so-affordable Sony XLR-K2M adapter) the new Rode VideoMic Pro+ seems like a really viable option for decent run n’ gun sound.
The VideoMic Pro+ ships with a 3.5mm TRS Cable, LB-1 Lithioum-Ion Rechargeable Battery and includes Rode’s industry leading 10-year warranty when you register the product over at Rode’s website.