On-camera microphones are never ideal. If possible, you want a boom microphone close to the subject (or second to that of a lavalier) to get really great audio. But for run and gun shoots, vlogging, and other situations where an on-camera microphone would be very usable, the microphones built into even the best cameras are unfortunately just not very high quality.

That's where on-camera microphones come in, with audio startup Deity now shipping their D3 and D3 pro units (which we first saw at NAB).

Meet the Deity D3 and D3 Pro


These are microphones built to be mounted directly on your camera for getting higher quality audio directly paired with your video. Both models feature aluminum construction and a smart connector, which does a digital "handshake" with the camera when you attach it to self-identify the best settings. For instance, stereo inputs will get dual mono signals automatically.


The Pro model is especially attractive for including an integrated stepless gain knob directly onto the microphone body. If you've ever been in a situation where you wanted to change the audio gain quickly but were frustrated by having to go into the menus of a camcorder, this feature is one you will find very appealing. Now, if your subject starts shouting, you can turn down the gain immediately.


The microphones also come with a Rycote shock mount for isolating the vibrations from a handheld camera to the microphone, creating a cleaner audio signal. They've also teamed up with Rycote for a full location sound kit including handle and case.

Price: $199.00 (available now)

Deity Tech Specs (Pro Model):

  • Aluminum body
  • Pre-Polarized Condenser
  • Super Cardioid pickup pattern
  • Frequency range 20HZ ~ 20KHZ (selected HPF @75Hz/150Hz)
  • 86dB SPL (@1KHZ,rel 1Pa per IEC651)( Sensitivity = -23dB) Signal to Noise
  • Smart 3.5mm TRRS Connector
  • 143g