October 12, 2014 at 11:25AM


Which microphone do you use, why do you use it and what would you recommend me?

I'm going to buy a microphone for my DSLR camera, and I want to have the best quality i can get on my budget, which is around 300-400$.
I'll mainly use it for filming documentaries, and extreme sport videos. So I want something that can capture both simple talking close to the camera, and small details from a bit further distance.

Which microphone do you use, why do you use this specifically and which would you recommend me to get?


Almost all microphones are made to be used within 2-3 feet of your subject, so to record good sound you need to have somebody boom the mic just out of shot ( or you can hang it on a static boom stand ) or use a lav mic that you place directly on your subject. ( this can be hidden if you don't want the lav mic in your shot )

Also, all mics require a good pre-amplifier to produce clean sound, something which most DSLR cameras don't have. ( the new Panasonic GH4 with the factory audio fix is one of the few cameras with a very good audio pre-amp ) This means that you have to use either a mixer or a mic pre-amp that you connect to your camera.

Otherwise, if you have a low budget you might look at the Rode Video Mic Pro which can put out a very strong signal that helps to compensate for the bad preamps in most DSLR cameras.

My first choice for good audio would either be an Audio-Technica AT-875R short shotgun mic or a Sennheiser MKE600 shotgun mic, and connect these to a JuicedLink Riggy preamplifier that is connected to your camera's mic input.

Otherwise, I would go with a Rode Video Mic Pro mic that connects directly to your camera's mic input. For DSLRs with bad audio preamps you can set this Rode mic to it's 20+ dB setting which will help to produce better audio from your camera.

October 12, 2014 at 4:38PM, Edited October 12, 4:38PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

El NTG-3 is the best for you want. Cost 350 new but you can buy it the second hand.

October 13, 2014 at 3:03AM

Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director

Where do you find an NTG3 for 350? Off the back of a truck? :-)

April 2, 2016 at 12:19PM

The LazyCat

Another vote for the AT-875R. Clean sound and good noise rejection. Just have to have it close and pointed properly. Pretty reasonable at around $200...

April 2, 2016 at 12:18PM

The LazyCat

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