Rode have released an updated version of their best-selling on-camera shotgun microphone. The VideoMicro II builds on the success of the original and features improvements such as a redesigned body, along with a circuitry overhaul that results in enhanced sensitivity and lower self-noise.
As with its predecessor, the VideoMicro II is a compact device that can be mounted directly to a camera or smartphone, connecting via a 3.5mm mini-jack cable with no batteries or additional power supply required. A supercardioid polar pattern provides highly directional audio capture whilst helping to reduce background noise, with the microphone promising to deliver audio quality previously unheard of in such a compact form factor.
Also supplied is a new HELIX isolation mount, which has been developed by Rode specifically for the VideoMicro II, taking into account the microphone’s exact size and weight to ensure maximum isolation from vibrations, bumps and knocks, and general handling noise. The HELIX also includes some cable management slots, and is equipped with a standard camera cold shoe mount along with a 3/8-inch thread which allows it to be attached to boom poles and other accessories.
Both foam and furry wind-shields are included to assist with outdoor recording, and a pair of cables are provided, with a 3.5mm TRS to TRS option for connecting the VideoMicro II to a camera, and a 3.5mm TRS to TRRS for those wishing to use the device with their smartphone.
Rode specify a sensitivity of 31.62mV/Pa, and a signal-to-noise ratio of 79dB. The VideoMicro II is capable of withstanding a maximum SPL of 110dB. The microphone body measures 80 x 22 mm (length x diameter), and 120 x 56 mm (length x height) with the shockmount and wind-shield fitted.
Pricing & Availability
The VideoMicro II is available now, priced at $79.