This Sounds About Right - DSLR Audio Buyer's Guide

This Sounds About Right - DSLR Audio Buyer's Guide

Often we spend thousands on cameras, and only a fraction on audio. So the question is, "Is sound quality in your films more important than image quality?"

If you've ever asked that question, be sure to check out this informative video by Alex of SourceDistributionTV.

We say "video," and beginners tend to focus on just that. But it's taken for granted that the term often encompasses the whole sensory experience, including audio. Great audio is a way that filmmakers draw the viewer into the film; many layers of crisp sound that envelops you. On the opposite end, poor audio can create a barrier that immediately makes the viewer notice they are watching a bad production, pushing them away.

So now that you know, hopefully without any doubts, that audio is an incredibly important part of your creations, let's explore some audio options.

2017 DSLR Audio Buyer's Guide

Below are our favorite picks for capturing great audio for DSLR filmmakers and videographers. This is not an exhaustive list of all of the best options, only our personal favorites.

On Camera Mic

This would be a mic that mounts to your camera's accessory shoe, great for a solo shooter who wants to capture crystal clear audio. It works well in the field, in the studio and can also be used for voice overs. Requires a 9V battery.

Our favorite is the Rode VideoMic Pro. $229

All in One Mic

A long time favorite across the industry in this category is the Zoom H4N. Dual XLR inputs allow external mics to be connected, but it also features quality built-in mics that record great audio for interviews or how-to's. Record directly to SD cards and runs on 2 x AA batteries.

Checkout the Zoom H4N. $199.99

Lavaliere Mic

A newcomer on the scene, the RodeLink wireless lavaliere kit has a refreshingly solid build and is a great value for all-digital recording. No more VHF or UHF interference to worry about! Plug it directly into your DSLR and go. At a huge discount from the Sennheiser EW kits, the RodeLink is set to become a new standard in the videography world. The set requires a total of 4 x AA batteries.

See the new RodeLink. $399

Shotgun Mic

Shotguns mics vary greatly depending on the application, so I'm just going to provide a well known, and all around workhorse. That would be the Sennheiser MKH416, and according to many, the industry standard for voice-over or in the field production recording. You will not be let down by this more than capable super-cardioid shotgun mic with XLR output. Note that it requires phantom power.

 See what others say about the MKH416. $999

I hope this mini-guide was helpful and please note that off-site links are included with our Amazon affiliate tag. Do you have your own go-to audio equipment? Let us know in the comments!


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