Rode VideoMic Pro – Audio Test in a Crowd

I have been using the original Rode VideoMic for almost 2-years.  It performs very well with the Canon 7D and, as a boom microphone, it eliminates camera noise/photographer noise while recording directional audio from a targeted source.  My only complaint is that it is so large.  At almost 9-inches, it is longer than my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L.  With it mounted on the Canon 7D, it is a handful.  It is even a problem to fit in a camera bag.  It’s one of the reasons why I switched to the ThinkTank Urban Disguise 70 Pro.

Rode recently released the new Rode VideoMic Pro specifically made for DSLR video.  You can see both the original mic and the new mic above.  The new mic is only 3.75-inches!  And, it performs even better than the original mic.  In addition to the 2-step High pass filter, the new mic also has a 3-way level switch for -10dB, 0dB, and +20dB modes.  The -10dB attenuation is perfect for dealing with loud noise and crowds while the +20dB level boost will eliminate any camera/photographer noise (just like in the original mic).

I had the Rode VideoMic Pro with me on July 4th when I was on the Intrepid.  While I was waiting for the Macy’s fireworks show, I decided to test the -10dB attenuation mode.  With the mic mounted on my Canon 7D, I was standing next to a loud speaker blaring Cold Play.  I slowly panned away from the speaker and you can clearly hear the audio change until you can hear the crowd.  You can listen to the video below.

My only complaint involves the wacky rubberband suspension system used with the mic.  Mine keeps popping loose.  I spoke with a rep at Rode and was told that they are “currently working on a re-design of the band and shockmount system.”  Rode has excellent customer support and will likely make the replace band free for owners of the mic.

The Rode VideoMic Pro is available from Adorama and B&H Photo $229 with Free shipping.  Both stores have it in stock.  If you are looking for a new mic that will work well with the Canon 7D, you should take a look at the Rode VideoMic Pro.

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