Although the audio tests don’t show any real difference in audio quality, the higher price of the VideoMic pro gives you a much smaller and lighter package. The new design has a better suspension system and the +20db switch gives you a much stronger audio single for cameras with poor or noise amplifiers.

If you need a smaller, on camera microphone or a stronger audio signal for your camera, it’s worth the extra $50 to $70 for the VideoMic pro. If you don’t care about the large size of the original VideoMic and don’t have problems with the output volume, you’ll probably be just as happy with the original Rode VideoMic.

Most DSLR’s can benefit from the extra gain included with the Rode VideoMic Pro. I highly recommend spending the extra $50 to $70 if you have it in your budget.

Update: Right after I posted this video I was sent a link from Rode website mentioning the thinner cable was reinforced by some kind of material. Hopefully that is correct. If it is then the thinner cable is probably a good thing.

Also there is a mistake at the 4 min mark where I accidentally refer to the original Rode VideoMic as the VideoMic Pro. It’s to late to fix that one, sorry guys.

Tags: , ,