Looking for great audio for your smartphone video recording? In this full review, we going to test out the Rode VideoMic Me which works on the Android & iPhone as well.
While most reviews are made on iPhone I was using an Android Samsung S7 phone and wanted to find better ways to capture good audio sound. In the video review about I be testing the Rode VideoMic Me in 5 tests which are
- S7 Outdoors Microphone Test
- Rode VideoMic Me with Windshield Outdoors
- Rode VideoMic Me without Windshield Outdoors
- S7 Indoors Microphone Test
- Rode VideoMic Me Indoors with Windshield
Here’s the Detailed Specs For The Rode VideoMic Me
- Capsule – 0.50
- Directional Microphone
- Acoustic Principle – Pressure Gradient
- Frequency Range – 100Hz – 20khz
- Maximum SPL – 140dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)
- Sensitivity -33.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (22.00mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
- Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted) – 20dB-A
- Power Option – Self-powered by phone no batteries needed
- Weight – 34gm
- Dimensions – 38mmH x 21mmW x 80mmD
- Output – TRRS ( 4 rings )
- The Rode VideoMic Me Microphone
- The Windshield Adapter
- The Rubber to secure to your smartphone
Advantages of This Android / iPhone External Microphone
I did lots of research on finding a good microphone and this microphone is the most affordable option for any videographer who wants to choose outdoors but have a tight budget. It goes for only $59 to $65 on Amazon here , making this a very affordable option for most people.
It helps to reduce wind noise as you will hear in the above video review and helps give a clearer depth of your voice that is in front of the camera as it is a directional microphone. The noise that is behind the microphone will be much lesser and this gives a clearer audio for your production videos.
The overall build quality is very professional and has good sound.
Disadvantages of The VideoMic Me
Comparing with the similar product Rode VideoMicro which is design for DSLR, the Rode VideoMic Me does not come with a shock mount. Therefore if you shake the phone too much there will be some noise to the microphone.
When I first tested the VideoMic Me, there was static noise coming from the microphone. To ensure you have good sound, do remember to record your audio in Airplane Mode to disable your phone network. It seems to not have good sound shield from the mobile phone itself but once it’s off it gives great quality audio.
Who Should Buy This Microphone
- Serious smartphone videographer who wants better audio
- YouTube Creators
- Outdoor videographers
- Choosing of events
- Record those special moments during your holidays
What’s Your Thoughts?
I hope you find this full review useful in making a decision if you need to get the Rode VideoMic Me, while I was doing my research I realise not many have done a review that is only for Android Smartphone and I hope this review will give you the clearer idea if you should get this microphone.
Note the Rode VideoMicro , does claim to work with smartphones as well but you need purchase extra adapters here to make it work. Even with the adapters, it may not still work with your smartphone. I tried it with my Samsung S7 and it would not detect the VideoMicro but the VideoMic Me has no issues.