The Buyers guide to...Best vlogging microphones

Looking for more professional audio in your videos? We round up the best microphones for vlogging you can buy today

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Nothing can ruin a video more than poor audio can. Would you be willing to sit through a video with faint sound or excessive wind noise? It’s too distracting. A simple microphone – even just a cheap lavalier mic – can instantly improve the quality of your footage and increase engagement on YouTube.

Becoming a credible YouTuber requires more than just buying the best vlogging camera you can get. Without a decent mic you’ll never stand out from the crowd.

In this guide we’ve rounded up the best vlogging microphones you can buy to boost your audio quality, whether you record on your smartphone or a sophisticated mirrorless camera.

There are lots of different microphone options out there. You can read more here about the different types of microphones and audio recorders.

In our guide to the best vlogging microphones we’ve chosen a mix of lavalier and shotgun mics, wired and wireless, all chosen based on their balance of impeccable sound quality and value for money.

The best microphones for vlogging

Rode Wireless Go

Rode Wireless Go

Price when reviewed

£159.00

$278.00
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For

  • Small, compact units with a built-in mic
  • Easy to pair the receiver and transmitter pair
  • Compatible with external mic via a 3.5mm port

Against

  • Can't pair the receiver with more than one transmitter
  • The supplied windshield gets knocked off fairly easily
  • Product type: Wireless microphone system
  • Transmission type: 2.4GHz Digital Frequency Agile System
  • Microphone type: Omnidirectional
  • Frequency Range: 50Hz - 20kHz
  • External Mic Input: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Maximum Output Level: +3dBu
  • Power: Built-in rechargeable Li-po battery with a life of up to 7 hours

Rode’s Wireless GO system uses a 2.4GHz frequency band and offers a range of about 250 feet. Rode designed the transmitter with a pre-polarized and pressure-operated internal capsule that features an omnidirectional pickup pattern and frequency range of 50Hz to 20kHz. It also boasts a standard 3.5mm TRS input.

Both the transmitter and receiver have a clip, and the unit runs on a rechargeable internal battery that lasts up to seven hours on a single charge.

The unique selling point of the Wireless GO, however, is that its transmitter unit contains an omnidirectional condenser microphone and a clip. This means it can double as either a clip-on mic or a belt pack for a lavalier (either Rode’s model or a third party unit).

The transmitter then sends the audio to Rode’s Series II 2.4GHz receiver.

The Wireless GO is one of the best vlogging mics you can buy. It’s priced competitively, its small and portable and the sound quality is terrific.

Saramonic Vmic Mini

Saramonic Vmic Mini

Price when reviewed

£55

$59
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For

  • Very lightweight
  • Requires no batteries

Against

  • Cabled
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency: 75 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Power: Plug-In Power via Camera or Mobile Device
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 75 dB SPL

Saramonic’s Vmic Mini is a lightweight shotgun microphone that mounts directly to your smartphone or interchangeable lens camera.

The Vmic Mini features a cardioid pickup pattern that is designed to capture audio from the front of the camera and dampen sounds from the background. What’s more, the mic is tuned with a boost at 8 kHz in order to give more clarity to human speech.

The Vmic Mini’s body design features an integrated shock mount to reduce the sound of handling noise and vibrations, and there’s also a windscreen included in the kit to help reduce wind noise.

The Vmic Mini also offers an integrated locking shoe mount so you can attach it to your camera and a 1/4-inch screw thread for mounting to your tripod, gimbal or stand.

Rode smartLav+

Best vlogging mics: Rode smartLav+

Price when reviewed

£54

$79
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For

  • Excellent sound quality
  • Inexpensive

Against

  • Cabled
  • App Control: Yes (with iOS)
  • Phone Compatibility: Android and iOS
  • Polar Pattern: Omnidirection

Rode’s smartLav+ is hugely popular with vloggers. The lavalier microphone is designed to plug directly into your Apple or Android smartphone and offers an omnidirectional condenser capsule that captures sound equally from all sides.

Rode has enhanced its sensitivity and provided a higher signal-to-noise ratio, and its clip-on design means you can vlog hands-free.

The smartLav+ has a TRRS input, but you can use it with a TRS adapter for connecting with other devices.

Price when reviewed

£199

$199.99
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For

  • Records broadcast-quality wav files
  • Built-in distortion protections

Against

  • Expensive
  • Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional
  • Signal Processing: Auto Gain, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter
  • Frequency: 20 Hz to 22 kHz +1/-2 dB
  • Audio File Formats: BWF, MP3, WAV

Tascam’s DR-10L is another lavalier mic that’s popular with vloggers. Powered by either USB or a single AAA battery, the DR-10L can last up to 10 hours on a single charge in normal operation.

Its omnidirectional polar pattern picks up audio from all direction, and its clip-on design keeps the mic in place.

The DR-10L also has built-in protection against sudden audio volume jumps. Its dual recording feature captures a copy of your signal at a lower level (-6 dB or -12 dB), as a safety track in case of distortion.

Another nice protection is that the DR-10L will also automatically save your audio file before turning off in the event of your battery runs out.

Other features include an automatic gain control and support for microSD cards.

Rode VideoMicro Compact

Rode VideoMicro Compact

Price when reviewed

£49

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For

  • Bargain price
  • Coldshoe mount
  • Needs no batteries

Against

  • Limited range
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This highly affordable on-camera hotshoe microphone is a good option if you’re relatively new to recording sound for videos. It utilises a Rycote Lyre shock mount, which basically slots in your camera’s hotshoe but also elevates the microphone off the camera – this is in order to help to eliminate the sounds of you operating the camera.

It doesn’t require any additional batteries but will draw power from your camera, so you’ll need to have extra camera batteries to hand. This mic has a ‘deadcat’ windshield and is compatible with a variety of DSLRs and mirrorless camera systems, as well as smartphones.

You should be able to buy this model for under £50 – quite simply it’s a near perfect entry-level audio purchase.

Price when reviewed

£148.99

$100
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For

  • Comes with LED light
  • Long battery life

Against

  • Only for smartphones
  • Battery Life: Up to 20 hours
  • Port: 3.5mm
  • Gain: 0 dB and 10 dB

Sevenoak’s SmartCine Complete Smartphone Video Kit is more than just a microphone for your vlogging needs. The kit also includes an LED ring light with 3 levels of brightness, wide-angle and fisheye lenses for your smartphone and a padded handgrip with a wrist strap.

Sevenoak’s microphone provides up to 20 hours of battery life per single charge, and it connects to your phone’s 3.5mm port.

The mic also has an audio gain switch ranging from 0 dB up to +10 dB.

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