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Off the bat…

  • It’s compact – not too large to attract attention when out filming
  • No battery required – one less thing to think about
  • Picks up lower frequencies than similar Rode mics – more bass but not quite as ‘bright’ having fewer higher frequencies than an equivalent Rode
  • It works well with Canon cameras – a common complaint
  • You get leads for mobile phone connectivity – included
  • Price – £34.95 in the UK and $39.95 in the US

Specifications

  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency response: 35Hz-18KHz +/-3dB
  • Sensitivity: -42dB +/- 1dB 0dB = 1V/Pa, 1KHz
  • Net weight: 86g

Accessories included

  • Leads
    • 3.5mm TRS
    • 3.5mm TRRS connector for mobile
  • Deadcat
    • Clips on tightly
    • Not as big as the Rode equivalent
  • Shock mount
    • Hot shoe and screw mount
    • Sturdier than the Rode equivalent
  • Carry case

Usage

  • On-camera
  • On tripod
  • On boom
  • External recorder use
  • Windy days as well

Comparison – Rode VideoMicro

  • Sensitivity is a bit higher on the MOVO VXR10
  • Microphone is much louder/higher output (roughly +6dB) compared to the Rode
  • Perhaps less hiss with the MOVO
  • Comes with additional cables for use with phones; the Rode Video Micro does not + $15
  • Slightly heavier than the Rode Video Micro
  • Cheaper than the Rode Video Micro
  • More bass presence/fullness in the raw sound than the Rode starting 65Hz lower frequency than the Rode VideoMicro
  • The Rode Video Micro has more clarity/top end with an additional 2KHz more frequency than the MOVO VXR10
  • The Rode Rycote mount might transfer less noise to the camera 
  • The Rode Rycote mount wobbles a bit

General

  • As a shotgun mic, because it’s further away, you will get more background noise compared to a lavalier mic, for example. Not such an issue for vlogging because it’s closer

Who’s it for

  • For mobile phone uses because you get all you need in one package
  • Typically if you have a Canon
  • Videographer on a budget who wants value for money

See the video below for the recommendation.