Shotgun Microphones for DSLR and Smartphones
What is a shotgun microphone?
A shotgun microphone is a directional microphone that can record clear audio when pointed directly at the sound source. Shotgun mics have narrow pickup patterns that block off-axis sounds, thus removing unwanted noise. Shotgun mics use unidirectional microphones to be able to concentrate on the sound source. So, it works best if placed right in front of the source instead of the side or back. As you may be able to tell, the shotgun microphone got its name because its body is shaped like a shotgun’s barrel. And just like a gun, you must point this microphone directly to its target source to be able to pick up sounds effectively.
What are the uses of a shotgun microphone?
Shotgun microphones are commonly used in interviews, speeches, lectures, performances, and video demonstrations. If you want your video’s subjects to speak and move freely without holding a mic, you can record their voices with a shotgun mic attached to your camera. This way, the speaker can focus on talking without being prompted to pick up and put down a microphone from time to time. This type of microphone also works if you have to switch between speakers or focus on different sound sources at the same time. Imagine interviewing a group of three people. It would be more ideal to place a shotgun mic mounted on a camera in front of them instead of passing around a microphone.
How do I use a shotgun microphone?
Depending on the model you choose, a shotgun microphone is usually attached at the top of your camera so that you can point it directly in front of the speaker or any sound source. A shotgun mic for DSLR cameras and camcorders is fastened to the upper part of the device via a shock mount. Then the sound is transmitted to the camera through a pin plug. Smartphone shotgun mics have more varied models. They can come with a mounting clamp that grips the phone in place. Specific usage may vary depending on model, size, and unit. But regardless of what you use, always remember this to ensure precise recording: point the mic in front of the sound source and keep it within a reasonable distance.
Which shotgun mic is right for my device?
This totally depends on the camera you use. As mentioned above, DSLRs and smartphones may require different types of mics.
Shotgun Mic for DSLR Cameras and Camcorders
These are high-quality shotgun microphones designed to be securely mounted on DSLR cameras, camcorders, and audio recorders. These portable and heavy-duty units can give professional-level sound to your videos.
Shotgun Mic for iPhones and Android Phones
These are compact shotgun microphones made for enhancing the sound quality of videos shot entirely with a mobile device. Choose noise-minimizing accessories that give vlogs and home videos great production value.
If you have both, a universal shotgun microphone might be great for you. Universal models like our best-selling Movo VXR10 are compatible with DSLR cameras, mobile phones, tablets, camcorders, audio recorders, and laptops.
Some of the things that you should consider when choosing the best shotgun microphone are your camera, the ideal size, and how you’ll use it. Professional videographers may require large models to go with their bulky equipment. Outdoor sets may benefit from accessories like a windscreen, which acts as a muff that cancels out the sound of blowing winds. On the other hand, vloggers and action videographers may opt for mics with u-shaped rigs to be able to hold the camera and record with ease while moving or chasing movement.
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