Smartphone shotgun mics can come as a plug-and-play design or a professional-grade directional mic that can also be used on DSLR cameras. They’re compatible with Android phones and iPhone models with a 3.5mm socket. Most shotgun mics for smartphones are designed to fit directly into the headphone jack, but a 3.5mm adapter will also allow you to attach this accessory to your mobile device.
As shotgun mics are directional, they pick up sounds right in front of them and shield the noise from other directions. They’re great for interviews, outdoor shoots, vlogging, and more. These types of microphones are designed to capture sound at its source rather than background audio, so be sure to use these if you’re trying to record crisp sound from one specific speaker, instrument or other sound source.