The Best Microphones for YouTube Audio & Content Creation

These 6 for the biggest, most rewarding bang(s) for your buck. Low and behold, our best on-camera and lavaliere microphones for YouTube.

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One of the essential aspects of good vlogging is excellent, high-quality sounding audio. Although not the sexiest instrument of filmmaking, a microphone is vital to perfecting your YouTube videos' overall production. We put six microphones to the test for your enjoyment and knowledge, utilizing today's most advanced technology. At the same time, we have some higher price point options available on our site, these 6 for the biggest, most rewarding bang(s) for your buck. Here's a list of the best on-camera and lavaliere microphones for YouTube creators and content masters.

At A Glance…

To Know:

The built-in ANR (Active Noise Reduction) algorithm removes self-generated structural noise in real-time making sure you get the cleanest audio possible directly into your camera while shooting on the go. Wavo Plus creates a new approach to audio, the headphones' 3.5mm input combined with handy volume control allows creators to better monitor background noise that might otherwise go unnoticed. The 100Hz high-pass filter eliminates low noises, creating clean, crisp audio and actively reducing editing time.

What We Love:

This high-quality microphone features an auto-power mode, switching on and off by sensing the camera's behavior. The Wavo Plus will be ready when the camera is and will save battery when the job is complete.

The Details:

Brand: JOBY

Product Type: Microphone

Best For: Vloggers, interview setups, and simple “let it rip” NAT sounds.

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JOBY

Wavo PLUS On-Camera Microphone

Looking for great audio at an affordable price? The Wavo Plus is the step-up mic for aspiring creators who want high-quality audio with ease.

Buy for $199.95

To Know:

Need better audio? Their all-new wireless microphone system delivers exceptional sound quality and dual-channel recording at distances of up to 200m. The system consists of two microphone transmitters, a receiver, and an ultra-portable charging case. Connect with Action 2 and record crystal-clear audio as you vlog, sing a duet. Get 6 hours of exceptional sound plus an additional 12 from the charging case.

What We Love:

Dual-Channel Recording
DJI Mic comes with two transmitters, each with built-in microphones. Both transmitters support omnidirectional audio, making them ideal for multi-person interviews and small studio operations.

High-Quality Audio
DJI Mic allows you to record high-fidelity, professional audio by accurately reproducing tone across a wider frequency range. Recordings can be made separately via each channel, or the two channels can be combined for flexibility in post-production.

Built-in Touchscreen and Onboard Memory
The receiver's touchscreen display gives you easy access to channel selection, input/output settings, and other essential operations. Both transmitters come with 14 hours of built-in storage to prevent audio frame drop, loss, and other issues.

The Details:

Brand: DJI

Product Type: Lavaliere Microphones

Best For: Filmmakers wanting a high-end lav mic for contention creation, interviews, talking bits, etc.

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DJI

Wireless Microphone - Single & Dual Mics

Audio is half of your video! Add excellent sound to your clips with the DJI Mic Wireless audio system coming with 2 transmitters and a receiver.

Buy for $329.00

To Know:

Fun fact: this was Casey’s Neistat’s first ever microphone used for vlogging. This bad boy is slightly more higher quality than the aforementioned products, utilizing an electret condenser cartridge, superb-sounding audio, and features a supercardioid/lobar polar pattern for superior off-axis noise rejection. Enjoy high-level protection against unwanted noise, thanks to an integrated Rycote Lyre shockmount, and eliminate the remaining background rumble with a built-in highpass filter. A three-position gain switch accommodates different recording environments, while an all-metal construction ensures long-lasting durability.

What We Love:

One of the most important things to note with this microphone is the 3-position gain switch to accommodate different recording environments; -10dB, 0, +20dB. Featuring a low cut filter to eliminate background and noise ambience, Shure’s additionally all-metal construction ensures long-lasting durability. This is the most compact product of any $200~ range microphone, ensuring life-long protection in the backpack and studio. Keep in mind that this lasts on one AA battery, and it’s NOT rechargeable.

The Details:

Brand: Shure

Product Type: Microphone

Best For: Serious vloggers, interview setups, and simple “let it rip” NAT sounds.

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Shure

VP83 LensHopper On-Camera Shotgun Microphone

Looking for a professional on-camera mic? The VP83 LensHopper from Shure is an ultra-compact shotgun microphone designed for DSLR cameras and HD camcorders

Buy for $189.99

To Know:

It simply works with anything — a phone, tablet, DSLR, body pack transmitters; just about anything with a 3.5mm microphone jack. Inside the V-Mic D3 Pro lives a microprocessor that digitally shakes hands with the audio input it’s been plugged into. We have tested it on a dozen DSLR models, two dozen phones, a handful of Android based tablets, and the microphone inputs on laptops. When plugged into devices that have a stereo microphone input, the V-Mic D3 Pro outputs dual mono tracks.

What We Love:

The best feature we found to be on Deity’s V Mic D3 Pro is the +20dB step-less analog gain adjustment dial. On each side of the dial the V-Mic D3 Pro features a bump guard that helps prevent the dial from being accidentally rotated. The +20dB of gain is added on a linear scale so you can dial in the exact amount of gain you need for the shot. Repping an internal battery of 320mAh Lithium Ion, the run time for the V-Mic D3 Pro is 51 hours and standby time is 74hrs. Takes only about 2 hours to recharge.

The Details:

Brand: Deity

Product Type: Microphone

Best For: Serious YouTubers, longer shoot days, vlogging enthusiasts, laptop users, and professional NAT sound enthusiasts.

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Deity Microphones

V-Mic D3 Pro - On-Camera Shotgun Microphone

Painless audio!? It's really possible with the Deity V-Mic D3 Pro Microphone will work with a phone, DSLR, or just about anything with a 3.5mm microphone jack

Buy for $199.00

To Know:

The Rode VideoMic NTG gives on-the-go vloggers, run-and-gun filmmakers, voiceover artists, and podcasters the sound of the highly regarded NTG shotguns in a convenient camera-mount mic that requires no additional adapters to work with cameras, smartphones, tablets, portable recorders, and USB-equipped computers. With quality gain control, there’s substantial options premiered on the back of the mic with a metal knob. It has a high pass filter, a high frequency boost, and a safety channel - which records it on both the left and right sides of the microphone, but can save either one if the other goes out.

What We Love:

With focused directivity, continuously variable gain, digitally switched tone controls, and an internal USB-rechargeable battery, the VideoMic NTG provides transparent sonic performance and immensely flexible functionality. Thanks to its aerospace-grade aluminum housing, the VideoMic NTG is durable, compact, and lightweight, making it equally at home atop a camera or on a boompole. The 30+ hours of battery life and rechargeable recording time makes for a perfect go-to mic setup enjoyed by all kinds of filmmakers and podcasters on Youtube.

The Details:

Brand: Rode

Product Type: Microphone

Best For: YouTube vloggers, home videos, interview setups, and natural noise ambience with noise reduction needs.

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RØDE Microphones

VideoMic NTG - On-Camera Shotgun Microphone

Want the best RØDE on-camera mic? The VideoMic NTG shotgun microphone is feature-packed, highly directional, optimized for DSLRs, compact cameras, smartphones

Buy for $249.00

To Know:

The Rode VideoMic Pro + is a true shotgun microphone designed for use with camcorders, DSLR cameras, and portable audio recorders as a source of primary and reference audio. At the core of the VideoMic Pro is an all-new 1/2" condenser capsule that boasts broadcast-quality audio via a 3.5mm minijack connector (outputting the mono signal to both left and right channels) with an incredibly low self-noise of just 14db. A super-cardioid polar pattern ensures that surrounding audio is minimised, and your recording is fully focused on the subject in front of the camera.

What We Love:

It runs on 2 rechargeable lithium ION batteries, making it perfect for on-the-go vlogging and run-and-gun filmmaking shoots. Rechargeable batteries for mics are vital to anyone looking for something that won’t easily run out of juice. Consistency and reliability are key! There are 2-staged high pass filters to reduce lower frequencies and 3 stage gain controls: -10dB, 0, +20dB, a safety channel, and a high frequency boost. Its optimized windshield shape makes it actually effective in windy situations, which most filmmakers understand as a huge plus. The microphone uses a standard sized shoe mount for on camera use, and features a 3/8" thread in the base of the mount for easy boom pole mounting.

The Details:

Brand: Rode

Product Type: Microphone

Best For: Laptop users, audio engineers, serious filmmakers, and natural ambience.

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RØDE Microphones

VideoMicro - Compact On-Camera Shotgun Microphone

One of the best value-for-money smartphone on-camera microphones out there! The RØDE VideoMicro is a compact high-quality shotgun mic that won't break the bank

Buy for $59.00

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