Best On-Camera Microphones for YouTube 2021

These 6 for the biggest, most rewarding bang(s) for your buck. Low and behold, our best on-camera microphones for YouTube for 2020.

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Best On-Camera Microphones for YouTube 2020

One of the most important aspects to good vlogging is the use of excellent, high-quality sounding audio. A microphone, albeit not the most sexy instrument of filmmaking, is incredibly vital to perfecting the overall production of your YouTube videos for 2020. We put 6 microphones to the test for your enjoyment and knowledge, utilizing the most advanced technology on the market today. While we have some higher price point options available on our site, these 6 for the biggest, most rewarding bang(s) for your buck. Low and behold, our best on-camera microphones for YouTube for 2020.

At A Glance…

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To Know:

The most compact and portable microphone on this list, Joby’s Wavo Microphone features an aluminum body for durability and a Hytrel® Double Point Duo-Lyre® designed by the Rycote team to isolate unwanted vibrations. It’s already vlogging-ready, meaning the super cardioid pattern focuses on the vloggers’ voice, so you don’t have to worry. With a direct connection, there’s a ¼ 20 mount to attach directly onto any tripod you own. For purer sound clarity, the supplied foam windshield helps to remove any unwanted ambient distractions.

What We Love:

If you require internal audio for smaller-scale video shoots, the Joby might be your next purchase. For only $79.99, the best price point we have on this list, you get professional quality audio coming from any soundtrack you create. Being only 0.04 kg, it’s the lightest, most compact microphone we have on the list. Throw it in your bag and voila! A studio in your backpack.

The Details:

Brand: Joby

Price: $79.99

Product Type: Microphone

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

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Joby Wavo Microphone
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Moment deity VMICD3 V Mic D3 02

To Know:

The V-Mic D3 is the workhorse on-camera microphone you’ve always wanted. Built with a lightweight unibody aluminium metal chassis it offers you the strength to stand up to the same elements your camera can handle. The V-Mic D3 has a superior off-axis sound performance compared to some of the other on-camera microphones on the market at this price range. Combine that with its low self-noise, low distortion, and this microphone will make you want to use your camera’s audio in the final mix of your video.

What We Love:

This is another great simple mic for plugging and gunning. While it does run on a AAA battery, it’s still out-of-the-box compatible with DSLRs, camcorders, smartphones, laptops, etc. As soon as you plug the V-Mic D3 into a 3.5mm microphone jack of a device, its microprocessor shakes hands — this means carrying much fewer adapter cables. It also features a one button on/off switch; when turned on the microphone is ready in Stand-By-Mode and automatically goes into Run-Mode when the camera or device turns on.

The Details:

Brand: Deity

Price: $99.99

Product Type: Microphone

Best For: Serious YouTubers and longer shoot days (great battery life).

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Deity V Mic D3
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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

Price: $199.00

Product Type: Microphone

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

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Shure VP83 Lenshopper
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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

Price: $199.00

Product Type: Microphone

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

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Deity V Mic D3 Pro
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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

Price: $249.00

Product Type: Microphone

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

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Rode Video Mic NTG
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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

Price: $299.00

Product Type: Microphone

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

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Rode Video Mic Pro
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How We Tested

Our filmmaker boys, Caleb Babcock and Andrew Kearns, love a good comparison. They gathered a well-rounded list of microphones from least to most expensive across different brands to test all of them against the same blanket of circumstances. We found all of them to hold up nicely against one another, each owning a specific set of qualities that are particular to its individualistic self. In short — there wasn’t one that we found to be superior. They were all uniquely awesome and served their own set of needs. Depending upon how much you’re willing to spend, these have been the top 6 microphones we found in our testings. Lucky for you, they’re all in our shop.

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