What are the best DSLR microphones for outdoor sounds?

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    #1Rode VMPR VideoMic Pro

    Rode VMPR VideoMic Pro

    Rode VMPR VideoMic Pro is a shotgun microphone ideal for use with camcorders, DSLR cameras and portable audio recorders which can record high-quality audio. This is battery powered and lasts up to 70 hours of recording. 

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    Christian Perez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is not what the person is looking for. This is a bad fit."
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    #2Rode VideoMicro

    Rode VideoMicro

    Rode VideoMicro is a compact and lightweight on-camera microphone with Rycote Lyre shock mount and deluxe furry windshield, which does not need any batteries when in use. It is manufactured and designed in Australia. 

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    Cheryl Jensen
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "I am extremely happy with my Rode VideoMicro. I think it's one of the best DSLR microphones for outdoor sounds. I use it filming for my blog when I'm outside and it has great quality. I've had numerous comments about how much better the sound quality is since I started using it. "
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    #3Shure VP83F LensHopper

    Shure VP83F LensHopper

    Shure VP83 LensHopper is a camera mounted condenser microphone with detailed high definition audio and 130 hours battery life through its 1 AA alkaline battery. It is recommended to be used with DSLR cameras and camcorders. 

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    Brandon Garcia
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Pretty shockingly good quality for the price and utility of this neat little microphone. Lots of options, great sound quality, very easy to use and portable. Fits my needs like a glove, I'll definitely be getting another one."
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    #4Rode VideoMic Pro

    Rode VideoMic Pro

    Rode VideoMic Pro is an ultra lightweight compact VMP shotgun microphone with up to 70 hours battery life and integrated shock mount. It is recommended for use with HDSLR cameras, camcorders and audio recorders. 

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    Brenda Andrews
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Rode VideoMic Pro worked great with my DSLR camera. The sound quality was great. I've already recommended this to a friend. "
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    #5Tascam TM-2X

    Tascam TM-2X

     Tascam TM-2X is a stereo X-Y microphone for DSLR cameras with built-in floating support structure, noise isolation arm, and fur windscreen to record high-quality sounds for videos.

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    Debra Ferguson
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I intended to use my Nikon D5300 for video as well as still shots. In particular, I wanted to use it to take video of live music shows. However, my initial efforts using the camera's built-in stereo microphones were in a word, dismal. The microphones in the camera had a very narrow frequency range with a noticeable notch in the middle, as well as virtually nonexistent stereo separation. I knew I needed to do better. I did quite a bit of research, initially thinking I would go with a shotgun stereo mic, but after reading multiple reviews, decided to go with this Tascam mic. I already had a handheld Tascam digital recorder with very similar mics that made exceptional recordings. I had read several reviews complaining about the plastic shoes on this mic breaking. I figured I would do my best not to bash the mic when mounted (primarily on tripods when taking video) so that this would not be an issue. The mic arrived, I noticed the box looked like it had been opened before. However, the mic inside was fully packaged. I unpacked it, and first looked at the boom/extension. When I picked it up, the shoe fell off of it. Looking closer, the piece of plastic connecting the shoe to the rest of the boom was in fact broken."
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    #6Sennheiser MKE 400

    Sennheiser MKE 400

    Sennheiser MKE 400 is a small shotgun microphone with a rugged all-metal housing and integral shock mount which can fit all cameras with a standard mount. 

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    Zachary Newman
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The metal outer case on this mic feels really durable. Overall, I would feel comfortable using this in many outdoor settings."
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    #7Movo VXR1000

    Movo VXR1000

    Movo VXR1000 is a mini HD shotgun condenser microphone for DSLR video cameras with integrated shock mount and an outdoor wind muff which can record low noise circuitry both in outdoors and indoors.

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    Marilyn Cook
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Movo VXR1000 is a mini HD shotgun condenser microphone for DSLR video cameras. It's a good entry level microphone for beginners."
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    #8Comica CVM-VM10II

    Comica CVM-VM10II

    Comica CVM-VM10II is a compact on camera mini shotgun video microphone with a cardioid polar pattern which is ideal to use for smartphones, iPhone, mirrorless cameras and DSLR cameras to record high-quality sounds and audio. 

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    Grace Cruz
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This mic comes with a windmuff that really helps to filter extraneous noises when shooting outside. I have however tried mics that were better so this isn't an option I would highly recommend."
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    #9Rode NTG2

    Rode NTG2

    Rode NTG2 is a lightweight condenser shotgun microphone with low noise circuitry and 48V phantom power which is ideal to be used for film, video, and television productions. 

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    Nancy Hunter
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I got this camera for creating my video blog. You must point it directly at the source of audio. It does not pick up sounds from the sides very well. "
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    #10Rode SVM

    Rode SVM

    Rode SVM is a stereo condenser microphone that captures the true ambiance of the recording space with low noise and high level of rear rejection. It is powered by a 9V battery and comes with a windscreen. 

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    Laura Freeman
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "not the best one I've found. sound quality kind of sucks."

Summary

Best What are the best DSLR microphones for outdoor sounds
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Rode VMPR VideoMic ProElectronics 22 Paid
2Rode VideoMicroElectronics 21 Paid
3Shure VP83F LensHopperElectronics 17 Paid
4Rode VideoMic ProElectronics 16 Paid
5Tascam TM-2X Electronics 14 Paid
6Sennheiser MKE 400Electronics 12 Paid
7Movo VXR1000Electronics 8 Paid
8Comica CVM-VM10IIElectronics 7 Paid
9Rode NTG2Electronics 6 Paid
10Rode SVMElectronics 4 Paid
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