Excerpt: The mic is compact, which is good, but it is so compact that it won't fit into the shoe mount on my Panasonic HS700 camcorder. While it does fit my Panasonic V700, it leaves little room for my finger to operate the ZOOM lever or Photo button. So I had to buy a Rycote hot shoe adapter, RYHSA for $. If you buy the mic I suggest you also buy the Rycote adapter.
Excerpt: I like the mic and it gets 5 starts, but the dead cat I'm not happy with. I bought the Rode dead cat because I thought it wouldn't shed fake hair like my other generic version. Not so. It sheds everywhere. Plus the hair is longer and after shooting for a day, I realized all my shots had pieces of hair hanging in them. I should have trimmed it back, but needless to say, it's just too long for a dslr setup. Bottom line, not worth the money for the dead cat.
Excerpt: I used this last week, a few days after is arrived. It sounded great! The mic remained on the camera and I set it to +20dB, and the camera audio lower than I might ordinarily have it set. It was perfect. The shoot was outside with some extraneous noise and a little wind. The mic did well isolating isolating the subject who was speaking. Two of my only concerns is that it's made of plastic, and the cable seems a little flimsy.
Excerpt: This was the second Rode video mic I tried with my Canon D5. The first was the stereo mic which gave me a hiss on the audio track. I was not happy with that at $ so I tried this mic. I got nice, clear audio with no hiss. It was much more suited to my task at hand which was to record interviews. I haven't tried the boom pole yet. Most of the time I work without an assistant but I do want to try this application as well. I am quite satisfied with this video mic.
Excerpt: I record family videos and also weddings and it does the job very well. The quality is very good for it's price. The fun part is I don't have to worry about battery for the mic like my older model I used to have.