For "pros on a budget" you owe it to yourself to purchase this microphone.
3 weeks ago
Summary: This microphone has made an wonderful addition to my video "tool kit". The quality of the audio captured (even directly into my camera...Canon 5D Mark III) is excellent! Then when I pump it through my Azden FMX-DSLR audio mixer could not be happier. I'm like any other "pro on a budget"...I check and recheck details and reviews on products before purchasing them. This mic has lived up to everything that I have read that is positive.
Look no further looking for a great sounding shotgun mic buy the Rode. lol
2 March 2014
Summary: I have not used it for a long period of time but the little time i used it, works perfect very nice quality easy to use and rode makes excellent microphones glad i purchase this item, thanks and have a bless day.
Excerpt: I make beauty/vlog videos on YouTube. I was hesitant about getting this mic over a shotgun mic - but I ultimately decided on this one, because I found a great deal on it in the Used Department. Overall, it works beautifully! I made a video with sound samples of all of the settings on this mic! .........
Excerpt: Microphone added a better quality of sound to the videos made on my Canon 70D. Used this microphone to make a set of Christmas videos and everyone commented on not only the quality of video, but the quality of the sound on the video. It is simple to use and it does a great job. No issues with battery compartment or installation of battery.
Excerpt: The investment in this microphone reflects an effort to record ocean/beach sounds. That is being accomplished, based on sounds and views of the wave forms so far. The unit is compact and offers some physical controls that are very useful.
Excerpt: I needed a mic that could record events and performances and what a great mic Rode has made here. It's easy to use, light, and small. Be sure to buy a battery because it doesn't come with one. Other than that, I highly recommend this. Price was pretty reasonable too.