I recently got to play with a new shotgun condenser microphone – the Aputure V-Mic D2 – and I was thoroughly impressed! I’ve used many shotgun mics and this particular one has several useful features that I’ve never seen before!
First, the obvious:
1. The microphone has a cold shoe and mounts to any standard camera. It also has a 1/4″ mount for boom poles and other devices.
2. It comes with an anti-shock mount (which is slip-free), a wind screen, a wind shield, an audio cable, and 2 AAA batteries. The batteries last an average of 100 hours (30 more hours than the 9V batteries in a Rode VideoMic Pro).
3. It has a low-cut filter option to cut out frequencies lower than 100Hz. This gets rid of noise from the wind, the camera, traffic, or anything rumbling in the background.
Now, the fun stuff:
1. It is incredibly directional. It will only pick up the sound from where it is pointed, thanks to its super-cardioid pattern.
2. It’s the only shotgun microphone I’ve seen that has sensitivity control right on the control board of the microphone itself! This is great, because most DSLRs do not allow you to adjust sound levels while recording.
3. Not only that – but this sensitivity control is in wheel form. It allows you to chose exactly how much gain you want the microphone to have.
4. It’s pretty much silent. I know the box says “low self noise,” but I didn’t pick up any at all!
5. It has indicator lights on the back that tell you when you are peaking and when your sound is under 12db. You link the frequency sensitivity to your camera or recording device using a beep-detection method. This is incredibly useful – especially when you’re a one-person crew. You can also flip the microphone around in the mount so that the controls are visible to you in front of the camera!
Overall, I find shotgun microphones incredibly versatile pieces of equipment. If you need an on-the-go mic and you don’t want to bother with external recorders or lav mics, this will capture great sound with low-to-no background noise. And as far as shotgun microphones go, this is the best I’ve seen yet!
To see and HEAR a side by side comparison of the Aputure V-Mic D2 vs. Rode VideoMic Pro vs. Rode VideoMic GO, check out our video here:
To see me test the V-Mic D2 in my video review, check it out here!: