RODE Interview PRO review: simple interview audio that looks the part

A wireless interview mic that has on-board recording and can double as a standalone field recorder? How cool is that!

RODE Interview Pro
(Image: © Rod Lawton)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The RODE Interview Pro is a very well made, very effective handheld microphone of a type used the world over for TV interviews and live reports. The difference here is that it’s wireless. That is one of its strengths, to be sure, but also a disadvantage since you’ll also need one of RODE’s Series IV Wireless receivers, which are separate products. This is the only way to connect it to a recording device. It’s a great mic, but you have to know what it can do, what it can’t and what else you’ll need.


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    Excellent build quality

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    Straightforward controls

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    On-board 32-bit float recording

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    Wind shield and stand mount included


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    Needs a RODE Series IV receiver

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    Omnidirectional pattern not always ideal

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    No cable connection to recording devices

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The RODE Interview Pro is designed for those situations where you’re talking to people who aren’t wearing microphones, and where it’s not practical to fit them. For everything from vox pops on the street to ad hoc Q&A sessions at events, a handheld mic is often the best and simplest and quickest solution. Best of all, it makes you look like a proper broadcaster!

The characteristic mic-on-a-stick design is typical of broadcast/interview mics. It lets you quickly position the mic for whoever is speaking and swap speakers easily. What could be more intuitive than aiming a mic at whoever is speaking?

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CapsuleElectret Condenser
Polar PatternOmnidirectional
Frequency Range20Hz – 20kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio74 dB
Dynamic Range102 dB (as per IEC651)
Maximum SPL122dB SPL
Wireless ConnectivityRØDE Series IV Wireless 2.4GHz
Transmission RangeUp to 200m (line of sight)
Computer ConnectivityUSB-C
PowerIn-built lithium-ion rechargeable (charged via USB)
Recording Capacity32GB (over 40 hours of recording)
Operating TimeUp to 25 hours
Bit Depth32-bit
Sample Rate48 kHz
Dimensions258 x 47mm
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FeaturesWireless connectivity and onboard recording, but no wired analog or digital output★★★★☆
DesignImpossible to fault. Beautifully made, easy to operate★★★★★
PerformanceGenerally excellent, but you need some skill with mic placement★★★★☆
ValueNot bad, not good. It's not cheap, but quality never is★★★☆☆

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at