RODE VideoMicro II review

The RODE VideoMicro II microphone boasts “small size, stunning sound”. It's a great choice for video beginners

RØDE VideoMicro II
(Image: © Rod Lawton)

Digital Camera World Verdict

In the context of on-camera shotgun mics generally, the VideoMicro II is pretty small and very light, but by the time you put on the foam or furry wind shield (both are included), the size difference over a regular shotgun mic is hardly huge. And while the audio quality is great and the price is definitely right, it’s a lot less versatile than the RODE VideoMic II, and not massively cheaper.


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    Extremely light, not very big

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    Foam and furry windshields included

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    Easy to use

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    Inexpensive to buy


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    Not as small as all that

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    3.5mm analog output only

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    No headphone monitoring

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The VideoMicro II is the smallest on-camera shotgun mic in the RODE line-up and its price, size and simplicity make ideal for video and vlogging beginners, as well as videographers who need a small, compact mic to keep in the kitbag in case it’s needed.

The shotgun design means it has a highly direction, focused pickup pattern designed to capture sound from a subject directly in front of the camera and suppress sound from the sides or behind the mic. It’s a popular design for on-camera use, though it can also be used off camera.

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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