Looking for the Best Video XLR Shotgun Microphone?

With the exponential growth of content creation, trying to pick out the best gear can be daunting, especially if you are unfamiliar with it all. The market for microphones is constantly growing as brands dish out new models faster than they did several years ago. With many competing brands out there, which one should you get?

In this video from Caleb Pike, who we all know as DSLR Video Shooter on YouTube, he tests 12 microphone models to upgrade his current arsenal for video creation. He quickly tackles the specs and price points of each microphone and then conducts several tests based on sensitivity, rejection, and sound quality. In the end, he ranked each microphones based on their performance on each test.

Gear in the Video

The video is quite helpful in showing actual results in testing, especially since it was done in a controlled environment. It gave me a lot of insights on the testing and results, and quite honestly, some microphones did surprise me with how they performed. This exercise definitely helped me make an informed decision in choosing what to upgrade to next.

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Lee Christiansen's picture

How on earth did the Sennheiser MKH-60 not get on this list?
Or the Sanken CS-M1

Both of which have become industry standards in TV and film.

Daris Fox's picture

Been using a MKH 416 for years alongside a MIXPRE-3 II more recently makes for a great combination both indoors and out.

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