The Canon 700d is one of the more popular entry-level DSLR cameras from the Canon range that has managed to build up a solid reputation and a large user base from the videography and photography communities over the years. The camera has a nice budget-friendly price tag relative to its performance and is able to offer you some excellent image quality during use while also being a very versatile camera too. We always see people from both the photography and videography side of things reach out each month with questions on the camera and we have decided to focus on one of the more frequently asked questions for today’s article.
Although the 700d does have some solid image quality, its onboard microphone can sometimes struggle to capture some solid audio quality so we have noticed a large number of people reaching out about the best microphone for Canon 700d cameras. Although there are a few options on the market right now, none offer the level of performance and the audio quality of the Rode Video Micro Compact while also having its very budget-friendly price tag. Due to this, we feel that the Video Micro Compact has to be our primary recommendation for anyone who uses the 700d and is looking to add an external microphone to their camera accessories.
If you are on the strictest of budgets then the Takstar SGC-598 may be able to meet your needs but this is more of an amateur level microphone and is not suitable for paid videography work. Although decent, the Takstar SGC-598 can have issues with noise contaminating its audio track and causing problems and is why we would always recommend that our readers go wit the Video Micro Compact instead.
Since its release onto the market, the low price tag, great performance, and easy of use of the Rode Video Micro Compact have enabled the microphone to absolutely dominate the sub-one hundred dollar price point and see off the compeating microphones on the market. The microphone has earned itself a great reputation amongst both the videography and vlogging communities that just keeps on getting stronger with each month that passes too and shows no signs of slowing down.
We know that many of our readers will likely just want a quick and short answer when looking for a microphone for their Canon 700d but we are fully aware that some of our readers will want to know as much as possible. Due to this, we are now going to be taking a more in-depth look at the Video Micro Compact, what it has to offer, and why we feel that it should be your go to microphone of choice for your 700d.
Performance And Functionality Of The Microphone
Although there are an absolute ton of external microphones that would work with your Canon 700d in the sub-one hundred dollar price bracket, the vast majority are unfortunately low-quality or have older technology allowing the Video Micro Compact to leave them for dust when it comes to its performance. The microphone delivers a clear, clean, crisp audio track that is definitely market leading in its price bracket and allows you to get professional level audio quality without having to break the bank.
Rode have always been at the forefront of innovation when it comes to microphones and their latest generation of elements are a real break through. They have all of the advantages of the other modern elements such as offering a clean and clear audio track without the weaknesses of having issues with static in certain conditions and the sensitivity to vibration too. Although a few of the compeating brands have managed to catch up to Rode with their latest generation of microphone elements, Rode take things a step further with the accessories included with the microphone that we will cover a little later.
The Video Micro Compact has a standard cardioid pickup pattern offers the absolute best frontal pickup and audio detection that you are going to get at the time of writing for this price point. We have seen multiple people try to upgrade from the Rode Video Micro Compact to comparing microphones more than double its price only to return the more expensive microphone as the Video Micro Compact outperforms it.
The cardioid pickup pattern is perfect for tasks such as interviews, capturing dialogue to camera, vlogging, and streaming. That said though, although the microphone does have a frontal pickup pattern, the Video Micro Compact is also able to do a solid job of detection ambient audio too allowing you to use it for sporting or live music events too. This versatility is another advantage that Rode have managed to work into the mic to score it additional points over the competition and give you another reason to choose it.
Although we did touch on the included microphone accessories above, we want to quickly take a more in-depth look at them as the both help to improve the performance of the mic and are well worth using. The first one is the Rycote Lyre shock mount that is one of the best shockmounts available and actually outperforms some of the third-party, after market shockmounts on the market right now. The included mount with your microphone sites right on your Canon 700d’s hot shoe with your microphone on top of it and absorbs every vibration and movement during use.
Videographers and vloggers are often surprised with how much of an effect even the slightest movement in their camera can have on the audio quality that they are able to capture. Using the Rycote Lyre shock mount is a quick and easy way to prevent this and allow you to move your Canon 700d around as required while capturing your footage without having to worry about contaminating your audio track. The mount has an excellent performance record and is able to absorb both small gentle vibrations to full on aggressive shocks without issue.
The next microphone accessory that Rode include with the Video Micro Compact as standard to help ensure you get the best performance possible is the Deluxe furry windshield. Although there is nothing particularly special about the included windshield and the vast majority of compeating microphones offer one with your purchase now too it is nice to know that you get one with the Video Micro Compact. The windshield performs flawlessly and prevents wind from getting to your microphone element when using your mic outside helping to keep your audio track as clean as possible too.
Here are some of the other technical specifications for the Video Micro Compact that may be useful depending on the niche that you plan to work in with your Canon 700d:-
- Acoustic Principle: Pressure Gradient
- Active Electronics: JFET impedance converter
- Capsule: 0.50″
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Address Type: End
- Frequency Range: 100Hz – 20kHz
- Maximum SPL: 140dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)
- Sensitivity: -33.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (22.00mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
- Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted): 20dB-A
When you consider that you get all of this and Rodes next generation microphone element all for under one-hundred dollars it is easy to see why it is such a popular option amongst the community and dominates its price point in the market. A large number of the videographers and vloggers who use the Video Micro Compact as their microphone of choice with their cameras have also published their own independent reviews of the microphone online that are well worth reading.
Those reviews go into great detail on the performance of the microphone in pretty much ever situation that you may find yourself and your Canon 700d in offering some valuable insight. On top of this, a number of the reviews have also been published by other Canon 700d owners offering some direct experience of what you can expect from the Video Micro Compact with your own 700d too.
User Interface And Control System
Rode and a few of the other leading microphone brands on the market right now have moved away from the complicated interface system that microphones used to have to go with a much more user friendly plug and play like design. We are massive fans of this personally as it makes your life as a videographer or vlogger much easier and allows you to get ready to go very quickly without having to waste a bunch of time. You can literally mount your microphone to your Canon 700d, plug the external microphone jack into the 3.5mm mic input on your camera and you are good to go.
The preset configuration that comes with the Video Micro Compact is ideal for the vast majority of situations that you are likely to encounter when using the microphone too. It has been optimised for the frontal pickup area but still detects ambient noise well depending on the niche that you are working in. If you are looking to purchase your very first external microphone then the system on the Video Micro Compact is ideal as there is nothing complicated or annoying about it as there is with some of the compeating mics on the market right now.
Build Quality And Design
Although Rode have had a few issues with some of the professional level music studio microphone build qualities over the years, their external microphone for cameras have always been solid thankfully and the Video Micro Compact is no different. Rode have done an excellent job of keeping all of the delicate parts of the microphone protected in the microphone case while also keeping the mic as small and light as possible.
If you are working in a niche where you will have to travel around on a regular basis then this can definitely work to your favor. Even in today’s market where plastic polymers are lighter and tougher there are some microphone brands out there that use older plastics that are heavy. This can add a surprising amount of weight to your camera accessories and potentially cause you issues with your luggage allowance. Thankfully, Rode use the newer plastic polymers to their advantage and keep their microphones as light as possible to prevent this.
The actual hot shoe on the Video Micro Compact is made from plastic but Rode put it through their own heat treatment process to ensure that it will hold its shape over time and not cause you issues. We have not seen any reports of their hot shoes warping over time and getting stuck to the users cameras helping score the microphone more points over some of the compeating mics on the market that use low quality plastic mounts.
The build quality of the Rycote Lyre shock mount is second to none too and Rode have done a great job of keeping its construction based around one single piece of thermoplastic to help improve its efficiency. Some of the compeating stand alone shockmounts that you can purchase from third-parties are made from multiple parts and the joints can end up having an effect on how well the absorb shock and vibrations so a single build is always better.
That concludes our article going over what we feel is the best microphone for Canon 700d cameras on the market right now. As we have mentioned, there are a number of microphones available in the sub-one hundred dollar price bracket that will mount to your 700d but in our opinion, the Rode Video Micro Compact definitely leads the pack. It offers some of the best audio quality that we have ever seen at this price point and is ideal for everyone from an entry level videographer to someone doing professional level paid work.
As we touched on earlier in the article, a number of people who have already added the Video Micro Compact to their collection of camera accessories have published their own reviews for the article going over how well they feel it performs. If you are not convinced that the Video Micro Compact is for you then reading over some of them can be well worth your time as they cover the performance and audio quality of the microphone in pretty much every niche you may ever have to work in as a videographer or vlogger.