The Canon 80d is one of the most popular cameras from the Canon DSLR range and it has managed to build up an absolutely massive core user base since its release that just keeps on growing and growing. Although the camera is priced at the higher entry-level/lower intermediate level price bracket, it offers excellent image quality for its price tag making it popular with photographers, videographers, vloggers, streamers, and social media influencers. Although the new Canon 90d has been released that is the successor to the 80d, the recent price reduction on the 80d has seen a surge in people purchasing it.
Just like all of the other popular camera bodies on the market right now, we always see large numbers of Canon 80d users reaching out with a number of questions on how to improve the image quality that they are able to capture. For this article, we are going to be focusing on the best microphone for Canon 80d cameras as we have noticed more and more people reaching out with various questions about suitable microphones for the 80d. We are hoping that out article will be able to help our readers not only get a decent microphone for their camera but also avoid the potential minefield that is the external mic market at the time of writing due to it having a ton of low-quality products.
Now, in our opinion, nothing even comes close to the performance and functionality of the Rode Video Micro Compact, especially for its low price tag. It offers some of the best audio quality going for such a cheap external microphone but doesn’t make the mistake that many other videographers have and instantly dismiss the Video Micro Compact as a writer off due to its low price point in the market.
Although it has an entry-level price tag, the Video Micro Compact can definatley deliver high intermediate level audio that will be able to meet the requirements of the vast majority of our readers. The mic has an absolutely massive user base with many Canon 80d owners already having added it to their collection of camera accessories. With the microphone having managed to earn such a massive customer base, it is not surprising that it has also managed to earn itself a solid reputation amongst the community.
With all that out the way, we will now be going into a more in-depth and detailed look at the Video Micro Compact and why we feel that it is the obvious external microphone for your Canon 80d. As we mentioned, there are a ton of low-quality microphones on the market right now and although there are some other solid options, we want to point out why we feel that the Video Micro Compact stands out as the best option and how it can compeating with the audio quality of compeating mics that are more than double its price.
Performance Of The Microphone
In our opinion, the main advantage that the Video Micro Compact offers users over the competition is its superior performance and functionality relative to its price point in the market. As we touched on above, the vast majority of microphones in the sub-one hundred dollar price bracket are low quality and a waste of money. Rode noticed this and decided to use it to their advantage by releasing the Video Micro Compact that blows the performance of the compeating microphones out the water and can compete with higher price point microphones with ease.
The cardioid pickup pattern of the microphone is great for capturing the audio directly in front of the camera for niches such as vlogging or interviewing. That said though, the Video Micro Compact also offers decent ambient pickup too when needed allowing you to also use it for niches such as sports recording and music events too. This versatility really does help to ensure that you can use your Canon 80d in pretty much any niche you need to and get solid performance and the best possible audio track possible.
The Rycote Lyre shock mount that comes as standard with your purchase of the Video Micro Compact is another thing that sets the Rode range apart from the other brands too. In our opinion, even though it is an entry-level shock mount, it is actually better than some of the aftermarket third-party shock mounts that cost more than the actual microphone with the Rycote Lyre shock mount included.
It performs flawlessly and ensures that your audio track is clean, crisp, and clear from problems with vibrations or sudden movements. This allows you to freely move your Canon 80d when recording as required to meet the needs of your video footage without having to worry about a vibration being detected by your microphone movement. On top of this, you also get a nice little windshield included with your purchase too allowing you to use your 80d and your Video Micro Compact outside in windy conditions without having to worry about having any issues with your audio track either.
Here are some more of the key features that the Video Micro Compact offers you:-
- Acoustic Principle: Pressure Gradient
- Active Electronics: JFET impedance converter
- 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
As we mentioned, the microphone comes in at less than one hundred dollars making it the undisputed king of entry-level microphones that actually offer clear audio during use. Due to this, a large number of videographers and vloggers have chosen to use the Video Micro Compact as their microphone of choice with many of them choosing to post their own reviews of the microphone that you can read.
Skimming over a few of those reviews from independent users can offer some great insight into just how good the microphone is able to perform for you. Some of them have even been published by other Canon 80d users going over their experiences with the mic and how it has performed for them during use in pretty much every nice you can think of. They also cover a large number of situations that you are likley to find yourself in as a vlogger or videographer too offering some solid insight onto just how versatile the microphone actually is.
User Interface And Control System
Although in our opinion, the Video Micro Compact is more than capable of providing you with intermediate level audio quality, it does come with an entry-level price tag and is designed to be an entry-level microphone that emphasizes ease of use. This is perfect as many people who will be looking to purchase an external microphone for their Canon 80d will likley be looking to purchase their very first external microphone.
Rode has been sure to make the mic as close to a plug and play microphone as possible to ensure that anyone can get the most out of it with minimal effort. Essentially, you just have to mount the Video Micro Compact to your Canon 80ds hot shoe mount, plug the 3.5mm jack plug on the microphone into the external microphone input on the 80d and then you are done. There is no need to worry about battery life as the microphone pulls its power from your camera battery but has a minimal draw. This ensures that you will likley not noticed any difference in your camera’s maximum battery life when using the microphone with your 80d.
Build Quality And Design
Considering that the Rode Video Micro Compact is such a low price point microphone, it actually has a solid build quality considering how good its performance is. In the sub-one hundred dollar price bracket, you usually see brands slack off when it comes to the actual build quality to try and reduce costs but Rode has definatley decided against this.
The majority of the actual microphone is made from solid cast metal to help keep it as tough and robust as possible while the aluminum and magnesium alloy is also as lightweight as possible too. If you are using your Canon 80d for something like travel vlogging and know that you will be having to travel around via plane with all of your gear then this is a godsend. A surprising number of compeating microphones on the market right now are surprisingly heavy even though they are about the same size as the Video Micro Compact.
The actual hot shoe connector on the mic is also solid thankfully and we doubt that it will be warping in shape and causing you issues with your Canon 80d any time soon. A number of other entry-level microphones have issues with a low-quality hot shoe that ends up warping in shape and jamming in or damaging your hot shoe mount on your camera. Although we are not sure what the additional treatments that Rode implements with the hot shoe connector on the Video Micro Compact, it holds its shape perfectly.
Although we have already touched on the performance of the Rycote Lyre shock mount above, we want to also comment on its build quality as it really is excellent. The whole-mount has been molded from a single solid piece of thermoplastic so there are no joints or inherent weak points on the mount to cause it to break quickly. The fact that the mount is made from a single piece of plastic is also a solid reason that it absorbs vibration so well and smoothly without having any issues with contamination of your audio track.
That brings our article going over what we feel is the best microphone for Canon 80d cameras to an end. There is no doubt in our mind that the Rode Video Micro Compact will make a solid addition to your camera accessories and help improve the audio of the videos that you capture with your Canon 80d. There are also a large number of other Canon 80d users who have the Video Micro Compact as their go-to microphone of choice too with it maintaining the excellent reputation amongst the community that it has enjoyed since release.
We know that we mentioned this earlier in the article, we just want to take this opportunity to quickly remind our readers that a large number of other videographers and vloggers have opted to publish their own, dedicated reviews of the Video Micro Compact. In our opinion, those are definatley worth reading, especially if you have not decided if the Video Micro Compact is for you or not. Those reviews offer some great opinions from external, independent videographers and vloggers and offer great insight into the Video Micro Compact and its performance.