The Canon t6i is a solid little DSLR camera from Canon that has managed to prove itself as a very popular option amongst the photography and videography communities with it managing to grow a large user base since its release that is still steadily growing with each passing month. Although it is priced pretty much smack in the middle of the entry-level DSLR camera price range, it does offer some intermediate level performance an image quality for some areas and is one of the main reasons it has proven to be so popular.
We always see a large number of people reaching out with various questions for the more popular camera bodies on the market each month and the Canon t6i is no different. For today’s article, we are going to be focusing in on what we feel is the best microphone for Canon t6i cameras after seeing a number of people reaching out and asking about it. Now, before we go any further, we want to specify that this article is for the Canon t6i, not the regular Canon t6 (notice the lack of the i after the 6) as the regular Canon t6 does not have an external microphone input whereas the Canon t6i does.
Although there are a large number of suitable microphones on the market right now, we feel that the Rode Video Micro Compact is a solid option that is very budget-friendly and should easily be able to meet the need of the majority, if not all of our readers with ease. The Video Micro Compact has gone from strength to strength and shows no signs of its growth slowing down anytime soon either. On top of this, it has managed to earn itself one of the best reputations amongst the sub-one hundred dollar microphones on the market at the time of writing too.
Depending on what you are planning to do and the budget that you have available, you may want to consider the big brother of the Video Micro Compact, the Rode Video Mic Go as it has a small number of advantages over the Video Micro Compact but in reality, we doubt that they will be needed when using the Canon t6i helping you save some cash. On the flipside of this, if you are on a very tight budget then you can also consider the Takstar SGC-598 as it is a very cheap microphone that offers solid performance but in our opinion, the SGC-598 is not suitable for paid videography work or for use for any established vlogger or streamers.
That said though, we really do feel that the Rode Video Micro Compact will be the ideal microphone for the vast majority of our readers and that it will make a solid addition to your camera accessories. It is a great little, budget-friendly external microphone that offers you some great audio quality and we will now be taking a more in-depth look at why we feel it is the best option for your Canon t6i.
Performance And Functionality Of The Microphone
The main advantage that the Video Micro Compact has over the other competing sub-one hundred dollar microphones on the market at the time of writing is that it offers some of the absolute best performance possible with the lowest possible price tag. The microphone offers a clear, clean, and crisp audio quality that can really help to turn the quality of your videos audio track up to eleven with ease and help your content stand out from the competition.
If you are doing paid videography with your Canon t6i then this helps to ensure that you are offering the very best for your clients and if you are a vlogger or streamer, it ensures that your viewers are able to hear everything that you are saying without any contamination or hiss. The versatility offered by the Video Micro Compact is one of the main reasons that it has such a large user base as you are able to use it in so many niches and get excellent performance
The microphone uses a Cardioid audio pickup pattern that optimizes the audio quality for a source directly in front of the microphone during use. This makes it perfect for interviews, vlogging, streaming, general videographer, and a large number of other tasks that the average Canon t6i user will likely find themselves in. That said though, the Video Micro Compact also offers some solid left and right pickup too that scores it points over the other competing microphones too. This also ensures that you can use the microphone with your Canon t6i for tasks in sports videography or event videography and get a solid audio track for your footage with the same microphone.
Just like the vast majority of other modern microphones on the market right now in this price bracket, the Rode Video Micro Compact does not require a battery and it will draw the power that it requires from your Canon t6i through the 3.5mm external mic input. Rode has optimized the draw requirements of the microphone to ensure that it will take as little power as possible while still being able to offer you an excellent audio track though. This means that there should be minimal difference in the overall maximum battery life of your Canon t6i when using it with the microphone.
Rode includes a great Rycote Lyre shock mount with the Video Micro Compact for no additional fee too that can drastically help improve the audio quality picked up by the microphone in some niches and is well worth taking advantage of. There are a number of niches where you may have to move your Canon t6i quickly and potentially cause vibrations that would otherwise end up contaminating your audio track.
The Rycote Lyre shock mount does a great job of absorbing these vibrations and preventing the element in the Video Micro Compact from actually detecting them keeping your audio track clean and free from any contamination. This allows you as a videographer or vlogger to freely move your Canon t6i around as needed without having to worry about this were it could actually be a real problem for a number of the competing microphones in the sub-one hundred dollar price range.
Another microphone accessory that Rode include with the Video Micro Compact is the deluxe furry windshield that helps to increase the versatility of the microphone and the number of situations that you are able to use it in. It helps to ensure that you can use the Video Micro Compact outside with your Canon t6i in windy conditions without having issues with the wind causing problems with your audio quality. In our opinion, you should definitely be taking advantage of the windshield when using the microphone outside.
Here are some of the other key specifications offered by the Video Micro Compact:-
- Acoustic Principle: Pressure Gradient
- Active Electronics: JFET impedance converter
- Capsule: 0.50″
- 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
With all of this being provided by this great little Rode external microphone, it is not surprising that the Video Micro Compact has managed to earn itself one of the biggest user-bases amongst the videography, vlogging, and streaming communities. It just keeps on going from strength to strength with many of its users choosing to publish their own reviews that you can read for an independent insight into how good the microphone actually is.
If you do have a little free time available then in our opinion, skimming over a few of those is well worth the time and effort in our opinion. They offer some excellent information on just how good the microphone is as well as why you should be seriously considering the Video Micro Compact as your external microphone of choice for your Canon t6i too.
User Interface And Control System
The Video Micro Compact is essentially a plug and play microphone making the mic as easy and user friendly as possible to use making it ideal for videographers of all levels of experience. If you are brand new to using an external microphone with your Canon t6i then this is ideal as everything is pre-optimized and ready to go so you can just mount the Video Micro Compact to your t6i, plug its mic jack into your external microphone input on your camera and you are good to go.
In our opinion, Rode have made it extremely easy to get the most out of the microphone without having to waste hours learning it. This just scores the Video Micro Compact even more points over the competing microphones in its price bracket where some require a ridiculous amount of tweaking before it can deliver an audio track that is even comparable to what the Video Micro Compact delivers right out of the box.
Build Quality And Design
We are extremely impressed with the great build quality of the Video Micro Compact and feel that Rode has absolutely blown it out of the park when it comes to the build quality of the microphone relative to its price point in the market and its excellent performance and functionality. Everything is on point resulting in a very small, compact, light, and robust microphone that will easily last you for many years to come.
With more and more videographers and vloggers traveling around on a regular basis, the Video Micro Compact is the ideal travel microphone for your Canon t6i too as it so small and lightweight. This ensures that you are able to quickly and easily add the microphone to your videography accessory bag without it taking up a large amount of space or adding too much weight and causing you issues with your airline baggage allowance.
Although the hot shoe mount for the mic is made from plastic rather than metal, it is specifically, heat-treated plastics that will hold its shape and integrity for many years to come with ease. This is another nice feature that the microphone has over some of the competing products on the market right now, even in the higher price brackets. Too many brands are trying to skimp out and add a low-quality hot shoe mount to their entry-level microphones that can end up causing the microphone to jam to the mount on your Canon t6i but this is not a problem with the Rode range.
The Rycote Lyre shock mount has a solid build quality too and has been crafted from a single piece of thermoplastic to ensure that it is as efficient as possible with absolutely no joint transference at all. This ensures that it is as efficient as possible at absorbing any movement or vibrations in the camera body during use to protect the microphone element and keep your audio track as clean and crisp as possible too.
That brings our thoughts on the best microphone for Canon t6i cameras to an end and we feel that the Rode Video Micro Compact should definitely be the primary consideration for any of our readers who own the Canon t6i and are looking to add an external microphone to their camera accessories. It offers outstanding audio quality and performance while also coming with one of the best build qualities that you are going to get for this price range too.
Although we touched on it earlier, we just want to quickly remind any of our readers who are yet to make their mind up about the Video Micro Compact for their Canon t6i that the mic has a ton of dedicated independent reviews online that you can read or at least skim. They offer some excellent information on just how well the microphone performances in pretty much every niche and situation that you can think of and are well worth reading in our opinion.