The Nikon d5300 is a solid entry-level DSLR camera body that has managed to grow itself a massive core customer base over the years since its release due to its excellent performance and image quality with a low price tag. The d5300 has managed to grow a sizable following amongst photographers, videographers, vloggers, streamers, and social media influences with its customer base constantly climbing.
As you would expect from such a popular camera body on the market, we constantly see large numbers of people reaching out with a number of questions based around improving the performance of the d5300. For today’s article, we want to focus on a specific question that we have noticed being asked more and more over the last few months and that is based around the best microphone for Nikon d5300 camera users.
In our opinion, the obvious option and the one that we would recommend that our readers who own the Nikon d5300 and are looking to add a microphone to their camera accessories consider is the Rode Video Micro Compact. In our opinion, it is one of the best external microphones on the market right now that just keeps on becoming more and more popular with no signs of its user growth slowing any time soon.
The Video Micro Compact offers intermediate-level performance with an entry-level price take and ensures that you are able to capture the best audio quality with your Nikon d5300 when recording your video. Due to this, the microphone has managed to earn itself one of the best reputations that we have ever seen amongst the videography, vlogging, and streaming communities.
That said though, if you are on a very tight budget then the Takstar SGC-598 is the most budget-friendly option that can perform pretty well for its price point in the market. Although the SGC-598 is a pretty solid entry-level external microphone, we would not recommend that you use it for paid videography work or for an established vlogger or streamer as it can have issues with a hiss on its audio track. Due to this, we will not be taking a more in-depth look at the Video Micro Compact and what it can offer you and your Nikon d5300 below.
Performance And Functionality Of The Microphone
In our opinion, the Video Micro Compact really is in a league of its own amongst the other competing microphones in the sub-one hundred-dollar microphone price range. Although a number of other popular competing brands have tried to take some of the market share away from it, the Video Micro Compact just keeps on getting stronger and stronger due to its superior performance and functionality
The audio quality from the microphone is crisp, clear, and bright offering you one of the best audio tracks that you are going to get without having to break the bank. There are some other microphones from other brands that retail at more than double its price point but the Video Micro Compact offers similar if not better levels of performance.
It is very common in this price bracket for microphones to draw their power from the camera battery rather than have an internal battery and the Video Micro Compact is no different. It draws its power via your Nikon d5300 battery through the 3.5mm mic jack but the draw is so low that we doubt that you will see any change in the maximum battery life of your camera. Although it requires less power than some competing mics on the market to operate, it offers outstanding performance due to the excellent Rode mic element.
The cardioid pickup pattern is perfect for vlogging or interviewed or any other niches where the source of sound will be directly in front of the microphone. That said though, especially for its price tag, the Rycote Lyre shock mount also offers solid left and right pick up too for more ambient sounds. This allows you to also use it for any music events or sporting tasks that you want to record too.
The Video Micro Compact also comes with a smaller variant of the Rycote Lyre shock mount included as standard with your purchase that really is second to none and helps to turn the performance of the microphone up to eleven. It allows you to move your Nikon d5300 around as required when vlogging or working on your videography sessions without having to worry about any vibrations being transferred to the microphone.
The shock mount is extremely efficient at absorbing even the slightest vibration from movement when recording that could otherwise transfer to the microphone and potentially contaminate your audio track. This is one of the main reasons that the microphone is so versatile and can be used in so many different niches without having any degradation in its performance. In our opinion, the third-party, aftermarket shock mounts on the market only offer similar levels of performance to the included Rycote Lyre shock mount while the Rode mount comes included in the price of your microphone.
Rode also includes their deluxe windshield with your Rode Video Micro Compact too that helps to ensure that you can use the microphone with your Nikon d5300 no matter the conditions that you are working in. If you are outside in windy conditions then this really is a godsend as it prevents your audio track from being contaminated and having problems due to the wind. We would highly recommend that you use the windshield with your microphone whenever you are using it outside as it really does do an amazing job when using the mic in the wind.
Here are some of the other features and key specifications of the microphone:-
- 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
As we mentioned earlier in the article, the microphone has one of the biggest user-bases of videographers, vloggers, and streamers that use the Video Micro Compact with a whole range of popular camera bodies. Many of these, including a number of other Nikon d5300 owners, have chosen to publish their own reviews that you can read if you wish. Spending a few minutes going over them really does offer some solid insight into just how well the microphone performs for the vast majority of popular niches and situations that you may find yourself in.
User Interface And Control System
The Video Micro Compact is a plug an play microphone meaning that it is as user friendly and easy to use as possible due to it coming with an entry-level price point. This ensures that any videographer, vlogger or streamer who wants to improve their audio track can do by using the Video Micro Compact even if they have never used an external microphone before. You simply mount the microphone to your Nikon d5300s hot shoe then plug the 3.5mm jack in and you are good to go and record.
This seamless straight forward system helps to score the microphone a ton of points over the competing brands on the market that try to compete with it as some have pretty confusing control systems for an entry-level microphone. In this day and age, there really is no need for it as the standard plug and play microphone that has been pre-optimized for optimal performance in most niches is a much better option in our opinion.
Build Quality And Design
Rode has put a solid effort in when it comes to ensuring that the build quality of the Video Micro Compact is as high as possible without having to hike its price tag up too. The microphone has definitely been put together well to meet the Rode standards but in addition to this, it is also surprisingly tough and robust considering how small and lightweight it is. If you are looking for a travel friendly microphone for your Nikon d5300 then this is a great bonus as you can easily add this to your baggage without taking up much room or adding much weight.
This is largely due to Rode taking advantage of newer plastic polymers that were still in development when some of the competing microphones were released. This has let Rode use this to their advantage and offer a lighter microphone that is as tough as possible and can take a surprising amount of punishment without breaking. On top of this, the actual microphone element and main tube construction is solid too offering additional protection to the sensitive interior of the mic.
The actual hot show on the microphone is made from treat plastic to ensure that it will be able to hold its shape for many years to come with ease. This is a massive benefit and a solid advantage for the Video Micro Compact over some of the competing microphones in the sub-one hundred dollar price point. So many of the entry-level microphones come with a low-quality hot shoe mount that can end up getting stuck to your Nikon d5300’s hot shoe mount and end up causing problems due to the shape warping over time.
We also want to quickly comment on the build quality of the Rycote Lyre shock mount that comes included with your microphone quickly as it is a key part of the mic and ensures that it is able to operate in all conditions. Rode has gone one step further than some of the competing brands out there and made their shock mount from one, single piece of thermoplastic to ensure that vibrations are seamlessly absorbed by the mount.
Although this may sound basic, even some premium price point microphones that are over $400 use a jointed mount that is made from multiple parts and does not absorb vibrations as well as a single piece mount. Although more and more brands are starting to catch on to this, at the time of writing, a large number of competing microphones or aftermarket shock mounts in the entry-level market are made from multiple parts and are not as efficient as the Rycote Lyre shock mount.
That concludes our article going over what we feel is the best microphone for Nikon d5300 cameras and we hope that we have managed to get our point across as to why the Rode Video Micro Compact is our primary recommendation. We have no doubt that any of our readers wanting to add a mic to their Nikon d5300 camera accessories will have a great experience by going with the Video Micro Compact.
Although we have touched on it earlier in the article, we just want to point out that there are a load of third-party reviews online for the mic that you can read. They have all been published by videographers, vloggers, and streamers who use the Video Micro Compact as their go-to microphone of choice. They offer an independent insight into the audio quality of the external microphone and comment on how it performs in a large number of niches.