The Nikon d750 is one of the most popular intermediate-level DSLR camera bodies on the market right now by a long shot. It has an absolutely massive core customer base made up of both photographers and videographers working in a number of different niches due to the d750 offering some excellent image quality for its price point in the market. Due to having an absolutely massive user base, we see question after questions asked each month about various camera accessories for the d750 so we have decided to focus on one of them today.
Over the last few months, there has been a steady increase in the number of people reaching out and asking for advice on the best microphone for Nikon d750 cameras so this is going to be the topic for today’s article. We know that we have a fair few readers who use the d750 so we are hoping that our article will be able to help anyone who owns the d750 and is looking to add an external microphone to their camera accessories. Unfortunately, at the time of writing, there is an absolute ton of low quality or overprice microphones on the market but there are a number of solid options available.
In our opinion, the Rode Video Mic Go is one of the best microphones available for the Nikon d750 as it offers some excellent audio quality without you having to break the bank. Although the microphone comes with an upper entry-level price tag, it definitely offers you some intermediate level performance and is one of the main reasons the microphone has proven to be such a big hit with the community. The Rode Video Mic Go can easily meet the needs fo the vast majority of paid videography work and provide you with an audio track that your client will love for the video you capture for them.
Since its release onto the market, the Rode Video Mic Go has managed to constantly go from strength to strength growing its customer base and its already excellent reputation amongst the community. Additionally, the mic is also easily able to provide you with comparable performance to some of the popular microphones on the market right now that are around double its price point too. This is why we feel that it should be the primary microphone consideration for any of our readers who own the Nikon d750 and we will not be taking a mode detailed look at the microphone and what it has to offer you.
Performance And Functionality Of The Microphone
As we touched on above, one of the main reasons that the Rode Video Mic Go is able to dominate its price point and perform so well for so many people is the superior audio quality that the microphone is able to capture. Due to the price point of the d750, if you are looking to invest in an external microphone for your camera then chances are you are doing paid videography work or potentially using your Nikon d750 for your vlogging or social media content on established social media channels. The outstanding audio quality from the microphone helps to keep your clients happy and give you and edge over the compeating YouTube channels and social media accounts in your niche too.
Rode has designed the Video Mic Go to deliver be as easy to use in as many situations and niches as possible too further increasing the advantages of the microphone over the competition. There are few mics at this price point that deliver an audio track this good at the time of writing that offers the sheer versatility of the Video Mic Go. The audio track is crisp, clean, and clear from any contamination due to the superior Rode technology as well as a few microphone accessories included with the mic as standard that we will cover later in the article.
The tight pickup area on the microphone offers outstanding pickup directly in front of the microphone making it ideal for videography tasks such as interviewing or having your sound source to the front of you. Additionally, this is perfect for vlogging, streaming, and any social media work too but as we touched on, the versatility of the mic is unrivaled in the sub-one hundred dollar price point. The left and right pickup is also solid allowing you to use the microphone for sporting or music events or anything else where you want to capture the ambient audio.
The first of the microphone accessories that Rode include with the Video Mic Go as standard to improve its performance is the Rycote Lyre shock mount. If you are familiar with the Rode camera microphone range then you will likely have seen them mounted to a Red or Black plastic mounting system that helps to absorbed any shock or vibrations during use to prevent them from contaminating your audio track. The included shock mount with the cameras is one of the main reasons that the microphone is able to provide you with such a clear and clean audio track in so many vlogging and videography situations.
You are free to move your Nikon d750 around as required to capture the video footage you require without having to worry about the movements and vibrations working the way through your rig and causing you issues. Additionally, we know there are a number of third-party shock mount brands on the market but in our opinion, the included Rode mount with the Video Mic Go is usually better than the aftermarket mounts helping to save you some cash in the long run too.
The second microphone accessory that Rode includes with the Video Mic Go to help ensure that you are getting the best performance possible during use is the furry windshield. Although windshields are commonplace in this day and age, the Rode one is solid and helps to protect your microphone element from the wind when using your Nikon d750 and Video Mic Go outside. This ensures that no matter the conditions, you can use your microphone with your camera rig and get the audio track you need.
Here are some of the additional technical specifications of the microphone for any of our readers who want to know them:-
- Capsule: 0.50″
- Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
- Address Type: End
- Frequency Range: 100Hz – 16kHz
- Maximum SPL: 120dBSPL
- Sensitivity: -35.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (17.80mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
- Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted): 34dBA
It is easy to see why the Video Mic Go is often seen as the kind of the sub-one hundred dollar microphones by the community. As we touched on earlier in the article, the Video Mic Go can also compete with the performance and functionality of some of the two-hundred-dollar and above microphones too helping you get great audio quality without breaking the bank. This is why so many vloggers and videographers who use the Video Mic Go have published their own dedicated reviews of the mic sharing their experiences with it and what you can expect if you do choose to add the Video Mic Go to your camera accessories.
User Interface And Control System
Just like many of the modern external microphones on the market, the Rode Video Mic Go has been designed to be as user-friendly and as close as possible to being a plug and play microphone as possible. Thankfully, Rode has done a great job of doing this and if you are brand new to using an external microphone with your Nikon d750 then the Video Mic Go really is a solid option due to it being so user friendly and straight forward.
We are confident that the microphone will be able to offer you everything that you could ever need right out of the box without having any of the confusing and time-consuming user interfaces of the older microphones. This is not specifically a Rode trait, the majority of the large microphone manufacturers on the market have seemingly gone in the direction of releasing plug and play microphones that are pre-optimized for use rather than microphones with user interface systems on them.
Rode along with the other larger, more established microphone brands do an excellent job of pre-programming the microphones for use though and ensuring that the config that comes shipped with the microphone is suitable for pretty much anything you could ever need out of the mic. In our opinion, Rode has done a great job and has managed to develop a very straight forward control system that allows you to mount the microphone to your Nikon d750’s hot shoe, plug the mic jack in and then go about recording your video footage as required.
Build Quality And Design
Rode is one of the few external microphone brands on the market right now that offers you solid performance as well as some great build quality too. All of their products have been designed from the very start to be as travel friendly as possible keeping the mic light and small. If you are using your Nikon d750 for something like travel vlogging then this is ideal as the Video Mic Go can easily be added to your camera accessory bag without taking up much space or adding much weight to your bags.
Although the hot shoe mount on the Video Mic Go is plastic, Rode put their plastics through a specific heat treatment process to keep it as tough and robust as possible. This ensures that your hot shoe will hold its shape and not warp over time as some of the compeating microphone hot shoes on the market can. This ensures that you are able to quickly and easily mount or unmount your Video Mic Go from your Nikon d750 as required without risking the microphone hot-shoe getting stuck to your camera.
The Video Mic Go uses the standard 3.5mm jack connector with the connector itself as well as the cable having been constructed and put together well. Although rare these days, some of the compeating brands have been known to skimp on the build quality of the actual microphone cable with it suffered due to wear and wear during use. Thankfully though, Rode uses high-quality copper and plastic in their connector to ensure that even the cable that comes with the Video Mic Go will be able to stand the test of time.
That brings our thoughts going over what we feel is the best microphone for Nikon d750 cameras to an end. We have tried to explain why the Rode Video Mic Go should be your microphone of choice for your Nikon d750 throughout our article to try and help our readers get a good, reliable microphone that can provide some excellent audio quality during use too. This is why we are confident in recommending the Video Mic Go to our readers and feel that it will make a great addition to your collection of d750 camera accessories.
We just want to remind our readers that there are a large number of independent, third-party reviews of the microphone online that you can read too. If you have not made your mind up about the microphone that you want to purchase for your Nikon d750 then reading some of them will be well worth your time in our opinion. They are all from external videographers and vloggers and offer some excellent insight into how well the microphone has performed for other people.