** Buy the Movo VXR10 Microphone HERE – https://amzn.to/2tfx6kl – Looking to up your audio recording game without breaking the bank? Look no further! Today Film Jams is bringing you a live action demo of three different mics to find the best low budget microphone for video. We start with a pro broadcast mic, a mid-level, and a low-cost option, as well as compare these against the internal camera mic. The microphones we’re comparing are the Sennheiser MKE 600, vs Movo VXR10, vs RODE NTG4+, vs internal DSLR camera mic. Let’s check out the difference between them and see which could work best for your production.

Our pick, if you’re just looking to upgrade with a minimal investment is the Movo VXR10, only $40, but can record much clearer audio on not only your DSLR or video camera, but also your smart phone. It is a great option for low budget filmmaking and for people dabbling their toes in audio recording.

The Movo, Sennheiser MKE 600, and Rode NTG4+ microphones

In the video, our team compares the internal camera audio to the Sennheiser MKE 600, the Rode NTG4+, and the Movo VXR10. We compare them side-by-side, taking them outside and inside and recording audio at 3 ft, 6 ft, and 10 ft away. We recorded all mics directly into the Canon EOS R 1/8″ mic jack.

Christian with the Movo VXR10 microphone, our favorite starter microphone

Best Low Budget Microphone for Video?

Both professional shotgun mics, the Sennheiser at $250, and Rode at $399, did give us better audio than the Movo VXR10, inside, but we sort of expected that with such a price difference. But at $40, the Movo actually held up much better than expected. And outside, in the wind, it performed better as the denser windscreen is included – it was the only mic that didn’t have wind noise, and to us that made it more usable than the higher end mic options. You can purchase a wind muff for the higher end mics, but they are not included like the wind screen is with the Movo. We noticed that the Movo eliminated the wind noise with its included screen better than the others mics. We highly recommend the Movo for beginning filmmakers, especially those who plan to use it for their Mirrorless camera, DSLR and smartphones. We also got great audio from it recording directly into our iPhone X.

Looking How to Record Better Audio for Your Videos?

It all starts with attaching an external microphone. As we show in the video, it doesn’t have to be the most expensive mic, but just using accessories like a windscreen, can make a huge impact on your sound. And if you’re inside, try to get your mic as close to your talent as possible. And at all costs, DON’T use the internal mic on the camera. Follow these tips and you’ll quickly up your game even with a minimal investment. You can even record better audio on your phone with the Movo, the best low budget microphone for video, in our testing anyway.

If you have any questions on the techniques used in this review video, please send a note in the comments.

Thanks for watching Best Low Budget Microphone for Video & Audio Recording Tips, in our Film Jams series!

If you’re also interested in low budget LED video lights, we have some great options for putting a small 3 point light kit together for under $100… check out our video on those cheap LED video lights HERE. 

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Gear used in this video:

-Movo VXR 10 – https://amzn.to/2tfx6kl

-Sennheiser MKE 600 – https://amzn.to/2taoGuy

-Rode NTG4+ – https://amzn.to/2TEh8fl

-Canon EOS R – https://amzn.to/2GfM3LQ

-Canon C100 – https://amzn.to/2u04CMm

Other equipment we use to film:


-Canon C100 – https://amzn.to/2u04CMm (for main interview)
-Sony A7III – https://amzn.to/2TAoYqK (for BTS video)


-Canon 24-105mm – https://amzn.to/2ILo9tp (main interview)
-Canon 100mm macro – https://amzn.to/2KsZuaF (product shots & CUs)


-Sachtler – https://amzn.to/2KTXbfH


-Sennheiser MKE600 – https://amzn.to/2ILulBP
-Sennheiser 416 – https://amzn.to/2INrtQy


-Litepanel Astra 6x – https://amzn.to/2KUBYCB
-Kino Flo Diva LED – https://amzn.to/2BuunZp


-Profoto Beauty Dish – https://amzn.to/2zgfjPV
-Profoto D2 500 Strobe Kit – https://amzn.to/2J28AZx
-Canon 5D mkIII – https://amzn.to/2KRE3zl
-Profoto Air Remote – https://amzn.to/2MU7MZa

Music by Jeffrey J Byron: http://www.jeffreyjbyron.com/

If you have any questions on the techniques used in this review video, please send a note in the comments. Thanks for watching our video on Best Low Budget Micrphone for Video & how to record better audio on a budget, in our Film Jams series!

Filmed on location at: https://www.LitewaveMedia.com in St. Petersburg, FL.

Special Thanks to the St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission Digital Creator Program

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