The Rode VideoMicro has been an extremely popular microphone since its introduction way back in 2015. It’s a super low-budget alternative to its higher-end VideoMic series of on-camera microphones. It’s been very popular for a reason, though. Despite its low price tag, it’s a very good microphone compared to its similarly priced competition. Well, now, Rode has announced its successor, the Rode VideoMicro II.
The next-generation update comes with the now-familiar annular line tube design of microphones like the Rode NTG5, VideoMic NTG and VideoMic GO II. Essentially, a tube with an array of round holes in it. Naturally, it’s smaller than the other microphones, but Rode says its annular design with all-new electronics still provides a transparent and natural, full-bodied sound with low self-noise.