The EOS-1D X Mark II is Canon’s newest top-of-the-line DSLR camera for professionals. At first glance, the camera looks like it came from the 1D series, but there are some exciting changes going on inside.

The 1D X II has a new 20.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor and Canon’s Dual Pixel autofocus system. It also has a 61-point autofocus system with 24% more coverage and a 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, and it is one of the first Canon DSLRs (besides the somewhat niche 1D C) that can record 4K video. It’s also built like a brick and works like a Formula 1 race car, as you might expect.

  • Specs for the Canon 1D X Mark II
  • Dual Pixel autofocus and a new 20.2MP CMOS full-frame sensor
  • 14 frames per second (fps) (16 fps in live view)
  • With Raw and JPEG, the buffer can hold more than 200 shots (CFast 2.0)
  • AF system with 61 points, 41 cross-type sensors, and 24% more coverage
  • 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
  • From 100 to 51,200, the native ISO (expandable to 50-409,600)
  • Using Motion JPEG, you can make a 4K/60p video in DCI format (4096 x 2160 pixels).
  • LCD touch screen with 1.62 million dots
  • Flicker detection
  • CFast 2.0 cards can be used
  • USB 3.0

Best Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Microphones

1. Rode VideoMicro

The VideoMicro is a high-quality microphone that you can put on your camera or smartphone to use for vlogging and making movies. It’s the perfect microphone for capturing great sound to go with inspiring video because it’s so small and light.

  • High-quality condenser microphone on the camera
  • Small and easy to carry (just 42g)
  • Perfect for compact cameras and cell phones
  • Built-in Rycote® Lyre® shock mounting for better noise isolation from handling
  • Deluxe windshield with fur for recording outside
  • Very easy to use, and it doesn’t need a battery.

2. Rode VideoMic Pro+

The VideoMic Pro+ is a high-quality on-camera microphone that can be used in a wide range of filmmaking situations to record audio that is good enough for broadcast. It is the go-to microphone for many content creators because it has so many features and sounds so well. It is the best in performance and versatility.

What’s important:

  • Premium condenser microphone on the camera
  • Supercardioid polar pattern and extended frequency response for recording warm, directional audio
  • High-frequency boost, high-pass filter, and three-stage gain control
  • Safety channel and automatic power-on function
  • Power options include the rechargeable battery that comes with it, AA batteries, or USB.
  • Built-in Rycote® Lyre® shock mounting for better noise isolation from handling
  • Improved windshield for a great reduction in wind noise

3. Rode VideoMicPro Compact Directional On-Camera Microphone

Rode’s VideoMic Pro Compact Directional On-Camera Microphone has the same sound quality and features as the popular VideoMic, but it is much smaller and lighter, making it perfect for HDSLR cameras, camcorders, and audio recorders.

The microphone has a condenser capsule that is broadcast-quality and has a super cardioid pickup pattern to pick up sound from the front and not much from the sides or back. With a built-in shockmount and foam windscreen, handling and wind noise are kept to a minimum, so your recordings sound clear.

On the back of the mic is a 3-way level control that lets you choose between -10 dB, 0 dB, and +20 dB. There is also a 2-step high pass filter with settings for 0 and 80 Hz that lets you reduce the effect of low-frequency hum, camera motor noise, and other similar noises.

The mic is easy to connect to cameras and boom poles because it has a standard camera shoe and a 3/8″ threaded mount. The 3.5mm plug works with many different kinds of cameras and music players. The VideoMic Pro can run for up to 70 hours on a single 9V battery, so you don’t have to keep buying new ones when you’re out in the field.

4. Canon Directional Microphone DM-E1

The Canon DM-E1 Directional Microphone is an external microphone that helps improve the audio quality when recording video with your digital camera. It has a dedicated shotgun setting and switchable 90° and 120° stereo settings.

It works with digital cameras that have a 3.5mm plug and can respond to frequencies from 50 Hz to 16 kHz. A windscreen is included to help cut down on sound from the wind or other background noises, and a shock mount is built in to reduce noise from the camera and lens while recording.

It is powered by a CR2032 lithium cell button battery that comes with it, and a power status indicator lamp lets you know how much life the battery still has.

An external microphone gives you better sound quality and more control over how you record, so you can make more dynamic videos.

There are three different pickup settings to meet a range of shooting needs:

  • Shotgun is a mono-recording mode that picks up a narrow band of sound in front of the camera. This makes it good for dialogues, single musical instruments, and other specific subjects.
  • The 90° stereo mode is good for recording a single subject, and it adds some background sound to the sides so that you can record small groups of people.
  • The 120° stereo recording mode lets you record sound from a wider angle, which is great for recording bigger groups in bigger spaces, like a band on stage or a party outside.
  • This microphone works with some EOS digital cameras that have a mode for recording movies and a jack for an external mic.
  • The windscreen that comes with the speaker helps cut down on wind and other background noises, making the sound clearer and more focused. The microphone also has a built-in shock mount that reduces noise when the camera or lens is being used.
  • With a frequency range of 50 Hz to 16 kHz, you can accurately record a wide range of sounds, such as live music, sounds from nature, and conversations.

Instead of using the camera’s battery, this microphone has its own power source so that it can record for longer periods of time without stopping. The CR2032 button-type lithium cell battery that comes with the mic is easy to change, and the body of the mic has a power check lamp for checking the battery level. Also, when the microphone is connected to a camera, it will turn on and off automatically with the camera’s own on/off switch.

5. Hollyland Lark 150

With the black LARK 150 Solo Wireless Microphone System from Hollyland, you can add a small, clip-on wireless microphone to a one-person documentary, YouTube, or vlog. The system includes an ultracompact clip-on mic/transmitter and a clip-on receiver to give you a portable, cost-effective, and all-in-one way to record a subject to your audio recorder, camera, or camcorder.

The small transmitter weighs less than 1 oz and has a built-in clip and omnidirectional microphone that make it easy to attach to a lapel or shirt for quick and easy true wireless audio.

The built-in microphone has an anti-vibration design, smart noise cancellation, and smart frequency selection with FHSS (Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum) technology for a clear signal in the 2.4 GHz bandwidth. You can use the included lavalier microphone and just plug it into the 3.5mm input port for a more discreet look. There is a two-way mute button on the transmitter.

With the Rode RODELink Filmmaker Kit, vloggers, do-it-yourself videographers, and content creators can get a digital wireless microphone system that is easy to use, sounds good, and lasts a long time on a single charge.

The kit comes with a bodypack transmitter, a camera-mount receiver, and a lavalier microphone that can pick up sound from all directions. It works anywhere in the world on the 2.4 GHz spectrum, which is far away from TV and radio signals that could interfere with it.

The transmitter and receiver are paired at the factory to make them easy to use. Just turn it on, and you’re ready to go. The system plugs into your DSLR or mirrorless camera, letting you record audio for everything from YouTube vlogs and wedding videos to corporate spots and interviews.

The Filmmaker Kit has amazing battery life. It can run for over 30 hours on two AA batteries and up to 50 hours in ideal conditions. There can be up to eight systems running on set.

The black Saramonic Blink 500 Pro B2 true wireless microphone system combines the small size, high quality, and ease of use of the standard Blink 500 with high-end features like crisp OLED screens, mono/stereo output modes, 60% longer battery life, and double the operating range. This gives budget-conscious content creators, run-and-gun videographers, and mobile journalists a professional, all-in-one solution for recording two subjects to your camera, camcorder, SLR, or

The Blink 500 Pro B2 sounds much better than the built-in mics on cameras and mobile devices. It also sounds better than the original Blink 500 because it has a higher signal-to-noise ratio and a more sensitive built-in microphone.

The Pro transmitter now has a touch function that lets you mute or unmutes the microphone right away without touching the volume. Also, the receiver has separate line and headphone outputs so you can listen to the sound in real-time without disconnecting from your recording device.

8. Sennheiser MKE 400 (2nd Generation)

Add the second-generation Sennheiser MKE 400 directional shotgun microphone, which is small and light, to your camera or smartphone-based shooting rig to improve the sound quality, even in noisy places, without having to carry around a heavy windscreen and suspension system.

Plus, it has a 3-stage gain control and a low-cut filter so you can improve the sound of your recording right at the mic.

The MKE 400 is a great way to record clear audio because it has built-in wind protection, shock absorption, a long battery life, and a headphone monitoring port. It’s perfect for vloggers, run-and-gun videographers, and mobile journalists who need a good camera-mount mic that won’t get in the way of the shot.

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Freelance journalist Corey has been writing about digital photography since 2006, first as a deputy editor and then as the editor of a variety of photographic journals. Featuring expert product reviews and in-depth features

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