Since it came out five years ago, the Canon EOS 7D has gone from being a cutting-edge piece of tech to something that looks like it’s from a long time ago. Not just because its technology is now out of date, but also because the idea of a pro-grade APS-C DSLR seemed like it had run its course.

Canon doesn’t agree with this, and just like it did with the first 7D, it’s given one of its best-built bodies autofocus that’s good enough for pros. Nikon seems to be trying to get its high-end users to switch to full frame, but Canon still has a lot of options. The long-awaited EOS 7D Mark II improves on everything its predecessor did well, including its excellent autofocus and video capabilities.

Key specs for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II:

  • 20MP Dual-Pixel AF CMOS Sensor
  • 10 frames per second with autofocus continuous shooting
  • 65 all autofocus sensors of the cross-type
  • 150,000 RGB + IR pixel metering sensor
  • Dual Digic 6 processors
  • Better sealing against the environment
  • SD (UHS-I) and Compact Flash (UDMA) slots
  • USB 3.0
  • Built-in GPS
  • LP-E6N battery with a bigger capacity
  • The fastest shutter speed is 1/8000 of a second.
  • Rated to 200,000 cycles for the shutter (vs 150,000 on 7D)

Best Canon EOS 7D Mark II Microphones

1. Shure BLX14/CVL Lavalier Mic

The Shure BLX14/CVL is an affordable wireless lavalier microphone system for presenters, teachers, clergy, and lecturers. It has high-quality sound, is easy to set up and use, and works well right out of the box. It comes with a small and light BLX4 single-channel tabletop receiver with built-in antennas, which is perfect for use on the go.

The BLX14/CVL also comes with a bodypack transmitter and a CVL cardioid lavalier mic with a clip and a windscreen. The receiver has a QuickScan frequency selection button that lets you quickly look through all 123 available frequencies and find a clear RF channel if there is interference. With two AA batteries, the system can be used for up to 14 hours straight, and it can reach up to 300 feet. In each frequency band, up to 12 mic channels can work at the same time.

This simple system works well for hands-free speech in small venues, wedding halls, and houses of worship, as well as in conference, educational, and corporate facilities.

2. Sennheiser Mke 600

Switch from the built-in mic on your camera to the Sennheiser MKE 600 battery- or phantom-powered shotgun microphone to improve the sound quality of your videos. Its focused directionality and resistance to structure-borne noise make it a good choice for a wide range of productions, from independent films and web series to nature shows and documentaries.

The MKE 600’s high sensitivity and low-noise circuitry make it possible to get better sound quality from noisy camera preamps without using a lot of gains. With a natural roll-off at 40 Hz and a low-cut filter that can be set at 100 Hz, the MKE 600 can make speech clear while reducing rumble and other low-frequency noise. Also, its frequency response has a slight rise in the treble to make speech sound clearer.

The metal housing is strong and light, so it won’t weigh down your rig but will still be tough. The shoe shockmount that comes with the MKE 600 lets you attach it to a camera or tripod. Connect the mic’s XLR output to an XLR mic preamp, or use the adapter cable that came with the mic to plug it into a camera’s 3.5mm mic input.

3. Deity S-Mic 2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone

With the moisture-resistant Deity Microphones S-Mic 2 shotgun microphone, boom operators and sound recordists can get broadcast-quality sound in a variety of outdoor shooting situations, such as weddings, indie films, news gatherings, and documentaries.

Professional features like low-noise circuitry and a design that blocks RF interference reduce the amount of noise reduction that needs to be done after recording. Because the S-Mic 2 is so sensitive, you don’t have to crank up the gain on your preamp to get good output levels. The S-Mic 2 has a smooth, warm sound that isn’t affected much by being off-axis. It also naturally cuts down on bass frequencies below 50 Hz.

The S-Mic 2 doesn’t have any switches, buttons, or dials, so you can always count on it to sound the same and be easy to use. The solid brass housing is light and strong, and the black speckle paint keeps the light from reflecting and makes it even stronger.

4. DJI Mic

With the DJI Mic, content creators of all levels can improve the quality of their videos, interviews, and streaming. It’s an easy-to-use, truly wireless digital microphone/recorder system with clear audio quality and all the parts needed to record two subjects at the same time to a DSLR/mirrorless camera or iOS/Android smartphone.

The system records clear, reliable audio up to 820′ away with two small clip-on mics/transmitters that can also be used as backup recorders for worry-free wireless. The tiny receiver can be attached to a DSLR camera or DJI Action 2 camera, or it can be plugged directly into the Lightning/USB port of a smartphone or laptop.

With Fast Pairing, when you put the transmitter and receiver in the charging case, they automatically charge and connect. Just set up the device for the first time, and you’ll be ready to record high-quality audio in seconds.

5. Saramonic VMIC Recorder

The Vmic Microphone from Saramonic is a condenser microphone with a broadcast-quality sound that works well with DSLR cameras and camcorders. You can change the level control (-10, 0, +20 dB), high-pass filter (150 Hz), and high-frequency boost (+6 dB) on the Vmic Mic. This gives you the freedom to record audio in a wide range of settings.

The 3.5mm cable that can be removed connects the mic to the camera’s audio input, and the stereo headphone output lets you listen to the sound coming in. The shock mount system keeps vibrations and mechanical noise from getting through.

6. Sennheiser MKE 400 Shotgun Microphone

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.

7. Zoom SSH-6 Stereo Shotgun Microphone Capsule

The Zoom SSH-6 Stereo Shotgun Microphone Capsule is made to work with the company’s H5 and H6 audio recorders, as well as the hybrid Q8 audio and video recorder and their U-44.

The capsule has a super-directional microphone that can pick up sound in the centre and a bidirectional side microphone that can pick up sound from the left or right. Together, these two microphones can record a stereo image that is fully mono-compatible and can be used for film, video, and TV projects.

For example, you can record conversations with the centre microphone and then use the Zoom recorder to add as much or as little sound from the side microphone as you want. There is a hairy windscreen that helps cut down on wind noise.

8. Audio-Technica AT875R Shotgun Mic

The Audio-Technica AT875R short shotgun microphone is great for low-budget indie films, TV shoots, nature recordings, and documentaries where simplicity and good sound are most important. It has a smooth on-axis tone, great off-axis rejection, and is easy to use.

Because of its high sensitivity, the AT875R works well with a wide range of microphone preamp classes. Its full-spectrum frequency response uses a slight increase in high frequencies to improve clarity and make up for the fact that wind protection reduces clarity.

The AT875R can be mounted on a mic stand, a boom pole, or a camera-mount microphone holder using the accessories that come with it. The housing is sturdy and reliable, and it is light enough that it won’t weigh down your boom pole or camera.

Sound of Quality

The AT875R is less than 7 inches long, so it can be used on a boom pole or on top of a camera. It uses an interference tube and a super-cardioid polar pattern to give focused on-axis directionality while reducing sound from the back and rejecting sound from the sides.

This means that the AT875R is much better at picking up sounds from far away than the mics in most cameras. Its frequency response of 90 Hz to 20 kHz naturally cuts down on bass frequencies that cause problems from sources like traffic noise and wind noise.

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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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