The Canon EOS 80D is a DSLR for enthusiasts. It is the replacement for the 70D. It has a new 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor that, like the 70D, has Canon’s Dual Pixel on-sensor phase-detection autofocus system.

The 80D also gets a new hybrid 45-point AF system with all cross-type points. This is better than the 19-point AF system on the 70D, but not as good as the 65-point coverage on the 7D Mark II, which is designed for professionals.

The 80D is made of polycarbonate and has a magnesium alloy chassis. Its body is sealed against dust and water. It looks almost exactly like its predecessor. Most of the controls can be reached through the touchscreen on the back, which can be moved, or through physical control points.

Video is a big part of what the 80D can do. It can’t shoot in 4K, but it can shoot in 1080/60p and autofocus is always on during the video. Along with its microphone port, it now has a port for headphones.

Key things about the Canon EOS 80D:

  • APS-C CMOS sensor with 24MP and Dual Pixel AF
  • 45-point AF system and all of the points are cross-type
  • 3″ touchscreen with 1.04M dots that can bend
  • 1080/60p video capture
  • 7 frames per second with autofocus
  • A body that doesn’t get wet
  • RGB+IR Metering Sensor with 7560-pixels

Best Canon EOS 80D Microphones

1. 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.

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. Movo VXR10

The Movo Photo VXR10 is a cardioid condenser microphone that can be used with DSLR cameras, camcorders, iPhones, Android devices, smartphones, tablets, and more to record audio for media that can be seen. It has a black look.

This is a shotgun-style mic with a cardioid polar pattern. It works best when mounted on a camera because it focuses on what’s in front of the character and cuts out sound from the sides. The power for this condenser microphone comes from your phone or camera, so it doesn’t need batteries. It has a frequency response of 35 Hz to 18 kHz, which is good for recording audio for most media that can be seen.

This microphone comes with a soft case for storing it and a windscreen made of fur for use when it’s windy outside. It comes with a 3.5mm TRS cable for DSLR cameras, camcorders, and recorders. A 3.5mm TRRS cable is given for phones, tablets, and Apple products. The mic also has a shock mount that reduces vibrations and handling noise so that the sound is captured more smoothly.

6. Rode VideoMicro Go II

The Rode VideoMic GO II ultra-compact shotgun microphone is a smaller, more simplified version of the very versatile VideoMic NTG. It is a big change from the original VideoMic GO, with major improvements to the body, shock mount, cable, and more. 

It gives video content creators, run-and-gun filmmakers, voiceover artists, and podcasters the sound of the well-known NTG shotguns in a convenient camera-mount mic that works with cameras, portable recorders, iOS, and Android mobile devices, and USB-equipped computers.

On a tight budget and looking for a cheap microphone? In this video, photographer Curtis Judd looks at the Takstar SGC-598, a very cheap shotgun microphone.

Judd’s experience with the mic shows that it’s a pretty good unit for a low-end microphone, though it does have some hiss that can be reduced in post. This cheap mic can also be used as a backup or second mic. If you’re recording your main sound into an external recorder and want a backup just in case, but don’t want to spend too much on a good shotgun mic that you won’t use 99% of the time, the Takstar SGC-598 can be an option. Just be aware that it has some problems.

Our HDSLR channel on has more tips on how to record sound for video work, and our photography previews and reviews channel has more product reviews.

7. Boya By-Mm1 Super-Cardioid Video Microphone

The BOYA BY-MM1 Mini Cardioid Condenser Microphone is a small, lightweight electret condenser microphone that is made to improve the sound quality of videos taken with cameras that have built-in microphones. It works with smartphones, consumer camcorders, computers, and other audio/video recording devices that can plug in power to the mic.

The BY-MM1 microphone offers a real plug-and-play design and operates on plug-in power from your device, so no battery is needed. It’s made of aluminum and comes with a shock mount, a carrying pouch, and a furry windshield.

Also included is a 3.5mm TRS to 3.5mm TRS cable for cameras, camcorders, and audio recorders, as well as a 3.5mm TRS to TRRS mini-jack cable for smartphones, tablets, or Mac computers.

  • Durable metal building
  • There’s no battery needed
  • Includes a professional furry windshield

8. Deity D3 Pro

The Deity Microphones V-Mic D3 Pro is a camera-mount shotgun microphone with directional audio capture, adjustable gain and filtering, and wide device compatibility for mobile journalists, vloggers, YouTubers, and run-and-gun videographers. It is designed to offer a noticeable improvement in sound quality over microphones built into cameras, smartphones, and portable recorders.

The V-Mic D3 Pro works with a wide range of DSLRs, camcorders, mobile devices, and portable audio recorders because it has a microprocessor built in that automatically sets up its TRRS connector to work with most 3.5mm mic input jacks. Attaching it to your camera, boom pole, or tripod is easy and quick with the 3.5mm TRRS coiled cable and Rycote adjustable shock mount that come with it.

A knob on the bottom of the mic gives you up to 20 dB of gain, which makes it easy to adjust the levels. Turn on the built-in low-cut filter at 75 Hz or 150 Hz to cut down on rumble and bass. The 51-hour rechargeable battery inside the microphone is the main source of power.

To turn the mic on or off, you only need to plug in power (bias voltage) from your camera or mixer. The aluminum body is finished with paint that doesn’t reflect much light, so it won’t weigh down your camera or cause glare.

9. 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 shock mount 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.

10. 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.

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