The Nikon Z30 is an APS-C mirrorless camera with 20 MP that is made for vloggers and people who make their own content. It has a lot of the same features as Nikon’s other “DX” models, but it focuses more on stills and videos that you take yourself.
Nikon’s Z-mount is used for the third time on an APS-C mirrorless camera, the Z30. Nikon’s “DX” models with smaller sensors are all aimed at young content creators, but the Z30 shows the most dedication to that goal.
What you need to know
- 21MP APS-C CMOS sensor
- Up to 30p 4K video
- 1080 video at 120 frames per second (as slow-mo)
- USB power lets you watch about 2 hours of video
- Touch screen that moves fully, 3.0″, 1.04M dots
- Counting lamp
- Rearranged the buttons so that the REC button is more visible.
The Z30 can be bought with just the body for $709.95 or with a 16-50mm F3.5-6.3 VR lens for $849.95. When you add the 50-250mm F4.5-6.3 VR to a two-lens kit, the price goes up to $1149.95.
A “Creators Accessory Kit” that includes a Rde Videomicro shotgun mic, an ML-L7 Bluetooth remote control unit, and a Smallrig mini tripod/selfie grip costs $149.
It’s a lot like Sony’s ZV-E10 model, which is made for the same kind of people. Both have APS-C sensors and screens that can be moved so that the photographer can be in the photos and videos they are taking.
Both cameras have stereo microphones built into the top plates, and you can add a “dead cat” windscreen (which comes with the Sony but costs an extra $10 for the Nikon).
Since both focus on front-facing footage, neither has an electronic viewfinder, and both have red “tally lamps” on the front to show when they’re recording.
Best Nikon Z30 MicroPhones
1. Sennheiser AVX Digital Wireless Microphone System – MKE2 Lavalier Pro Set
The ultra-compact Sennheiser AVX-MKE2 SET is a reliable wireless microphone system for professional videographers, video journalists, or vloggers. It’s so easy to use that it’s like having a sound engineer on set to handle audio tasks.
This self-configuring digital system was made to be easy to use without sacrificing sound quality. It takes care of time-consuming tasks like setting up the frequency and adjusting the mic level, so you can start shooting in seconds. Now, you can focus on the other important things that need your attention during a shoot, and you can be sure that your camcorder, DSLR, or mirrorless camera will record crisp, clear audio.
This set includes a camera-mount receiver, a bodypack transmitter, and a professional MKE 2 omnidirectional miniature lavalier mic. It is great for projects like wedding videos, corporate videos, and hands-free interviews, as well as broadcast TV and documentaries.
2. Sennheiser MKE 600 Shotgun Microphone
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. Sennheiser EW 112P G4 Lavalier Mic
The Sennheiser EW 112P G4 camera-mount wireless lavalier microphone system has the same combination of reliability, flexible control, and broadcast-quality sound that has made the EW Series a standard for videographers, journalists, and content creators all over the world.
The EW 112P G4 gives you the tools you need to deal with the inevitable wireless problems that will come up on set. The frequency scan function automatically looks for the clearest frequency where you are, and the transmitter’s input sensitivity can be changed to work with loud voices, quiet speech, and even line-level audio.
The improved ME 2-II lavalier mic, a bodypack transmitter, and a camera-mount receiver are all part of the system. It connects to a camcorder or DSLR/mirrorless camera to record clear speech or dialogue for projects like documentaries, wedding videos, corporate spots, and hands-free interviews.
The EW 112P G4 works with evolution systems from the past, so you can mix and match G4/G3/G2/G1 receivers and bodypack, handheld, and plug-on transmitters. It also works with systems that use EW 500.
4. Rode VideoMic NTG Hybrid Analog/USB Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone
The Rode VideoMic NTG gives video content creators, run-and-gun filmmakers, voiceover artists, and podcasters the sound of the highly regarded NTG shotguns in a convenient camera-mount mic that doesn’t need any extra adapters to work with cameras, smartphones, tablets, portable recorders, and USB-equipped computers.
The VideoMic NTG has a focused directivity, a continuously variable gain, digitally switched tone controls, and an internal USB-rechargeable battery. It has clear sound quality and a lot of different uses. Because it is made of aerospace-grade aluminum, the VideoMic NTG is strong, small, and light, so it can be used on a camera or a boom pole.
The 3.5mm TRRS output and the TRRS cable that come with it make it compatible with cameras, portable recorders, mobile devices, and computers without the need for adapters. You can easily keep your recordings from getting distorted with the help of a peak warning light, a -20 dB pad, and a -20 dB safety channel that you can choose. When you use it as a USB microphone, the 3.5mm jack is a stereo headphone output that lets you listen to your signal in real-time.
With firmware version 2.0, the VideoMic NTG is now MFi-certified for use with Lightning-equipped Apple iOS mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod) when paired with the Rode SC15 USB Type-C to Lightning accessory cable (available separately).
5. Rode VideoMic Pro+ Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone
The Rode VideoMic Pro+ is great for mobile journalists, vloggers, budget filmmakers, and run-and-gun shooters who need a flexible camera-mount shotgun mic that works well on a boom pole. It has more power options, more tonal control, and a redesigned windscreen than the VideoMic Pro.
The VideoMic Pro+ can meet the needs of videographers working in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings because it can be powered by either a battery or a USB cable. It also has improved RF immunity, an adjustable gain, and several features that improve clarity.
This shotgun microphone is small and light. It has a built-in shockmount that you can attach directly to your camera or boom pole to reduce noise from vibrations. The new windscreen design cuts down on wind noise, making it a good choice for shooting outside.
The 3.5mm TRS output and detachable cable make it easy to connect to your camera. The selectable safety channel keeps the audio from getting distorted by accident by sending a duplicate signal at a lower volume.
6. Rode VideoMic Pro Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone
The Rode VideoMic Pro camera-mount shotgun microphone is great for mobile journalists, vloggers, budget filmmakers, and run-and-gun shooters who want a cheap way to step up to the next level of quality. It has less noise, is more sensitive, and has more adjustable settings than the VideoMic.
One 9V battery can power the light for up to 70 hours, and a red LED shows when the battery is low. With a gain that can be changed and a bass roll-off that can be turned on or off, it’s easy to get the right level and tone for a wide range of situations.
This shotgun microphone is small and light. It has a built-in shockmount that you can attach directly to your camera or boom pole to reduce noise from vibrations. The windscreen cuts down on wind noise, which makes it good for shooting outside.
The 3.5mm TRS cable that comes with it makes it easy to connect to your camera, and the dual-mono output means you don’t have to change the channel on your recording device.
7. Rode VideoMicro Ultracompact Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone
Switch from your camera or portable recorder’s built-in mic to the Rode VideoMicro ultracompact camera-mount shotgun microphone for better sound quality and less wind noise without adding weight to your setup. The VideoMicro is a simple and reliable microphone that runs on plug-in power and has no controls or switches. It’s great for mobile journalists, vloggers, and run-and-gun shooters because it’s easy to use and works well.
This ultracompact and ultralightweight shotgun microphone has a detachable shockmount that mounts directly to your DSLR, mirrorless, or video camera and reduces noise from vibrations and handling of the camera. The supplied furry windshield cuts down on wind noise, which makes it a good choice for shooting outside.
The detachable, coiled 3.5mm TRS cable makes it easy to connect to your camera, and the dual-mono output means that your recording device doesn’t need to be set to a specific channel.
8. Rode VideoMic GO II Ultracompact Analog/USB Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone
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, shockmount, 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.
You can use the VideoMic GO II as a traditional shotgun mic for your DSLR or turn it into a digital microphone by connecting it to your smartphone, tablet, or laptop with a cable that you can buy separately. In both cases, it offers focused directivity, low noise, and isolation from outside vibrations.
When used as a USB microphone, the 3.5mm jack works as a headphone output so you can listen to the live signal or playback from your host device. The mic is easy and quick to use because it works with plug-in power or USB power and has no controls or switches.
9. Sennheiser MKH 416-P48U3 Moisture-Resistant Shotgun Microphone
Sennheiser MKH 416-P48U3 Moisture-Resistant Shotgun Microphone
With the Sennheiser MKH 416-P48U3 moisture-resistant shotgun microphone, you can record great sound in tough conditions for your next professional film, TV show, or location recording. Sharp directivity, low noise, and strong output give it a sound that is ready to be mixed. Plus, there are no controls to worry about, and the MKH 416-P48U3 gives you the reliability you need for high-pressure gigs.
At low to midrange frequencies, the microphone has a hypercardioid polar pattern, and at high frequencies, it changes to a lobar pattern. This lets it reduce sound from 125 Hz to 2 kHz by about 10 dB at 90° off-axis points. Thanks to the MKH 416-P48U3’s wide frequency response, improved consonant articulation, and high SPL handling, you can record dialogue, foley, and sound effects with full dynamics and clarity.
10. Rode NTG5 Moisture-Resistant Short Shotgun Microphone
The Rode NTG5, which is shorter and lighter than the NTG3 and has a flatter bass response, is a moisture-resistant shotgun microphone that lets you record natural, uncolored sound indoors or outdoors for your next indie film, TV shoot, or documentary project without making your rig too heavy.
It is great for a wide range of location recording situations because it has professional-level features like ultralow-noise circuitry, a smooth off-axis response, and a tight low end. Plus, it has a furry windshield and a pistol grip shockmount that can be attached to a boom pole for more options.
Because the NTG5 is so sensitive, you don’t have to crank up the gain on your mic preamp to get strong output levels. The NTG5 has a clear sound because of its innovative circular acoustic ports, gentle rise in high frequencies, and attenuation of low bass frequencies that reduce rumble. It is easy to set up because it doesn’t have any buttons or dials. This lets you focus on the sound instead of fiddling with the mic settings. With RF-bias technology and conformal coating, performance is always reliable, even in harsh environments.
11. Rode Wireless GO II Single 1-Person Compact Digital Wireless Omni Lavalier Microphone System/Recorder Kit (2.4 GHz, Black)
The black Rode Wireless Go II system improves on the original Wireless GO by adding features like two-person shoots, onboard recording, a much longer range, and flexible output options. It lets videographers, vloggers, and mobile journalists confidently and quickly add wireless audio to their setup, no matter what device they’re recording to or how much experience they have.
With its secure Series IV 2.4 GHz digital transmission, easy operation, and built-in mics (lavalier mics are sold separately), the system is ready to go at the press of a button. You can focus on getting the shot knowing that the Wireless GO II is sending quality audio up to 656 feet away.
There are no complicated menus or dials. You just turn it on and go. The LCD screen is clear and shows you everything you need to know. When you’re ready for more, you can use the Rode app to access a powerful set of features and more ways to change the settings.
12. Sennheiser EW 100 ENG G4 Camera-Mount Wireless Combo Microphone System (A: 516 to 558 MHz)
The EW 100 ENG G4 is made to work with a wide range of applications. It gives you the tools you need to adapt to and solve the wireless problems that will come up on set.
The system has a bodypack transmitter with an omnidirectional ME 2-II lavalier mic, which is great for interviews where you don’t want to use your hands. Also included is a plug-on transmitter that can be attached to a handheld dynamic microphone of your choice for man-on-the-street interviews or to a shotgun mic for wireless booming (both types of mics are available separately).
The camera-mount receiver can be attached to a camcorder or DSLR/mirrorless camera to record clear speech or dialogue for projects like wedding and corporate videos, documentaries, and vlogs.
The EW 100 ENG G4 is compatible with previous evolution systems, so you can mix and match G4/G3/G2/G1 receivers or bodypack, handheld, and plug-on transmitters. It also works with systems that use EW 500.
13. Hollyland LARK 150 2-Person Compact Digital Wireless Microphone System (2.4 GHz, Black)
With the black LARK 150 2-Person Compact Digital Wireless Microphone System from Hollyland, you can add a pair of small, clip-on wireless microphones to your two-person interview, YouTube video, documentary production, or vlog.
The LARK 150 has two ultra-compact microphone transmitters and a receiver that work together to offer a portable, cost-effective, all-in-one solution for recording two subjects at once to your camera, smartphone, audio recorder, or another device with a 3.5mm input jack.
Each of the tiny transmitters weighs less than 1 oz and has an omnidirectional microphone built in. This makes it easy to clip them onto shirts and lapel collars for quick interviews. The built-in mics have a design that keeps them from shaking and smart noise cancellation to make sure you get great sound quality and clear, understandable audio.
For a less obvious look, you can use the lavalier microphones that come with the transmitters and plug them into the 3.5mm input ports on the transmitters. With a short press, the power button on the transmitter also works as a two-way mute button.