These two microphones heavily reduce the noisy preamps in the Canon cameras because you can basically turn the preamp all the way down.
Shure has AA batteries which makes it much easier to replace because you might be already using them for wireless mics anyway. The Shure AA battery is much easier to get out than the 9 volt, I always dread changing the Rode’s battery because it is not very easy to do.
- 70 hours on Rode Videomic pro, as shown in the manual
- 130 hours for Shure, as shown in the manual
- Shure has much better construction, much better mic cord strain relief. The coiled cord reaches much farther.
- Better mounting plate and you don’t need a extra accessory to mount on a tripod.
- One of the tests I did had to do with RF shielding. Many times I have to redo a take because I forget to move my iPhone many feet away but an email or text comes in, even though it is on silent I get a blast of RF interference. The Shure mic has much better shielding than the Rode mic. Shure has less iPhone interference, in fact I recorded many tests with the iphone leaning up against the Shure mic without any interference.
Overall I like the sound of the Rode better.
The Shure might not work well on a female voice that really pronounces her “S”.
I have never tried the Sennheiser MKE400 but in Chad Johnson’s shoot out I was not that impressed with it, it sounds really thin. I owned the original Rode Videomic and sold it because it was noisy because it just was not hot enough for the Canon cameras.
2 year warranty on Shure, 10 years on Rode.
Thanks to Curtis Judd for helping out.
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