RØDE has announced a new and improved shotgun-style microphone designed to be mounted directly on DSLR and mirrorless cameras when shooting videos. It’s designed to raise the bar for on-camera sound recording for prosumer filmmakers.

It uses a Rycote Lyre suspension system to absorb shocks and vibration and includes features such as an auto power function which turns off the microphone when it’s unplugged from the camera and a new lithium ion battery (it can also use regular AA batteries).

The VideoMic Pro+ also has digital switching with a three-stage high-pass filter to remove low-frequency background noise, a three-stage gain control to improve the audio quality on DSLR or mirrorless cameras, a high-frequency boost for improving detail and clarity and a ‘safety’ channel to prevent clipping from unexpected audio spikes.

DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have proved both popular and versatile for shooting professional-quality video, but in-camera microphones are generally considered inadequate by serious filmmakers, and a shotgun camera mic like this offers a big step up in audio quality without the complexity of lav (lavalier) mics or booms, and it’s particularly well suited to run and gun style videography.