Comica CVM-VS08 Mobile Phone Shotgun Mic Review

Comica CVM-VS08 Mobile Phone Shotgun Mic Review

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Takeaway: Louder more focused sound, but adds background static; wind screens may intrude in video footage.

You'll receive the microphone, mini mount, a foam wind screen, a wind muff or dead cat, and an instruction manual. The microphone is made from machined aluminum and feel durable. It is small and compact and measures just over 3 inches long and weighs a little bit over an ounce. It has a 3-pin 1/8" jack in the middle that plugs into your phone's headphone jack. On the back of the mic is a pass-through headphone port for sound monitoring. The mount snaps onto the back side of the mic and slides up to meet your phone to provide a bit of stability whether pointing in the same direction as the rear or front camera.

Then the foam screen slides onto the front of the mic, or you can optionally use the wind muff over the foam screen. With my phone, since the headphone port is close to the rear camera, if I use either the foam screen or wind muff they show up and partially block the shot. With the front camera, I can use the foam screen, but not the dead cat. Disappointingly, the sound from the shotgun mic is much worse than the sound from the onboard mic of my phone. It's grainy when the room is silent and while it picked up my voice and made it louder, it just added too much static to the background. The sound was also flatter and not as "round" sounding making vocals sound flat and dull. When using headphones this was very easily noticaeable, but if you have speakers that raise the noise floor, this may limit the perception of the noise, but it will still be in your source file. The only practical use would be for conducting interviews or recording conversations where background noise is not an issue or that will be transcribed later on.

Buy it at Amazon: Comica CVM-VS08 Mobile Phone Shotgun Mic [Affiliate Link]

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