The 10 Best 3.5mm Microphones

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This wiki has been updated 3 times since it was first published in October of 2018. Whether you're looking to improve the sound quality picked up by your phone or a DSLR camera, or you want something simple to plug into a small PA system or karaoke machine, the 3.5mm microphones on our list are all contenders. We've included models in a variety of styles, from large shotgun condensers to tiny lapel mics, all ranked here by their audio fidelity, durability, and pickup pattern. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best 3.5mm microphone on Amazon.

10. Audio-Technica ATR-1200 Cardioid Dynamic

9. Sony Omnidrectional ECMCS3

8. Audio-Technica Pro 24 Stereo Condenser

7. AmazonBasics Condenser For Smartphones

6. Audio-Technica ATR-6550 Video Condenser

5. Sennheiser MKE 400 Shotgun

4. Rode VideoMic Pro

3. Shure VP83F LensHopper

2. Rode SmartLav Plus

1. Rode VideoMic X

Editor's Notes

November 11, 2018:

Most of the best 3.5mm options on the market seem to be aimed at video production, so Rode ended up with a lot of traction thanks to a number of well-designed products. One dynamic mic by Audio-Technica just squeaked its way into the ranking for its tonal quality, if not its volume.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on November 16, 2018 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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