Updated November 05, 2018 by Daniel Imperiale

The 10 Best Shotgun Microphones

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We spent 28 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Whether you're making narrative films or documentaries, or you find yourself in a recording studio tracking voice-overs or certain musical instruments, a good shotgun microphone will prove to be an essential piece of equipment. It utilizes a long cylindrical tube in front of its capsule to dramatically cut down on noise coming from anywhere but the exact direction in which you point it. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best shotgun microphone on Amazon.

10. Rode VideoMic Pro Plus

9. Sennheiser MKE600

8. Sony ECM678/9X

7. Audio-Technica BP4071

6. Sennheiser MKH60P48

5. Shure VP89L

4. Rode NTG8

3. Sennheiser MKH416-P48U3 Super-Cardioid

2. Rode NTG4

1. Schoeps CMIT5U

Editor's Notes

October 29, 2018:

German company Schoeps proved more adept at creating realistic sound environments than companies many might expect to outgun it. There's something warmer and more natural about it, almost like the difference between shooting movies on film rather than digitally. Of course, customers who prefer the sharpness and low-light performance of digital video might also want a mic with a colder pickup that's more manipulable in post, like a Rode or Sennheiser, for example.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on November 05, 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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