The Sony Alpha mirrorless camera range is probably the most popular range of mirrorless cameras on the market right now and it just keeps on growing in popularity with each passing year. The range offers some great image quality for a fair price from a camera body that is small and lightweight when compared to the DSLR alternative. Due to this, we often see people reaching out and asking for advice on various camera accessories for various items in relation to cameras from the Sony Alpha series.
We have noticed a sharp rise in the number of people reaching out for advice on the best mic for Sony a6300 over the last month or so and have decided to make it the subject of today’s article. With the a6300 being such a popular camera unit we are confident that a number of our readers will likely own the a6300 and be looking to add a microphone to their camera accessories. Our hope is that this article will be able to offer some assistance to our readers in this situation and help them choose the perfect microphone for their needs.
Now, we feel that the Rode Video Mic Pro is the best all-round microphone for the Sony a6300 and feel it will easily be able to meet the vast majority of our reader’s needs. That said though, we have decided to feature three different microphones in our comparison table below that are all suitable for use with your a6300 in different circumstances.
We will be quickly covering each of the three featured microphones in the comparison table below to offer some insight into each of them and the situations where they become the optimal option for your a6300. Throughout the rest of the article, we will be taking a more in-depth look at the Rode Video Mic Pro and what it has to offer as we feel that it the best option overall and feel that it is the microphone that the majority of our readers should be considering.
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As you can see from our comparison table above, the three featured microphones cover three different price brackets with the level of performance and audio quality to match each price bracket. In our opinion, each of our featured microphones for your Sony a6300 is the best option for its relative price bracket and all three have proven to be very popular within the videography and vlogging community for various tasks.
As we mentioned above, we feel that Rode Video Mic Pro is the best microphone option for your a6300 as it is able to deliver professional-level audio and is suitable for use in the vast majority of situations that you may find yourself in. The Video Mic Pro really is an excellent bit of equipment and can make a great addition to your camera accessories.
Since its release onto the market the microphone has gone from strength to strength with each passing month and has managed to earn itself one of the best reputations for modern microphones on the market right now. The only real downside of the microphone is its higher price tag but if you are a professional level videographer doing paid work or an established vlogger or social media influencer then it is well worth the money and is a true investment in your a6300 camera accessories.
Next up we have another microphone from Rode but this time it’s their Video Mic Go option. Coming from Rode it offers the excellent audio quality that you would expect but offers fewer features while also having a lower price tag than the professional level microphone above. The Video Mic Go is still a solid option for your Sony a6300 and there are a number of professional-level videographers and established vloggers who use it as their microphone of choice.
Although it got of to a slower start, the Video Mic Go has managed to build up its reputation amongst videographers and is a very popular option. If you are planning to primarily be using your Sony a6300 for vlogging then you will probably be able to get by with the Rode Video Mic Go without issue.
If you are a professional level videographer then it is definatley usable and many videographers do use it as their microphone of choice but it can struggle with ambiance for something like a wedding reception video in a large room. When capturing the wedding speeches and such the additional effective range of the Video Mic Pro definatley comes into play and makes it the clear choice over the Video Mic Go.
Finally, we have the Takstar SGC-598 and although we would not recommend this microphone for anyone doing professional-level videography work, it is a solid option for your a6300 if you are just starting out with vlogging, streaming, social media or are capturing videos as a hobby. The SGC-598 is a great little microphone for its price tag and has one of the largest customer bases of all modern microphones while earning itself a great reputation.
The main drawback of the SGC-598 is that it does have some issues with hiss as you would expect for such a cheap external microphone. On top of this, it also has some issues with noise when used in some situations that can end up totally contaminating your audio track. That said though, for its price point in the market, we definatley feel that the SGC-598 is the best cheap microphone for your Sony a6300 but either of the two Rode mics above are much better long term options in our opinion.
Now, as we feel that the Rode Video Mic Pro should be your primary consideration when looking for an external microphone for your a6300, we will be taking a more in-depth look at the microphone below to go into detail as to why we feel it deserves this title and will make a great addition to your camera accessories.
Performance And Functionality
The microphone also has a half-inch condenser capsule as standard to ensure that the mic head is able to capture the best possible audio quality during use while also being able to maintain fidelity while it passes the audio information through the 3.5mm jack connector to your Sony a6300. Although you would think this would be something that all modern external microphones would offer, there is still a number that can end up contaminating the audio track while passing it to your camera body or storage device.
Rode have been developing their Rycote Lyre shock mount over the years and their latest version included with their latest microphone range including the Video Mic Pro is outstanding. Rode really has done a great job of staying ahead of the competition with their shock mounts and even to this day, most of the competition is still far behind what Rode offers as standard.
This is in part to the unique design that Rode uses as well as the fact that the whole shock mount is built from a single length of thermoplastic to keep its structural integrity while offering the highest possible absorption of movement. Not only does this mean that the shock mount is able to absorb even strong vibrations without the mic head from picking it up but also that the shock mount will likely last longer than your microphone and not sag or bow reducing its performance as it ages.
This can be an excellent tool to help ensure you are capturing the best possible audio track for your clients if you are working something like a wedding videography gig. As the wedding reception gets underway and people get up and move about while drunk they can often accidentally bump into you while you are recording. The Rycote Lyre shock mount can easily absorb the vibration to keep your audio track pure and free from and pops or loud bangs.
Sticking with the wedding photography example, the Rode Video Mic Pro is also battery powered rather than having to rely on phantom power from your Sony a6300. Not only does the microphone boast an impressive maximum battery life of up to seventy hours from a single nine-volt battery but the internal power source also helps to increase the detection range of the microphone.
This means that you can clearly pick up something like the wedding speeches without having to be up close and personal to the main table and getting in the way of the guests trying to watch the speeches. Not only do little things like this increase the professionalism of your services for your clients but also help ensure you are delivering the best audio quality possible with your videos.
All of this stuff adds up and makes it clear why the Rode Video Mic Pro has managed to become such a popular external microphone since its release. It has a number of other Sony a6300 owners who use it as their go-to external microphone of choice along with a ton of videographers and vloggers who use it with other popular camera bodies.
Many of these other people using the microphone have chosen to post their own third-party review of the microphone that you can read if you have a few minutes spare. In our opinion, if you have a few minutes spare they are worth skimming over to get an insight into the performance of the microphone from external videographers who use it on a regular basis.
User Interface And Control System
As you can see from the image above, the system on the Video Mic Pro is very user-friendly and we are confident that the vast majority of our readers will easily be able to get the microphone working with their a6300 without having to waste any time. Other than the level switch there really is not much else to do with the mic, you simply mount it to the hot shoe mount on your Sony a6300 and then plug the 3.5mm jack into your external microphone socket on your camera and you are good to go.
The whole process is very quick and simple and we feel that we have to hand it to Rode that they have one of the easiest control systems going for their microphone range. There are multiple videos on YouTube where vloggers have gone over their equipment and confirmed that they had never used a microphone prior to one of the modern Rode mics but have had no issues with capturing a high-quality audio track since purchasing their mic.
Build Quality And Design
The Rode microphone range also has an excellent build quality too that produces some of the most robust microphones available at the time of writing. If you do have to travel around with your gear on a regular basis this can provide you with the peace of mind that your microphone can take all the knocks coming its way while in transit without breaking too.
The Video Mic Pro is also only six inches long so if you like to travel light you can often store your microphone in the side pouches of some of the popular Sony a6300 camera cases too. If you do plan to do this then you may have to unmount the microphone from the Rycote Lyre shock mount and put your microphone in one pocket and the mount in another but the majority of popular camera cases should be able to hold the mic with ease.
That brings us to the end of our article going over what we feel is the best mic for Sony a6300 camera owners. Just like we mentioned back at the start of the article, if you are an established videographer doing paid work or a vlogger who has build up a following then the Rode Video Mic Pro will provide you and your a6300 the best audio track available for the price. You can click here to read independent reviews of this microphone.
If you are on a tighter budget and want a microphone that is a little cheaper then the Rode Video Mic GO can be a solid option but it does have the drawback of picking up crisp and clear audio at range. This should not be an issue if you are a vlogger but it can be restricting if you are doing paid videography work. Again, you can click here to read independent reviews for this microphone.
Finally, there is the Takstar SGC-598 that is a very popular entry-level microphone but is not suitable for any serious work due to the hiss and noise issues. If you are just having fun and making videos as a hobby then this should not be an issue though and the microphone can be a great cheap option for your a6300. You can also click here to read independent reviews for this microphone too.