I was not aware of the new model. I have the original VideoMic -- the original
original one, before they added the built-in pads for reducing the audio levels.
I don't actually shoot a lot of video, but when I use my VideoMic it is almost always on a separate stand rather than on the camera. I must admit though that it is a big, floppy microphone. The way the original suspension works, the mass of the mic is above the shock mount rubber bands, so as you tip the whole thing left or right a little bit, it flops from one side to the other.
I can definitely say that the new mic looks more attractive in many ways. The compact size would be very welcome -- especially if you are going to normally have this on a camera (rather than on a boom pole or a fixed microphone stand).
But for the price difference: hmmmm.... I definitely like the new one better, but how much more would I be willing to pay for it???
But consider this: if you buy the new VideoMic Pro and register it, they will send you a free dead-cat windmuff. You definitely
want a furry windmuff if your mic is ever
going to be used outdoors -- even on what seems like a windless day. Consider the cost of the original VideoMic plus the cost of a furry windmuff, compared to the VideoMic Pro and the free windmuff.
I don't know, I guess I'm sticking with the one I've already got. The big, floppy one, with no built-in attenuation.
By the way, I notice when I go to the Rode site and look up the VideoMic, they still have an endorsement from our Mr. Bruner there: "First time I saw a picture of the RØDE Videomic I thought, "Wow! Somebody is paying attention!" When I actually got the Videomic in my hands, I KNEW somebody had been paying attention, and that somebody is RØDE Microphones. All-in-all, this is an exceptionally good and reasonably priced microphone."
- Guy Bruner, via pana3ccdused.com forums
See the original here: -- Click on the "Reviews" tab.http://usa.rodemic.com/microphone.php?product=VideoMic