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Best Budget Vlogging Camera Mic: Sennheiser MKE 200

Most cameras and phones have built-in microphones. However, they don’t always deliver the best sound quality, especially in noisy or outdoor environments. If you’re a vlogger, or work in events or any profession that requires good recording quality, you need to invest in a microphone.

There are tons of microphones, but are designed to connect to computers via USB, or are just too complicated to set up. The Sennheiser MKE 200 is designed for beginners.

It may not have a lot of the features you’ll find in expensive microphones, but it’s practically idiot-proof. You just plug it in, and forget about the audio, because it’s designed to filter out all the noise that can mess up your recording.

The Specs

  • Dimension: 2.7x 2.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Weight: 1.5 ounces
  • Frequency range: 40Hz to 20Hz, in super-cardioid pattern
  • Compatibility: Comes with 3.5mm (1/8″) TRS and TRRS cables, for use with DSLR cameras, mirrorless cameras, and mobile devices
  • Power source: Battery-free operation

Capture the sounds that matter

The basic microphone will pick up sounds from all sides. But the Sennheiser MKE 200 is a directional microphone, so it will favour sound coming that is directly in front of it, and filter out any noise coming from the back or sides.

When we took this out for a road test, and recording ourselves talking while walking down the street, it picked up our voice very clearly. Any conversations of people passing by was very muted, and you could barely hear sounds from passing cars.

Works in noisy outdoor environments

Bad weather? No problem. The camera comes with a built-in wind screen, so it’s perfect for any outdoor shoots, travel vlogs, or even capturing your next family road trip. We tested this microphone in different kinds of conditions.

A light breeze won’t affect its performance at all. Stronger breezes (the kind that blows your hair) may register as a light air movement, but won’t distort the sound.

But if there’s strong gusts, you may want to position yourself so the shield blocks more of the wind. You won’t get the quality of a professional weather reporter with a high-fi sound set up, but you’ll still get pretty decent recording.

Aside from the wind screen, it has a shock mount that keeps it steady and avoids the muffled sounds of hand movements. That’s perfect if you tend to record while holding your camera, rather than using a tripod.  

Easy to attach and operate

Even if you’re not a tech person, you can set up the microphone without any trouble at all. It comes with a universal cold shoe mount that locks snugly on practically any device. And once it’s on, it stays on—the microphone jack connection has a locking mechanism to prevent accidental disconnection while you record.

Works on all devices

Light and compact, the Sennheiser MKE 200 mic fits well on even mobile phones or sleek cameras. It comes with two coiled cables: a TRRS cable for smartphones, and a TRS cable for mirrorless and SLR cameras. You can stretch and angle the coil so it doesn’t interfere with flip-out video displays.

Verdict: Reliable Mic at an Affordable Price

If you’re looking for an affordable microphone for vlogging, event videos, or personal videos, the Sennheiser MKE 200 fits the bill. It’s affordable and can help record good sound in outdoor and noisy environments. It works on almost all devices and is simple enough for anyone to use.