iPhone Microphones -Shooting a movie on a smartphone was unheard of a few years ago. But Hollywood Directors like Steven Soderbergh and Zack Snyder (see below) have shot incredible films using a smartphone, filmmakers are now paying attention.
The iPhone is a fantastic smartphone for filmmaking.
However, no matter how great the footage is on an iPhone, it’s the built-in microphone on the iPhone that isn’t reliable for your video footage.
Sound is extremely important to filmmaking. If you rely on your built-in camera microphone to capture audio in your film, you could potentially ruin even the best video taken.
Why? Because the modern smartphones being used for filmmaking are built to capture incredible video footage, and not for sound. That’s what an external iPhone microphone is used for.
Keep in mind with apple using the lightning port on the latest iPhones, certain external microphones for a smartphone you might need an additional accessory for connection.
If you are looking to improve the audio for your iPhone films here are a few of my favorite choices of iPhone microphone choices.
Best iPhone Microphones For Smartphone Filmmaking - 2021
RØDE VideoMic Me-L
if you’re shooting mobile iOS video and want better audio than what your phone provides—or if you need to record VO or ADR on the go—the Rode VideoMic Me-L is worth your consideration. This is a shotgun mic that plugs right into iOS devices via a lightning port, using the connection point as a mount as well.
The mic focuses the audio capture on what’s directly in front of the capsule thanks to the directional polar pattern.
It’s primarily intended for use with iOS devices, though it does offer a 3.5mm TRS jack, which can be used for monitoring or for backup analog recording, provided you’ve plugged in the mic to a lightning port.
Even though the mic can mount directly on top of your iOS lightning port, it comes with a dedicated mic clip should you rather use it as well as a furry windscreen for achieving a better sound in windy conditions.
With its simple plug-and-play form factor, the mic is perfectly suited for mobile iOS video recording. However, the quality of the mic itself is good enough to be used for VO or ADR when studios are not available; the mic has been used this way in a few television shows.
When connected over the Lightning port, the mic captures audio in a broadcast-quality 48 kHz sample-rate, making it suitable for use in pro circumstances. The highly directional cardioid polar pattern will help tamp down unwanted room noise and ambiance.
One of the best overall iPhone Microphones for content creation!
With an innovative mid-side architecture for clean, clear stereo sound, the MOTIV MV88 Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone directly connects to any Apple iPhone, iPod, or iPad equipped with a Lightning connector to capture high-quality recordings on the go.
The mid-side iPhone microphone element is mounted to a unique 90-degree hinge with built-in rotation that allows for highly flexible microphone position, even in video applications.
Five built-in DSP preset modes (Speech, Singing, Flat, Acoustic Instrument, Loud) can be accessed via the Shure Plus MOTIV Recording App, a free download from the Apple App Store.
The MOTIV app also allows for real-time adjustments including microphone gain, stereo width, and high-quality 24-bit/48 kHz recording for optimal results in virtually any environment.
Shure-tested, all-metal construction provides confident performance in any environment.
One of the best iPhone Microphones for Interviews!
Rode SmartLav+ Lavalier
If you’re looking for a compact, easy-to-use lapel mic that plugs right into a phone’s TRRS jack, the Rode SmartLav+ is the microphone for you.
This mic offers a broadcast-quality sound in a tiny form factor and can record to many phones and devices that offer 3.5mm TRRS connectivity.
No controls are on hand, which streamlines the process: simply clamp the mic to your subject (or yourself), plug the mic into the phone, and start recording.
The mic will work with any app that records audio, including the built-in iOS Voice Memo App—but when you pair it with the iOS Rode Reporter APP, you’ll have access to a wide array of mixing, editing, and exporting tools.
Perfect for electronic field production, run-and-gun news reporting, or simple mobile vlogs, the mic comes with a windshield, a durable clip, and a Kevlar-reinforced cable.
Keep in mind that you will need an Apple Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter to connect to the more recent iPhones, but this microphone works great with other smartphones as well.
Record high-quality, Mid-Side stereo recordings straight to your iOS device with the Zoom iQ7, a microphone that plugs right into an iOS device thanks to its Lightning connector.
With a naturalistic stereo depth of field, the mic is wonderfully suited to music-video recording, video-based podcasts, and more.
The iQ7 records broadcast-quality digital audio, and offers a stereo-width slider to adjust how “wide” you want the resultant recording to feel. The controls for width control and gain are easy to master.
Optimized for the Zoom Handy Recorder App, the iQ7 comes with a removable spacer that allows it to be used with most iPhone, iPad, and iPod cases. It also ships with a foam windscreen.
Phone speakers are not all created equal and typically not good for recording on the run and or at home.
The Zoom iQ7 takes your lightning-equipped iPhone to the next level with super high-quality audio recordings. I would recommend this to anyone recording audio into the iPhone for music and or voice recordings.
Connect the Movo Photo LPM100 directional stereo microphone directly to your Lightning-equipped smartphone or tablet to capture sound with better clarity than your device’s built-in mic allows.
It features dual cardioid capsules in an X/Y stereo configuration, which yields a wide sound pickup zone in front of the mic and reduced response behind the mic—ideal for decreasing reflections and room reverb in your recordings.
Use the foam windscreen to impede wind noise from fans, air conditioners, and light breezes, or switch to the furry windshield for enhanced reduction of wind noise during outdoor shoots.
The LPM100 is the perfect iPhone microphone for travel vloggers ar it includes a travel case for safe and convenient transport.
Comica Audio SIG.LAV V05 MI Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone
The Comica Audio SIG LAV V05 MI is an omnidirectional lavalier microphone that lets you record clear and accurate digital speech directly to the lightning port of your iPhone or iOS device—with control over your mic volume and while monitoring your sound.
The cable features an in-line module that houses a volume-adjustment thumbwheel for adjusting the mic’s recording level.
A 3.5mm audio output allows you to plug a set of headphones and monitor the mic in real-time.
The SIG.LAV V05 MI features an omnidirectional pickup pattern that captures sound from every direction, allowing for a variety of placement options and freedom of movement—even when the subject turns away from the mic.
The microphone is powered via a CR2032 battery and there is an LED indicator to alert you when the battery is running low.
The metal construction offers shielding from radio frequency noise and a foam windscreen is provided to protect against wind noise.
Movo Photo EDGE-DI-DUO Digital Wireless Omni Lavalier Microphone
Designed for vloggers, mobile journalists, and videographers, the Movo Photo EDGE-DI-DUO is a compact digital wireless microphone system with two microphones and just one receiver.
Easy to use with plug-and-play operation, it offers a convenient solution for recording dialog, interviews, and speech with two people talking simultaneously—directly to an iOS smartphone or tablet.
The ultralightweight EDGE-DI-DUO consists of two compact bodypack transmitters each with its own lavalier microphone.
The mics feature an omnidirectional pickup pattern that offers consistent speech capture, even when the talent’s head turns away from the mic.
The transmitters are equipped with battery indicators and can accept both mic- and line-level signals.
The system also comes with a small, dual-channel receiver that mounts on and plugs directly into the Lightning port of your iPhone.
The receiver is equipped with audio level control and a status LED. You can set it to record in either mono or stereo mode. To ensure that you are capturing a clean signal, you can monitor your mics via the receiver’s headphone output while recording.
The EDGE-DI-DUO delivers reliable transmission with a clear sound at a distance up to 200′. The transmitters operate on two AAA batteries, while the receiver is powered by your phone.
A hard case is provided to safely store and transport your system.
If you haven’t been paying attention, everybody is vlogging now.
Since a whole new generation is living their lives online through video streams, vlogs, TikToks, YouTubes, Twitches, and Snapchats, why not get an all-in-one vlogging kit to get you up and running today.
Vlogging kits are compact enough to take your home studio with you, some vloggers may want to keep their home kit setup and add an ultra-lightweight action kit for when they’re out in the field for easy setup and portability.
Here’s an extremely popular vlogging/filmmaking kit to have you shooting today!
Rode Vlogger/Filmmaker Kit iOS Edition
You need to stand out from the crowd of vlogs, live streams, YouTube videos, and social media posts—and you can easily do that with the Rode Vlogger Kit iOS Edition, a complete package designed specifically for hassle-free, high-quality audio and video recording to a smartphone with a Lightning port.
This bundle features the Rode VideoMic Me-L ultracompact condenser microphone as well as an on-camera light with a diffuser and eight colored filters.
Also included are a tripod, a phone holder, and the required accessories to make it all work, such as a clip mount, a furry windscreen, and a USB-C cable.
The mic itself is ideal for content creators who can’t be slowed down by an intricate setup.
Equipped with the Vlogger Kit iOS Edition, you can turn your smartphone into a portable, convenient production system that will markedly improve the caliber of your sound and picture.
It’s tough to have a top pick of the best iPhone external microphones on this list. The most reviewed iPhone microphone is the RØDE VideoMic Me-L for its quality and price that can’t lose.
But, the iPhone microphones mentioned above provide sound clarity and help eliminate background noise so you can focus on the subject directly in front of the mic.
Now get out there and start filming!
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