A trending Android phone is all about utility, functionality, style, and luxury. The microphone quality must necessarily be excellent. This delivers rich dividends when you record a new podcast episode or shoot a video.
The quality of microphones that came with your Android phones is going to be good by default. But do you have a reason to want your microphones to be better still? There are some fine options then available at your disposal.
An external microphone for your Android will bring about a change in the audio resolution for your device. The primary types of mics available for Android device are:
The small microphones, that one can clip on to his shirt.
Shotgun Mics are mounted on to your phone and protrude out, in order to let them record better.
Traditional Condenser Microphone
These are the mics that you keep over a flat surface, in order to record sound.
Let us take a look at a few of the top microphones for Android phones. We start with Lavalier Mics:
For smartphone recording, Rode SmartLav+ is a preferred choice and delivers a good sound quality. The cable is reinforced. The accessories include a windscreen, clip, and pouch.
Movo WMIC10 is a wireless Android microphone. It comes with a bodypack transmitter and features a belt clip as well. It broadcasts sound right up to 50 feet, over a frequency spectrum of 2.4 GHz. The headphone monitor input and the volume gain can be adjusted over the transmitter itself.
Audio-Technica ATR3350iS features a TRS connection and a headphone jack connection. A user has the liberty to use it with any device he desires.
This is a high performing microphone that is not too expensive. But it needs an additional battery for operation. It is best to turn the mic off when not in use. It helps save the battery.
Rode VideoMic Me
Rode VideoMic Me features a headphone jack towards the back. It hence allows you to listen to any recording live. The mount is flexible, and you can place it over any phone and in any position.
The mic has even got a windshield. It reduces the noise while outdoors or when moving your device swiftly.
Saramonic SmartMic is a mini condenser and isn’t obstructive, making it easy to use. It is flexible and moves around by up to 90 degrees. An integrated shock mount absorbs the unwanted noise and prevents it from being a part of your recordings.
The mic is priced towards the lower side, but may not be the best option for recording isolated sources.
Comica CVM-VS08 is a smartphone video mic. It comes in a cardioid pattern. All through its axis, the mic picks up the sound.
Hence, when using it, point it towards the audio source to get the best quality sound input. It is best to stay 5-10 feet away from the audio source while recording.
The audio quality is overall good and clear. The mic also has a monitor connection wherein you can put an earphone. A 100% aluminum body ensures good anti-interference effects. Windshield and muff filter background sounds. It is hence a preferable choice for outdoor filming.
Traditional Condenser Microphone
ZaxSound Condenser Microphone
ZaxSound Condenser Microphone stands atop a tripod, right next to your device. It can be attached to a TRRS 3.5 mm or a USB cable. This is around 6 feet long.
The mic is better placed to record sounds right ahead of it. It is a preferred choice for recording interviews, gaming, and podcasting.