So, you are now choosing between Zoom H1 vs Rode VideoMic Pro. Both are viable options if you are looking for a way to record good quality audio for your video projects. However, Zoom H1 and Rode VideoMic Pro are two different things. The comparison is almost like apples and oranges due to the different functionalities offered. Now, let’s see the advantages and disadvantages on each option to help you decide which one is the best for your needs.
About Zoom H1
Zoom H1 is a portable digital audio recorder. This device has a pair of X/Y stereo mics to record audio. There is also a mic/line input mini phone jack which you can use to connect a line-level signal or a pair of external mics. For output, it has a line/headphone jack that you can use to connect a pair of headphones for monitoring or to route the recording directly to your DSLR. So, this device is very flexible and versatile.
Furthermore, Zoom H1 has a USB port to connect to a computer. It can function as a USB audio interface, which can be very handy and useful for recording and production purposes. On the back, you can find a mount so that you can attach this recorder directly on top of your DSLR. This device requires a memory card for storage. It supports microSD and microSDHC cards up to 32 GB. In addition, it runs on a single AA battery.
Zoom H1 is simple to operate, yet powerful. The backlit display screen is easy to ready in any lighting condition. It is able to record in a maximum quality of 24-bit/96kHz, which is excellent. The quality is suitable for professional purposes. The integrated mics are very good, as they can capture sounds with good accuracy and detail. They can capture sounds with excellent details from 10 feet away. They are also clean, as they don’t create much noise. They can be very sensitive at times; equipping a pop filter can reduce the noise captured.
|Zoom H1||Rode VideoMic Pro|
|- Accommodates up to 32GB microSDHC memory cards||- Frequency Range : 40Hz - 20kHz (selected HPF @80)|
|- Records Broadcast WAV (BWF) at 96kHz/48kHz/44.1kHz at 16-bit or 24-bit||- Output Impedance : 200Ω|
|- Records MP3 from 48 to 320kbps for maximum recording time||- Sensitivity : -32.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (20.00mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz|
About Rode VideoMic Pro
On the other hand, Rode VideoMic Pro is a compact shotgun mic – see our previous post here, Sennheiser MKE 400 vs Rode VideoMic Pro. Of course, it is bigger and slightly heavier than Zoom H1. It has an audio cable that ends in a 3.5 mm jack for output. There are some nice features that can be handy in many cases; the pre-attenuation pad can be selected between -10dB, 0dB, and +20dB, and there is a selectable 80Hz high-pass filter to attenuate low-frequency noise.
Of course, Rode VideoMic Pro is not as versatile as Zoom H1. But it has a pretty good shock mount to reduce handling noise, and the mic also has an integrated wind filter. The performance is good; it can capture sounds from more than 60 feet away, and the accuracy is good. But the self-noise can be a little bit annoying sometimes. This mic operates using a 9V battery.
Zoom H1 Vs Rode VideoMic Pro
Generally speaking, Zoom H1 makes the best value for the money. It is an effective tool for recording high-quality audio. It also allows you to record with multiple mics and tracks. The USB interface functionality is also handy. However, you can choose Rode VideoMic Pro if you don’t need those features and your main priority is long recording range.