Record all the sounds stress-free with these external iPhone microphones!
Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3… Can you hear me? Good!
While your iPhone's microphone is pretty great out of the box, an external mic will definitely step up your audio recording game — especially if you're looking to use your iPhone as a semi-professional video rig.
Take your videos to the next level by investing in an external microphone to produce crisp, professional quality audio right on your iPhone!
Rode VideoMic Me
This high-quality directional microphone works hand-in-hand with your iPhone to deliver booming results!
Rode's VideoMic is compact and lightweight, meaning it won't feel like a massive addition to your iPhone when it's attached. If you're looking for something inconspicuous, then this might be the perfect mic for you. You can also store it easily in your bag or with your other equipment because of its small size.
The VideoMic connects directly to your iPhone's headphone jack, and its adjustable flexible mounting bracket can accommodate a wide range of cases, although you're best off using it with a thin case so everything can be adjusted securely.
Rode IXYL Condenser
Rode's IXLY Condenser mic will deliver rich and accurate recordings when paired with your iPhone or iPad.
At the heart of the IXYL is a matching pair of cardioid condenser capsules fixed in a perfect 90-degree alignment to pick up the most immersive, true-to-life sound every time. It also comes with a foam windscreen for when you're recording outdoors, and a reinforced protective case for your IXLY.
Installing your IXLY is simple too; all you have to do is attach your IXLY to your Lightning connector port and you're on your way!
The Zoom iQ7 may be small, but it promises everything you need to move from the role of bystander to creative filmmaking mastermind.
The iQ7 contains two microphone elements – a directional 'mid' mic that captures audio coming from the direction you're pointing it and bidirectional 'side' microphone that picks up the ambient sounds around you. Because of a three-way stereo width switch on the iQ7, you can customize your recordings based on your environment. Set it to 90 degrees to focus directly on an interview subject, or flip over to 120 degrees for a wider sound-stage which incorporates surrounding ambiance.
You can download Zoom's free HandyRecorder app which adds functionality and control for your recordings, along with the power to edit and modify your creations.
Easy to install and perfect if you require a hassle-free microphone, the Shure MV88 mic is a great, lightweight tool to pair with your iPhone.
With innovative, mid-side architecture for the cleanest, clearest stereo sound, the MV88 connects directly to any iPhone or iPad via the Lightning connector port so you can turn your day-to-day gear into a professional quality at-home rig. The mic is built with a unique, flexible 90-degree hinge that rotates, so you can adjust and bend your microphone in different directions.
Five built-in preset modes, including speech, singing, flat, acoustic instrument, and loud, can be accessed through the free ShurePlus MOTIV Recording App.
IK Multimedia iRig MIC Field
Just connect IK Multimedia's iRig MIC Field to your iPhone's Lightning connector port, and you'll be able to start recording high-quality stereo audio on the go!
This pocket-sized digital stereo microphone works with a number of Apple products and is designed to be used both for video and audio recordings. A built-in headphone jack also allows for real-time monitoring, so you can keep track of every recording in real time.
The iRig MIC Field features patent-pending rotatable enclosures, so you can precisely adjust your microphone depending on how you're shooting with your iPhone.
What's your pick?
Is there a microphone that you find is the perfect companion for shooting on your iPhone? Let us know what it is in the comments below and we'll take a look at it!