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Best External Microphones for the Nikon D3500 in 2020

External Microphone Nikon D
External Microphone Nikon D (Image credit: Zoom)

If you have a Nikon D3500 then you probably also know that it has no audio input jack. Oopsy! You'll have to take that up with Nikon, but this does complicate things if you want to incorporate a professional microphone. You can try to MacGyver a workaround with adapters, but it may not work. The simplest solution is to use a high-quality portable recorder with built-in microphones and combine the recorded audio with your video in post-production. Here are a few good audio recorders that will work as a Nikon D3500 external mic.

Worry-free recording

As you can see, there are a variety of solutions available for reliable audio recording without the need for a microphone jack. Out of these Nikon D3500 external mic solutions, our pick is the Zoom H1n (opens in new tab) because it offers a lot of utility and versatility at a reasonable price. This microphone/recorder combo can be used in a variety of situations and it can be mounted directly onto your Nikon D3500.

For a low-cost, handheld solution, the Sony ICD-PX470 (opens in new tab) is an easy-to-use voice recorder that will work great for interviews and podcasts. This is a great affordable option if you're just getting started. No matter your budget or recording needs, one of the external microphones on this list will do the job.

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