BOYA microphoneSource: BOYA

Best External Microphones for iPhone Video iMore 2020

Why trust us? We're a company made up of tech experts across the globe, and most of us work from home. For podcasting, great audio for video, and more, we need the best and most convenient mics around. Which one you choose will depend on your specific needs, but we like the Emiral Phone and Camera Microphone the best overall.

Best Overall: Emiral Phone and Camera Microphone

Emiral Phone and Camera MicrophoneSource: Amazon

Get amazing sound quality with this microphone's NCR noise reduction pickup technology and superior noise floor suppression features. Plug directly into your older model iPhone that has a headphone jack, or use a Lightning adapter with an iPhone 8 or newer model. You can also plug the Emiral microphone into a camera or GoPro. You can hear the sound you're recording in real-time. With a built-in 100mAh polymer rechargeable lithium battery, you won't run out of power unexpectedly.


  • NCR noise reduction pickup technology
  • Super-cardioid pickup microphone
  • Superior noise floor suppression features
  • Real-time sound monitoring


  • Need Lightning adapter

Best Overall

Emiral Phone and Camera Microphone

Best for most

Listen to your sound recording in real-time with this flexible super-cardioid pickup microphone.

Best Value: PoP Voice Lavalier Microphone

PoP Voice Lavalier MicrophoneSource: Amazon

This little powerhouse with omnidirectional mic head can plug directly into your iPhone 7 or older, newer iPhones with a headphone adaptor (not included), or into your laptop with an included adaptor. The extra-long cable (155 inches) gives you plenty of room to move around. It comes with three wind muffs in different colors.


  • 155-inch cable
  • Plugs into standard headphone jacks
  • Well-priced
  • Omni-directional mic head


  • A few users report it never worked

Best Value

PoP Voice Lavalier Microphone


The PoP Voice Lavalier Microphone is a small but mighty microphone that allows you to record sound, speech, music, and whatever, all from the convenience of your iPhone.

Best Lavalier: PowerDeWise Lavalier Lapel Microphone

PowerDeWise microphoneSource: PowerDeWise

The PowerDeWise Lavalier Lapel Microphone is a noise-canceling clip-on microphone that lets you record your voice as crystal clear as possible. You'll need to have a Lightning to headphone jack adapter to use this microphone with newer iPhones. Simply clip and attach it to your clothing, plug it into your iPhone, unravel the 78" cord, and start recording for your iPhone video.


  • Portable
  • Minimal
  • Easy-to-use
  • Affordable


  • Limited
  • Need Lightning adapter

Best Lavalier

PowerDeWise Lavalier Lapel Microphone

Tiny but mighty

The PowerDeWise Lavalier Lapel Microphone is a noise-canceling clip-on mic that works effortlessly with your iPhone.

Best for Interviews: Shure MV88 Digital Microphone

Shure MicrophoneSource: Shure

The Shure MV88 Digital Microphone is a microphone that connects quickly to your iPhone via the Lightning port. Plus, it comes with a free app so you can get the most out of your audio recording. The sleek yet retro design and easy-to-use, easy-to-rotate, and angle of the microphone makes it ideal for recording in a variety of different situations. Meanwhile, five different preset modes — speech, singing, flat, acoustic instrument, and loud — allow you to get the perfect recording every time.


  • Solid build
  • Versatile
  • Easy-to-use


  • Pricey

Best for Interviews

Shure MV88 Digital Microphone

Versitile and reliable

The easy-to-use Shure MV88 Digital Microphone is a portable mic with five different preset modes for the ideal recording in any situation.

Best Design: RØDE VideoMic Me-L

RØDE videomic microphoneSource: RØDE

The RØDE VideoMic Me-L is a high-quality directional microphone that doesn't require a battery and effortlessly plugs into your iPhone via the Lightning port. The durable aluminum body makes it perfect for taking on adventures like camping and traveling, while the small and portable design means you can pop it in your bag without any hassle. The RØDE VideoMic Me-L can be paired with a fuzzy windscreen to keep the recorded audio as crystal clear as possible.


  • Durable
  • Portable
  • Good for outdoors


  • Short sound range

Best Design

RØDE VideoMic Me-L

Noise blocker

The RØDE VideoMic Me-L is a reliable and rugged little external microphone that uses a cardioid polar pattern and furry windscreen to provide incredibly clear sound.

Bottom line

Our top pick is the Emiral Phone and Camera Microphone for its flexibility. You can not only use it with your iPhone, but you can also use it with your GoPro or high-end DSLR. It allows you to monitor what you're recording in real-time, so you know if you need to re-shoot right away.

Other features of this high-performance super-cardioid pickup microphone include a single audio circuit, microphone stereo sound pickup effect, wide bandwidth and smoothness, high sensitivity, strong directionality, NCR noise reduction pickup technology, superior noise floor suppression features, and a long and clear pickup distance.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Karen S. Freeman is a teacher, writer, social media person, and family woman. She loves to travel, play with tech stuff, drink coffee, discover amazing new restaurants, and experience new things.

Cella Lao Rousseau writes for iMore on social and photography. She's a true crime enthusiast, best-selling horror author, lipstick collector, buzzkill, and Sicilian. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @hellorousseau.

Rene Ritchie is a podcasting pro and lover of all things clear-sounding. From audio for Vector to recording on the road, and everything in between, he knows the power an iPhone and a good external mic can truly have.

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