In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel is the best external mic for Nikon d3200 cameras currently available on the market right now. As usual, we will be recommending three different products all at different price points in an attempt to ensure that we are offering at least one microphone within the price range of our readers.
The Nikon d3200 external mic jack is the regular 3.5mm stereo microphone input jack that is commonly found on a DSLR camera. This means there are a large number of external microphones currently available on the market right now that will work with your d3200, the thing is that many of these microphones have bad reputations. The three mics we have chosen to feature all have a solid reputation within the community as well as having been tried and tested by thousands of photographers and videographers over the years.
The Rode VideoMic Pro+ – Professional Level
It has been designed to be as quick and easy to use as possible so anyone, even someone with little to no technical experience can use the microphone and get it to work in a short period of time. Although there are a few features that you can customize if you like, the basics of setting the microphone up is literally to plug the mics jack cable into your d3200s microphone input jack socket and then mount the mic onto your cameras hot shoe.
Once plugged in and mounted you are ready to go and get on with the task at hand. Rode have gone the extra mile when it comes to the microphones build quality with it being solid, sturdy, and robust being able to easily take any knocks in your photography bag without showing signs of damage. Additionally, the audio quality provided by the mic is excellent with no noise due to Rodes noise reduction technology making it one of the best Nikon d32000 external mic setups out there right now.
Unlike some competing external microphones out there, Rode have made the control system on the video mic pro as easy to use as possible using a minimalist style control system to limit the chances of users making mistakes when either setting the microphone up or tweaking its settings. The image to the left shows a close up of the control system on the back of the microphone and as you can see, it is very simple to use.
We honestly feel that this is one of the key features of the microphone as some have so many buttons that make it very easy to become overwhelmed when it comes to setting their microphone up.
All in all, the Rode Video Mic Pro is an excellent high-end professional level microphone that you are able to use to your advantage with your Nikon d3200 to help capture high-quality, crisp audio that sounds professional.
The Nikon ME-1 Stereo Microphone – Mid Level
Again, the Nikon ME-1 comes with a standard 3.5mm mic jack so you are able to quickly and easily plug the mic into your d3200 and then mount it on your cameras hot shoe and get to work. The control settings and customisability of the Nikon ME-1 is rather limited when compared to that of the Rode Video Mic Pro covered above but this is to be expected at this price point. The amount of customization of the microphone has been sacrificed to offer a lower price product that still records excellent audio that will still meet the needs of the majority of videographers.
Nikon has introduced a new, innovative technology to their ME-1 Stereo Mics that help to significantly reduce both background noise as well as the noise and clicks that can be picked up from some lenses with louder auto-focus systems. This helps to keep your audio recording as clean as possible as can potentially reduce the amount of post-production editing required on your audio track.
The Takstar SGC-598 – Entry Level
We feel that this mic should be able to meet the needs of student photographers and any other entry-level photographer readers we have while allowing them to save money on their purchase. That said when using an external mic with Nikon d3200 camera for professional work this mic simply is not good enough for paying client video recording and either of the microphones covered above should be chosen.
As we touched on, the sound quality of this mic is a little lacking compared to the other mics we covered but it can be used for basic footage. Additionally, the background noise is not filtered out as well meaning that a fair amount of unwanted sound can be picked up depending on your location increasing the amount of work that you have to do in post-production on your audio track.