In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel are the best microphones for Nikon d3300 cameras currently available on the market right now. As usual, we have settled on one premium level microphone and one more budget level or entry level microphone to try offer something for the two main budget levels of our readers.
Both of these microphones massively outperform the on-camera microphone on the d3300 and come with the standard 3.5mm mic jack so they will natively fit the external mic socket on your Nikon d3300 as well as any other cameras in your collection. Additionally, they both come with a high-quality build, great functionality, and awesome performance relative to their price points. On top of that, both mics have earned an excellent reputation within the community in a short period of time.
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The Rode VideoMic
Being an external microphone from the Globally renowned Rode brand, it is no surprise that it offers some of the best performance out there. Its excellent build quality, functionality, and performance have made the microphone very popular over the years with it earning plenty of independent, third-party reviews online from people wanting to share their experiences with it.
The image to the left shows the back of the microphone as well as the included shock mount. As you can see, there are minimal settings on the microphone that you have to set up before use making it as close to a plug and play mic as possible.
The standard shock mount that comes included with the microphone is also very effective. It can easily absorb any vibrations during use to prevent the mic from picking them up and it spoiling your audio track. Simply plug the microphone in, mount it to the hot shoe on your d3300 and you are good to go.
The included muff is also very effective at reducing wind noise as well as other types of background noise. Although many people choose to pick up an aftermarket muff for their microphones, we feel that this really is not needed due to how effective the regular one that is included with your purchase with the Rode Video Mic actually is.
One of the main drawbacks with many microphones is battery life. Thankfully, the battery system for the Video Mic is excellent and should be able to get you through the majority of your video sessions without issue. There are multiple reports from people mentioning that they have been able to keep their microphone in use for over ten hours at a time without needing to swap out their batteries.
All in all, if you own a Nikon d3300 and are in the market for a microphone then we would highly recommend that you check out the Rode video mic. It offers excellent audio quality and is very easy to use. When it comes to the higher end microphones we would consider that it is very fairly priced and it beats the majority of the competition out there including a fair few higher price point microphones.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Rode Video Mic to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The SGC-598 Microphone
That said, as you should expect, due to it being so much cheaper than the Rode option covered above it does lack some functionality and performance as well as comes with a lower build quality but it still gets the job done. It has been designed to be as easy as possible to use and is essentially a plug and play mic. Just plug it into your d3300’s mic socket, mount it to its hot shoe and you are good to go.
The video below offers some test footage of the kind of performance you can expect from the SGC-598 when mounted on your Nikon d3300 camera.
With the mic being powered by a regular 1.5V AA alkaline battery it still offers decent battery life for an entry level mic and 1.5V AA alkaline batteries are cheap enough for you to pick up a bunch to quickly hot swap them when required.
All in all, the SGC-598 microphone make an excellent option for your Nikon d3300 if you are on a tight budget. For its price, it offers decent quality audio recording that should be enough for general use. That said, if you are doing paid work for clients then this microphone will not cut it and we would recommend that you go with the Rode microphone above.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Takstar SGC-598 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.