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Slightly better than iPhoneXS' internal mic
June 25, 2019
I purchased the Movo VXR10, LPM100, & VXR50 (Smartphone Video Rig Kit V7) to compare.
The VXR10 was a slight improvement over the iPhoneXS internal microphone but for me, that small improvement is not worth the price and hassle of using the VXR10 while mobile. For recordings using a tripod, the sounds was an improvement since the iPhone's mic is pointed perpendicular to the subject while the VXR10 (like most external mics) is pointed directly to the subject. This was the only mono (non stereo) mic in my comparison although many professionals believe stereo sound is not required for vlogging or youtube. The mic was packaged well and looks durable. I would easily pick this mic over the LPM100. If cost was a large factor, I would also pick this over the VXR50.
The LPM100 was my least favorite. The audio sounded artificial, like listening to speakers that are out of phase—if you close your eyes and listen, none of the sounds can be located—it’s all mish-mashed and ends up sounding like a blob. This flaw was enough for me to reject the LPM100. The second flaw was the lighting plug: while it did seat in my iPhoneXS with a medium thickness case, it did not feel secure, and if I was moving about, I would constantly worry that it would fall off, or if accidentally knocked around that it might break off. I don't think this is Movo's fault, just inherent in this kind of connection. I doubt modestly larger phone cases would allow the lighting plug to seat properly.
The VXR50 (Smartphone Video Rig Kit V7) sounded the best although I would not say it's a slam dunk over the other two or even the iPhoneXS built-in mic… but it was better especially since the mic can be pointed to the subject unlike the iPhone's internal mic. The VXR50 appears well made and solid; it's also the longest of all three but is also the only that requires a battery which will undoubtedly go dead when it's most needed. I did not find this mic as a standalone product but only as part of the V7 kit. The bluetooth remote control included with the kit felt solid and worked very well with the iPhoneXS but needs to be manually paired every time the remote is turned on. The light was not useful—it has three brightness settings but feels like a flashlight pointed at my face so it was more annoying than an enhancement. The clamping phone holder looks nice and is capable of holding the iPhoneXS but anything bigger will either not fit or not feel secure. Everything comes in a nice zippered semi-hard case which I always appreciate even if I repurpose it for another use. I did not find the other accessories useful but maybe you will. The combined mic, remote, and holder make the price reasonable and I’m happy enough with this kit, that I will be keeping it.
The attached video demonstrates the sound. All recordings were done on the same day, in the same environment, and at the same distance. The audio has not been enhanced or adjusted for the video (no level boosts/cuts). The finger snaps are for testing the stereo separation of the mics.
All equipment was purchased on Amazon at the same time.