The Aputure V-Mic D1 is a great Directional Condenser Shotgun Microphone for use with DSLR video making, something we are hoping to get into more here at West End Camera Club.
We decided to test the Aputure V-Mic D1 out in this little video to see the difference it can make from using the camera's built in microphone. For the test we decided to use the Nikon D600 with an older Nikkor 50mm f1.4 AIs lens which is ideal for use with video making. To further compare the Aputure V-Mic D1, we also had access to the latest RODE Videomic.
In using the Aputure V-Mic D1, we found that it was a great improvement over using any cameras built-in microphone. Overall the sound quality at normal levels was fantastic and had very little of the dreaded hiss that lower end microphones tend to show. In comparission to the RODE Videomic, the Aputure V-Mic D1 was a little bit quieter than the RODE Videomic, however the RODE Videomic did have a brighter sound, it also had far more of the static hiss and would require a small amount of sound editing to remove.
In conclusion, the Aputure V-Mic D1 retails for $119 AUD and is a tool that should be in every photographers bag if they are wanting to improve the quality of their audio for DSLR video making!