RØDE has just released a new accessory set for content creators and filmmakers who want to vlog with their smartphones: the RØDE Vlogger Kits. There are three versions available: two for iOS and Android shooters and a third universal version for users with older devices. These kits consist of a RØDE VideoMic, a tripod, a phone grip, a compact LED light and accessories. Let's take a closer look!
If you are looking for a lightweight, portable, yet affordable kit for vlog with your smartphone, RØDE Vlogger Kits is the place for you!
Photo credit: RØDE
RØDE Vlogger Kits – Core Components
Australian microphone specialist RØDE has just launched a new range of products called Vlogger Kits. All of these kits consist of the main accessories, which include:
- A tripod – called Tripod 2 – that you can use for table-top shots or turn your legs over and use it as a stick when filming yourself. On the tripod there is a cardanic head with a 1/4 "-20 fastening thread with which you can adjust the angle of the smartphone. The tripod 2 is made of plastic, can hold up to two kilos of payload and is only 186 , 1 mm x 72.2 mm when closed and 151 mm x 205 mm when extended are quite small.
The RØDE tripod 2. Photo credits: RØDE
- A phone grip – the RØDE SmartGrip – is made of metal with rubberized handles to keep smartphones stable and secure. With this accessory you can mount your smartphone on a tripod. It also acts like a "cage" with a cold shoe holder and three 1/4 "-20 threaded attachment points so that you can mount your smartphone in any position and even attach additional accessories to your smartphone. It is compatible with smartphones with a width of 65 mm to 85 mm.
The RØDE SmartGrip. Photo credit: RØDE
- The RØDE MicroLED on-camera light that is attached to the SmartGrip. The light has four adjustable brightness settings and a diffuser as well as eight color filters. The light is powered by a built-in rechargeable battery that is charged via a USB Type-C port. According to the company, you can have "more than four hours of operation on a single charge with low brightness".
The RØDE MicroLED. Photo credit: RØDE
With the RØDE Vlogger Kits, the company solves most of the problems that can arise when creating smartphone content: lighting, holding the phone evenly, but above all sound.
RØDE Vlogger Kits – Microphones
As mentioned before, there are three different versions of the RØDE Vlogger Kits available. The main difference between the kits is the included microphone, which all come with a furry windshield.
There is a kit for iOS smartphones that includes a VideoMic Me-L microphone with a Lightning connector. Another version for Android users has a VideoMic Me-C microphone with a USB-C connector.
The VideoMic Me-L on the left, the VideoMic Me-C on the right and diaper fur. Photo credit: RØDE
These two kits have the same microphones, the only difference being the end connection. No cable is required. The VideoMic Me connects directly to the Lightning / USB-C port on your smartphone. There is a small rubber shock absorber mount between the microphone and your smartphone to minimize handling noise.
The VideoMic Me is a pressure gradient electret condenser microphone with a cardioid polar pattern. The microphone is quite light at just 28 grams and dimensions of 73.5mm x 25.4mm x 20.1mm. The nice thing is that the VideoMic Me is powered directly from your smartphone and has a built-in 3.5mm headphone output so you can hear what you're recording.
RØDE Vlogger Kit Universal Edition. Photo credit: RØDE
Finally, the Universal Edition RØDE Vlogger Kit includes a VideoMicro microphone with a conventional 3.5 mm socket. This microphone is not new as it was released back in 2015. With this Universal Edition you also receive a double RØDE DCS-1 cold shoe holder, which enables clean assembly
of two microphones or cold shoe accessories on the SmartGrip.
Price and availability
The RØDE Vlogger Kits can now be pre-ordered from B & H for 149 USD, regardless of the kit chosen.
More information can be found on the dedicated RØDE website here.
What do you think of these vlogger kits? Do you vlog often with your smartphone? If not, what does your vlogging camera look like? Don't hesitate to share your thoughts below!