Microphone Port

Camera enthusiasts and content creators can greatly improve their video's sound quality by utilizing the microphone port available in modern DSLR and mirrorless cameras. This simple addition allows for a wide range of audio possibilities, ensuring that your videos sound as good as they look.

The Significance of a Microphone Port

While in-camera microphones have their merits, they can't match the audio quality that external microphones provide when plugged into a microphone port. This feature is crucial for:

  • Clear, focused sound recording.
  • Choosing the right microphone for the right situation.
  • Greater control over audio input levels and quality.

When to Use an External Microphone

External mics become essential in various recording conditions:

  • Interviews: Isolating the speaker's voice from background noise.
  • Vlogging: Maintaining your voice clarity in dynamic environments.
  • Filmmaking: Capturing professional-grade audio for your scenes.
  • Nature Recording: Picking up subtle sounds of wildlife with precision.

The Evolution of the Microphone Port

With the rise of video functionality in cameras, high-quality audio recording became indispensable, leading to the integration of microphone ports in DSLR and mirrorless cameras for enhanced sound capture capabilities.

Microphone Port Compatibility

The standard 3.5mm jack found in most DSLR and mirrorless cameras today is compatible with a variety of external microphones, offering flexibility and ease of use for improved audio capture.

As someone who has navigated the shift from pure photography to creating videos, I've seen firsthand how an external microphone connected to your camera can make a world of difference in the final product. It's a simple upgrade that can have a profound impact on the quality of your content.

Popular Microphones For Your Camera

The universal 3.5mm jack enables you to use popular microphones such as:

  • Rode VideoMic Pro
  • Rode VideoMicro
  • Shure VP83 LensHopper
  • Sennheiser MKE 400
  • Tascam TM-2X
  • Audio-Technica AT8024
  • Zoom SSH-6
  • Deity V-Mic D3 Pro
  • Boya BY-MM1
  • Rode NTG-2
  • Movo VXR10
  • Comica CVM-VM10 II
  • Audio-Technica PRO 24CM
  • Joby Wavo
  • Takstar SGC-598
  • Deity V-Mic D3
  • Saramonic VMIC
  • Comica CVM-V30 PRO
  • Movo VRX10
  • Sennheiser MKE 440


The inclusion of the microphone port in DSLR and mirrorless cameras has harmonized video and audio quality standards, ensuring creators need not sacrifice one for the other. With knowledge of the various microphone types and their intended uses, photographers and videographers can make informed choices to optimize their work.