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– [Brian] Are you looking
for an alternative to the Rode VideoMicro? Do you have this problem
where your deck head just falls off all the time? Well I have an alternative
solution, and it’s the Comica CVM-VM10ii, it’s basically their compact microphone that
competes with the Rode. And that video is coming up next. (intense music) (intense music) (intense music) (intense music) (intense music) (intense music) Hi my name is Brian The Camera Guy. If you’re new to my channel
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so you don’t miss out on any of my future videos. In today’s video I have
a competitor to the Rode VideoMicro, and it
is the Comica CVM-VM10ii. Otherwise known as a compact micro shotgun directional microphone. So I’d like to thank my friends over at Video Transformer for
sending this over to me to review for you today. Today I’m going to go ahead, unbox it, let you know what you get in the box, and we’ll even do an audio quality test. This is a mini shotgun microphone. It comes with a cardenoid body. It could be used for smartphones and for cameras, dslr’s, mirrorless cameras. So, as I go ahead and open this, this was sent to me free
to review for you guys, We’ve got some of the
instruction paperwork here, Can mount right to your cellphone or to your dslr mirrorless camera. And then we have the
microphone right here. So this is the actual microphone. Remember kids, don’t eat these. This is the microphone, look
how small that thing is. It’s tiny, fits right on there. It’s actually a little bit
bigger than the Rode mic from first glance. This is the Rode. This is the Rode VideoMicro. Comparison-wise, it looks
like it’s a little bit longer. Look’s like it’s got
a good inch and a half on this Rode VideoMicro. It also comes with the wind-muff, which you have to take off the wind-screen it looks like to apply that. It also comes with two cables. So one cable is to connect
up with your camera, The one that you connect
up with your camera only has two black
lines, where the one that connects up to your cell
phone actually comes with a gray end, which has
three black stripes on it, That’s how you know it
connects into your cellphone. Your cellphone’s going
to need the one with the three black stripes, where your camera is going to need the one with two black stripes. It’s got this cute little wind-muff on it. (puh’s and pah’s) A little pop guard on here. I believe this comes
off in order to secure the wind muff on there. All right I guess this just
goes on there like that. I’m surprised that it
doesn’t go in further. It looks like it just
goes on the end here. And there is the wind muff. It’s a pretty big wind muff. It seems pretty secure,
which is kind of nice. This thing does go to -34 decibels, all the way up to +3 decibels. It looks very similar
to your Rode VideoMicro, it’s got this little shock mount on here. A little shock mount here
to absorb some of the shack. I really like how it comes with
this little windscreen here. If you’re mounting it up above you could have it as a pop filter almost, you could even use it as a
directional shotgun microphone. The cord’s not super long, so if you were going to do something, maybe you’d want an adapter
or something like that if you were going to run it up above. But I did do a video on a Comica V30-Lite I’ll link that up in the cards above if you want to see that one. It feels pretty heavy compared
to the Rode VideoMicro. Actually, they feel about the same weight. So it’s not going to really impact your footprint very much. The Rode VideoMicro does come with a standard camera cable so if you were going to hook it up to your cellphone you would need to get a special adapter in order to make this work. What I’m going to do now is I’m going to go ahead, I’m going to throw on the Rode VideoMicro and give you an audio quality test while we have the Comica
version right down here. So give me one second! (finger snap) All right so we’re back, I’ve got the Rode VideoMicro on here, it is a slightly windy day, I do have the wind muff
on the Rode VideoMicro. Let me know down in the comments below how the audio quality sounds
from the Rode VideoMicro. This is audio test
1-2-3, audio test 1-2-3. I’m going to switch over
to the Comica version, the Comica CVM VM10ii, you guys gotta think of a- you gotta think of a
shorter name for this. How about just micro
directional shotgun microphone? Lets go ahead, I’m going
to throw the wind muff on this one so we
compare apples to apples. And then go ahead and hook it up with the camera strap right now. Give me one second and
we’ll be right back! (finger snap) All right so now I’m back I’ve got the Comica CVM VM10ii, like I said not the most friendliest of names. So I currently have it on the tripod, I’m shooting out of my Sony a6400. Originally, I had my lav mic set at 5. Right now when I shot
with the Rode VideoMicro I turned it all the way up to 13. And now with the Comica CVM
mic- the Comica version, I have it set at- currently at 7. You definitely get a
little bit more audio gain out of this microphone. Let me know, hopefully the wind is getting blocked by this wind muff. One thing I will say
about the Rode VideoMicro is it does a great job
blocking out the wind, like I said there is a
slight breeze today so we’ll see how this Comica
version is working. This is the audio
quality you can expect to receive out of the Comica
micro shotgun microphone. Audio test 1-2-3, Audio test 1-2-3. So right now I’ve got the
Rode VideoMicro on the camera doing a little vlogging test here to test out the audio quality. It’s a little bit of a
windy day, not too bad, but it is a little windy so go ahead and comment down below, let me
know if you hear any wind, Otherwise this is the
audio quality test of the Rode VideoMicro. Audio test 1-2-3, Audio test 1-2-3. Comment down below and let me know how the audio quality sounds. Now we’re back with the Comic CVM VM10ii, and this is the audio
quality that you can expect to receive out of this microphone, I do have the wind muff on here. One of the things I can tell you is that the microphone cord does
stretch a little bit further so it gives me a little bit more clearance to get around that flippy-uppey screen. I also have the wind-muff on there and you can let me know how
the audio quality sounds with the wind muff. There is a slight wind happening right now so I’m not sure how that
wind muff is working. Hopefully it’s working pretty good. It is also nice how that
wind muff does kind of get out of your way,
it doesn’t come really close to the hot-shoot. So go ahead, comment down below, let me know which one
you think sounds better, either the Comica, or the Rode. Now, back to the video. Now I’ve got my Boya By-M1 Microphone. So after thinking about it, the one thing that does
bother me is that you get the wind muff but unfortunately
this little wind guard, this sound guard, pop guard, does have to come off in order
for you to put it on here. Which isn’t a deal breaker
but you tend to lose things when they’re not together, so if there’s one downside
I see to this system is that you have two
different wind protectors. The question you have
got to ask yourself is do you want to keep the
dead-cat on all the time or do you want to use the wind muff? My recommendation is definitely
use the dead-cat outside and use the wind muff inside, so maybe if you have
two different set ups, that would be the way to go. I haven’t listened to
the audio quality yet, you’re going to have
to comment down below, let me know what you
think of the audio quality of this Comica mic. It seems very very sturdy
where the Rode VideoMicro seems very plastic-ey. I’m not sure if that’s going
to do any better for it. You can just feel the extra
little bit that’s in this thing. Will that end up lasting and
standing the test of time? One can only tell. This has been a review of
the, Comica CVM VM10ii, micro directional shotgun
microphone from Comica. If you liked this video, give it a like, subscribe to see more. Comment down below with which microphone you thought sounded better. Don’t forget to hit that bell notification so you don’t miss out on my future videos. Until the next video, my name is, Brian, the camera guy, thanks for watching. (test beep) So you have to make a choice, do you want to keep the
dead-cat on all the time, (box falls on the ground) (intense music) (intense music) (intense music) (intense music) (intense music)

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