Andycine M1 Review

A true $30 Rode VideoMic Alternative?

You want a cheap microphone to plug in to your DSLR or maybe your mobile phone. You want better sound quality on a budget. If so, I bring you the $30 Rode VideoMic alternative, The AndyCine M1.

The AndyCine M1 is compatible with DSLR cameras, camcorders, action cameras, PCs, iPads, iPhone / Android smartphones and basically anything with a 3.5mm audio jack.

The M1 is a cold shoe mounted Cardioid condenser microphone meaning it minimises the amount of noise coming from behind the mic. Aj always makes that sound more complicated. Basically Cardioid mics reduce the peripheral sounds of the environment that you are recording. The M1 is powered through the 3.5mm jack, and your audio is captured through the device you are using to shoot. It weighs in at 46 grams  and has a small footprint of 85 by 22 mm so perfect for using with your gimbal. It comes with everything you need in the box to start higher quality audio recording. 

You get a standard wind shield – AND a dead cat – A  bright red shock mount which looks great… There is also a hex key and a couple of cables.  a 3.5 TRS Cable and a  TRRS Cable which covers you should you want to plug it into your computer or another device.

The Good Bits

It doesn’t require a battery, making it a stress free plug and play. The audio captured is noticeably better than what you get through a mobile phone and the on body DSLR microphone. This is especially true indoors talking to the camera, I’d say it is best within a few feet.

The dead cat windshield is really good at blocking out unwanted wind noise when you are outdoors but as with all microphones there is a point where you need to consider your environment or the audio will be unusable.

The cardioid condenser field is pretty wide so capture everything in front of the mic. GREAT if you are filming a couple of people talking in front of cam. Oh the price, I picked this one up from Amazon at £/$30, what’s not to like about that?

The Bad Bits

It’s a directional microphone, but it’s not ‘that’ directional. It picks up a wide view, “as in” everything in front of the camera. The microphone not having its own battery although for me is fine, might also be considered a negative.

I don’t think you can go overly hard on this little mic as it is £30 and meets the specs of rivals at double or even triple that price.


This setup is an audio upgrade in a box, £30 is what we are talking about here, That’s the price to go from standard terrible audio to a noticeable improvement. If you can throw another £15 to your budget you can get a brand on your windshield which will look pretty cool. BUT is it a third better? Well maybe that’s another article.

This is a purchase that gets you improved audio, not perfect. But helps you improve another step towards better video without breaking the bank.

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