The Videomic Pro is not like any other accessory shoe item, in that it has its own innovative suspension rig, which ensures camera noise doesn’t vibrate up to and get recorded by the microphone. The construction of the mic is small, keeping the overall size down to a minimum.
The Rode Videomic Pro is definitely sturdy enough to take on the woes of video production and lightweight enough to not overwhelm small handheld camcorders.
The on/off switch and battery housing are easily accessible on the back of the mic. The switch has three positions — off, on and high-pass filter. Off and on positions are self-explanatory. The high-pass filter cuts out frequencies below 80Hz and helps accentuate voices.
The battery housing holds a single 9V battery. Swapping out an old battery is simple and only takes a few seconds on site, which makes life easier when shooting for long periods of time without having too much downtime. That being said, the fact that the mic uses a 9V battery is slightly problematic as this battery type is not as accessible as regular AA batteries, however, they can be found in most franchise supermarkets and the problem is thus only extremely minor. The higher voltage of this battery is required to properly power the condenser capsule this microphone works with.