New Opteka VM-200 microphone. Claims an metal body, directional XY stereo, shock mount suspension, PAD switch, high pass noise filter, and windscreen filter included. Sounds like a decent build on the outside.
Is it effective? Well, we all know If the guts are cheap, it will sound cheap. It also looks a bit beastly compared to some of the smaller microphones on the market, or maybe even just a Zoom H1 portable recorder. More than likely it's still better than trying to use the in-camera microphone. No additional information or reviews I could find right now, but curious minds can find additional specs and pictures of the sub $140 dollar Opteka VM-200 Stereo Condenser Microphone on eBay (click here).
Opteka VM-200 Stereo Condenser Microphone
I just got this Mic two days ago. I love it the sound is great, and low to no noise from out door and indoor recording on my 60d. I highly recommend this mic. All parts on the stereo mic are metal and is in a suspension over the camera itself. I can only say one drawback is that it maybe a little heavy, but hey it adds more stabilization due to the weight.
Cheers, Mike Williamson
Just got mine in today, review will be up shortly! This thing is HEAVY, (it's all metal), but built very well. WE'LL SEE
The Rode SVM isn't the greatest mic in the world to rip off.
I just got it yesterday. Taking it through some tests now. It is indeed all metal including the mount. It is a true stereo condenser with two separate elements arrange in an XY configuration. It actually sounds really good. Video review will be up this weekend.
total rip off on the Rode SVM.
Mics are one thing that you don't really want to cheap out on if you expect decent results. Be curious to see how this one works out.