My wife and I were tasked to do a special program in our church and we decided on something that involved interviewing the youth. The video interview was going to be done using my Samsung Galaxy A50 so I needed a microphone that connected via a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also needed to be small and portable so I decided on getting a lapel microphone.
As usual, I went online on Amazon to find one that met all my requirements. After a little bit of searching, I came across the YouMic Lavalier Lapel Microphone which was labeled as Amazon’s Choice, meaning this product is highly recommended due to its good customer ratings and price. The product has a 4-star rating with more than a thousand reviews and was priced affordably so I went ahead and bought it. Check out the technical details and features below:
- Item Weight: 18.1 g
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 5.1 x 7.6 cm
- Cord Length: 12 ft
- Sensitivity: -46±2dB
- Directivity: Omnidirectional
- Operation Voltage: DC1.0V – 10V
- Current Consumption: <0.5mA
- Signal to Noise Ratio: ≥56dB
- Frequency Range: 50-16,000Hz
- Lapel Microphone
- Metal clip
- Black wind muff x 2
- Red wind muff
- 4 to 3PIN adapter for PC/DSLR
- Carrying Pouch
PACKAGING & COLOR OPTIONS
The YouMic Lavalier Lapel Microphone comes in this bright, nice looking, red & white colored box.
As listed above, the box contains the lapel microphone, a metal clip, 2 x black wind muffs, a red wind muff, a 4 to 3 PIN adapter used for PCs or DSLRs, and a pouch bag.
DESIGN & BUILD QUALITY
I don’t handle a lot of audio equipment and this is the first microphone that I’ve personally owned or purchased so I can’t really compare it with other lapel microphones. However, based on my personal experience handling this particular product, I can say that the build quality is quite good. It’s not flimsy nor does it feel or look cheap like other cheap or knock-off products.
SETUP & CONNECTIVITY
This is a plug and play device so it doesn’t need or require additional drivers to be installed. Just plug it into your recording device and start recording immediately. As I mentioned earlier, this microphone connects via a 3.5mm headphone jack but it includes an adapter that allows you to connect and use it on a PC or DSLR.
The 3.5mm jack makes the YouMic Lavalier Lapel Microphone compatible with most smartphones. Newer smartphone models that no longer have the 3.5mm headphone jack usually provide an adapter so you don’t have to worry about that.
The cord is 12 feet long which was more than what I needed but this was worth mentioning for those who might need a lapel microphone with a longer cord.
I’m not an audio expert so I’ll share my opinion as a regular user and base it on the results I got from using the device. We recorded several interviews and I can say that the audio quality is clear and definitely much better compared to using the smartphone’s built-in microphone.
When recording audio with a lapel microphone make sure that you place it below the chin, somewhere around the chest area of the person speaking. You also need to make sure that the microphone is secure and won’t wiggle or fall off.
I will update this post and include sample recordings so you guys can hear the sound quality for yourself.
The YouMic Lavalier Lapel Microphone works really well and the sound quality is pretty good for the price. I don’t have any regrets about buying it. The product met my expectations and provided clear audio quality for our video interviews.
This is a solid choice if you want to have better sound quality for your audio recordings or videos. You can use it for podcasts, vlogging, video conferences, job interviews, etc.