If you're shooting video with a DSLR, chances are you're going to want a small shotgun mic in your kit. With all the choices on the market it's hard to know which one is right for you.
Chad Johnson has solved this problem for you – Shootout of the Mini Shotguns!
For me, the number one factor in choosing a mic is how it sounds. My experience is that I can fix all kinds of problems in post production by taking out things I don't want in the audio but it's hard to put in what wasn't there in the first place.
For my ear, the RØDE mics sound the best. And, in my experience with both mics, they are well made, reliable and easy to work with.
I know there are some situations where the off-axis rejection of a shotgun mic is the most important factor. In my experience those situations call for a high end professional shotgun operated by an experienced sound recordist. That's not the same as mounting a shotgun on your DSLR and hitting the record button.
So, have a listen to Chad's shoot out and decide for yourself. Then take a moment to leave a comment and let me know what you think.