What smartphone microphone is best for vloggers and podcasters?

If you are trying to take 4K videoing, live streaming with your smartphone that needs quality audio, you are really advised to use an external microphone instead of the one in-built. In this article, we would like to share with you 5 tips to choose the smartphone microphone suitable for your audio and talk about 5 high quality SYNCO microphones for smartphones, an intention to help you make a choice during shopping. So let’s get started.

SYNCO G1L wireless microphone for iphone

5 tips to get a best smartphone microphone

Microphone type: There are many types of microphones on the market, including wireless mic, lav mic (wired or wireless), handheld mic, and attached mic. They are different in directionality (also known as pickup pattern), audio quality, portability, etc. Make it clear about your target use and choose the right one.

Connector: The external microphone for smartphone carries a specific connector to fit into a specific mobile phone. Of this, 3.5mm TRRS, Type-C, and Lightning are the most common ones. Just have a look at your phone and get a proper one OR buy accessories such as an adaptor to get the microphone fitted.

Size: Microphones in different size are suited for different uses. Some work better at home, while others can be carried around in your bag or even in you pocket for every run & gun.

Software compatibility: Smartphone microphones are considered to play once plugged in, but keep in mind that some may require software to take action. Generally speaking, microphones with TRRS plugs or XLR outputs need no software while those connect in a wireless way or via charging ports sometimes would have a requirement. Besides, you need to check whether the App you use to do streaming works with the microphone and whether some other functions inside the phone need to be opened.

Budget: It’s always of great importance to stay with your budget. Do the research and choose the best budget phone microphone that best suit your needs.

Here we would like to first make a listing of the SYNCO microphones that are going to be discussed about below according to the said 5 tips so that you could have an overview and make your first step to choose.

Microphone

SYNCO U3

SYNCO U1

SYNCO Kit 2

SYNCO G1T/L

Type

Attached/ Directional

Attached/ Directional

Handheld/ Directional

Wireless/ Omnidirectional

Connection

3.5mm TRRS

U1T: Type-C

U1L: Lightning

U1P: 3.5mm TRRS

3.5mm TRRS

G1T: Type-C

G1L: Lightning

Size

Portable

Small

Portable

Portable

Software needed or not

No

No

No

No

Price

USD79

USD29-45

USD42

USD69-89

SYNCO cell phone microphones recommended

We list a total of 5 smartphone microphones and try to make it clear about their features, advantages and disadvantages so that you could make a better choice. 

Directional microphone for phone SYNCO U3

Shotgun microphone for smartphone SYNCO U3

The SYNCO U3 is a unidirectional microphone for both Android and iOS phones and devices. It provides the easiest way for users to get it connected to the mobile devices. It accommodates both TRRS and TRS devices with only one cable thanks to the auto identification function. The magnetic absorption design with 2 metal plates allows it to attach to smartphones, phone cases, or phone clamps.

It is the first small microphone at SYNCO that utilizes interference tube technology to strengthen the directionality. Even if you deliver your voice in noisy surroundings, this phone mic will help reduce unwanted surrounding noise with optional low cut at 75Hz and 150Hz while stepless gain control at 0-15dB plays a role in amplifying your voice.

If you are concerned about your audio quality, the 3.5mm jack can connect earphone to the microphone, making audio monitoring available for you. If you are going to film your phone movies for a long time, just have a try with SYNCO U3. It is capable of taking the job since it can run for 40 hours after a single charge.

Pros: This smartphone external microphone is also available for cameras. It has a headphone jack that offers a way for you to monitor your own voice during recording.

Cons: It focuses on the target voice only without capturing the sounds from all sides to build a wonderful live environment.

What to get in SYNCO U3 package

Mini microphone for phone SYNCO U1

Mini microphone for phone SYNCO U1

The SYNCO U1 is a little lightweight microphone for phone. It has 3 models available for sale separately, U1P for phones and tablets with 3.5mm TRRS, U1L fitted with iPhone and other Apple mobile devices, and U1T suitable for Android phones and other Type-C devices. It is powered by the smartphone, so just plug it into the phone and start your videoing.

Similar to the aforementioned U3 that is categorized into the same product line, the U1 has a directional pickup pattern. It is use-friendly. You can flexibly capture the sound you want with the help of the 90-degree rotatable connector. In addition, the smartphone microphone is also feasible for outdoor filming since the microphone just weighs 20g and comes with a metal construction to ensure the working in varied weather and shooting conditions.

Pros: It’s very cheap when taking all functions into consideration. It’s also very small in size and can go with you in your pocket.

Cons: The 3 versions are not packed in one package. You need to buy them separately for different connections.

What to get in SYNCO U1 package

SYNCO phone vlogging kit 2

SYNCO phone vlogging kit 2

The SYNCO Kit 2 is a complete shooting pack including every necessary piece of equipment you need in phone video making.

The small microphone for phone is directional to pick up the sound in the front and deliver clear results. The mini video light is simple to control. Just rotate the dial and you can turn on/off the light and adjust a perfect lighting for your phone shooting.

If you are not in the perfect mobile video making condition, don’t worry. The Kit 2 upgrades the shock mount to guarantee better capacity of the microphone for phone recording. And it provides a lightweight phone holder which is compatible with phones 66-80mm wide and owns 1 cold shoe mount and 2 1/4” threads for you to connect phones, light or tripod as you like.

Once you plug your phone, the vlogging kit for phone will start to work immediately. It is ready to go anytime you need it.

Pros: The absolute advantage of this pack is “buy one and get four” with no worry about any accessories that are always needed in vlogging and podcasting.

Cons: It works as a whole and may not allow to hold microphone that is too big in size OR to change the small light into a large one.

What to get in SYNCO Kit 2 package

2.4G wireless phone microphone SYNCO G1T/L

2.4G wireless phone microphone SYNCO G1T/L

The SYNCO G1T or G1L is a high quality wireless lavalier microphone for smartphone at 2.4GHz bandwidth. Each of them provides a connector. G1T carries a Type-C for Android mobile devices, while G1L features a Lightning to connect iOS ones. It’s notable that the connectors are on sale separately - you could buy one to extend the use of your device.

They both is a microphone with voice changer, capable of making audio girly, deep, reverberate, electronic, etc. This is an industry-leading innovation that allows smartphone players to change their voices at will and move into the roles quickly during filming, game playing, and live streaming.

The in-ear monitoring system which is for the first time built in the SYNCO microphones, offers convenience for vloggers, podcasters, and other liver performers to monitor the sound that is a mix of microphone (recording) and mobile devices (backgrounding).

With regard to power supply, the receiver is device-powered and boasts a Type-C port for the working device to get charged during recording. This is a perfect solution to remove the “Low Battery Anxiety” of mobile content creators and enable them to do recording whenever and wherever.

Pros: The voice changer and in-ear monitoring function are 2 great additions for mobile videographers to have more fun and do the recording thing more professionally. As a wireless microphone for android phone or iPhone, the SYNCO G1T/L is very budget-friendly and is really use-friendly.

Cons: The transmitter weighs 35g and may be a little bit heavy when it is clipped onto the target speaker’s collar.

What to get in SYNCO G1T OR G1L package

Key specifications of each microphone for iPhone and android phone

Microphone

U3

U1

Kit 2

G1T/L

Pickup pattern

Directional

Directional

Directional

Omnidirectional

Audio processing

Low cut: 75/150Hz;

Gain control: 0-15dB

No

No

Low cut: 150Hz;

Gain control: 0-15dB

In-ear monitoring

Yes

No

No

Yes

Power requirement

Battery

Device-powered

Device-powered

Receiver: device-powered

Transmitter: battery

Power durability

40 hours per full charge

Always

Always

Transmitter: 8 hours per full charge

Weigh

67g

20g

Total: >70g

Microphone: 35g

Phone holder: 35g

LED light: to update soon

Receiver: 12g

Transmitter: 35g

Price

USD79

U1P: USD29

U1L: USD45

U1T: N/A

USD42

G1T: USD69

G1L: USD79

G1T+L: USD89

The price above is official listed, and special offers may be provided by our distributors. Just go and buy at Amazon store.

Brandnew external microphone for phone SYNCO P Series for retail sale soon

The SYNCO P Series is a new collection to be professional microphones for phone. It shares all features carried by the SYNCO G1T/L, such as wireless transmission based on 2.4G digital technology, separate connector for either iPhone or Android smartphone, voice changer for 9 sound effects, and in-ear monitor to control ongoing recording and backgrounding. The main differences include:

  1. A charging case to store the transmitter and receiver, support one-tap pairing, and provide 15 hours in total recording time.
  2. The latest Syncoder™ Encrypted Transmission Algorithm to guarantee signal stability and transmission security within 150m distance at max.
  3. The Micro Electro Mechanical System (MEMS) technology to enable the phone external microphone of lightweight, tiny size, and good stability. That is why the SYNCO P1 or P2 is much smaller than the G1T or G1L and much easier to clip on the collar.
  4. Two totally different colors: The P Series offers the Pearl White and Stone Blue while the G1T/L continues using the classic SYNCO color - Black.
  5. The dynamic light strip to enhance the sense of rhythm.
  6. The SYNCO P1T/L or P2T/L is a mobile microphone for sale as a whole. The Type-C and Lightning conenctors are built into the receiver, and no separate connectors are available for sale.

Pros: The SYNCO P Series is finely crafted to go with smart phones. The mini size, auto setup, wireless charging, and in-ear monitoring are combined to provide a great solution for mobile recording. The 9 funny voice effects and 2 uncommon colors are intended to fit into more uses.

Cons: No separate connectors are available. You may spend more on buying the other mobile recording rig. But don’t worry - SYNCO microphones are priced to value!

Note: Cover photo by appletech2.0 and other photos in this article by SYNCO.