RØDE IXY Lightning
£149 Manufacturer Røde Microphones, rode.com
4 The iPhone mic isn’t great for podcasts, reporting or video projects. This stereo microphone from Røde, which connects to your phone via the Lightning connector (a 30-pin version is available too) offers a huge improvement in recording quality.
The half-inch cardioid condenser mics are fixed 90º apart to dampen background noise, and the iXY can record at rates up to studio-quality 24-bit/96kHz. It’s expensive, but Røde has thought it through down to the pyramid-shaped carrying case – the quality and level of thought is almost Apple-like. Steve Davis
A smart and solid, if pricey, portable microphone that equals a stand-alone audio recorder in so many ways.