For the price, maybe it is not that bad? But compare to the Shure Microphones Motiv MV88 (I strongly recommend), it feels this mic is badly flat and produces a lot of noise on the record. I am almost not inclined to say it is a very good choice for low entry budget, simply because I did some tests with Rode and with the internal mic of the iPhone 6S and I didn't hear much differences... But not I am not a sound expert, just a serious video-sound consumer. And I use RODE shotgun mic on every of my shootings and I am very happy with them. But I have the feeling that when RODE is trying to do something that usually they don't do, it is not a success (e.g. Rode RODELink Newsshooter Kit).