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RodeVideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone
 
4.6

(based on 144 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (92)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (53)
  • Lightweight (51)
  • Reliable (29)
  • Durable (18)
  • Good audio (9)

Cons

  • Not durable (6)
  • Poor design (3)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (33)
  • Travel (19)
  • Home (15)
  • Studio (9)
  • Interviews (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (101), Yes (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-professional (18), Enthusiast (14), Professional (14), Getting started (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Does the Job

I now use this mic every time I shoot. I is leaps and bounds better than the on camera mic but I do get a hiss or a hum from it occasionally. I use...Read complete review

I now use this mic every time I shoot. I is leaps and bounds better than the on camera mic but I do get a hiss or a hum from it occasionally. I use it on my Canon 60D. It works fine with the Canon firmware but if you are running Magic Lantern firmware you need to go into the Magic Lantern audio settings and boost the DB gain for it to power the microphone.

If you attach a cable extension you can use the mic as a boom mic to get it closer to the sound you need recorded (i.e. sound for a scene, interviews, etc.) It is a great cost effective way to elevate your audio for production.

My 4 stars is because of the audio hiss that I sometimes get. This may be caused by the connection on my camera or the cable, but I have not gotten the chance to full test those options and it has not been a huge issue for me to really need to investigate it that thoroughly yet.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Works Better Than Built In

I use this with my Canon 70D. It is definitely better than the built-in mic but it's not perfect. I mostly use the 17-55MM f2.8 IS USM lens with this camera and the...Read complete review

I use this with my Canon 70D. It is definitely better than the built-in mic but it's not perfect. I mostly use the 17-55MM f2.8 IS USM lens with this camera and the built-in mic picks up focusing motor noise quite a lot. Using this mic eliminates most of it but not all. A very quiet scene, especially indoors, can cause the noise to be picked up even with this mic. Also, be aware that if you leave the mic attached to the hot shoe, the flash can not be activated for still pix, at least on this camera. Otherwise I like the mic. It's light, doesn't need a separate battery, pops on and off quickly and has good (in my opinion) sound quality. If you want to completely eliminate focus motor noise though, you need to use manual focus or get a boom mic.

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5.0

Great Value for the Money

By Jamie Salinas - Video Enthusiast

from Houston, Texas

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

I purchased this microphone for use with my Canon 70D. Surprisingly, the Canon's built in microphone does a decent job but you get echo/flat sound that you would expect from a built in microphone. This microphone from Rode is just what I needed to get better audio on a budget. The audio is much better with this microphone and well worth the small investment.

The build quality is decent and should last a long time with use and the sound quality is very good. Although I rated this as a five star microphone, please keep in mind that my rating is based upon what you will spend for it. There are better alternatives but the price to quality makes this a five star microphone. It is simple to use, very good results and well worth the small investment.

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4.0

good value for price

By Munaza

from Dallas, TX

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • wedding films

    Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

    I am using this on DSLR & its doing a pretty good job so far. Its a good on camera mic for the price .

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    • No

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    4.0

    Far better than on-board, but with a little fuzz

    By Caleb

    from Elizabethton, TN

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good quality
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Fuzz

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Traveling

    Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

    Four only because of the fuzz in the background. It does a very good job but does have some fuzz created by the camera's internal mic amp. This is because this microphone doesn't use batteries. I would suggest using manual gain in your camera, as the instructions with this mic say, and also record several seconds of audio with the included cable plugged into your camera but not the mic. Use this audio with your noise reduction feature in programs like Audition or you can just invert the noise only waveform and layer it on top of your audio to cancel the fuzz.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great little mic!

    By Jack

    from Shiloh, IL

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video Tape

      Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

      This mic has been a great asset to filming all those school programs our grandchildren are in. It's easy to use and light weight. The sound quality is wonderful and makes a big difference in comparison to the internal camera mic.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Get one if you're a vlogger

      By YouTube Tesla EVangelist

      from grand rapids, MI

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches To Any Flash Mou
      • Directional
      • Great Audio Quality

      Cons

      • A Little Big

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

        Affordable mic with great quality audio brining DSLR recording to your next level. I use one for vlogging attached to panasonic G7.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great Sound for the price on the Rode mic

        By Lucky lulu

        from New York

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Uses The Camera Battery

        Best Uses

        • Shoot And Go
        • Traveling

        Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

        This little microphone is great for capturing sound directly to your camera's card.
        Light weight, fits in the canon hot shoe, makes for a very portable shooting rig. Great little mic for the price.
        The only downside is if you are not using a batter pack for your DLSR camera you will need to change the camera battery more often as it get's its power from the camera itself.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great and affordable.

        By Phoebe

        from Memphis

        Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

        I appreciate an affordable shotgun mic! The sound quality is decent, especially when you edit a bit of background noise out in post. It's also incredibly lightweight - i.e., perfect for on the go usage.

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        5.0

        Great recording microphone

        By Al

        from Texas

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Home
          • Studio
          • Traveling

          Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

          It produces a great, clear crispy sound while recording, as close to the real sound as I can imagine. An added benefit is that no batteries are required. It works off the camera battery after plugged in the camera.

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          • No

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          5.0

          GOOD QUIALITY FOR THE PRICE!!!

          By Jose

          from New York

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Home
            • Studio
            • Traveling

            Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

            I had many mics, but this one seems to really get the job done. Its really reliable compared to the wireless ones. Just need to plug it and its ready to go. I used it for blogging and small projects in the school I work at.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent Budget Shotgun Microphone

            By youkaicreations

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use

              Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

              This microphone is great for improving the quality of audio for any videos that you will make. The shotgun mic has a very clean and crisp sound and is a huge improvement over any in camera audio that you will be using.

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              4.0

              does the trick

              By vixie007

              from upstate ny

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Home
                • Traveling
                • Weddings

                Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

                allows for better recording then the on camera mic in my 5d mark ii. Easy to use. plug and play.

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                • No

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                4.0

                This microphone needs power

                By le reynard subtil

                from Iowa

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Very Light

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

                    The instructions on the website state very clearly that this microphone does not have batteries, and so it draws on power from the camera in order to work. Be sure that the camera you intend to use this with will provide power to it, or it won't work. If your camera does not provide power, then by a microphone that has batteries.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Mic check 1,2 1,2

                    By Ben J.

                    from New Jersey

                    Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

                    Nice price on a good mic...very affordable does the job

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Microphone!

                    By Kelly Winker

                    from Boca Raton, FL

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Home

                      Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

                      This microphone is so easy to use and the sound quality is wonderful I use this mounted on my Canon 60D to record Youtube videos. It really does the job and all you have to do is plug it in. Love it!!!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Significant upgrade from in-camera mic

                      By natesto

                      from PA

                      About Me Getting Started

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Home
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

                        Super light weight, and no batteries!! Even without a special wind screen you will notice the audio quality is so much better outdoors than using the in-camera mic!! I use it on the Canon T5i - you will notice Rebel owners all over using the VideoMic Go, if you have a much more expensive camera, there's a good chance you will want higher quality audio and have the money to do so. There's no question this is a significant upgrade no matter what kind of videography you do!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Ready to Go

                        By Rosen Opoku

                        from Accra,Ghana

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Feature Films
                          • Interviews
                          • Short Films
                          • Wedding Video

                          Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

                          This video mic is amazing,no battery required.I was mesmerized with the results,good clean audio at a cheap deal.Just shoot right on top of your DSLR camera.Must have for all budget Indie Filmmakers like myself.

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                          4.0

                          Decent

                          By Darion

                          from Brooklyn

                          Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

                          Works well. As long as your tripod mounted. Can get a little noisy when on the move

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                          5.0

                          The best Mic for your money

                          By Honeygo Studio

                          from Baltimore, MD

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Portraits
                            • Studio
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

                            I'm not into a high budget gear, I bought 3 of them for the video wedding gig. The quality and built is impressive and I do not much for post production. VideoMic GO...you don't have to carry any batteries around and it's a simple device for my Sony Camcorder.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Like the setup for the go.

                            By Pudge

                            from San Diego

                            Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

                            Awesome price for this rode. Quality for it is great. Really want to save up for the Rode Videomic Pro. Looking for a good shotgun mic and this is in your range, go for it.

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                            4.0

                            Great beginner mic

                            By Luke

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Not Durable

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use

                            Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

                            Highly recommended microphone for someone who is just starting out with filming.

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                            • No

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