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RodeVideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone
 
4.5

(based on 61 reviews)

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    (3)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Light weight (9)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Good audio (7)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • No batteries needed (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Interviews (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (49), Yes (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

    Very Happy with it

    By LatinoAcadianaTV

    from Lafayette, Louisiana

    Verified Buyer

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          Comments about Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone:

          I have not used it outside yet, but for indoor filming it is an amazing improvement over the stock microphone of the camera and as good as a handheld.

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          4.0

          Great sound for the price

          By Ivan likes to draw

          from Brooklyn, NY

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Sound quality
          • Weight

          Cons

          • no gain control

          Best Uses

          • Live Performances
          • Rock Bands
          • Small events

          Comments about Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone:

          I use the VideoMic Go for recording interviews/live events/bands on an EOS M. Since weight is one of my primary concerns (because I hate lugging gear) this mic does the trick! It's light, it sounds waaaaay better than the built in camera mic, and works suuuuper well in loud scenarios. I recorded a rock band on the fly and used this Rode VideoMic Go to capture audio, and it even sounded better in upon playback than when I was in the venue.

          Now with that said! A caveat, it is susceptible to certain kinds of rf signals at times. It rarely happens, but when it does it can be kind of annoying to have rf noise creep in to the audio especially in quiet rooms. I've only ever had it happen to me in one specific room, which is next to some sort of radio system booth, but that is the only time I've ever had issues with this mic.

          Totally a good purchase for people looking to keep their kits small and agile!

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          4.0

          Big improvement for under $

          By Rev J

          from midwest

          Comments about Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone:

          Use this on my t5I for my videos. Noticed increas in capture volume and a decrease in out side noises.

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          5.0

          VideoMic GO

          By Bodie Drake

          from Fort Myers FL

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Close Video
          • No Clicks
          • Run And Gun

          Cons

          • Needs A Deadbeat

          Best Uses

          • Any Run And Gun

          Comments about Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone:

          Use this guy for gator and duck hunting. It has picked up some really great gator hisses and growls. Good to about 40 yards.

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          5.0

          Works good

          By jo

          from Kansas

          Comments about Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone:

          Works good

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          4.0

          Nice Shotgun mic for consumer

          By zerovision

          from Dallas, TX

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Cold Shoe Mount
          • Light Weight
          • No batteries required
          • Plug and Play

          Cons

          • Compatibility
          • Durability

          Best Uses

            Comments about Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone:

            Does its job well. Picks up noise even with Auray Windbuster on it. Much better than mic on DSLR. Needs power supply from camera, so is not compatible with older cameras.

            Shock mount works very well also.

            Does a very good job for the price.

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            4.0

            Run and Gunning it!

            By Phil

            from Atlanta, GA

            Verified Buyer

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                  Comments about Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                  Great run and gun mic for my 5D Mark iii. Covering events and broll for a TV show, this beauty helps synch audio better.

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                  4.0

                  Great mic for the money

                  By Lerxst 21

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Sensitive

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Interviews
                    • Live Music

                    Comments about Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                    I purchased this microphone to be an all-around workhorse for shooting musical ensembles and interviews. So far, it works great - may TOO great. I've had to ratchet down the input sensitivity on my 7D because the mic is very hot. Overall, a good investment that does exactly what it's supposed to do.

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                    5.0

                    Shotgun mic

                    By Jeff

                    from New England

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Cost
                    • Ease of Use

                    Cons

                    • Might Be Flimsy

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                      Mic picked up the sounds much better than the built in that is in my 70D. Fidelity seems fine.

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                      5.0

                      Good Sound at a Really Low Price.

                      By Bill the Radio Guy

                      from Greenville SC

                      Verified Buyer

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                            Comments about Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                            I recognized the DSLR onboard mic left a lot to be desired, so I decided to give the RODE GO Mic a shot. The sound is of much better quality than the price would have indicated. I will be buying one for my second camera.

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                            5.0

                            Thank you Rode!

                            By Roly

                            from New York

                            Comments about Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                            Great mic over all.. No batteries needed.
                            Great sound

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                            4.0

                            Perfect on my Nikon D610

                            By Otown

                            from Ottawa

                            Comments about Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                            I record family videos and also weddings and it does the job very well. The quality is very good for it's price. The fun part is I don't have to worry about battery for the mic like my older model I used to have.

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                            5.0

                            Nice Mic

                            By Joe S

                            from Rockville Centre NY

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Quality
                            • Light Weight
                            • Price is right

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                                This is the first mic that I have bought. I plan on using it on a Nikon D7200. So far all I have done with it is a test. It passed my test. It seems like it will do just what I want. Quality of the harware is fine. Sound is fine. Price is right. I would recommend it. If you are looking for more I'm sure you will pay more.

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                                4.0

                                Clear and Loud

                                By Zack Zsifkov

                                from Altoona, PA

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Audio
                                • Light Weight
                                • Loud Recording

                                Cons

                                • A Lot Of Background Noise
                                • Creates Lower Pitch

                                Best Uses

                                • Instructional videos
                                • Wedding Videography

                                Comments about Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                                This is a very good buy for the price. As a professional videographer that uses DSLRs for filming, this is a very ideal choice. It records louder than most mics in this price range and it is also feather light. My only gripe is that everything recorded comes in at a slightly lower pitch. Sounds are deeper and it picks up everything around which requires a little noise removal with Audacity. Overall, you can't beat it for $.

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                                5.0

                                Great little mic

                                By Liquid Media

                                from Indianapolis

                                Verified Buyer

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                                      Comments about Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                                      All the sound you want in the Rode mic in a compact package.

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                                      5.0

                                      Easy to use and set up

                                      By SilverHorse

                                      from Melbourne, FL

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Cost
                                      • Ease-of-use
                                      • Nice Pro Look
                                      • Performance

                                      Cons

                                      • none

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Better Audio On Dslr

                                      Comments about Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                                      Price / performance on this unit seems really good in my limited experience with external mikes for the DSLR's with video recording capability. Mike pics up good sound, cut down on wind noise for the first event I used it at since it has the foam on it, and you didn't hear anything from the camera thanks to the mount. Would recommend to anyone getting into shooting video to outperform the included camera mike.

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                                      5.0

                                      PRETTY AWESOMEE!!

                                      By Tony Starks

                                      from Philadelphia, PA

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • cheap
                                      • Inexpensive
                                      • Stylish

                                      Cons

                                      • none

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                                        I really like the audio quality that the mic produces. It doesn't hiss much, and sounds banging like a biscuit! Every dime worth if you're looking for some good to "GO" mic.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great mic for the price

                                        By Dakota Videoguy

                                        from South Dakota

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to use no batteries
                                        • Flexible cord
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Very good sound

                                        Cons

                                        • Not A Huge Range
                                        • Some Rear Wind Noise

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                                          I use this on my Canon 7D, where it works great. I shoot video professionally as well with EX cams and DSLRs and the like. This mic holds its own in the field. Not having to worry about batteries is great. The cord and suspension are well built and pack well. I like that size and ease of use over the videomic pros. The sound quality is very good and responds well in post. A long hair softie is a must have for me.

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                                          5.0

                                          Great price for a great mic!

                                          By mrbray

                                          from Portland,OR.

                                          Verified Buyer

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                                                Comments about Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                                                I love how simple and easy this mic is to use with my Canon Rebel T5i. You just slip it in the hot shoe, twist, and plugin the cord and you're good to go.

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                                                5.0

                                                Good quality

                                                By Agency Girl

                                                from Tulsa, Ok

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Recording quality
                                                • Size

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • In Office Recording

                                                  Comments about Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                                                  Great quality, very happy with the size and convenience of this mic. Used for in office video blogging on my Canon Rebel, great sound quality.

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