Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone

Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone

Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone

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Product Highlights

  • Lightweight at Only 2.6 Ounces
  • Rycote Lyre Suspension System
  • Requires 2.5V Camera Plug-in Power
  • Integrated Shoe Mount with 3/8" Thread
  • 3.5mm Mini-Jack Output
  • Foam Windshield Included
  • Reinforced ABS Construction
  • 3.5mm Coiled Output Cable Included
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Rode VideoMic GO Overview

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The VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone from Rode is a lightweight microphone which adds high-quality audio recording to your small camcorder and HDSLR camera. At only 2.6 ounces, the microphone keeps your camera setup lightweight, making it ideal for handheld shooting. It features an integrated Rycote Lyre shock mount for isolation from bumps and vibration, and offers battery-free operation, using instead the plug-in power from your camera's 3.5mm microphone input. Please note that the microphone will not work with cameras that don't supply plug-in power to their 3.5mm audio input jack.

The VideoMic GO is a directional microphone. It utilizes a supercardioid polar pattern to attenuate sounds from the sides, resulting in a signal that sounds closer to the camera, even when shooting in noisy environments or at moderate distances. The integrated shoe mount provides a 3/8" thread for additional mounting options. A foam windshield and 7.9" dual mono 3.5mm coiled output cable is included.

Lightweight Design
At only 2.6 ounces, the VideoMic GO is ideal for run-and-gun HDSLR recording without the additional weight of larger on-camera microphone options.
Integrated Rycote Lyre Shock Mount
Constructed from a single piece of hard-wearing thermoplastic, the Lyre provides superior acoustic suspension to traditional elastic solutions, and won't wear out, sag, snap, or require any rethreading to maintain its effectiveness.
No Battery Needed
The VideoMic Go does not require batteries for operation, but instead uses the plug-in power supplied via your camera's 3.5mm microphone input. Simply plug in, and you're ready to record.
Additional Features
  • Reinforced ABS construction
  • Foam windshield
  • Integrated shoe mount with 3/8" thread
  • 3.5mm TRS mini-jack audio output connection
UPC: 698813003396
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Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone
  • Foam Windshield
  • 3.5mm Dual Mono Output Cable (7.9")
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Rode VideoMic GO Specs

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    Operating Principle Line Gradient
    Diaphragm 0.50" / 12.70 mm
    Polar Pattern Supercardioid
    Frequency Range 100 Hz to 16 kHz
    Equivalent Noise Level 34 dB A-Weighted
    Maximum SPL 120 dB SPL
    THD 1%
    Sensitivity -35 dB at 1 kHz
    Output Connectors 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS
    Length 6.57" / 167 mm
    Diameter 2.87" / 73 mm
    Weight 2.58 oz / 73 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.425 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.3 x 4.9 x 2.8"

    Rode VideoMic GO Reviews

    VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 188.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compatible with Panasonic FZ1000!!! There are many things about the Panasonic FZ1000 that I love. The one thing I hate is the fact that the internal mic picks up all of the image stabilization noises. So I thought I would give this microphone a try. I love Rode shotgun microphones, and I was worried that the FZ1000 would not supply the needed power to the mic jack. However, rest assured that this microphone, the Rode Videomic Go, works brilliantly well with this camera, and provides a tremendous improvement to the quality of video captured. 100% satisfied! One thing to not is that you may have to turn your audio sensitivity down, I have mine set at -12dBi... Hope this helps someone...!
    Date published: 2015-05-26
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2013-12-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rode really stands behind their products! The uses, pros and cons have been thoroughly covered by other reviews but I want to just say how good support is from Rode. Last week I lost the wind screen. Totally my fault. I literally hiked all the way back up to the top of a mountain to find where I dropped it not expecting it to be an easy thing to replace. Couldn't find it anywhere. B&H doesn't (at the time I'm writing this) sell a replacement windscreen for this model and told me to call Rode. I did. Rode said it was a warranty item and replaced the wind screen for free even though I offered to pay for a replacement. I don't see how that is the fault of the microphone since the wind screen is designed to come off. It gets better. I needed the wind screen for the weekend and they overnighted it to me (with AM delivery!) at no charge. I pleaded with them to take my money but they didn't want it. Rode user for life now though. Rode 4 eva.
    Date published: 2015-12-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Far better than on-board, but with a little fuzz 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.
    Date published: 2016-06-03
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Humming Noise I purchased this microphone to enhance recording of voice with my Canon 5D. I previously used another mic but was convinced that mic was a better choice. The Rode mic produced scratchy electronic sounds and humming noise, affecting my recorded clip. The other mic did not produce these sounds. Could it be that it had its own power supply? The Rode mic is powered by the power through the camera, no off and on switch. I would not have purchased this mic if I had read a comment like this. I've returned to the first mic I used.
    Date published: 2016-11-10
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Another Fetish Product & Iffy Specs Since Rode apparently dumped their on-board digital audio recording mic (AKA: the Shure Hopper unit that just came out) and opted for this cheese-ball LOOK AT ME AND MY COOL COLORED TOY MIC as some sort of marketing misdirection, I would not place much stock in anything Rode offers going forward. Compare the specs too and you'll see the self-noise and dynamic range are sub-par. Ultimately I would rather get a Zoom H2n or Nagra Mezzo (the real shizzle!) and have ALL THE UTILITY of a DSLR audio mic/recorder AND stand alone recorder with great mics; which quietly says: Look at the real-world high-quality recorder I use for serious acquisition work!
    Date published: 2013-11-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for Vlogging! The sound quality on this is much better than the built in mic of my camera, but its not as clean as my videomic pro. For run and gun shooting and for Vlogging its perfect not having to think about battery life. This mic has a lot of interference issues with cell phones and with the built in wifi of the camera. If you don't turn off the wifi on the camera, the mic makes clicking sounds and its really bad. Also, the other day I was shooting a vlog and I had my cell phone in the shot and the mic picked that sound up as well. Was a really loud clicking sound again. Just be aware of that when you use it.
    Date published: 2017-07-12
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Extremely sensitive to external electronic interferrence I've had this mic a couple of months now.? The first few times I used it, I was impressed.? The sound quality is impressive for such a budget mic.? Nice form factor, great coiled cord that is replaceable.? But, there is a serious problem.? I noticed a loud hum in a recording from a Panasonic G85.? Previous recordings sounded quite good.? I realized the difference was that I had an AC power supply connected to the camera.? I also discovered that if you get it within a few feet of some cell phones, strong electronic interference is picked up.? Wifi routers are also a problem source.?? Contacted Rode support, and expected more.? In short, they confirmed that if I expected more, I should have bought the Videomic Pro at over twice the price.? As a matter of fact, I've actually replaced it with a mic actually costing less, that does not exhibit these problems.
    Date published: 2018-04-11
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