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RodeVideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone
 
4.6

(based on 155 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (101)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

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

 

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...Read complete review

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.

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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

Light and does the job

By Robert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

I did not want a huge mic and did not want to deal with batteries and this works very well. Better sound quality then the camera built in mice.
I do not feel any additional weight to camera when using which is nice.

 
5.0

Great and good price!

By Luciana

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

Great sound for na amazing price. Using with my Osmo and works great!

 
1.0

Humming Noise

By Charles

from Undisclosed

Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

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.

 
5.0

Best Mic for the price

By DaRealMrJoker

from New York

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

This On-Camera Mic is absolutely great, picked up audio perfectly for my video.

 
5.0

Great, simple mic

By Dallin

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

Does what I need it to do, It is a back up, back up mic. But It sounds good, and is essential for candid audio. There are no switches/filters, it just plugs in and records.

 
5.0

Great for run and gun applications.

By Brett

from Brainerd, MN

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

Much better quality than the stock mic without breaking the bank. Love the no battery, plug and play operation. Very lightweight. I have it on a Canon T6i -- it' a little tricky to take photos with the mic attached, but doable.

 
5.0

Great on camera mic

By Dallin

from Undisclosed

Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

I use this as my double back up mic, so I rarely end up using its audio but it does sound good and is nice to have when I need it.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not Perfect, But A Massive Improvement

By Vinny

from Suffern, NY

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

I have this attached to my Rebel T6i and use it for my YouTube channel. If I had to summarize my opinion on it, it would be this: It's not perfect, but it's a big improvement over the on-board audio.

The overall "shape" of the sound is much better than the built in mics, and the directional nature of the Rode Videomic is a major plus.

It's not without its flaws, though. I find the audio could use some gain (this one isn't powered) and it still picks up a lot of extraneous sound so it could stand to be more directional, but if I had to say whether or not you should give this a go if you're making video with your DSLR, I'd say do it. I'm happy with it. I may want to upgrade to a better model at some point, but for now this is really good particularly for the money.

 
5.0

Great microphone to carry with you

By Eugene the GoPro King

from Galax, VA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

I've had the microphone for about a week and I've been using it with my GoPro Hero 4 Silver. I've done a few tests to see the difference between the built in mic and the Rode mic and there's a definite difference in the clarity. The background noise has been reduced immensely. It's a great price on a great product and B&H got it shipped to me very quickly!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rode Videomic-Go

By MFSTEW

from Lancaster, SC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

Light weight, great sound quality!

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Go RoDe videomic

By Angel the Great

from Houston, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone:

Can't wait to use it. I am a run - and - gun type of shooter so this type of mic works well for what I need.

 
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.

 
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 .

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

         
        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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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