RØDE VideoMic GO On Camera Microphone - Black/Red
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- High quality directional microphone. The microphone is compatible with any DSLR camera that has a microphone input and provides power (plug-in power) through this same port.
- No battery required (powered by camera plug-in power - min 2.5v)
- Frequency Range :100Hertz - 16kiloHertz . Sensitivity : -35.0dB for 1 Volt/Pascal (17.80mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz . Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted) :34decibel/Amps
- 3.5mm mini-jack output (20cm cable included, extendable to 35cm)
- Designed and manufactured in australia, two year warranty
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Clear, directional audio on the GO! Compact and light weight by design, the VideoMic GO delivers clear, crisp, directional audio with incredible ease of use. Its tight pickup area focuses directly in front of the microphone and reduces other surrounding sounds, ensuring that your subject is isolated from distracting background noise. The integrated Rycote Lyre shock mount isolates your microphone from bumps and vibrations that could otherwise interfere with your sound. Constructed from a single piece of hard-wearing thermoplastic, the Lyre provides superior acoustic suspension to traditional elastic solutions, and will never wear out, sag or snap. The VideoMic GO has no complicated switches or settings and is powered by your camera's external microphone input, requiring no batteries to operate, ensuring you never miss a great shot. The VideoMic GO is designed and made in Australia.
VideoMic GO Microphone
3.5mm Curled Cable
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Pro Sound Is Essential.
Good sound transforms video. When your camera's 'roomy' sounding in-built mic just isn't cutting it, VideoMic GO is the affordable one-stop solution.
VideoMic GO fits right on top of your DSLR for convenient integration.
Tips and Tricks
Here's how to get the best results on your DSLR:
- Ensure you de-select 'AGC' or 'Auto' sound recording on your DSLR's movie recording menu.
- Adjusting recording level manually, ensure you're hitting yellow on the meters without ever going into red.
- Get the mic closer to your speaking subject for the best results.
You've Got the Camera, Now Get Great Sound.
Transform Your Video With VideoMic GO
The RØDE VideoMic GO is the simple, affordable way to improve the sound of your DSLR video. There are no switches to learn or batteries required - simply plug in, and enjoy hugely improved sound.
- Directional shotgun design gives clearer, focused sound recording for your video.
- Just plug and go. Fits on your camera's hot shoe mount. No batteries or switches to remember and learn.
- Robust Rycote Lyre shockmount protects the microphone from handling noise.
- Popular 3.5mm jack connector plugs straight into most DSLR cameras.
Go Even Further With These Optional Accessories.
SC7 & RODEGrip: Connect to iPhone or iPad
The optional SC7 cable lets you connect the VideoMic GO directly to an iPhone or iPad. Add the RØDEGrip accessory and free RØDE Rec app and you have a handy handheld iPhone recording system. If you have a 3.5mm to Lightning adapter, a VideoMic GO and SC7 will work just fine with it.
Deadcat GO: Clear Sound Outdoors.
VideoMic GO includes a foam windshield, but the optional Deadcat GO furry windshield provides even better wind-noise protection when shooting outdoors.
Boompole and VC1: Go Off-Camera for Even Better Sound.
VideoMic GO fits RØDE's Boom Pole and VC1 extension cable accessories, which let you get the mic off-camera, and right up close to your speaking subject for the best possible sound.
Avoid These Common Mistakes With Your VideoMic GO and Get The Best Sound
Sound Professional: Get Close to Your Subject
Always get your VideoMic GO as close as you can to the speaking subject for the most professional result - within four feet is ideal. This is why professional sound recordists use a boom, and you can too. Just add a VC1 extension cable and a Micro Boompole, which are fully compatible with VideoMic GO.
Avoid Hiss: Use Manual Audio Recording Mode
To get the best from any mic and avoid hearing hiss in quiet speaking environments, it’s essential you turn OFF Auto Gain Control in your camera’s movie recording settings - as well as getting the microphone close to the subject. Set the audio levels manually, so that your speaking subject is hitting around the "-12", without going too much over. This will give a good level without distortion, and without the camera amplifying background noise when the subject is silent.
Avoid Clicks and Whirrs: Use Manual Focus
The focusing motor inside some affordable lenses can be surprisingly noisy, and any good sensitive microphone will hear this too. If you do have a noisy lens, do as they do on a professional film set, and focus manually for silent recordings. If you must use autofocus, use the VideoMic GO off-camera with a boom or tripod, and a VC1 extension cable.
Avoid Interference: Turn Camera WiFi Off
All microphones, including the VideoMic GO, can experience interference from strong external RF fields, such as very close WiFi transmitters. Turning off the WiFi function of your camera whilst filming is always good practice, and can help prevent any potential interference.
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Likewise, there was a potential wind noise problem around the cable connection point on the mike which I have a 'dead cat' for.
For me the major buying point was the 'not having a battery' because I have shot a lot of footage worrying about the battery in my mike, whether I have a spare and whether they will all last the day. It's also another thing to remember..
Anyway, after my initial quick trial - I have a Panasonic HDC-SD900 Camcorder with which I shoot everything from concerts to Murder Mystery films - I am delighted to report that all has gone well. I don't get any extraneous hiss or noise and although I haven't had a chance to boom test it out doors I have tried the 'blow' test which has been good.
The sound quality seems fine. The internal mike on my Panasonic is pretty good but when filming scenes especially outside when using a boom then a decent mike is essential. This was not exceptional but was certainly adequate.
It means that I think that some of the extraneous noises people have been experiencing on cameras may be due to audio settings or just the way their camera operates?
For me and my camcorder this is just what I need. Like I say it's all about expectations and needs..
First impressions after a short period of testing, with the levels set on auto as suggested, there is hiss on playback. But I've tried another microphone from another manufacturer and that has hiss as well.
Other than that, it's a doddle to fit onto the hot shoe and attaches nice and firmly - something I've had problems with other items in the past. The audio cable supplied looks to be good quality, though it's rather short, however it does expand. I've yet to try it outside and can't comment on the wind protection from the foam cover attached.
I would've preferred it to have some manual controls on the microphone, and to use its own batteries rather than drawing power from the camera.
I'll write more when I've had more time to experiment with it.
If you want to use it at indoors I will not recommend you, is useless I do not know about outdoors.
I tried with my Panasonic Lumix Camera and the sound is exactly the same than the microphone in the camera.
I am wondering if I could get a refund.
PS: The sound you heard is exactly the same without the microphone.
(sorry for the script is an attempt for one of my videos)