Our good friends at RØDE have added yet another mic to the VideoMic arsenal – the new VideoMic Go should fit in many kits as it is low priced at $99 and doesn't require any kind of battery! That alone should make it quite appealing as I know I get tired of making sure I have enough charged batteries in my bag.
It may appeal especially to those who are using their camera only as a reference audio track when recording dual sound – as we all know the internal mic is only acceptable as something used to sync with another source. But if you could have a good mic on your camera that is plug-n-play (and doesn't need a battery) so you can always have it handy, then this new VideoMic Go should be perfect. It might even save you if you happen to have trouble with your main audio.
It has the new Rycote shock mount that was added to the VideoMic earlier this year and so you know the mic will be well isolated from camera noise. But the one thing that still bothers me about some mics (and this one does it too) is that it hangs over the back of the camera, so if you happen to still shoot photos, then it is difficult to get your eye up to the viewfinder.
There are several audio samples on the web page for the ‘go' and you'll hear that it is good for $99 and also mono (if you want stereo, you'll need to go with the RØDE Stereo VideoMic Pro (which is about $299).
So, not having had one yet, it seems like a great tool for many situations – especially for filmmakers wanting a simple easy to use mic that is always around.
RØDE Press Release
The new VideoMic GO from RØDE is the latest release in the Australian audio company’s successful range of VideoMic microphones for on-camera usage. 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 the user can isolate their subject from distracting background noise. At only 73gm (2.5oz) it is RØDE’s lightest on-camera microphone and sports an impressively compact form factor.
RØDE Press Release continued
Designed to be as user-friendly as possible, the VideoMic GO has no switches or settings, and is powered by the camera or recording device’s external microphone input, requiring no batteries to operate.
The microphone features an integrated suspension based on Rycote’s Lyre system, which utilises a single piece of thermoplastic to isolate the microphone from knocks and bumps that could otherwise interfere with performance. In addition to its superior performance the Lyre system is hard-wearing and will never wear out, sag or snap, unlike traditional elastic-based suspension.
“The VideoMic GO is the perfect microphone for consumers wanting to get started shooting high-definition video with their DSLR, ‘point-and-shoot’ or even GoPro cameras.” Commented Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Marketing & Sales Director. “We’ve all experienced how terrible the audio can be using a camera’s built-in microphone, and the VideoMic GO is the answer to getting audio that matches the quality of the images, without the additional EQ and level features that are available on our other VideoMic models.”
“This user-friendly ‘plug and play’ approach, combined with its lightweight, small form factor make it ideal for carrying in small camera bags, ready at any time to capture the moment.”
About RØDE microphones:
RØDE Microphones (www.rodemic.com) designs and manufactures high-quality microphones and related accessories for studio, live and location use. Its products are designed and primarily manufactured in Sydney, Australia and exported to over 100 countries globally.
(cover photo credit: snap from RØDE Press)