Rode Videomic Go – Lightweight On Camera Microphone
Features/Specs of the – Best Budget On Camera Microphone:
- High quality directional microphone
- No battery required
- Rode’s lightest mic at only 73g
- Rugged reinforced ABS construction
- Windshield included
- Integrated cold-shoe mount with 3/8” thread
- Acoustic Principle: Line Gradient
- Active Electronics: JFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer
- Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
- Frequency Range: 100Hz – 16kHz
- Maximum SPL: 120dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)
- Sensitivity: -35.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (17.80mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
- Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted): 34dB-A
- relatively Small Dimensions: 79.00mmH x 73.00mmW x 167.00mmD
- Output: Minijack / 3.5mm output
- Warranty: 1 year with free extension to 2 years following registration
Best Microphone for YouTube (Budget – On Camera)
Rode Videomic Go – On Camera Lightweight Shotgun Microphone
The Rode Videomic Go is much smaller than it appears on photos. With about 79 mm it is a perfect fit if you are looking for an on camera microphone. Attached to your DSLR it is powered through the cable without any additional power supply needed. This sounds good, but can decrease your cameras battery life. For a price of actual under $100 it is our on camera shotgun BUDGET recommendation.
You can use it for YouTube, especially interviews and outside scene recording and Podcasting. Compared to the to even smaller on camera microphone from Rode the VideoMicro we would surely recommend the VideoMic Go as it delivers clearer, better sound and much better performance on outside conditions (wind and ambiance noise).
Explaining sound quality to you sometimes is like describing the taste of a meal. We can describe it as good as we can, but at the end you will never know from a pure description if it really would taste good for YOU.
With this in mind, just find out Yourself how it sounds! Listen to a sound example of the Rode Videomic Go Microphone:
The possibilities are explained very quickly. No extras just a pure supercardioid on camera microphone that is doing a great job – for its level-entry price.
The Shock-Mount works well, and the mic works flawless.
Conclusion & Price
The Rode VideoMic Go is a convenient and easy-to-use entry-level supercardioid shotgun microphone. As there are no settings to make and no things to attach it is very simple to use. You even do not need any batteries as it sucks its power from your camera’s microphone input. Nevertheless the easy to use style of the VideoMic does not affect the good sound quality. It provides crisp, sometimes a bit low-level but clean audio. You will like the integrated Rycote Lyre shockmount, which isolates the VideoMic GO from bumps and vibrations that could really ruin your recordings. This worked okay, but not as good as with the VideoMic Pro.
Quickly ready to go, the Rode VideoMic Go is a solid microphone for film set, a stadium, or any outdoor or wildlife preserve.
With a price something around $100 this microphone gets our Best Budget On Camera Microphone Award.
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