Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone

Rode VideoMic Go Cheesycam Shotgun DSLR Video Microphone

I just recently received the new Rode VideoMic GO. A very straightforward, no fuss, directional microphone under $100 dollars (found here) for your video camera. No batteries required, and will improve audio capture over using the internal microphone from the camera, and of course with an extension cable you can use this off-camera positioning this closer to your subject.

Rode VideoMic GO Overview
The VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun 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 super-cardioid 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.

Now i'm a big fan of the sound quality from a Rode VideoMic Pro (seen here). If you can hold off and save up, the Rode VideoMic Pro is a solid microphone to have in the kit.

Realizing that we all have to start somewhere, the new VideoMic GO will offer you better sound capture options than working from your in-camera microphone, and this mic comes pre-built on the Rycote Lyre Suspension System (no rubber bands to wear out). Check it out at B&H (click here).

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17 thoughts on “Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone

  1. Kayuuus

    How can I connect the Rode VideoMic GO with my Nikon D5100 so I can hear on the recording something else than just a rustle?
    What settings do I have to do on my camera?
    Pleeeeease help me ! 🙁
    Thank you 🙂

  2. Karrie

    Will this work with a Canon Vixia hf r400? It has the audio plug-in but it doesn't pick up any sound. Am I missing something?

  3. Ryan

    After reading Emm's post about Rode replacing the shock mount, I contacted the company and have yet to receive a response. Interestingly, I did receive two new shock mounts in the mail today. It's not what I was hoping for, but I plan to get in touch with Rode again and find out if I can send the shock mounts back and get the Rycote.

  4. Emm

    Post author

    @JSS - I may have had some inconsistencies with my post, so I took it down. You should still be able to contact them, also try via twitter.

  5. JSS

    Hey Emm what happened to the post about the update to the Video Mic Pro shock mount? I actually tried to contact Rode to get the updated version through their site and never got a word back.

  6. Pat

    I want to know if this works in the Canon VIXIA HF400, it does have a dedicated mic input, but I don't know if it provides the plug-in power.

  7. Emm

    Post author

    @Tulio - If a camera comes with a built in dedicated microphone input, most likely it offers plug-in power. What camera are you trying to figure out?

  8. Tulio

    The VideoMic GO is compatible with the Nikon D4, D800, D600, D7100, D5200, D5100, D3200, Coolpix A, P7800, Nikon1 V2. It is also compatible with the Canon T2i, T3, T3i, T4i, T5i, 60D, 70D, 7D, 6D, 5D Mk II, and 5D Mk III.

    ONLY? Where can we get the list of ALL cameras that supply 3.5V ?


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