Rode Videomic Go Review (2020): Is it Worth It?

In a world where social media and video content creation play an everyday role in everybody’s life, it is only natural that more and more people are willing to choose a career path in this ever-expanding field.

Speaking of social media and video content, the YouTube platform, for example, is full of Internet megastar sensations, commonly referred to as YouTubers. These individuals often have millions of followers and subscribers, making them very influential people for today’s youth.

Being such, they, of course, earn quite a lot of money each year (just another reason for the aforementioned increased job role popularity).

But YouTubers, Vloggers, video content creators, and other such professions, require good gear in order to produce high-quality content, apart from creativity and humor. The camera is the number one item they need, and, arguably, the number two item should be a good microphone.

There are lots of great microphones out there on the market, but one has grabbed our attention as an increasingly popular choice. That one is Rode’s VideoMic Go microphone. Bearing that in mind, we present you the Rode VideoMic Go review, just in case you might be interested in buying one.

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Rode VideoMic Go Review 

General Overview Description

Rode VideoMic Go is a compact and lightweight camera microphone that delivers superior sound quality – crisp, clear, directional sound, with incredible ease of use. Weighing just 74 grams, this shotgun microphone does not add weight to your camera and makes it ideal for manual recording with HDSLR cameras, camcorders, and audio recorders.

Thanks to its structure, this microphone neutralizes the sound coming from the side and slightly from the back, while the front absorbs the incoming audio signal with great precision.

The Rycote Lyre shock mount suspension is integrated and will protect the microphone from various vibrations and trembles that may cause sound problems. The built-in holder and foam perfectly neutralize vibrations when moving, for example from gusts of wind. In comparison to the traditional solutions, the Lyre mount suspension is constructed as a thermoplastic single piece, and will not break in normal use, no matter the cost. A great force is needed to damage this beauty. 

The Rode VideoMic Go microphone does not need additional batteries to operate, it is powered by a 3.5″ in-line plug connector that plugs into the microphone input on the camera. This microphone can work up to 70 hours without stopping thanks to a 9V battery, so you will never miss a good shot.

Specs

  • Microphone type: Line Gradient
  • Electronics: JFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer
  • Capsule: 0.5″
  • Orientation: Supercardioid
  • Frequency range: from 100Hz to 16kHz
  • Max SPL: 120dBSPL
  • Sensitivity: -35.0dB re 1 Volt / Pascal (17.80mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
  • Signal to noise ratio: 34dBA
  • Weight: 74g
  • Dimensions: 79x73x167mm
  • Output: 3.5mm mini-jack

Compatibility

Please note that the Rode VideoMic Go microphone does not work with cameras that do not support a 3.5” microphone input. This microphone is compatible with most notably Nikon D4, D600, D800, D3200, D5100, D5200, D7100, P7800, Coolpix A, Nikon1 V2. It is also compatible with Canon T2i, T3, T3i, T4i, T5i, 60D, 70D, 7D, 6D, 5D Mk II, and 5D Mk III (and many more).

Additional Info

  • In addition to the product’s light weight, the size, as mentioned above, is quite compact, making this microphone about half the size of the regular VideoMic. Both of these features can prove quite handy when using smaller cameras. And it consequently looks quite nice as well.
  • While performing the outdoor testing, noise cancellation and voice recognition have been proven to be simply magnificent. The voice is so clear, perfect for video blogging. The only issue that may hinder the speaker’s voice quality captured is the distance. Moving further than 3 or 4 feet away from the camera will prove to be too far for the VideoMic Go to perfectly register the sound.
  • While on the subject, although perfect noise protection from both sides is achieved, the back protection is quite debatable. Even though the company presents the perfect noise cancellation from the back, this is not the case. If the camera, along with the microphone, is moved away from the body (which in this case serves as wind protection) the wind howling will be heard, and badly. This was, unfortunately, overseen during the testing, as the company’s CEO has admitted. Be that as it may, this problem has not passed unnoticed, and the company did make an effort to improve the microphone in the newer production process.
  • When the ‘fire alarm’ battery finally dies, and in case you don’t have a spare one, using the camera power is a quite useful feature. Be that as it may, this little stunt will significantly draw the battery away from your camera, making it quite less useful for a longer recording duration. So be sure to have an extra 9V battery in your backpack if you want to record for long.

Final Verdict

Should you buy this microphone? The answer is – definitely yes! It’s small, it’s light, looks good, works almost impeccably, fantastic sound quality goes with lots of cameras, great battery life, in-line power for alternative energy, and, what wasn’t mentioned earlier – the price is more than affordable! To be honest, it is quite a bang for the buck deal. Also, you can check out various market sources and find occasional discounts.

Beware of these two issues:

  • Poor back noise protection (which can be neutralized by your body position),
  • The front sound quality will be reduced if moving away from the sound source.

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A Final Word From Run Gun Shoot

All in all, this is a great microphone worthy of your recording adventures. If pursuing a career in video content creation, you will be quite pleased with VideoMic Go, especially if being a beginner and looking for a good and affordable price. Did you find our Rode VideoMic Go review useful? Leave a comment.