RØDE VideoMic GO takes most of the guess work out of the whole audio capture experience by being as simple as possible. It forgoes the advanced filters and level adjustments found in their other VideoMic products. In exchange, you get an extremely lightweight microphone (73 grams) that easily attaches to any camera with a hotshoe, and attaches via a single, detachable, 3.5mm cable. It doesn’t even require a battery, making it potentially an option for smaller cameras like GoPros.
The suspension system is simple, but seemingly effective, and the tight pickup pattern of the shotgun design ensures that whatever you point the mic at is more or less what you’ll pick up. A built in windscreen provides some outdoor wind protection.
This product is clearly designed for folks that have a video capable DSLR that takes some really great looking video, but fixes that issue of poor audio that comes from less than ideal on camera mics. RØDE’s approach is a very good one because it keeps the task of quality audio acquisition out of mind so that you can continue to focus on composing the shot.
The RØDE VideoMic GO is shipping now and will go on sale for around $99.99 USD and should be available at the usual places when it hits shelves soon. More details are available in the press release below.