Rode releases the compact VideoMic Go

Australian microphone manufacturer Rode has announced a new, lightweight mic, ideal for use with smaller cameras.

Australian microphone manufacturer Rode has announced a new, lightweight mic, ideal for use with smaller cameras.

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Anyone who has experimented with recording video on a camera realises that the audio quality from the built-in microphone is less than stellar. That's where external microphones come into play.

Following on from previous releases, including the VideoMic Pro and its stereo cousin, both designed for use with digital SLRs, Rode has introduced another model to its existing line-up. The VideoMic Go is a small, directional microphone that weighs just 73 grams. It plugs into a camera's existing 3.5mm microphone jack and is designed to be easy to use for those looking for a simple audio recording solution for any camera — including a GoPro.

There are no buttons or dials on the microphone itself. Instead, all audio settings can be controlled in-camera, which makes it ideal for plug-and-play use, as well as those users who are not comfortable with tweaking audio settings themselves. It's powered from the camera too, which means there is no extra battery required.

The integrated shock mount is designed to protect the microphone from bumps and jolts caused by camera movement. Rode says that the mount will never wear out, unlike the traditional elastic-based suspension system used on other microphones.

The VideoMic Go is available now through Rode dealers for around AU$99.

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Lexy spent her formative years taking a lot of photos and dreaming in technicolor. Nothing much has changed now she's covering all things photography related for CNET from the Sydney office.

 

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