Unboxing and Testing the RØDE VideoMic GO

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The RØDE VideoMic GO, a shotgun microphone that connects to any standard DSLR shoe mount, is an ideal solution for anyone who is looking for better sound without having to spend all that much. Currently selling on Amazon for just $99, I am more than happy to have purchased this microphone for myself. While it's not the fanciest of microphones, it certainly gets the job done. Let's go a little more in-depth.

Upon opening the box, you will notice that its contents are straight and to the point. Included is the microphone itself, as well as a short 3.5mm audio cable that connects directly to the DSLR. Oh, and it also doesn't hurt that the color of the 3.5mm cable coordinates well with the RØDE VideoMic GO. Call me a sucker for good presentation, but I enjoyed seeing that when setting things up. Nice touch, RØDE.

Connecting the RØDE VideoMic Pro to my Canon 80D was a breeze. It's as easy as plugging it into the mic port, and you're done. Yep, that's all there is to it. Sorry, were you expecting something a little more exciting? But really, the setup process is so easy. And because the microphone is powered by the camera, this means that no batteries are required — a huge advantage of the more-expensive RØDE VideoMic Pro. You also don't have to worry about forgetting to turn the mic on.

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So, how does the audio sound? Well, considering the RØDE VideoMic GO costs less than $100, it's important to be realistic with your expectations. I'm no audiophile, but I can say with confidence that the quality doesn't sound bad. While it's not that much better than the onboard mic, it's certainly an upgrade regardless. And come on, can you really record videos with a DSLR and be okay with using the bare minimum? Yeah, me neither.

One major reason to go with a shotgun mic over anything else is the ability to capture directional audio. This means that audio coming from directions other than the front of the camera will be filtered out to a certain degree — an important feature that is often used for interviews. The RØDE VideoMic GO captures directional audio nicely, rendering background noise less noticeable.

Customizing the input level is possible, assuming you are using a DSLR that supports such an option. Thankfully, the Canon 80D does, which can be convenient for a variety of video recording scenarios.

If you are in the market for a shotgun mic, I think you should give the RØDE VideoMic GO a fair chance. In my opinion, it's definitely worth the price — especially if you're like me and you create video content regularly. I also own the RØDE VideoMic Pro, so it's nice having the choice whenever necessary.

You can buy both on Amazon: RØDE VideoMic GORØDE VideoMic Pro