Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock somewhere, it’s hard to deny that more and more photographers are branching into Hybrid – the skillful blending of still photos, video, audio, etc. to create a new art form. As I’ve stated many times in this space (and others), one of the most important yet commonly overlooked pieces of the Hybrid Puzzle is Audio. Frankly, a lot of those taking their first steps into Hybrid Photography are a bit perplexed by the video aspect of it, and don’t even want to consider good quality audio, but quality audio is the key component that will make or break your Hybrid eProducts (see my article about Hybrid Audio on our sister website, HybridPhoto.pro). Doing audio right can mean the difference between having a little kid say “I love you, Mommy” in a warm cuddly voice or having that same kid sound like they’re inside of a cold garbage can.
The good news is, doing audio right is not difficult… provided you have the tools and know a few simple techniques.
One of my favorite tools for capturing top quality audio over the last several years has been the RODE VideoMic Pro Shotgun Microphone. It’s been the industry standard for many top professionals for capturing high quality audio in the studio and in the field. Now, the same folks who brought us the VideoMic Pro have released the all new RODE VideoMic Go On Camera Microphone. But does the new smaller, lighter and less expensive microphone hold it’s own next to it’s more established sibling?
Out favorite Aussie, Blunty got his hands on the VideoMic Pro and put it through it’s paces, comparing it to the VideoMic Pro in his latest video for DigiDirectTV.
Here’s what Blunty had to say (plus specs on the VMG)…
The VideoMic Go is designed for the user that wants to get high-quality audio without requiring the advanced filters and level adjustment settings of the RØDE VideoMic and VideoMic Pro. At only 73 grams it is also incredibly light weight and ideal for ‘point & shoot’ and GoPro cameras in addition to DSLR.
At only 73gm, it is RODE’s lightest camera microphone
No Battery Necessary
With the camera’s plug-in power all you need to do is plug in and GO
Rycote® Lyre® Suspension
Hard wearing and super effective isolation from bumps and vibration
Acoustic Principle: Line Gradient
Frequency Range: 100Hz ~ 16,000Hz
Equivalent Noise: 34dBA SPL (A – weighted per IEC651)
Signal Noise: 60dB SPL (A – weighted per IEC651)
Power Required: Plug-in power required (330uA @ 2.5V)
Dimensions: 167mmL x 79mmH x 70mmD
Directional Pattern: Super-Cardioid
Sensitivity: -35dB re 1V/Pa (17.8mV @ 94dB SPL) ±2dB @ 1kHz
Maximum SPL: 120dB (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1kΩ load)
Dynamic Range: 96dB (per IEC651)
Output Connection: 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
My 2 Cents
As Blunty states in the video, it’s smaller and lighter than the Pro version, but to me, although the audio isn’t quite on par with the VideoMic Pro, it ain’t far off. The VideoMic Go is also easier to use – no fussing with batteries or level settings – just plug it into your camera or external audio device and, well… GO! It can be used as both a Shotgun Mic (attached to the top of your camera) or as a Boom Mic (attached to the end of a pole). At $99.00 USD, it’s also less than half the price of the VideoMic Pro.