You can capture amazing video with all kinds of cameras these days, but almost all of them have really bad on-board microphones. Rode's new simple-as-pie shotgun mic looks like an easy and cheap way to give your videos the clear sound they deserve.
The Rode Videomic GO is $US100 and aimed at video shooters who want a basic upgrade from the sonic mush you usually get from GoPros, mirrorless cameras, and DSLRs. The mic requires no battery and is light — like, REALLY light, at only 73g. You will barely feel it mounted to you camera's hot-shoe. Another great feature is the suspension, the patented Rycote Lyre system, which minimises bumps and vibrations that might otherwise come through in your recording.
Here are a few samples of what the mic sounds like:
Over the last few years, Rode has really done well for videographers. Its Videomic line is a go-to solution for many. We use the Videomic PRO here at Gizmodo HQ, a more expensive and higher quality version of the Videomic GO. Don't expect this new cheaper model to capture quite as clear sound as pricier options, but it still seems like a simple, cost-effective option.