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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2014
It works, but you need to make sure the 3.5mm plug really is plugged ALL THE WAY in in order for this to work. I shot some video with my DSLR and found that almost all of it was without sound because it wasnt all the way in.

This wont work with apps on your iphone/ipad I think because it isn't powered (phantom power) I tried it with the regular video apps as well as Filmic Pro and got nothing.

I would suggest you just buck up $50 and get the VideoMic or VideoMic Pro. They have extra Db bosters (but need batteries). But this feature alone will really give you what you need for much better audio.

Lastly check out removing hiss from your audio, there are some really great tutorials out there that can make this little thing sound like the professional stuff. This is the tutorial I followed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opbMjW81xGk
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2014
like:
1. Budget price compare other models from Rode.
2. Light weight.
3. Rycote suspension is brilliant.

dislike:
1. Sacrificed sound quality.
2. NO electromagnetic shield, you hear lots of noise when close to computer, TV, even fluorescent tube.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2014
let me start off by saying the quality of the mic is great……. in some cases. in my case it is useless. I have attached the VideoMic GO to my GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition. The GoPro does use wifi for a remote control and for an application on IOS and Android. If wifi is turned on the sound has a rather loud distortion. When wifi is off it works great but for my use it just will not cut it. I am hoping one of the other Rode VideoMics works for me that has a build in power source but I may end up with the same problem.

I am sure that many of the newer DSLR cameras also have wifi now and this may have the same issue.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2014
I do wish I'd picked up the self powered version of the Rode mic. This works fantastic for my needs, but the passive nature of it's power (from the camera) does tend to run my 7D down pretty fast.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2013
The RODE VMGO - The idea is great, a Run n' Gun lightweight Shotgun Mic that runs off of plug in power. The execution - build wise is splendid. This thing is very lightweight and the form factor is great mounted on top of a Rycote Lyre suspension that has a cold shoe with a 3/8 thread below for mounting. I purchased my unit from B&H Photo for $99. It came with a coiled 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable (red) which displayed the RODE logo and a RODE Windscreen (black) which were both high quality.

When I plugged the mic into my Canon 6D I soon realized it's shortcomings. There was a helicopter-like sounding electronic interference. It made a very noticeable buzz and completely ruined the silence of my room. This thing sounded slightly better than my Onboard microphone and by slightly I mean it in the minimalists way possible. It had a real echo/hollow sound to it. I placed it 1ft away from me on my desk and was very disappointed that it didn't pick up and isolate my voice properly. You can see for yourself here on my Youtube review all of the various tests I ran including those of it hooked up to the ZOOM H1 which it sounded great however, the audio interference was still present and it was only a mere 3 inches away from me. After some tests I discovered that my cellphone, laptop and discouragingly the ZOOM H1 all had a part in causing different frequencies of audio interference.

YouTube Review: [...]

I wouldn't take this unit outside because it doesn't have a decent enough windscreen/construction to really withstand windy situations. I had previously owned the original RODE Videomic which was clunky and had a horrible shock mount suspension system with bands that broke continuously and of course powered by a 9 volt battery. The original Videomic and VMGO were on par audio wise however,the original didn't pick up audio interference as harshly (if I remember correctly) I will most likely bite the bullet and try out a RODE NTG-2 or NTG-3 next.

2.5 stars for construction, design and overall form factor.
1.5 stars for audio quality only when linked up to an audio recorder such as the ZOOM H1. Just too many problems regarding electronic interference/audio quality I wasn't very impressed.
4 stars generously. I would not recommend this item for professional use, it is decent for hobbyist/beginners. Great idea, decent audio execution. There's bound to be technology wherever you shoot aside for outside and this mic is literally powerless against the interference.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2015
I have a Canon 5d iii. I only shoot video 5% of the time. Mostly of my kids. I just wanted better audio. The audio is only slightly better than the camera 's internal mic. Not worth putting a large mic on the camera for only marginal. The price was right. If the mic was less than half the size then I would have kept it. We were not expecting a huge difference in audio quality. We're not audio snobs by any means. I did a normal test and had to play the video's back to back 3-4 times to really tell any difference. Even my wife shrugged her shoulders and said she could tell a little.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2015
After reading the reviews I was excited to get this. I have not been at all impressed. Have done several sound quality tests and there wasn't a significant difference between this and my 70Ds mic. The sound was a bit richer but not that great. And I'm interested to see how the flimsy construction holds up on shoots.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2014
very convenient as you don't have to worry about electret batteries (if your camera provides low voltage phantom). nice sound and very good rejection of side and sounds coming from behind even. shot a band recently and two people came up and stood behind me talking and it didn't get into the sound track.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2015
Just got this product today - I gotta say, I'm not really impressed. When I used it for the first time, I thought my mic wasn't working properly; but, I realized that it was plugged in and working - the mic just wasn't much different. The audio quality is not that different than the onboard mic on my GoPro 4 Silver. It does cancel out other noise indoors, but the overall sound is about the same as the GoPro mic. I wouldn't use this outdoors - even with the deadcat on the mic. I would recommend saving up for the Rode Pro Videomic or something similar. I personally owned the ETM-001 Mic and loved the audio, so I may be biased in that I'm used to the higher and louder quality of the mic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2014
Arrived quickly. Well packaged by manufacturer and Amazon. I like the looks and its lightweight. The directions are few and easy to follow. I think it is reasonable to say that it is somewhat better than the on-board mic, however the difference does not seem significant when tested at 15 feet----camera (Canon T3i) to subject. I have yet to compare at a greater distance or outdoors. I returned a $35 option in favor of this mic, however I think this one is not for the serious professional, but rather for the hobbyist Right now I am planning to keep it and do some additional testing. SOMETIME later.....OK, now I am satisfied that it is worth having for use inside.
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