The Rode lately regularly indulges us novelties, the new devices offer a camera microphone, not just a cosmetic upgrade, and carry the exciting new features that are useful to the same practice. Today we have received the news about the release of a new version of the Rode VideoMic GO II shotgun microphone, popular among bloggers, which has received an audio monitoring function and a USB Type C port for connecting to a smartphone or computer.
The VideoMic GO II weighs only 89 g, it is great for mounting on a camera as a directional microphone, however, thanks to the USB port, its scope of use expands significantly, since it can be used not only with a camera but also with any device capable of receiving a signal via USB, be it a smartphone or a computer. The Rode Reporter application is used to work with a smartphone, and Rode Central and Rode Connect for a desktop computer.
While the GO II camera microphone is connected via USB, the 3.5mm TRS audio port can be used to monitor audio in the headphones. It turns the VideoMic GO II into a USB microphone.
The shotgun microphone is powered by the camera or computer, so no extra batteries are needed. The set includes the traditional Rode mount on the “cold shoe”, this bracket has a thread for a tripod at the base, and a windshield is also included. An SC-14 3.5mm cable is included, while USB C, A, and Lightning cables will need to be purchased separately.
The manufacturer does not say in detail about the sound quality itself, this parameter can be estimated only based on independent tests.
Rode VideoMic GO II price and availability
The new Rode on-camera microphone is available for pre-order on Bhphotovideo.com for $99.
Last year, Tascam has introduced the TASCAM TM-200SG with super-cardioid directivity and compact size – a length is 153 mm. The shotgun mic needs 48V phantom power via the XLR interface, and there is no battery in the case, which should be borne in mind when choosing this model, and is priced at $149.