Godox IVM-S3 review: double-barrelled shotgun mic

Capture interview sound in noisy locations with this double-barrelled shotgun mic kit

Godox IVM-S3 microphone being used outside
(Image: © George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Godox IVM-S3 may look like a spook-detecting prop from Ghostbusters but its innovative scissor mic design enables you to widen or narrow its sound-capturing field to focus on your subjects’s audio while keeping background noise at bay. The addition of a rear mic for the camera operator makes it an even more attractive purchase (though you can of course turn this mic off to reduce the presence of unwanted sound from the rear of the camera.) A great addition to a videographer’s kitbag!


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    Adjustable angle for both gun mics

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    Additional rear mic

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    Easy to set up and use

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    Cold shoe mount


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    Low cut filter sounds tinny

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    Lack of 3.5mm jack to lighting (or USB-C) adaptor for iPhone users

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Your camera or smartphone will be able to capture great-looking high-definition footage, but without additional help, the audio quality will be inferior to the footage. If you talk to a camera at arm’s length then the sound should be adequate, but at a greater distance (such as a couple of meters)  the volume of the subject’s voice will get lower and is more likely to be drowned out by other noises in the location.

Godox IVM-S3: Specifications

Pick-up Mode: Cardioid
Frequency Range: 50Hz-20KHz 
Sensitivity: -38dB±2dB 
Max. SPL: >100dB 
SNR: >70dB 
Output lmpedance: 600Ω 
Lithium Battery Parameters: 3.8V, 470mAh, 1.786Wh 
Type-C Input: 5.0V/0.3A 
Pickup Distance: 2m 
Battery Life: Approx. 12h in recording status, 15h in normal working status 
Dimensions: 139x53x45mm 
Net Weight:

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.