RØDE VideoMic GO II review

RØDE VideoMic GO II updates the popular on-camera directional microphone with USB output and audio monitoring

5 Star Rating
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Digital Camera World Verdict

RØDE highlights the VideoMic GO II’s improved audio quality, but the bigger news for us is its new, additional USB output – now you can use it not just with your camera but with your smartphone and your computer too. It’s perfect as a first ‘do-it-all’ mic for vloggers and budding filmmakers. For interviews, presentations and voiceovers it’s not quite the same as a lavalier (lav) lapel mic – but RØDE makes those too!


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    Great value for money

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    New-found versatility

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    Audio monitoring in USB mode


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    USB cables not included

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    You need TRS not TRSS headphones

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The RØDE VideoMic GO II is the ideal external microphone for vloggers and amateur filmmakers who want to take a step up in audio quality. Everyone focuses on video specs for filmmaking, but usually it’s poor quality audio that wrecks the show and makes your efforts look amateur.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com