Most of the people who invest in a GoPro do so for the camera’s video recording capabilities, not for their sound recording functions. For this reason, it often happens that the camera’s inbuilt microphone is underneath the standard you can expect from a regular camera.
For this reason, many people prefer to attach a stand-alone microphone to their GoPro cameras to enhance their audio recording capabilities. With this in mind, let us find out what are the ten best GoPro microphones money can buy.
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10Premium Omni-directional Lavalier Lapel Mic
An Omni-directional microphone, Premium clip-on microphone makes the list with a characteristically simple (plug and play) design and an affordable price to go along with. This microphone works independently of an adapter owing to its mini-USB connection allowing direct plugging to the camera. It boasts a solid construction, strong clip, and considerably long (157-inch) cord. And although it has no clear drawbacks, it compromises on noise reduction since, with it, you still experience interference.
9AxcessAbles ODM-2 Microphone Kit
AxcessAbles ODM-2 is a typical Omni-directional microphone that has a frequency range of between 35Hz – 20 kHz with great sound quality. It supports Hero 4, Hero 3 and Hero 3+ and is well adapted for GoPro mount tripod. It also comes with a frame which links to the camera (GoPro) where the microphone is positioned above this camera.
Moreover, it can be plugged into power devoid of an adapter. This microphone has several drawbacks including its large frame that hinders portability and an unappealing layout. Nonetheless, this is more suited for individuals having a mount or tripod and is not only simple to use but also blocks unnecessary noise.
8Miracle Sound Omnidirectional Microphone
Contrary to the former entry, Miracle Sound is precisely designed to work with GoPro cameras mainly Hero 3, 3+ and 4 models. It is equipped with Electret condenser for a prompt transient response not to mention an accompanying adapter. It offers superb bass devoid of added noise and is fantastic when it comes to recording loud sounds and live music. This easy to utilize microphone has high sensitivity and requires no batteries. Despite having issues with its accompanying adapter malfunctioning, these are isolated cases for an otherwise exceptional microphone.
7Fantaseal Stereo Mic Kit
Fantaseal makes the list and is surprisingly a standard stereo microphone. Besides mounting to your camera’s side, it boasts a 3.5mm headphone jack and a mini-USB to add to it. It is also not only windproof but is also equipped with windscreens on either side.
It is suitable for GoPro cameras except Hero 5 and allows you to incorporate stereo recording (audio) to videos besides helping minimize unwanted noise. This dual-channel stereo microphone although marred by concerns of unwanted static is among the finest available microphones.
6Saramonic G-Mic Microphone
Saramonic is a standard stereo mic which mounts on your camera’s side on plug-in into its mini-USB port. Not only does it require no adapter to link to the GoPro camera, it is also fairly lightweight and requires no batteries. This mic is ideal for all modern GoPro type of cameras with the exception of the Hero 5-which is the only notable drawback with the microphone and has a frequency range of35Hz – 20 KHz.
It works perfectly for anyone that does not require a clip-on. Despite not matching the sound quality of other Omni-directional microphones, it is still a wonderful, simple to use and affordable choice.
5Alemon Clip-on Omnidirectional Microphone
Featuring a hands-free and clip-on design, this Omni-directional microphone makes the list with exceptional features. Alemon Clip-on microphone is the source of better sound quality than typical in-built microphones and besides being reliable, it is also simple to use and conveniently affordable.
It features a standard mini-USB plug (which eradicates reliance in adapters) and a consequent robust metal clip. What’s more, it works well with GoPro cameras except Hero 5. It has a considerably short 55-inch long cord and works without the use of batteries.
4PANNOVO Microphone with Adapter
PANNOVO is yet a GoPro camera adaptable microphone that eradicates the need for mounting. It comes equipped with a gold plug to boost conductivity, a 3.5mm standard plug, accompanying storage, screw, and buckle used in connecting to the camera and no battery.
For quality recording, it uses Electret technology and when you need to cancel out wind noise, its 2 windscreens ensure it has minimal interruptions. Finally even though with Wi-Fi turned on you cannot use the camera; this is a wonderful pick for anyone using a stabilizer or a tripod.
3MXL MM-165GP Mics Lavalier Microphone
MXL MM-165GP makes the list as one of the best GoPro microphones out there and understandably so. Besides being omnidirectional, it features a clip and a simple low-profile. The microphone is equipped with a standard foam windscreen complimented by another fuzzy windscreen to boost noise protection. With this, it is able to cut down noise whatever the situation. What’s more, aside from getting a 5-foot cable, it works without an adapter.
2Movo GM100 Omnidirectional Microphone
Clip-on microphones have dominated the list and the second placed model also falls in the same pool. Movo GM 100 comes with an exclusive mini-USB adapter and a 3.5mm standard headphone jack. It is simple to use since it only requires you to clip it on your clothes after directly plug-in the adapter to your camera.
It is suitable for GoPro cameras with the sole exception being the Hero 5 besides also allowing noise cancellation courtesy of its wind muffs and windscreen. The microphone uses no battery and comes with an accompanying 1-year manufacturer warranty to make it among the best quality picks the market has to offer.
1Rode VMGO On-Camera Microphone
Rode VMGO is a sturdily designed cardioids microphone that is designed to work with both modern cameras and mobile devices. It is a high-quality directional type of microphone that offers clear and natural sound. It runs using a 9V battery and comes with windscreens that cancel out wind noise and noise distortion while offering pro sounds.
Nonetheless, with this mic using a 3.5mm standard jack, it is not directly compatible with GoPro cameras and therefore requires USB connection. And although it is cited as expensive, the features and quality it offers are definitely worth the investment.