Rode has just announced the new Rode VideoMic GO II on-camera microphone. Refreshing the popular Rode VideoMic GO, the new VideoMic GO II features a new design that more closely resembles its Rode VideoMic NTG and Rode NTG5 siblings. And as well as borrowing the overall look from the VideoMic NTG, it also comes with one of its unique features. It will act as a USB digital audio device for recording straight into your computer.
Like the original VideoMic GO, the VideoMic GO II is an on-camera shotgun microphone that features no built-in battery, relying on plug-in power from your camera (or USB, in this case). So you don’t need to remember to keep charging it up, swapping out batteries or turning it on or off with your camera. And when you’re using it over USB, it’s compatible with Rode’s apps for both smartphones and the desktop.
Naturally, like other on-camera microphones, you can use it on top of your camera plugged into its 3.5mm TRS microphone socket. And when connecting it to your smartphone, whether it’s iOS or Android, you just go in through the USB or Lightning port using the Rode SC16 or Rode SC15 cable respectively. You can even plug it into your desktop or laptop using the Rode SC18 cable or pretty much any standard Type C to Type A USB cable.
Being able to mount and connect this directly to cameras, smartphones or computers makes it a very versatile microphone – especially as you don’t have to remember to keep it charged up or bring spare batteries out with you whenever you leave the house with it. The new design should also make it sound much better than the original VideoMic GO, which many people actually seemed to shun in favour of the Rode VideoMicro.
Exactly how close the VideoMic GO II sounds to the VideoMic NTG that its appearance attempts to emulate (as well as the VideoMicro) is something we’ll be bringing you soon in a complete review of the VideoMic GO II.
Like both the VideoMic NTG and the VideoMicro, this is a lightweight microphone, weighing a mere 89 grams. It adds very little to the camera’s weight when you’re walking around trying to vlog. It’s fairly compact, too, measuring just 150mm long – 21mm shorter than the VideoMic NTG but significantly longer than the VideoMciro. It will be interesting to see how the length and design differences between the three affect the pickup pattern and off-axis rejection.
The Rode VideoMic GO II is fully compatible with Rode Connect, Rode’s free podcasting and streaming software, which allow you to connect up to four Rode USB microphone devices – including any combination of Rode VideoMic GO II, Rode VideoMic NTG, Rode AI-Micro, Rode NT-USB Mini and Rode Wireless GO II (an I expect we’ll see more added to that list in the future) – for live audio monitoring, switching and adjustments when live streaming. It’s also compatible with Rode Central and Rode Reporter apps for iOS and Android.
I’ll be very keen to fully put this to the test against some of the other microphones in Rode’s lineup that we’ve been using over the years to see how it compares. If the new design does for the VideoMic GO II what it did for the VideoMic NTG and the NTG5, though, it should be pretty impressive overall.
The Rode VideoMic GO II is available to pre-order now for $99 and comes with a shock mount for your hotshoe, a foam windshield and a 3.5mm TRS cable for plugging into your camera. We’ll have a complete review coming very soon!