GoPros and other action cameras are great for capturing footage on the go, but the built-in microphones can often leave something desired regarding audio quality. If you want to improve the audio quality of your GoPro or other action camera, you should get one of these external microphone attachments.
Note: You’ll need a mic adapter if you want to use an external mic with your action camera. This is because most action cameras don’t have built-in 3.5mm jacks, so you’ll need to use the adapter to connect the mic to the camera.
Get the most out of your action camera with these top-of-the-line microphone attachments!
External microphones are the quickest and easiest way to capture high-quality audio. Several action camera microphone attachments are available, so it can be tough to decide which one is right for you.
1. DJI Mic (Best Audio Quality)
The DJI Mic is a compact, portable, easy-to-use, and affordable audio device created by DJI. It connects to a smartphone or an Action Camera and two transmitters, making for easy operation in interviews, presentations, and other situations where high-quality audio is needed. The DJI Mic is a cost-effective option for any type of audio recorder.
- It has built-in charging in the case
- The sound is clear and crisp
- 15hrs Battery is Longer than Other options available
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2. Rode Wireless GO II (Best Build and Reasonable Audio)
It’s still small and light, and when combined with its unique clip-and-go design, it’s incredibly versatile and simple to use.
The system comprises three units: two transmitters and one dual-channel receiver, each weighing only 31g. The transmitters measure 44mm x 45.3mm x 18.5mm, while the receiver measures 44mm x 46.3mm x 18.5mm. The built-in internal storage is also a helpful feature, allowing up to 24 hours of compressed audio to be saved within the unit. With uncompressed recording, the internal memory has a 7-hour limit.
3. Sennheiser MKE 400 (Sound is Good But not Wireless)
Sennheiser’s MKE 400 is a unidirectional shotgun microphone. The design helps to reduce ambient noise as well as vibrations while driving.
As one would expect from Sennheiser, a brand synonymous with high-quality audio recording and reproduction, audio quality is excellent. It has a headphone jack with built-in control, which is helpful if your action camera has one.
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It comes with a TRS to TRS cable for connecting to your camera. The MKE Mobile Kit also includes a Manfrotto tripod and a TRS to TRRS cable for connecting mobile devices. The MKE 400 is powered by two AAA batteries and has a recording time of 100 hours.
4. Rode VideoMicro (Budget Choice)
The Rode VideoMicro is an excellent choice as an action camera microphone attachment due to its compact and lightweight design. It only weighs 42g and measures 21mm x 21mm x 80mm.
The Rode VideoMicro features a Ricote Lyre shot mount and a furry windshield to help isolate external noise. One of its best features is that it does not require a battery change or recharge because the action camera itself powers it.
The Rode VideoMicro is a directional condenser microphone that improves the sound quality of your footage even when recording outside. It works with any action camera that supports external microphone input and a smartphone.
The only drawback we discovered while testing the VideoMicro is the slightly flimsy supporting structure, which allows the microphone unit to ‘float’ above the action camera – any slight camera movement causes it to bounce around.
5. Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condensor Microphone (Mix of Both)
The Rode SmartLav+ lavalier microphone is omnidirectional. It’s incredibly light and small, with a simple clip-on system.
The sound quality on the Rode SmartLav+ is far superior to the original Rode SmartLav, so upgrading if you have the original is well worth it. Keep an eye out for the grey connector to distinguish the new version from the previous one!
Connect the Rode Smartlav+ to your smartphone or action camera and register the audio signal to improve the voice recording in your videos immediately. The Rode app can be downloaded on your smartphone, but the light (free) version does not allow you to access advanced settings and offers fewer file formats to register – the Pro version is paid.
What Mic Adapter Does Your Action Camera Require?
you’ll need to use the adaptor to connect the mic to the camera if your action cam doesn’t have a 3.5mm input port. There are a few different mic adaptors available, so be sure to choose the one compatible with your camera and microphone.
- Mic Adapter for GoPro Hero Cameras
- DJI Osmo Action Camera Mic Adapter
- Microphone Adapter for DJI Osmo Pocket
- Microphone Adapter for Insta360 ONE R
- Microphone Adapter for Insta360 ONE X2
The best external mics for your action camera are good sound quality and easy to use. Consider the factors mentioned in this article when making your purchase, and you can be sure to find a mic that meets your needs.