It’s a fact that the built-in microphone of most GoPros works quite ok for casual users. However, if you’re an advanced user who is looking to create professional videos or vlogs using your GoPro camera, you may be disappointed by the sound quality provided by the on-board GoPro mic. Therefore, you need to use a good quality external microphone with your GoPro for nice audio quality of the footage.

Now the question arises: Can you connect an external mic to your GoPro? The answer is YES – but through a GoPro Audio Adapter.

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In this article you are going to learn all about GoPro audio adapters. Are you ready?

Why Do You Need a GoPro Audio Adapter?


All GoPro models until the GoPro Hero 2 had a dedicated audio input port where you could directly connect the external microphone. But this changed after the arrival of Hero 3. All the latest GoPros including the most recent GoPro Hero 8 and 9 Black cameras don’t have a dedicated audio input port. So, you won’t be able to plug in an external microphone with a standard 3.5mm plug directly.

Therefore, an adapter is required to connect the external 3.5mm jack microphones to the GoPro camera. The kind of adapter you need varies with the GoPro models. Since the GoPro Hero 5, 6, 7, and 8 Black models have USB-C port, you need a USB-C to 3.5mm mic adapter with them. The earlier models including Hero 3, 3+ and 4 Black, on the other hand, feature a mini-USB port. So, to connect external mic to these models, you need a Mini USB to 3.5mm Mic Adapter.

In this article, we have compiled a list of the three best audio adapters for GoPro cameras. Read on to know more about them.

GoPro Audio Adapters


Here are the three best audio adapters for GoPro cameras:

GoPro Pro 3.5mm Mic Adapter

Compatibility: Hero 8 Black, Hero 7 Black, Hero 6 Black, Hero 5 Black

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  • Enables high-quality audio capture when using a pro-level external mic
  • Usb-c power and data extension with 90 Degree connector
  • Connects a wide range of external 3. 5mm mics

Pro 3.5mm Mic Adapter is a 106dB stereo analog-to-digital converter from GoPro which goes from the 3.5mm adapter on the mic to the USB-C port on the compatible GoPro cameras. With this audio adapter, you can capture high-quality audio with your GoPro camera as it lets you connect a good quality external microphone to your GoPro.

GoPro Pro 3.5mm Mic Adapter also features an additional 90° connector for USB-C power and data extension. It is very convenient-to-use. So, you can quickly connect a wide range of 3.5mm microphones to your GoPro with this adapter.

GoPro Media Mod

Compatibility: Hero 9 Black, Hero 8 Black

Note: The Media Mods for Hero 9 Black and Hero 8 Black are two different products.

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  • Built-in directional mic highlights voice audio and reduces ambient noise
  • Tough, weather-resistant construction withstands the elements
  • 2 cold-shoe mounts to attach your favorite lights, mics or LCD screens
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  • Built-in directional mic delivers crystal-clear audio and reduces wind and ambient...
  • 2 cold-shoe mounts to attach your favorite lights, mics or LCD screens
  • 3.5mm mic port lets you add an external mic for enhanced audio

The latest GoPro cameras – the Hero 9 Black and the Hero 8 Black – are two most vlogging-friendly cameras made by the company. Both have a dedicated GoPro Media Mod (to be purchased separately) that can, literally, turn your action camera into a production powerhouse! The Media Mod wraps around the body of the camera and attaches to its USB-C port. It features an incredible built-in directional mic that delivers crystal-clear audio and reduces wind and ambient noise, and a 3.5mm mic port for your favorite external mics. Overall, it’s a great choice if you’re looking to add an external mic to your compatible GoPro camera.

In addition to being a nice mic adapter for GoPro, the Media Mod performs several other functions. You can use its HDMI-out port for easy playback on your TV. It also has two cold-shoe mounts to attach lights, mics or LCD screens.

10-Pin Mini USB to 3.5mm GoPro Mic Adapter

Compatibility: Hero 4 Black, Hero 3 Black, Hero 3+ Black

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  • 3.5mm microphone cable Fit GoPro HERO3/HERO3+/HERO4
  • Mini 10 Pin Usb to 3.5mm mic adapter cable
  • Length: App 6.75 inch / 18cm,

This 10-Pin Mini USB to 3.5mm Mic Adapter by GuangMaoBo is a high quality product that connects to the mini-USB port of your compatible GoPro camera on one end, and to your favorite external microphone on the other. This plug & play GoPro audio adapter is pretty easy-to-use and is durable too.

Word of Advice


All the above-mentioned mic adapters work perfectly with the compatible GoPro cameras. If you’re specifically looking for just an audio adapter for your GoPro, then you should go for the Pro 3.5mm Mic Adapter or the 10-Pin Mini USB to 3.5mm Mic Adapter (depending upon the GoPro model you own).

However, if you own one of the latest GoPro Hero 9 Black or Hero 8 Black, and you don’t mind spending a few extra bucks for a wonderful vlogging experience, I would highly recommend the compatible GoPro Media Mod for you. In addition to being a great mic adapter, it’s also a full-fledged vlogging accessory that enables your GoPro to become a pro in vlogging.

To conclude, please beware of the cheaper third-party alternatives available, both online and offline! They are notorious for not working well with the GoPro camera.

 

Enjoy your GoPro adventures!

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