While the GoPro Hero 10 Black‘s built-in microphone is pretty great for casual users, its sound quality isn’t good enough for professional photographers. Therefore, for serious users who want to create vlogs or professional videos using the new GoPro Hero 10, an external microphone is a must! And, to connect an external microphone to your GoPro Hero 10, you need a mic adapter. Why? Read on to find out…
Why is GoPro Hero 10 Mic Adapter Needed?
The GoPro Hero 10 Black doesn’t have a dedicated audio input port. So, there’s no way for you to directly plug in an external microphone with a standard 3.5mm to your action camera. That’s where the need for an adapter arises!
The GoPro Hero 10 Mic Adapter features a USB (Type-C) port at one end and a 3.5mm plug at the other. That’s how it connects the USB port on the camera to the microphone’s 3.5mm jack.
Please note that there are plenty of third-party mic adapters available on the market. But, you should not pick them. That’s because GoPro doesn’t allow third-party USB-C to 3.5mm audio adapters to work with the GoPro Hero 10 Black. A majority of users have reported trouble using third-party versions.
Therefore, it’s highly recommended that you use only GoPro official mic adapters for the best experience.
GoPro Official Mic Adapters
Here are the two official mic adapters for GoPro Hero 10:
GoPro Pro 3.5mm Mic Adapter for Hero 10 Black
- Enables high-quality audio capture when using a pro-level external mic.Mounting Type:...
- USB-C power and data extension with 90° connector
- Connects a wide range of external 3.5mm mics
GoPro Pro 3.5mm Mic Adapter is a simple yet highly useful analog-to-digital converter for your GoPro Hero 10 Black. It goes from the 3.5mm adapter on the mic to the USB-C port on your action camera. As a result, you get high-quality audio with the external microphone.
In addition, this mic adapter also features a 90° connector for USB-C power and a data extension. Overall, it’s a great solution to connect a wide range of 3.5mm microphones to your GoPro.
GoPro Media Mod for Hero 10 Black
- 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
The best accessory for vloggers – the GoPro Media Mod can turn your Hero 10 Black into a production powerhouse. This cage-like accessory clips around the camera and attaches to its USB-C port. It lets you shoot some amazing vlogs with crystal clear voice and footage. The built-in directional mic offers enhanced clarity in audio and reduces wind and ambient noise. The media mod also features a 3.5mm mic port for your favorite external mics. In addition, there are two cold shoes that let you mount the Display Mod and Light Mod (you need to buy them separately).
Overall, GoPro Media Mod is a great choice if you’re looking to add an external mic to the GoPro Hero 10 Black. However, please note that it is not waterproof. It’s meant for shooting in dry surroundings only.
Both the above-mentioned mic adapters are GoPro official accessories built specifically to work with the GoPro Hero 10. Choosing one amongst them depends upon your own preferences. If you’re looking for just an adapter to be able to connect a microphone to your GoPro, the Pro 3.5mm Mic Adapter is a great option.
However, for those who want an accessory that includes a mic adapter, and additionally also transforms the GoPro Hero 10 into a full-fledged vlogging machine, the GoPro Hero 10 Media Mod is a must-have!
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