Like all GoPro cameras, the GoPro Hero 8 also comes with a built-in microphone. It does a decent job of recording audio if you are a casual user. However, if you’re a serious user who wants to create vlogs or professional videos using your GoPro, the sound quality provided by GoPro’s internal mic isn’t good enough.
So, using an external microphone is often a good choice must for those who want a superior audio quality. However, in order to connect any external mic with a 3.5mm jack connector, you need a microphone adapter for your Hero 8.
Why You Need a Microphone Adapter for GoPro Hero 8
Unlike the GoPro Hero 2 and previous GoPro cameras, the recent generations of GoPros including the GoPro Hero 8 don’t have a dedicated audio input port. So you can’t just plug in an external microphone with a standard 3.5mm plug directly. Instead, you’ll need an adapter for connecting the external 3.5mm jack microphones to your GoPro Hero 8 camera.
The GoPro Hero 8 Mic Adapter has a USB (Type-C) port on one end and a 3.5mm plug on the other. It works by connecting the USB port on the camera to the microphone’s 3.5mm jack.
GoPro makes their official versions of Mic Adapters (mentioned below). There are third-party versions also available in the market. However, the quality of them isn’t up to the mark. A majority of users have reported trouble using the third-party versions. This is probably because GoPro doesn’t allow third-party USB-C to 3.5mm audio adapters to work with GoPro.
So, I’d recommend that you use only GoPro official mic adapters for best experience.
GoPro Official Mic Adapters
Listed below are the the two official mic adapters for GoPro Hero 8:
GoPro Pro 3.5mm Mic Adapter for Hero 8
Pro 3.5mm Mic Adapter is a 106dB stereo analog-to-digital converter from GoPro that goes from the 3.5mm adapter on the mic to the USB-C port on the Hero 8 Black. It lets you capture high-quality audio when you connect a good quality external microphone to your GoPro. This adapter also features an additional 90° connector for USB-C power and data extension.
So, whether you want crystal-clear studio sound for music or clearer voice audio in action environments, you can quickly and easily connect a wide range of 3.5mm microphones to your GoPro with this adapter.
GoPro Media Mod (Hero 8 Black)
With the GoPro 8 Black, the company has made their accessory system more vlogging-friendly. The GoPro Media Mod is a great step in this direction. It can, literally, turn your Hero 8 Black into a production powerhouse. This mountable 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 the GoPro Hero 8 Black.
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. This accessory is specially designed for use with Display Mod and Light Mod for Hero 8 Black.
To conclude, I’d say that you can use any one of the above mentioned mic adapters as both of these GoPro official accessories work perfectly with the GoPro Hero 8 camera. If you’re specifically looking for just an adapter to attach any microphone with a 3.5mm jack, then the GoPro 3.5mm Mic Adapter is what you need. However, if you want a full-fledged accessory that enables your GoPro to become a pro in vlogging in addition to acting as a mic adapter, go for the GoPro Media Mod.
Beware of the cheaper third-party alternatives for mic adapters available online and offline as they are notorious for not working very well with the GoPro camera.
Enjoy your GoPro adventures!
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