If you own a GoPro Hero 8, you probably know that it comes with a built-in microphone. While it does a decent job in some occasions, the sound quality provided by this on-board mic isn’t good enough if you’re a serious user who wants to create vlogs or professional videos using your GoPro. Therefore, you need to use an external microphone with the GoPro Hero 8 to achieve high-quality audio for your footage (this is often under-estimated!).
So in this article, we’ll discuss the top external microphones for GoPro Hero 8 that will help you record a better, plus adapters to connect these mics to your Hero 8 camera.
Without any further ado, let’s get started!
Why You Need a Mic Adapter
GoPro Hero 8 doesn’t have a dedicated audio input port. So, you’ll need an adapter for connecting the external 3.5mm jack of the microphone to the USB-C port of your GoPro Hero 8 camera.
Most of the microphones mentioned below (except the GoPro Media Mod) require an additional adapter to connect the Hero 8 with the external microphone.
Read more on mic adapters and find those that work for real in the following article: GoPro Hero 8 Microphone Adapters That Work.
Best GoPro Hero 8 Microphones + Adapters
Here are the 7 best microphones + adapters for GoPro Hero 8:
GoPro Official Media Mod:
This one is a versatile and multi-functional media mod that includes a microphone as well as a mic adapter along with several other useful features.
#1. GoPro Media Mod (Hero 8 Black)
- 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
With the Hero 8 Black, GoPro 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 microphone 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.
These microphones can be connected via a wireless setup. It’s a great accessory for those who don’t like to see cables running between the camera and subject.
#2. Rode Wireless Go – Compact Wireless Microphone
- Combo Clip-On Microphone Or Beltpack Transmitter For Lavalier/Headset Mic/ Built-In...
- Audio Delivers Crystal Clear Audio Under Any Conditions/ Up To 70M Range But...
- Power Tx And Rx Have Built-In Usb-C Rechargeable Batteries/ Up To 7 Hours On A Full...
Rode Wireless Go – The compact wireless microphone system by Rode includes a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter acts as either a quick and easy clip-on wireless mic (thanks to a built-in omnidirectional condenser capsule), or as the world’s smallest beltpack transmitter for a lavalier microphone via the 3.5mm TRS input. The receiver is also pretty compact, which makes the whole system extremely portable.
This wireless microphone delivers crystal-clear audio under all conditions. The built-in USB-C rechargeable batteries give up to 7 hours on a full charge. Its setup is also very convenient: you can pair the transmitter and receiver in just 3 seconds!
#3. Pixel Wireless Lavalier Microphone
- 【UHF Wireless Microphone】The frequencies of it operate on 570-606 Mhz，You can...
- 【36 UHF Select-able Channels】This Wireless Lavalier Microphone features 36...
- 【Long Working Time & Operating Range】The working time of this wireless audio...
Widely used for YouTube livestream, Vlog recording and interviews, the Pixel Wireless Lavalier microphone includes one transmitter that’s triggered by one receiver. The working time of this wireless audio transmitter and receiver is impressive at up to 6 hours on a full charge.
This microphone is extremely advanced and can cut off the low frequency part of audio for pure and clear output. It can also suppress car whistle, environmental and wind noise, providing an overall better recording effect for you.
Shotgun microphones do a good job at cancelling ambient noise. This makes them perfect for a number of applications like Vlogs.
#4. Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone
- Compact microphone designed to improve the audio quality of your videos - only 80...
- No battery required (powered by camera plug-in power - min 3V)
- Includes Rycote lyre shock mount and deluxe furry windshield
Rode VideoMicro is the basic version of the Rode Video Microphone line. Powered by camera plug-in power, it doesn’t need a battery to work (which is one of my favourite features). It’s compact and inexpensive. The 3.5mm Audio Aux connector lets you plug it to your GoPro Hero 8 (of course with a Mic Adapter) and record significantly better audio.
As it comes with a wind screen, you can also use it in windy situations and still record high quality audio for your footage. I’d highly recommend this microphone to all those who are looking to record crystal-clear audio for interviews and vlogs.
#5. Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone
- Supercardioid Shotgun Microphone with Windshield
- Integrated Rycote Lyre Shockmount
- Plug--play Operation
The Rode VideoMic GO delivers clear and crisp directional audio. At only 73 grams, it’s Rode’s lightest mic. Like the previous microphone, this one doesn’t require a battery too. The included windshield lets you record clear audio even in windy conditions. With no complicated switches or settings, it’s also extremely easy-to-use.
This microphone is designed to focus the tight pickup area directly in front of the mic. It does a great job of reducing the surrounding sounds, therefore ensuring that your subject is isolated from background noise.
Whether you’re planning to conduct an interview or record Youtube videos indoors, the lavalier microphone is a great option. These omnidirectional microphones are inexpensive and work great with the GoPro Hero 8 (with external mic adapter installed).
#6. Vidpro XM-L Wired Lavalier Condenser Microphone
- Vidpro XM-L Wired Lavalier microphone - 20' Audio Cable
- Includes lapel clip and foam windscreen
- Sensitivity -30dB +/- 3dB / 0dB = 1V/Pa, 1kHz
The Vidpro XM-L Wired Lavalier microphone comprises of a 20 feet Audio Cable, a lapel clip and a foam windscreen. The microphone connects via a 4’ long cable with 3.5mm audio plug.
I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a budget microphone for your GoPro Hero 8.
GoPro Official Mic Adapter:
This official mic adapter from GoPro works perfectly with the GoPro Hero 8. Please note that GoPro doesn’t allow third-party USB-C to 3.5mm audio adapters to work with GoPro. So, this is the only option you have if you don’t want to buy the media mod but still want to connect an external mic to your GoPro.
#7. GoPro Pro 3.5mm Mic Adapter for Hero 8
- 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
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.
Which GoPro Hero 8 Microphone Should You Choose?
Now that you have an idea about the various types of external microphones that you can use with your GoPro Hero 8 camera, you can choose the one which is most suitable for you.
For professional video creators and vloggers, I’d recommend a setup that includes the GoPro Media Mod (which also acts as a mic adapter) for Hero 8, plus the compact Rode Wireless Go microphone. This setup will give you maximum flexibility and crystal-clear audio quality.
For those who want a budget microphone for Hero 8, the Vidpro XM-L Wired Lavalier Condenser Microphone does a pretty decent job for its price. Just don’t forget to buy the GoPro mic adapter also (as mentioned before)!
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