The Definitive Guide
Unhappy with your GoPro microphone?
Then you’re in the right place!
In this article we discuss the top external microphones on the market plus the adapters and accessories you’ll need to get started.
The Best External Microphones for your GoPro
GoPro Wireless Microphones
For times when you cannot afford to see cables running between your camera and subject, wireless mics are perfect. Here are two great options:
1. REMOVU Wireless Microphone
Details » Inexpensive and easy to use. This wireless microphone kit is designed for GoPro HERO3, HERO3+, HERO4 (not HERO5 or later models). It includes a receiver that attaches at the back of your GoPro and a microphone with a built-in transmitter.
- This device fits GoPro HERO3, HERO3 plus and HERO4 only. NOT for HERO 5 and later models.
- Maximum distance is about 40 Yards depending on environment
- Powered by included Lithium battery, and runs more than 6 hours
2. BOYA Wireless Microphone
Details » This radio set works with any microphone and most video/audio recorders (including smartphones). It comes with a GoPro adapter for HERO3, HERO3+ and HERO4. Content creators use it for producing Podcasts, Vlogging, Street Interviews or Youtube Videos.
- New Release-The BOYA BY-WM2G is a compact wireless microphone, designed for reliable and trouble-free performance
- It can work with GoPro Hero3 3+ 4, Smartphone, iPad, Tablet, DSLR camera, Camcorder, Audio recorder, PC and others...
- Standard camera shoe mount, gopro cable adapter and clip included
GoPro Shotgun Microphones
Shotgun microphones do a good job at cancelling ambient noise. This makes them perfect for a number of applications like Vlogs, interviews, voiceovers, and even music production, where you need to isolate your subject from other noises.
3. Rode Video Micro Shotgun Microphone
Details » This is the basic version of the Rode Video Microphone line. It’s compact, inexpensive and doesn’t need a battery to work. With its 3.5mm Audio Aux connector you can just plug it to your GoPro (with an Audio Adapter) or any DSLR and record superior sounds straight away. I’d advise it to anyone looking to record a better audio in interviews and vlogs, also in windy situations (it comes with a wind screen).
- A compact all metal microphone
- No battary required, connects with plug in power
- Rycote Lyre shock mount and Deluxe furry windshield included
4. Rode VideoMic Pro Shotgun Microphone
Details » This is surely not the most compact GoPro microphone out there, but if audio quality is what you are after, then don’t look any further. It’s a directional, self-powered microphone with volume controls. I’ve bought this microphone since it was positively reviewed by many famous Vloggers and YouTubers. After using this mic for professional shootings with DSLRs and GoPros I can suggest it to anybody looking to upgrade their audio setup to a higher level.
- Broadcast recording quality condenser microphone
- Compact design (only 150mm/6" length)
- Ultra lightweight (only 85g/3oz)
GoPro Compact Microphones
Unlike directional shotgun microphones, these small microphones are omnidirectional. Meaning that they will pick up any sound coming from any direction around it. They are compact, inexpensive and are designed to improve GoPro’s Audio.
5. EDUTIGE Compact Microphone
Details » A well reviewed microphone for action cameras and DSLRs. Its compact size makes this omnidirectional mic ideal for recording meetings, lectures, or interviews & great for capturing audio for Youtube or Vlogs. It can be used with all GoPro editions compatible with external mics.
- PERFECTION: Omnidirectional electret condenser microphone made of metallic body and gold-plated 3.5mm 3-pole plug
- STYLE: small, light, sturdy, plug-and-play
- SENSITIVITY: High sensitivity microphone (-23dB) to capture sounds in all directions and from a distance
6. Sennheiser Compact Microphone
Details » Do a lot of water sports but still want to improve your audio? This waterproof microphone made specifically for the HERO4 attaches to the back of a standard waterproof housing and makes the whole thing waterproof up to 3.2 feet (1m) for 30 minutes. It’s ideal for skiing, surfing and all water based activities.
- "Works with GoPro" - GoPro Approved external microphone for Hero4 action cams
- Ruggedly designed for adverse climatic conditions
- Extremely resistant to wind noise and insensitive to structure-borne noise
7. Saramonic Compact Microphone
Details » An inexpensive stereo condenser microphone that plugs directly into the GoPro HERO3, HERO3+ & HERO4 without the need of any battery. It comes with two different windscreens to use during the action or in windy situations.
- Dual X/Y Stereo Condenser Mic Capsules ~ Increases Audio Sensitivity & Clarity
- Includes Foam Windshield & Bonus "Deadcat" Furry Windjammer ~ Reduces wind noise by up to 40dB with minimum high frequency...
- Plugs directly into the GoPro HERO3, HERO3+ & HERO4 ~ No Adapters Required
GoPro Lavalier Microphones
If you need to conduct an interview or you are planning to record Youtube videos in a room, the Lavalier microphone is probably the best option. These omnidirectional microphones are cheap and work great with any camera that supports a mic input. They typically have a 3.5mm Aux connector, so you’ll need an adapter to attach it to GoPro.
8. Sony Lavalier Microphone
Details » With over 1,200 positive Amazon reviews, and a GoPro recommendation, this simple clip microphone is perfect for interviews as it’s made to quickly attache to a shirt for convenient hands-free recording.
9. Movo Lavalier Microphone
Details » It’s the best lavalier microphone for price/quality. It comes with an audio adapter for GoPro HERO3, HERO3+, HERO4, but it can also be used for newer camera models with this adapter.
- For the GoPro HERO3, HERO3+ & HERO4
- Omni Pickup Pattern
- Includes Foam Windscreen and Metal Lapel Clip
Best Microphone Adapters and Housings
To use an external microphone with GoPro, you’ll need two accessories: a microphone adapter, and an external microphone friendly housing.
GoPro Microphone Adapters
If you own a Hero 5 Session, Hero 5 Black, Hero 6 Black, or Hero 7 Black, this is the microphone adapter GoPro recommends to enable stereo mic and line input for external audio sources like an audio recorder or mixer.
GoPro Hero 5, Hero 6, and Hero 7 Microphone Adapter
- 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
If you own a Hero 3 or 4, this is the microphone adapter GoPro recommends or you can use a less expensive adapter that works just as well.
GoPro Hero 3 and Hero 4 Microphone Adapter
- Adapts any standard, TRS 3.5mm microphone cable to fit the GoPro HERO3, HERO3+ & HERO4
- Versatile heavy-duty cable maintains connection and audio quality
- High-Quality Connectors
GoPro Microphone Housings
To get your adapter working, you’ll need a microphone friendly housing so you can access the audio port. For Hero 5, 6 and 7 owners, this solid aluminum housing will protect your camera while still allowing access. Plus, with the 52mm filter mount, you can adapt any standard UV lens, filter lens, or polarizing lens of the same diameter.
GoPro Hero 5 and Hero (2018) Housing
- 【Easy to install】Aluminum Alloy CNC Case for GoPro HERO 5/HERO(2018).Portable to take out, could be mounted on bicycles,...
- 【Video and Vlog Creator Case】Preferred case accessory used by pro photographers & video makers on YouTube,the hot shoe...
- 【52mm Filter】Protects lens from dust, dirt,and scratches;Reduces ultraviolet light; helps eliminate bluish cast in...
For Hero 3 and 4 owners, the official GoPro Skeleton Housing provides added protection and access to all ports.
GoPro Hero 3 and Hero 4 Housing
- Has a lightweight and slim design
- The open sides allow for access to the GoPro's ports for live-feed video and easy charging
- Enables enhanced cooling and the best audio capture during low-speed activities
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