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.
Tutta la 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
Adattatore microfonico Pro 3,5mm è un convertitore stereo analogico-digitale da 106dB di GoPro che va dall'adattatore da 3,5 mm del microfono alla porta USB-C della Hero 8 Black. Consente di catturare l'audio di alta qualità quando si collega un microfono esterno di buona qualità alla GoPro. Questo adattatore è dotato anche di un connettore aggiuntivo a 90° per l'alimentazione USB-C e l'estensione dei dati.
Quindi, sia che vogliate un suono da studio cristallino per la musica o un audio più chiaro per la voce in ambienti d'azione, con questo adattatore potete collegare in modo semplice e veloce una vasta gamma di microfoni da 3,5 mm alla vostra GoPro.
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.
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