How to get better audio with GoPro?
Using a GoPro external mic can greatly enhance your audio recording. Many GoPro users complain about the audio quality produced by their GoPro cameras.
Action cameras will not have 100% crisp audio quality especially if you use the waterproof case that will reduce the sound quality to a minimum. If you are not satisfied with the built-in mono microphone then you need to continue reading.
I mainly use external microphones when doing live broadcasts or online video calls on Skype since I need to have clear and crisp audio quality.
There are many GoPro compatible microphones available for Hero6 Black, Hero5 Black, Hero5 Session, Hero4 Silver, Hero4 Black, Hero3/3+. That’s why I want to show you today what are the best GoPro external mics for 2017.
The microphones that I’m going to show you are all recommended by GoPro.
For Live Broadcasts OR Video Calls
The Sennheiser MKE400 is a small shotgun microphone that is great for doing live broadcasts, recording YouTube videos or having video calls.
It’s designed to reduce noise thanks to its foam windshield, wind noise filter and integral shock-mount. It has a metal housing that will make it rugged and solid.
This microphone is powered by one AAA battery that can last for up to 300 hours. Frequency response is 40-20000 Hz. I personally have one that I use for my broadcast sessions and I can say that I’m very satisfied with its quality.
Similar to the MKE400, the Rode VideoMic is a professional shotgun condenser microphone designed to be used with both SLR and action cameras.
This one has a high quality shock mounting design that isolates the microphone from its shoe mount and provides isolation from unwanted vibrations.
I had zero noise recorded from handling and waving around with the camera. They did a pretty good job at designing this mic. The sound is crisp and full. Frequency response is 40-20000 Hz.
It’s powered with a 9V alkaline or lithium battery So if you’re looking into getting an affordable shotgun microphone then look no further.
Another good shotgun microphone is the Opteka VM-100. It is a highly sensitive directional microphone with noise reduction capabilities like the NRS system (Noise Reduction Suspension) and the windscreen.
You will get two windscreens in the box, one for indoor use and the other for outdoor use with more noise cancellation features.
It’s powered with a 9V lithium or Alkaline battery and can last for up to 100 hours. It can be attached to SLR cameras. It’s cheaper than the MKE400 but of course doesn’t have the same sound quality.
If you don’t like the bulky looking mics and prefer to have a small microphone for your GoPro then look no further. The Comica CVM-VG05 is the right choice, it’s a “convenient” mic that attaches directly to your GoPro.
It’s best used for interviews and POVs, didn’t test it in windy conditions but I know that the kit includes a windshield filter to reduce wind noise when used outdoors.
It might not have the same quality of the above Rodeo and Opteka mics but if you’re looking for a compact and cheap GoPro microphone then the Comica mic would be your best choice!
Small Hands-Free Mics
Sound Professionals SP-TFB-2
I don’t know if you are familiar with this type of microphones. Well for me I wasn’t until I tried this SP-TFB-2 from Sound Professionals. This is an In-Ear binaural microphone that has in-ear holders that slip into your ears. Weird I know, but they claim that it has the most realistic recording.
Also your hearing will not impaired while recording so you can enjoy recording without any issues. This mic has windscreens on both ear holders. It can also take additional battery power. Frequency response is 20-20000 Hz.
A very small hands free microphone with a clip that can be attached to your clothes. It can rotate for flexible placement and doesn’t need any batteries, it has plug-in power.
This is a good option if you don’t require any high quality recording or noise cancellation capabilities. Another great alternative is the Polar Pro Promic For GoPro.
The Extremely Important Accessories
MiniUSB to 3.5mm female jack for Hero4 cameras
In order to connect a GoPro to an external microphone, a Mini USB to 3.5mm jack adapter is required. Since the GoPro doesn’t have an audio input but only a MicroUSB port.
This is a small inexpensive adapter that you need to get if you want to use external mics. I recommend you to get the GoPro adapter and not a third party one since some of them have poor quality and can impact your audio input. Check it here.
MiniUSB to 3.5mm female jack for Hero5 and Hero6 cameras
For the Hero5 Black/Session and Hero6, you would need the new GoPro USB-C 3.5mm mic adapter as the mini-USB mic adapter that was used in Hero4 cameras does not work on the Hero5.
GoPro Hero3/4 Frame
The GoPro Hero3/4 Frame is a must have for audio recording and charging your GoPro while it’s fixed on a mount. It exposes the USB, HDMI and SD card slot ports.
With this frame, you will be able to keep your GoPro charged while recording, it also enables you to have better audio quality from the builtin mics since it doesn’t soundproof the sounds unlike the waterproof case.
PRO Microphones Only For Hero4 Black, Hero5 Black and Hero6 Black
GoPro recommends the below microphones for the Hero4 Black, Hero5 Black and Hero6 Black. They are not compatible with any other model, so be careful when ordering your mic.
The mics that I’m going to show you are pro mics and they really provide high quality sounds, so if you’re not happy with the audio produced by your GoPro Hero4/Hero5 Black then you might want to consider adding an external microphone to enhance the sound quality whether you are planning to take footage of yourself playing guitar or maybe just singing. You cannot go wrong with these ones!
The microphones that I’m going to show you below use an XLR connector and not a 3.5mm jack like the above mics since these are PRO mics. So in order to connect them to your GoPro, you will need to get an XLR to USB adapter. I use the one from SHURE.
It picks up clear and bright sounds while minimizing background noise. It’s highly reliable and diverse. You can use it with anything whether playing an instrument or doing a performance. The brand SHURE speaks for itself.
A competitor to Shure is the Sennheiser brand. Another great and popular brand in the music world. The MD421 is Sennheiser’s most popular dynamic mic. It’s great for recording guitar and drums thanks to its full bodied cardioid pattern and five-position bass control. It’s also used for broadcasts and singing. Frequency response is 30-17000 Hz.
Another great mic from Shure. The SM58 is the number one mic when it comes to recording vocals. It’s legendary and used everywhere. It’s rugged and very well designed to help minimize breath pop noise and background noise thanks to its high quality built-in filter. Frequency response is 50-15000 Hz.
The Shure SM7B is a super high quality mic designed for vocals and used mainly in radio and TV. It has many great features and design. Another excellent product from SHURE.
This retro looking microphone is also recommended by GoPro. The ElectroVoice RE20 is a pro microphone with a heavy duty internal pop filter that reduces proximity effects and wind noise. Contrary to its looks, this mic uses the latest technology for the best sound quality.It has many positive reviews on Amazon.
GoPro Waterproof Microphone for Hero4 – Sennheiser MKE 2 Elements
The Sennheiser MKE 2 Elements is the recommended microphone by GoPro for Hero4 Black and Silver and the solution we were all waiting for, a waterproof microphone we can use outdoors in wet conditions, whether I’m mountain biking, water rafting or kite surfing, I can now capture awesome video and audio without having to worry about the external mic getting wet or recording low quality audio from GoPro’s built in mic.
The Sennheiser MKE 2 Elements is rugged, very well sealed and can go underwater without any issues.
But how does it do it? Well, the Sennheiser MKE 2 mic is designed as a BacPac that attaches to the GoPro case.
The mic also comes with a filter for wind resistance, it will greatly enhance the whole experience and let’s you capture the thrill in high quality audio. This is a video explaining about it in more detail:
If you are looking to improve the sound quality of your GoPro videos then you might want to consider adding an external microphone, you won’t believe the difference it makes specially with a high quality mic.
If you play an instrument, sing, shoot broadcasts or just want a better audio quality then I would personally advise to try an external mic. You will love it!
There you have it folks!
What do you think of these GoPro external microphones? Please let me know by leaving a comment in the comments section below 🙂