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Is there a battery in this? If not, hows the performance difference?
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comments on Video MicGO: I've had this mic for a couple years. I only use it for home movies with my kids on my DSLR. There is no battery. it gets power from the 3.5mm headphone jack, or it's passive and just sends mic level and depends on the camera's preamps. Either way the signal to noise level is not good for anything where the sound is incredibly important. In a professional capacity, I might use this for capturing ambient sound for b-roll, but not voices where they are front and center. Do not use this for anything other than non-professonal applications. It is an excellent step up from an internal DSLR mic, but you really need to pony up the extra $100 for a battery powered mic so that your signal to noise ratio is acceptable.
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comments on Video MicGO: I've had this mic for a couple years. I only use it for home movies with my kids on my DSLR. There is no battery. it gets power from the 3.5mm headphone jack, or it's passive and just sends mic level and depends on the camera's preamps. Either way the signal to noise level is not good for anything where the sound is incredibly important. In a professional capacity, I might use this for capturing ambient sound for b-roll, but not voices where they are front and center. Do not use this for anything other than non-professonal applications. It is an excellent step up from an internal DSLR mic, but you really need to pony up the extra $100 for a battery powered mic so that your signal to noise ratio is acceptable.
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Wow the videomic me finally went on sale. Great little mic, I have the one in the OP for quick voice overs on a phone/ipad and the videomicro attached under a monitor.

Unfortunately phones/ipads are removing headphone jacks so these are a little more cumbersome since you need an adapter. The videomic me also has the issue of getting the male AUX end sticking onto your screen for jack-less devices.

I wish that black brace the videomic me has attached to the videomicro. This is one of those times a 3D printer would be handy...

Edit:

Looks like they came out with a Videomic Me-L. It attaches via a male lighting head. http://www.rode.com/microphones/videomicmel
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Amazon has had the Rode Go and Me for the same sales price for the last couple of months. I just purchased the Rode MicGo from them a few weeks back. It's a great starter mic for the price and doesn't require batteries as it gets it's power from the camera itself so to speak. Sound quality is about 10x better but a powered and amplified Rode mic would probably be the 100x better. Regardless, you can't go wrong with a deal like this.
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Rode VideoMic Me Directional Mic for $50 is still way overpriced for a passive mic.
is there an alternative someone can recommend i can use with my canon m6 mirrorless?
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For those considering the Videomic Pro... there is a newer version; Videomic Pro+, which corrects all of the shortcomings of the non (+) version while also adding some very nice and useful features. The 9v battery that is also hard to access was replaced by an included lithium rechargeable battery. It is micro usb. AA batteries can also be used in case of emergency. A life saving auto on/off feature was also added which to me is a big deal. It can be easy to forget to turn the mic on when starting to record or forget to shut it off afterwards, thus draining the battery. The new version is slightly bigger in size but performance seems to be very similar between the two. The controls were also changed from analog to digital. There are other cool features that were also added. There are some great YouTube videos that compare the two and go into greater detail.
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For those considering the Videomic Pro... there is a newer version; Videomic Pro+, which corrects all of the shortcomings of the non (+) version while also adding some very nice and useful features. The 9v battery that is also hard to access was replaced by an included lithium rechargeable battery. It is micro usb. AA batteries can also be used in case of emergency. A life saving auto on/off feature was also added which to me is a big deal. It can be easy to forget to turn the mic on when starting to record or forget to shut it off afterwards, thus draining the battery. The new version is slightly bigger in size but performance seems to be very similar between the two. The controls were also changed from analog to digital. There are other cool features that were also added. There are some great YouTube videos that compare the two and go into greater detail.
It's also almost $100 more. Value wise IMO the Videomic Pro @ $187 is better value.
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It's also almost $100 more. Value wise IMO the Videomic Pro @ $187 is better value.
Yes, that's a great price for what one gets. The extra cost for the new and improved version might not be worth it to some people. Personally, I feel that it is. To each their own. Good day!
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