Best Wireless Microphone (for iPhone, Android, DSLR and other Cameras!)

– Are you looking for thebest wireless microphone to use with your iPhone, your android, your DSLR or pretty much any other camerawith a 3.

5 millimeter input? Well, here's everything you need to know about how current top wirelessmicrophone recommendation that works across themall, the Rode Wireless GO.

Now just before we get into it, I do wanna say that thisis not a sponsored video.

Rode have not paid us any money, they did send us out aunit to test and to try for this video, I'm not100% sure if I have to send it back yet, but these are my thoughts, my opinions on the RodeWireless GO to help you decide if this is the best one for you.

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So let's jump into it.

Now when it comes towireless microphone systems, traditionally, the goodoptions have always been on the more expensive end of the spectrum.

And many of those havestill had their fair share of issues as well.

The Rode Wireless FilmmakerKit was previously our top recommendation asall round best bang-for-buck wireless microphone solution.

But Rode has just released a brand new and far more portableoption, the Rode Wireless GO.

This thing is super tiny, it's more affordable, and it packs in some impressive specs.

It works with a broad rangeof devices, so you can use it if you're looking for a wirelessmicrophone for your iPhone, your android, your DLSR or pretty much any other camera out there.

But you just might needa cheap adapter as well to make it work.

So after putting it through its paces there is definitely a lot to like and a few things that anyonethat's considering buying should be aware of before they buy.

But we're going to look atall of that in this video to help you decide whether this is the best wireless microphone for you.

Now, if you're not familiarwith wireless microphones, there are two parts; there is a transmitter and a receiver.

One to transmit the wireless audio, one to receive the wireless audio.

But in this case, insteadof these being bulky units, these things are tiny.

I mean crazy tiny.

These things way just 31 grams each.

And they measure in around 44millimeters by 46 millimeters, and around 18.

5 millimeters thickness.

And for those of youlooking for the conversion, it's on screen.

These things have aseven hour battery life, which again, consideringthe size is just insane, you charge them up justusing a USB-C cable, and you can actually charge the microphone while it's plugged in andwhile you're using it.

So if you're on a longer shoot or you want to record fora long period of time, so you don't want thebattery to go flat at all while you're recording, thenyou can have it plugged in and charging or connected topower while you're recording.

These things have a range ofup to 70 meters line of sight, but it is definitely more optimized to work in closer distances, so there's less chance of interference and those sorts of thingsaffecting the signal.

You can also have up toeight of these running in one location without any interference.

Now I do want to quicklyfollow that up and say that if you do want torun multiple microphones, you will need multiple kits.

These things running in pairs.

So you will need a pairor a set for each person that you want to put a microphone on.

Now these microphones compared up ready to use out of thebox, but they also include super fast pairing, meaningif you do need to change up the pairing with some of your kits, it takes around three seconds, which is pretty damn fast.

There's actually two different ways that you can use this microphone.

This thing has a 3.

5millimeter TRS microphone plug so that you can connectup a Lavalier microphone or a lapel microphone to make it like a traditionalwireless microphone setup.

Or the other option is it'salso got its own built-in microphone into the transmitter, which is surprisingly really good.

The unit's themselveshave a built in bell clip, which also doubles as a cold shoe mount so that you can mountit on top of a camera or you can pretty much clip it anyway.

There's a display on the receiver that show you the volume levels, the audio bars for the audiothat you're transmitting, and it even shows you the battery levels of both the transmitter and the receiver.

There's three volume level adjustments, you've got minus 12 minussix or zero decibel settings, which gives you theflexibility to use this across a wide range of cameras or devices, allowing you to set the volumeaccordingly for each device.

And these units are alsofirmware upgradeable, meaning that if there's anyadditional features or patches or anything from Rodethat need to be applied, you can easily update thefirmware to access them.

Now in regards to cost, thisis where it gets really crazy.

The Rode Wireless GO isselling for under $200.

It's currently selling for $199, which really blows mymind given how compact and powerful this microphone kit is.

Now in the box, obviously, you get both the transmitterand the receiver.

You also get a TRS to TRS or an SC2 cable, which is the cable that you use to connect up to DSLRs or cameras.

It also comes with two furwindshields like a dead cat to help reduce the wind noisefrom the built in microphone and there's also two USB-Ctwo USB-A charging cables and a carry pouch.

I really think it's awesomethat they've included two charging cables justmakes it easier to be able to charge both at the same time.

Now as I said right out of the box, you'll have no issue connecting this up with a DSLR or any camerathat takes a 3.

5 millimeter headphone jack TRS plug.

You can also use this withyour smartphone as well.

If you purchase a TRS to TRRS adapter.

Now Rode do make one, they call it the SC7 and it sells for around $15.

Now if you've got one of those phones that doesn't have a headphone jack, then you will need to use either the lightning to headphone jack plug or USB-C to headphone jack plug along with that adapterSC7 to make this work.

So in regards to my first impressions, when I first opened the box, the look and feel, the quality, everything, I was really blown away first and foremost by the size.

I'm going to keep sayingthat because this thing is just insane with howsmall and light it is.

But also the build quality.

This is something thatI would have thought that given the size and given the price that this thing would feelcheap and not work very well.

And I really didn't have thehighest of expectations for it.

Yet on the other hand, this is a Rode microphone, which is typically ourgo-to recommendations for best bang-for-buck microphones because that's exactly what they are.

A mix of audio quality and quality build but also quality product overall.

And this is no different.

But what I was really takenaway with is the thought process between two main things, the mounting mechanism, the belt clip that alsodoubles as the hot shoe or cold shoe mount.

And also the fact thatthey have a microphone built into the transmitter.

so that you don't need to use a lapel or a Lavalier microphone, youcan just use the unit itself just as the microphone.

Now personally, I do think that most times I'll be using this I willbe connecting a microphone to it and treating it asif it was a traditional wireless microphone setup.

But just knowing that ithas the built in microphone, I'm sure there's going to beuse cases where is it going to be easier to clip that on, and run with that instead.

Now in regards to what thisthing actually sounds like you've been listening to itfor the length of this video, I am recording this videousing the Rode Wireless GO.

But I do have it connectedup with the Rode Smartlav plus lavalier microphone, which is just clipped onto my jacket here.

But what I'm gonna do now isunclip the Rode Smartlav plus and just show you what thebuilt-in microphone sounds like.

So we'll just run withit, you don't normally want to do this by the way.

Okay, so this is the Rode Wireless GO, you can see just how small it is.

And you're actually hearing the microphone that is in the top of it right now.

So you can clip it onto yourshirt or on to your jacket, it's probably going toclip on a bit better if I'm not wearing a jacket like this.

But you can hear now that this is sounding pretty damn amazing for what it is.

So no additional microphone, just the built-in microphone in the transmitter onthis Rode Wireless GO.

So you can see just howpowerful this thing is and how good it sounds justwith the built-in microphone.

I've reconnected the RodeSmartlav plus lavalier microphone back to the unit now.

So that's what you're hearing.

But just be aware, if you are going to use that Rode Smartlav Plus, youwill also need to purchase the adapter so that youcan use that microphone, because it has a TRRS connector.

So you will need to get theadapter from TRRS back to TRS.

So that it works in the unit.

You can see that's it there.

So to get this thing set upand running, all you need to do is obviously make surethat both the transmitter and the receiver a charged.

Connect the receiver to yourcamera or to your smartphone.

And this is where usingthat belt clip slash hot shoe adapter mount isawesome, you can just slide it right onto the top of your camera.

Or if you're going toconnect it up to use it with your smartphone, youcould use a rig something like the iOgrapher and mount it on to that.

Or you can purchase ahot shoe extension bar, which will give you extra mounting options for maybe putting your phone on one side and the wireless receiveron the other side.

You then want to mount the transmitter on the person whose audioyou want to capture.

So you'll either want toclip it onto their shirt, on to their jacket and usethe built in microphone, or you want to connect it to their belt and then connect and clipon a lavalier microphone as I'm doing here.

The last thing you want todo before you press record is to check your volumelevels and adjust them on the unit if you need to.

If it's too loud or tooquiet, and obviously, you've got your volumelevels inside of your camera, you can adjust as well.

And if you're looking for advanced control on your smartphone, if youuse an app like Filmic Pro, that will give you theability to manually adjust your volume levels if it'stoo loud or too quiet.

And we have done a fullwalkthrough tutorial on using Filmic Pro.

And I'll put a link tothat up in the cards if you're going to be creatingvideos with your smartphones.

And you're after the mostamount of features and control and quality that you canget out of your smartphone.

So wrapping this up thestrengths or the advantages with this, the size and theweight are an absolute given.

It's amazing what they'vepackaged into something so small and something so light.

It has amazing battery life, I love that it's USB-C, I'm a USB-C all the things person.

So that's a big tick.

And I also really likethe flexibility of having the built-in microphonein the transmitter, but also the absolute geniusbehind the mounting options of the belt clip slashhot shoe cold shoe mount.

Yeah, well played.

It's awesome.

Now as for the downsides, or the weaknesses, or the things that aren't quite there, I think it definitely would have been nice to see a screw thread onthe 3.

5 millimeter plugs so that your cables aren'tgoing to get knocked loose, or there's no chance of younot actually pushing them in all the way so they'renot connected properly.

But also the ability to be ableto connect a TRRS microphone like the Rode Smartlav plus without needing to use another adapter.

Again, not a deal breaker, but it would be nice if you can plug in bothTRS and TRRS microphones into this without theneed to have an adapter.

Now there's two last thingsthat I do want to address because we've had a lotof questions come through on these things.

The first one is inregards to audio dropouts, when people turn their back.

So there's been some YouTubevideos that people have put out where when they turnaround, the audio drops out, because they're breakingthat line of sight connection between the transmitter and the receiver.

Now in all of our tests, we have not been able to replicate this.

It's worked really well between walls.

And even at quite a distancegoing through walls.

We've had no issues with that, and obviously turningaround and moving around, we had no issues with that either.

So definitely haven'texperienced any of those issues in all of our tests.

And the second thing is in regards to microphone interference.

There's a few reports of people saying that they've plugged inmicrophones into this unit to use their own lapelor lavaliar microphone.

And they're just gettingstatic and (mumbles).

Yeah, the audio's sounding bad.

We've tested this withthe Rode Smartlav plus, I've tested this with theBOYA BY-M1 microphones, the iRig Lavalier, we've also tested this with the Rode microphone that comes with the other Rode FilmmakerKit, the wireless kit, and also a Sony lavaliermicrophone as well.

And we have not beenable to replicate this, maybe that's coming through on a really cheap-endmicrophone, but the BOYA and the iRig microphonesare pretty cheap ones and they worked fine as well.

So can't replicate that problem either.

So overall value for money.

This is definitely the best bang-for-buck wireless microphone out there right now.

Because it's the complete package.

It's small, it's light, it's crazy cheap.

And it works really, really well.

Now in regards to thecompetitors, or the competition for this product, one of them is their own the Rode Filmmaker Kit, which sells for around $400.

And the other one is theSennheiser XSW slash D, which was an absolutegame changer in this space of small wireless microphones until the Rode Wireless GO came out.

Now that's not to say thatyou shouldn't consider those microphones as well inyour decision making process, there's definitely a place for them.

Like the Rode Filmmaker Kit does have that locking mechanism, thescrew thread on your microphones and on the cables, so thatthey're not going to come loose.

It also runs double A batteries so that you can justswap out the batteries and you're good to gowithout needing to wait and charge things up orpower things off USB power, you've got that extra flexibility there.

And you've also got more advanced control and more control over the volume levels on both the transmitter and the receiver.

So yes, this is a little bit different.

It's not as many featuresas the Rode Filmmaker Kit.

But really for the most part, and for most people out there, this is going to doeverything you need and more for a fraction of the costand a fraction of the size and weight as well.

There's two videos linked on screen.

The first one I think is a must watch.

If you're looking to hide your lapel or your lavalier microphone, under your shirt, your dress, your jacket, whatever it is, but still get great audio then that video is an absolute must.

The second video is asuggestion from YouTube.

I have no idea what it is.

I hope it's awesome.

See you in the next one.


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