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


– Are you looking for the
best wireless microphone to use with your iPhone,
your android, your DSLR or pretty much any other camera
with a 3.5 millimeter input? Well, here’s everything you need to know about how current top wireless
microphone recommendation that works across them
all, the Rode Wireless GO. Now just before we get into it, I do wanna say that this
is not a sponsored video. Rode have not paid us any money, they did send us out a
unit to test and to try for this video, I’m not
100% sure if I have to send it back yet, but these are my thoughts, my opinions on the Rode
Wireless GO to help you decide if this is the best one for you. Hey it’s Justin Brown
here from Primal Video, where we help you amplify your business and brand with video. If you’re new here, make sure you click that subscribe button and
all the links to everything I mention in this video,
you can find linked in the description box below. So let’s jump into it. Now when it comes to
wireless microphone systems, traditionally, the good
options have always been on the more expensive end of the spectrum. And many of those have
still had their fair share of issues as well. The Rode Wireless Filmmaker
Kit was previously our top recommendation as
all round best bang-for-buck wireless microphone solution. But Rode has just released a brand new and far more portable
option, 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 range
of devices, so you can use it if you’re looking for a wireless
microphone for your iPhone, your android, your DLSR or pretty much any other camera out there. But you just might need
a 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 anyone
that’s considering buying should be aware of before they buy. But we’re going to look at
all of that in this video to help you decide whether this is the best wireless microphone for you. Now, if you’re not familiar
with 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, instead
of these being bulky units, these things are tiny. I mean crazy tiny. These things way just 31 grams each. And they measure in around 44
millimeters by 46 millimeters, and around 18.5 millimeters thickness. And for those of you
looking for the conversion, it’s on screen. These things have a
seven hour battery life, which again, considering
the size is just insane, you charge them up just
using a USB-C cable, and you can actually charge the microphone while it’s plugged in and
while you’re using it. So if you’re on a longer shoot or you want to record for
a long period of time, so you don’t want the
battery to go flat at all while you’re recording, then
you can have it plugged in and charging or connected to
power while you’re recording. These things have a range of
up 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 things
affecting the signal. You can also have up to
eight of these running in one location without any interference. Now I do want to quickly
follow that up and say that if you do want to
run multiple microphones, you will need multiple kits. These things running in pairs. So you will need a pair
or a set for each person that you want to put a microphone on. Now these microphones compared up ready to use out of the
box, but they also include super fast pairing, meaning
if 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 3.5
millimeter TRS microphone plug so that you can connect
up a Lavalier microphone or a lapel microphone to make it like a traditional
wireless microphone setup. Or the other option is it’s
also got its own built-in microphone into the transmitter, which is surprisingly really good. The unit’s themselves
have a built in bell clip, which also doubles as a cold shoe mount so that you can mount
it 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 audio
that 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 minus
six or zero decibel settings, which gives you the
flexibility to use this across a wide range of cameras or devices, allowing you to set the volume
accordingly for each device. And these units are also
firmware upgradeable, meaning that if there’s any
additional features or patches or anything from Rode
that need to be applied, you can easily update the
firmware to access them. Now in regards to cost, this
is where it gets really crazy. The Rode Wireless GO is
selling for under $200. It’s currently selling for $199, which really blows my
mind given how compact and powerful this microphone kit is. Now in the box, obviously, you get both the transmitter
and 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 fur
windshields like a dead cat to help reduce the wind noise
from the built in microphone and there’s also two USB-C
two USB-A charging cables and a carry pouch. I really think it’s awesome
that they’ve included two charging cables just
makes 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 camera
that takes a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack TRS plug. You can also use this with
your 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 adapter
SC7 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 saying
that because this thing is just insane with how
small and light it is. But also the build quality. This is something that
I would have thought that given the size and given the price that this thing would feel
cheap and not work very well. And I really didn’t have the
highest of expectations for it. Yet on the other hand,
this is a Rode microphone, which is typically our
go-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 taken
away with is the thought process between two main things,
the mounting mechanism, the belt clip that also
doubles as the hot shoe or cold shoe mount. And also the fact that
they have a microphone built into the transmitter. so that you don’t need to use a lapel or a Lavalier microphone, you
can just use the unit itself just as the microphone. Now personally, I do think that most times I’ll be using this I will
be connecting a microphone to it and treating it as
if it was a traditional wireless microphone setup. But just knowing that it
has the built in microphone, I’m sure there’s going to be
use cases where is it going to be easier to clip that on,
and run with that instead. Now in regards to what this
thing actually sounds like you’ve been listening to it
for the length of this video, I am recording this video
using the Rode Wireless GO. But I do have it connected
up with the Rode Smartlav plus lavalier microphone, which is just clipped onto my jacket here. But what I’m gonna do now is
unclip the Rode Smartlav plus and just show you what the
built-in microphone sounds like. So we’ll just run with
it, 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 your
shirt or on to your jacket, it’s probably going to
clip 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 on
this Rode Wireless GO. So you can see just how
powerful this thing is and how good it sounds just
with the built-in microphone. I’ve reconnected the Rode
Smartlav 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, you
will also need to purchase the adapter so that you
can use that microphone, because it has a TRRS connector. So you will need to get the
adapter 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 up
and running, all you need to do is obviously make sure
that both the transmitter and the receiver a charged. Connect the receiver to your
camera or to your smartphone. And this is where using
that belt clip slash hot shoe adapter mount is
awesome, you can just slide it right onto the top of your camera. Or if you’re going to
connect it up to use it with your smartphone, you
could use a rig something like the iOgrapher and mount it on to that. Or you can purchase a
hot shoe extension bar, which will give you extra mounting options for maybe putting your phone on one side and the wireless receiver
on the other side. You then want to mount the transmitter on the person whose audio
you want to capture. So you’ll either want to
clip it onto their shirt, on to their jacket and use
the built in microphone, or you want to connect it to their belt and then connect and clip
on a lavalier microphone as I’m doing here. The last thing you want to
do before you press record is to check your volume
levels and adjust them on the unit if you need to. If it’s too loud or too
quiet, and obviously, you’ve got your volume
levels inside of your camera, you can adjust as well. And if you’re looking for advanced control on your smartphone, if you
use an app like Filmic Pro, that will give you the
ability to manually adjust your volume levels if it’s
too loud or too quiet. And we have done a full
walkthrough tutorial on using Filmic Pro. And I’ll put a link to
that up in the cards if you’re going to be creating
videos with your smartphones. And you’re after the most
amount of features and control and quality that you can
get out of your smartphone. So wrapping this up the
strengths or the advantages with this, the size and the
weight are an absolute given. It’s amazing what they’ve
packaged 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 like
the flexibility of having the built-in microphone
in the transmitter, but also the absolute genius
behind the mounting options of the belt clip slash
hot 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 on
the 3.5 millimeter plugs so that your cables aren’t
going to get knocked loose, or there’s no chance of you
not actually pushing them in all the way so they’re
not connected properly. But also the ability to be able
to 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 both
TRS and TRRS microphones into this without the
need to have an adapter. Now there’s two last things
that I do want to address because we’ve had a lot
of questions come through on these things. The first one is in
regards to audio dropouts, when people turn their back. So there’s been some YouTube
videos that people have put out where when they turn
around, the audio drops out, because they’re breaking
that 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 distance
going through walls. We’ve had no issues with that, and obviously turning
around and moving around, we had no issues with that either. So definitely haven’t
experienced 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 in
microphones into this unit to use their own lapel
or lavaliar microphone. And they’re just getting
static and (mumbles). Yeah, the audio’s sounding bad. We’ve tested this with
the Rode Smartlav plus, I’ve tested this with the
BOYA BY-M1 microphones, the iRig Lavalier, we’ve also tested this with the Rode microphone that comes with the other Rode Filmmaker
Kit, the wireless kit, and also a Sony lavalier
microphone as well. And we have not been
able to replicate this, maybe that’s coming through on a really cheap-end
microphone, but the BOYA and the iRig microphones
are 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 the
competitors, 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 the
Sennheiser XSW slash D, which was an absolute
game changer in this space of small wireless microphones until the Rode Wireless GO came out. Now that’s not to say that
you shouldn’t consider those microphones as well in
your decision making process, there’s definitely a place for them. Like the Rode Filmmaker Kit does have that locking mechanism, the
screw thread on your microphones and on the cables, so that
they’re not going to come loose. It also runs double A batteries so that you can just
swap out the batteries and you’re good to go
without needing to wait and charge things up or
power 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 features
as the Rode Filmmaker Kit. But really for the most part,
and for most people out there, this is going to do
everything you need and more for a fraction of the cost
and 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 a
suggestion from YouTube. I have no idea what it is. I hope it’s awesome. See you in the next one.

96 comments

Your the man justin brown! You have inspired me to start my own youtibe and be like you. I would appreciate it if you could give me some feedback.

Hi Justin.. thank you this is perfect .. I was looking for good microphones and thank you for your honest opinions and reviews…

Please make a tutorial video about how we can edit video like you? How did you editing your video and how you add animation text to your video??

mate im so happy that you channel has grown so much. Been following since your start, awesome content always mate.

A bit of advice needed if that's ok, just hit 1000 subs and I've just been allowed to monetise my videos, is there any advice on doing this or is it pretty straight forward

Could you make a video to explain how to set a microphone for phone pc etc explaining the various options with cable with out a cable please i don’t know where to start

Thanks for this review. I have been looking at the RODE Wireless Go! as a good way to add wireless capabilities to my existing microphone lineup.

I was looking at buying the Rode Wireless GO this but the two major problems I see and they could have been easily fixed was the one mentioned about being able to screw in an external mic so it doesn't come out and the other is the rechargeable battery. We all know what happens to our phone batteries they gradually dont hold the charge I would see this battery as going the same way. Also the $199 you mentioned appears to be US and shipped from the US!

The perfect small footprint microphone for the Sony A6400. Will turn it into a true vlogging camera.

Great video, Justin. Thank you for keeping us up on the latest and the greatest! I learned a lot from this one. I also like the presentation style for featuring and discussing a product. Right up my alley!🦋

I should get this, whoa!!!! Especially since I'm using a phone, and currently using BOYA lav mic.

Wow Rode really overdid it this time. That's crazy the amount of options, battery life all in such a small size.

I seriously need to get this! I’m tired of the Shure MV-88. So much interference sometimes. I wish they had a lightning adapter tho

Thanks Justin. I missed the release of this one but it's now on my wish list.
Cheers mate

What about the wind shield?
I want use it on bike and electric scooter

Well put together video Justin! I'm very interested in checking out this unit – size, easy mount and sound are big factors for me 🙂👍

How about a video about recording multiple lavaliers to one camera for interviews and such? And best mics to use?

Awesome piece of equipment, I’d love one of them maybe I’ll get one for Christmas if I’m good

i am your biggest fan please can you make a video of sharing thing android lenovo tablet to macbook OS X 10.6.8

I want to buy this for my Gopro Hero 7, but I need the Gopro audio adapter which is not available anywhere that is "affordable" (there are a couple for sale on Amazon for $250 usd. Crazy!

Great video. We are filming on stage presentations with 3 speakers. Is there an option without having to buy 2 receivers? And how many mics can one receiver handle?

Thanks a lot Justin. Although I’ve just started my first couple of videos. But I felt really thankful that your videos had encourage me to even try on my first one. Many thanks.

Hi justin,, can you please…please make a video on how to sync audio and video on imovie ios .

That will be so much help for me since i am starting a youtube channel.

Thank you 😊 for the tips and tricks for content creator.

This is a very good review. Concise, to the point, factual and not self absorbed/obsessed. Well done!😀👍

Hi, Justin. I want to ask you about an iPhone teleprompter. I have been using videoteleprompter free, and am ready to buy a professional one, but would like your opinion on which is the best. I would love to be able to put TITLES to my video so that they stand out in youtube and social media. Any recommendations?

Thanks Justin I will be adding this to my toolkit soon. I actually liked how the wireless go sounds alone and in your hand.

I haven’t used microphones yet, so these videos are helpful to me in trying to determine what I want to use. However, I would have liked to see the testing you did with the microphone in the different circumstances you mentioned.

Just checking. Can I run two wireless mics into one iPhone if I have an adaptor so I can record a two way discussion?

Do you think this could be used with the DJI Osmo Pocket? Pretty certain that it will work, but not sure how you would mount the Transmitter since there is no 1/4 20 thread. Any thoughts?

Hi Justin! I love your channel. I watched one of your videos & bought a Boya M 1 microphone. I have an iphone 10sMax. I am using it with the lightning jack, and there is no sound when I record :(. Do I need to switch something in settings? Down load a recorder app, get a different adapter? I think this may be a problem within Apple. Any suggestions? Thank you! I'm a Hair Extension Stylist in San Diego California recording videos for my hair clients. Love your work!

Scenario: Stage presentation with 2 people needing lavaliers. Participating audience that can step up to a wireless handheld on a stand to ask questions. What setup is needed to accommodate that scenario. There's one available audio input into a tripod held camera that sits approximately 60 feet away from stage.

the Amazon reviews are really horrible Justing for the Rode Wireless Go – Compact Wireless Microphone System, Transmitter and Receiver- are you still endorsing this??

So can I use two mic packs to transmit to one receiver plugged into my iPhone? Or am I only able to use one transmitter to one receiver meaning there’s no way to record audio from two transmitters/mics?

Well done. I bought it. Then I bought the Osmo 3 and found out no 3.5mm plug like the Osmo Mobile. Do you guys know of a workaround? Osmo 3 also doesn’t seem to work with FiLMiC Pro (which you had a great tutorial).

Thank you for the helpful video … I’m going to purchase these items but not sure what the difference in adapters are between the 3 given .. I have a cannon 80d

Thanks Justin for the great content. I believe you just made up my decision. You give great advice and you review great products!

I film Pilates videos for youtube so wondering if this would be great for this as I move around a lot an constantly moving my mic pack, i like this as its so small. My next question is i use a cannon powershot SX50 HS which is quite old but has to slot for a 3.5mm jack, any sugesstions?

Is there such a thing as a bluetooth mic that works with the receiver in the phone? Without a separate receiver? I have a Sennheiser lav mic that just plugs straight in to the lightening plug and boom, your in business. The only thing you can't do with it is use for phone calls. Seems like there are lots of BR mics if you thing about airbuds and even my car. There must be one for a cell phone

Wow!!! I’m getting this ASAP! It’ll be amazing for when I’m vlogging in public places and don’t always want to speak overly loud lol

Hey Justin, i just bought this device and my audio and video go out of sync whenever i send it to my computer. everything works fine on my iphone, but doesnt transfer right with drop box or mail drop. how can i resolve this problem?

this may be a rookie question. But does this record directly as stereo? Other wireless microphone receivers have recorded in mono and I just want to record and go not mess around with making mono stereo. thanks

I have a Galaxy S7, what I learned from this video is I will be spending near $300 to upgrade my sound quality.
R. W. Go System + 2 converter cables + smartLav Plus.

I’m trying to use this setup with my iPhone X. I purchased the sc7 adapter and the lighting to headphone jack adapter. It still isn’t transferring audio to the phone. Is it because the lighting to headphone jack is for output?

I am thinking this setup would work well with a Mevo camera. Has anyone tried? Thank you Justin for the excellent video information.

Hey Justin – I bought the Rode wireless mic and the Boya Mic. The Rode works flawlessly, but when I plug the Boya into the Rode, everything stops working. It's like I turned off the microphone – even though both the transmitter and receiver on the Rode are both on. What happened? How do I fix this? I'm shooting a video on the 23rd of this month and need to use this system – help!! Thanks!!

How is it wireless if it needs wires??!? hasnt someone just invented a mic that connects with bluetooth or the wireless drectly to the device??

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