Aussie mic experts Rode have released a new model in their long-running VideoMic range. Like previous iterations, the VideoMic Go II is a shotgun design, employing an acoustic interference tube to produce a narrow pickup pattern that minimises unwanted sound coming from outside the accompanying camera's viewing angle.
The VideoMic Go II can output to a standard mini-jack for use with DSLR cameras and the like or, alternatively, it can pipe its output to a USB-C connection. When connected to a smartphone using the latter option, users can take advantage of the features in Rode's suite of recording apps: Rode Connect, Rode Central and Rode Reporter. These unlock a number of advanced features, such as direct monitoring, a HF boost, a high-pass filter, and microphone gain.
Physically, the microphone is extremely lightweight (just 89g), making it suitable for handheld use with almost any device. It also draws all its power from either the USB or mini-jack connection (assuming plug-in power is available), meaning no batteries or PSU are required.
The Rode VideoMic Go II is available now, priced at £99.