Well it isn’t…I do review it but I also go beyond the actual product to talk about key aspects of sound recording and the issues of things like the pre-amps of different mirrorless cameras which can really affect your audio.
I have had a working relationship with RØDE for many years, ever since they took me down under, twice, for a series of workshops around Australia. What makes it easy to have a good working relationship with them is their products are just superb. I truly don’t believe anyone competes with them in the price bracket they are in and for microphones for stills cameras there literally is no other microphones I would consider using.
When it comes to wireless mics they took ages before they brought out their first set, the filmmaker kit, which is a really easy to use that work with wifi so you can use them anywhere. They are made for stills cameras as they only come with a 3,5mm output cable but you can just get an XLR adaptor and they will work great with video cameras. The biggest downside to them is they are pretty chunky which can sometimes be an issue both on the TX and RX units. Hiding the transmitter is always important if you are filming someone walking around with their whole body in and of course a big receiver unit on a stills camera isn’t ideal either. That’s why the new Wireless GO set is pretty special.
They are easily the smallest TX and RX set I have sever seen. If you can’t hide this on your talent then they must be naked! Likewise with the receiver you can slide it onto your hot/ cold shoe or clip onto your camera strap for example as the clip is designed for both.
Very interestingly there is also a condenser mic on the transmitter and it’s actually pretty good, in fact I think it may even be better than the SmartLav+ (which with an SC3 cable you can plug into the TX unit) Having a mic on the the TX unit is a really nice touch and as long as I can’t see it in shot I might even use it like that, I just hate seeing ANY mic in shot.
So check out the video below, I will do a follow up video in a bit which shows how you can use two sets in one camera with separate audio recording so you can mix them in post. This video was just getting too long to include it within it plus this topic is a good standalone video as it isn’t limited to these mics.