Rode Wireless Go: 6-Month Review

by | Jan 14, 2020 | Audio, Gear and Reviews

I’m excited to share my experience with the Rode Wireless Go, a wireless lav kit that’s been part of my gear for six months. Let’s delve into the details of this device, which has become a staple in my filmmaking and video content creation.

What is the Rode Wireless Go?

The Rode Wireless Go is a compact wireless lav system, widely recognized for its affordability and professional features. I purchased it for £175, excluding the lav mic, and have used it extensively with various cameras, including the Panasonic GH4, iPhone, and Canon 700D.

In-Depth Review

Build Quality

  • Durability: Despite not being overly protective, the Rode Wireless Go has withstood regular usage without any signs of wear.
  • Ease of Use: The kit is incredibly user-friendly, with three simple volume settings (low, medium, high) and an intuitive pairing process.

Audio Quality

  • Comparison to Rode VideoMic Pro: The audio quality, particularly when used with the Rode Lavalier Go, is comparable to the Rode VideoMic Pro.
  • Internal Microphone: The built-in microphone on the transmitter is decent but slightly inferior to the lav mic. It loses some low-end frequencies but remains a viable option.

Battery Life

  • Impressive Duration: The internal batteries last for extended periods. I’ve experienced up to eight hours of use with still a quarter of battery remaining.
  • Charging: They charge via USB-C and can be easily topped up with a power bank during breaks.

Minor Drawbacks

  • Windshield Design: The included windshield is effective but can be challenging to attach. However, Rode offers a redesigned version for newer purchases or as a replacement.
  • Bulky Transmitter: When clipped onto a shirt, the transmitter can be slightly intrusive. Planning your outfit or using the lav mic can mitigate this.
  • Potential Firmware Issue: There have been reports of the internal mic not reactivating after unplugging the lav mic. While I haven’t experienced this, it’s something to be aware of.

Conclusion: Would I Buy It Again?

Absolutely, yes! The Rode Wireless Go offers an unbeatable combination of size, quality, and price. It’s ideal for various video projects, from weddings and conferences to internet content and talking head videos. Despite a few minor cons, it’s an excellent product that I highly recommend.

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