As we have said time and time again, the Sony Alpha range of cameras is the most popular mirrorless camera range on the market right now and has one of the largest customer bases going by far. It is an extremely popular option with photographers, videographers, social media influencers, and vloggers and the customer bases of the cameras in the Alpha range just keep on seeing constant growth due to the outstanding image quality that they offer for their low price tag.
Due to so many people constantly purchasing the cameras from the Sony Alpha range, we are constantly seeing more and more people reaching out with various questions about how to improve their performance via various camera accessories. One question that we have seen asked constantly and with an increasing frequency is based around the best mic for Sony a6300 cameras. Due to this, we have decided to make this the subject of our article today as we know that we have a large number of a6300 owners amongst our readers.
Now, as usual, there is no simple, straight forward answer as everyone will have their own circumstances and budget. That said though, we definatley feel that the Video Mic Go from Rode is going to be the best option for a large number of our readers who own the Sony a6300. It is budget-friendly, helps to improve the audio quality that you can capture and has managed to rightfully earn itself an outstanding reputation amongst vloggers and videographers.
Although the Video Mic Go can easily provide you with professional-level audio quality, some of our readers with a slightly higher budget may want to consider its big brother, the Video Mic Pro from Rode. It has a slightly better audio quality with the price tag to match. That said though, we doubt that the majority of people will be able to tell the difference between the Video Mic Pro and the Video Mic Go in most situations.
On the flipside of this though, we have our entry-level, budget-friendly option, the Takstar SGC-598 that offers some solid audio quality for a very low price tag. That said though, although the SGC-598 can be a solid option for entry-level videographers or vloggers, it is not ideal for any professional or paid work due to it having a slight hiss that can contaminate the audio track.
As we feel that the Video Mic Go from Rode is the best option for any of our readers who use the Sony a6300 and are looking to add an external microphone to their camera accessories, we will not be taking a more in-depth look at its features. We will be covering why we feel that it should be your primary recommendation along with how it measures up to the other compeating microphones in its price bracket too.
Performance And Functionality
In our opinion, the Rode Video Mic Go is able to provide your Sony a6300 with some of the crispest, clearest directional audio available at the time of writing. For its price point in the market, it easily dominates its competition and in our opinion, is easily able to compete with a fair few of the compeating microphones from other brands at higher price points in the market too.
This is a testament to the care and dedication that Rode put into their external camera microphones and just goes to show that they have build up a ton of experience over the years that really shows in the quality of their mics. The pickup area on the Video Mic Go is also perfect for vlogging, interviewing, capturing a subject talking and many other common videography scenarios. The tight pickup area reduces the surrounding sounds and helps to avoid contamination of your audio track by ensuring that the source of sound is isolated from any background noise in the area you are recording.
If you have used a Rode microphone previously then you are probably familiar with the Rycote Lyre mounting system that Rode has developed for their external microphones. Although there are a number of aftermarket microphone mounts available with the correct hot shoe mount, they are far from essential with many of them actually performing much worse than the mount that is included with your microphone as standard.
The job of the Rycote Lyre mounting system is to protect your Rofe Video Mic Go from any bumps or vibrations that it would otherwise have to absorb itself during use. Depending on the level of bump or vibration that your a6300 camera body receives, this can actually result in a pretty big vibration in the microphone if you do not use your mount and contaminate your audio track.
In our opinion, you should always use the Rycote Lyre mounting system when using your microphone to help ensure that you are getting the absolute best audio track possible when recording. We would also recommend that our readers just avoid the aftermarket, third-party mounts that are available unless you are willing to research their performance as so many are low quality and essentially just a rip-off.
- Active Electronics – JFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer
- Polar Pattern – Supercardioid
- Frequency Range – 100Hz – 16kHz
- Maximum SPL – 120dBSPL
- Sensitivity – -35.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (17.80mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
- Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted) – 34dBA
With all of this, it is easy to see why the Rode Video Mic Go has proven to be such a big hit within the videography and vlogging communities. It is also very small and light just like your Sony a6300 making it ideal for any travel vlogger or any videographer that has to travel light for work. With it having such a large user base of videographers and vloggers, it should be no surprise that there are so many independent reviews for the microphone online that you can read if you wish.
All of those reviews have been published by external, third-party users of the Video Mic Go and offer some great insight into just how well the microphone performs. Skimming over just a few of them can offer some great insight into the performance of the mic in pretty much every niche you could potentially work in as well as any situation that you could dream up.
User Interface And Control System
In our opinion, another reason that the whole Rode microphone range has proven to be such a big hit amongst videographers and vloggers, especially the entry-level videographers and vloggers is that their control systems are always extremely easy to use. This works for the entry-level users as the system is very easy to learn and it works for the advanced level users as you can quickly tweak the microphone’s performance without a time-consuming interface.
Even to this day, some compeating microphone brands use confusing, time-consuming control systems for their flagship mics in the various price points and in our opinion, it is simply not needed. The Rode system works extremely well and that majority of it is controlled by a single switch, we really don’t understand why the compeating brands have not intergraded a similar system into their own microphones that prioritize easy of use.
Build Quality And Design
When it comes to the actual design of the microphone, the Video Mic Go pretty much sticks to the exact same Supercardioid microphone design that all other microphones use, its the technology under the hood that sets it apart from the competing mics on the market. That said though, the Rycote Lyre shock mount has been designed from the very start to be constructed from a single piece of thermoplastic rather than multiple pieces attached to each other.
Due to being constructed from the same thermoplastic with no joints, the mount offers superior suspension for the microphone body over what most compeating brands are currently offering. On top of this, due to the high-quality thermoplastic that has been used, it is unlikely that the support of the mount will ever wear out or sag, even after heavy use for year. This offers you the peace of mind that your new addition to your camera accessories will last you for many years to come without you having to purchase any additional aftermarket accessories.
Constructed from a single piece of hard-wearing thermoplastic, the Lyre provides superior acoustic suspension to traditional elastic solutions, and will never wear out, sag or snap. This ensures that the shock mount can always efficiently absorb vibrations and help ensure that you are getting the best audio track possible without contamination.
The microphone has also been built to be as lightweight as possible coming in at around 0.13 pounds making it very easy to travel with. If you do use a handheld gimbal stabilizer with your Sony a6300 then the lightweight of the microphone easily allows you to keep it mounted to your camera while using it on your gimbal. If you are in a niche where you may have to travel via plane on a regular basis then this can be a massive advantage as its small size and lightweight make the Rode Video Mic Go very easy to pack in your luggage without taking up much space or adding much weight.
The microphone does not have an internal battery too and the Rode power system is outstanding due to Rode innovating in a number of areas to ensure that they are able to deliver the best possible audio quality without having to have a dedicated battery in their microphones. All power is pulled directly from your Sony a6300 but the draw is so low that we doubt that you will even notice the difference in the maximum battery life of your camera anyway.
That brings our thoughts on what the best external mic for Sony a6300 cameras currently available on the market is. As we mentioned back at the start of the article, the Rode Video Mic Pro may be a better option if you are doing professional level, paid videography work and have a slightly higher budget and the Takstar SGC-598 will likley be the better option if you are an entry-level videographer on a tight budget. In our opinion though, the Rode Video Mic Go is definatley the best all-round option will be the better microphone for the majority of our readers.
As we mentioned earlier in the article, a large number of people have purchased the Video Mic Go with many of them have published their own reviews of the microphone after having added it to their camera accessories. Skimming over even just a few of those third-party reviews is well worth it in our opinion as they offer a ton of insight into the performance and functionality of the microphone and give a solid idea of just how well it can perform in pretty much every niche and situation that you are likley to encounter.