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Tourist
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Is the external audio adapter sold by GoPro required?

I would love to use an external audio source but I wanted to know if you HAVE to use GoPro's adapter. I want to know if they force their users to use their adapter or if there are other workarounds.

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GoPro
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Re: Is the external audio adapter sold by GoPro required?

 

Hi @jackzobell,

 

Audio adapter is really required since it is the only way to use external audio.

 

Regards,

-Jay 

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Tourist
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Re: Is the external audio adapter sold by GoPro required?

I guess I wasn't completely clear. I have a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter but it isn't the GoPro one. It doesn't work and it's frustrating. I don't want to pay $70+ for a bulky dongle. I just want to know if they're forcing users to use their hardware or if there is a solution that isn't GoPro official.

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GoPro
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Re: Is the external audio adapter sold by GoPro required?

Hello @jackzobell. We tested for external microphones only with the Pro 3.55 Mic Adapter. We have a list of recommended external microphones here https://gopro.com/help/articles/question_answer/External-Microphone-Recommendations

A different mic adapter may work but we cannot say for certain as we have not tested them. Thanks!

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Explorer
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Re: Is the external audio adapter sold by GoPro required?

You need to purchase the GoPro adapter.
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Nomad
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Re: Is the external audio adapter sold by GoPro required?

This is why you need the adaptor for all analogue audio input on Hero 5/6/7.

 

https://www.datapro.net/techinfo/gopro_usb-c_mic_adapter_teardown.html

 

Might I suggest a older Hero4 (Black prefered) if you want analogue mic input without a big adaptor.

 

 

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Explorer
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Re: Is the external audio adapter sold by GoPro required?

Still requires an adapter.
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Nomad
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Re: Is the external audio adapter sold by GoPro required?

You sometimes need an adapter cable, not an adapter.

 

Some microphones actually have a USB connector to directly plug into your Hero 3/4.

 

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