GoPro Mic Review: Edutige ETM-001/ETM-006/ETA-001

The Problem with GoPro Mics

The GoPro is an incredible camera. Those that have used it usually state that of all the action cameras on the market, it is the clear and decided winner. However, despite its continued advances in filming technology, in one area the camera does fall a little short – sound. The GoPro Hero2 mic is small, tinny, and produces sound not fit for your ears. Thankfully , I’ve found an awesome solution, grown right here in Korea that takes advantage of the GoPro’s mic input.

Edutige ETM-001

GoPro Edutige ETM-001

Pictured above is the Edutige ETM-001. It’s a small hyper-sensitive microphone manufactured right here in Korea. Available on EBay for around $40US, the microphone is roughly $25US when purchased directly from the company site. The microphone works extremely well with the GoPro Mic input jack. Since the device is small, the overall profile doesn’t detract from the size of the camera itself. In fact, when filming indoors, the mic produces some amazing sound.

The one drawback of the microphone is that it doesn’t ship with a deadcat for use outdoors. The available windscreen does a good job under normal instances, but if you’re going to filming outdoors, purchasing a deadcat will be a must. Most will be familiar with the Rycote windjammer. It’s the go-to brand for many. However, In July 2013, Edutige released the EWS-003. These Korean fur windscreens work as well as the Rycotes and you get 3 for the same price as 1 Rycote. The linked post has my thoughts and sound comparisons.

The Edutige ETM-001’s strength is in its ability to capture high quality sound in a tiny package by upping the microphone’s gain. That sometimes poses a problem when recording in low frequency environments. I’ve noticed on buses that the microphone records so much sound that the rumble from engines over-modulates. It’s not enough to make me want to stop using the microphone, but if trying to capture audio in this environment, you may need to make other arrangements.

Edutige ETM-006

This is the ETM-006 lav microphone. It works under the same principles as the ETM-001, but is a little less sensitive. The 1.3m cord works well if you’re going right into a recording device, such as your iPhone, camera, or computer. Overall sound is comparable and it works extremely well with the GoPro.

Edutige ETA-001

When recording at your desk, using the ETM-001 might prove problematic, since there may be poor acoustics where the camera/mic is located. For this you’ll need a way to move the mic into a better position. The Edutige ETA-001 is a great solution. It ships with a 3m cord and accommodates both the ETM-001 and ETM-006, making it perfect for what ever you need it for. One thing that is also quite nice about the base station, is that there is a strong magnet in ti. This allows the user to attach a metal plate to a surface and secure the mic there if needed.

The Bottom Line

I have been completely impressed with these microphones and think once again it will help me take advantage of the GoPro even more. If you’re looking for a small and powerful external microphone for your GoPro, I recommend the Edutige ETM-001. I think you’ll be pleased.

The opinions expressed here are my own. Edutige provided me with an ETM-001, ETA-001, and ETM-006. I would have gladly purchased them, but when contacting them to do so, they offered to send them to me after watching one of my videos featuring the ETM-001. I honestly believe this is the best mic I have found to date for the GoPro. I have purchased a competitors mic, and the ETM-001 blows it away.

  • Christian Whitmore

    Where can I buy these microphones?

    • qiranger

      You can either contact the company or use a retailer on Ebay. I did a quick search for “Edutige ETM-001″ and found several.

  • Christian Whitmore

    I live in Canada and would need it shipped here.

  • Henry

    wow! incredibly and fantastically well-tested those mics. Steve, you know I already have two of them now and gotta agree with me that either you are in making VIDEOs for your youtube channel or professional Videophotographer you’d really appreciate using Edutige mics. They’re affordable and superb in any tech perspectives.

    Two thumbs for your VIDEO and for the Edutige.

    • qiranger

      Thanks or dropping by and leaving a comment. Yeah, I do love these little mics. I am really excited to see what they come up with for the Hero3.

  • Jens Sch√łnnemann

    Have anyone tested the mics at a live concert, to see if they can handle the loud sound? The bass is mostly the problem. Too much bass and it will kill the rest of the sound.

    • qiranger

      Not that I’m aware of. Since they area high gain, I suspect they would not be optimal for a concert recording. When shooting concerts, I always use a distinct audio recorder for sound.

      • Jens Sch√łnnemann

        Do you know of any other mics thats kinda the same size as the

        ETM-001, that will work with the loud concert sound? It’s only for hand held shooting with the Gopro, so don’t want cables hanging from it or giant mics.

        • qiranger

          There’s a SONY Mic that many use with the Hero2 for sound capture. The sound is a bit lower gain. I have a knock-off version of that mic and really don’t like the sound. The Hero3 captures pretty good sound and might be good enough for what you need without an external mic. Edutige is currently working on a new H3 mic that would eliminate the dangling cord issue.

  • John

    Just got my ETM-001 today, sad to say it doesn’t work with Hero 3 camera.

    • qiranger

      You need to have the USB adapter for the 3/3+ cameras. It’s the main reason I have stuck with the Hero2.

      • JR

        Yea, I saw the headphone jack and assumed that is where I could also plug the mic when the LCD BacPac was one it. Should get the adaptor tomorrow and excited to try the mic. Thanks again for the great review.

  • Bob

    tried to use the ETM001 with my gopro hero HD, but it gives the message “tel”. any idea why it won’t work? My best guess is mono camera vs stereo mic..?

    • qiranger

      I don’t know. I’d try emailing Edutige and asking them for additional insight.

  • Jonathan

    Just received as a gift a used GoPro Hero2 so my experience is limited. I am planning on filming in some crowd situations such as you might find at an amusement park like Disney World. The goal is to capture the audio of my wife who is starting a video blog/tour of Disney Parks so I’m mostly concerned with making sure she’s heard over ambient crowd noise. Would one of these fit the bill?


    • Steve Miller

      I would certainly work, but the ETM-001 is omni directional and would also pick up a lot of extra sound. I have used it before in such situations with good results though.