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Azden SGM-1X - Super-Cardioid Shotgun Condenser Microphone

You Pay: $165.00

The SGM-1X is a supercardioid shotgun microphone which features an 11.8" barrel with low impedance and XLR output. It's low self noise (of -65db), wide bandwidth, switchable low-cut and integrated shockmount make this mike an excellent value. 1 "AAA" battery gives you approximately 1,000 hours of operation time, so you can get the job done without the worry of additional power supplies!

11.8" supercardioid shotgun microphone.
Switchable low-cut filter.
Integrated shockmount attaches to camera shoe or mic stand.
Uses 1 "AAA" battery (lasts approx. 1,000 hours), eliminating the need for a phantom power supply.
Use an XLRF "plug-in" transmitter to make a wireless shotgun microphone!
Transducer Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Response 80 Hz - 18 kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) 80 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 65 dB
Maximum Input Sound Level 110 dB
Power Requirements 1.5v DC; 0.2mA (AAA Battery, Features Approximately 1,000 Hours of Use)
Output Impedance 680 Ohms (at 1kHz)
Output Connectors XLR-3M Type
Pad None
Low Frequency Roll-Off 6 dB/Octave, (@ 200 Hz)
Applications Videography
Dimensions 11.8 x 0.83" (300 x 21mm) LxDiameter
Weight 4.76 oz. (135 g) Without Battery
Azden SGM-1X - Super-Cardioid Shotgun Condenser Microphone
  • Foam Windscreen
  • Integrated Shockmount (Attaches to Camera Shoe or Microphone Stand)
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    AzdenSGM-1X - Shotgun Mic
     
    4.5

    (based on 124 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (63)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (56)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (102)
    • Lightweight (94)
    • Well built / quality (84)
    • Improves performance (78)
    • Interfaces well with camcorder (74)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Shooting indoors (86)
      • Shooting outdoors (76)
      • Home movies (40)
      • Travel (34)
      • Upgrade (30)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Aspiring film maker (55), Tech savvy (47), Film professional (36), Parent (7), Gearhead (5)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (10)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (55), Yes (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good for Serious Work

      I bought this to get better sound from my Canon HV20. I am a professional photographer expanding into filmmaking. I am not a video pro, but the improvement in sound recording is fantastic....Read complete review

      I bought this to get better sound from my Canon HV20. I am a professional photographer expanding into filmmaking. I am not a video pro, but the improvement in sound recording is fantastic. The mic almost totally eliminates the sound of my fingers fumbling for and using camera controls: the very slightest noise can be heard when clicking the joystick control on the camera, and this was only noticeable while monitoring sound with over-ear headphones. The Azden's low-pass filter reduces greatly background sounds that the built-in mic would pick up, such as motors, fans, etc. The camera's motor noise (my HV20 is a tape-based camcorder) is eliminated with the Azden. These successes are due in part to the shock mount and the shotgun design. However, these features are what makes it's size a bit more than I expected. Shooters who use the LCD screen when filming will not have much trouble with size. However, I use the eyepiece viewfinder on my Canon, and that is nearly totally impossible with the Azden mounted on the accessory shoe. I dug out a 1960's vintage flash bracket from my collection and modified it to elevate the Azden about 4" higher, and I am a happy camper, although I must be very careful to not bump the whole rig for fear of breaking a mount. You must have a cable to use this mic, and for my Canon the B&H rep made a good suggestion in the Hosa MIT-156 microphone cable. Luckily, it is JUST long enough to use with my extension bracket. (I plan to buy a long cable so I can put the mic on a boom pole or stand.) This is not a compact package to use for everyday shooting. The mic, cable and bracket take up a lot of space both in the camera bag and on the camera. If the shooter plans to just film casually around the house, films in rugged situations or does not anticipate needing to get the mic off-camera, I would recommend Canon's external mic, which is smaller and needs no cable. (I will consider getting one of these for situations where my Azden rig is too bulky.) The only other con I see is the power switch, which is very easy to forget to turn on or off. If monitoring through headphones, remembering to turn it on will not be an issue. Thanks to long battery life, my forgetfulness in turning it off has not yet been an issue. An auto-off feature would be nice.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great Mic for Beginners

      I use this mic to get significantly better audio than my lower level camcorder can offer. With an XLR to 3.5mm adapter and a female mono to male stereo splitter, it works pretty well...Read complete review

      I use this mic to get significantly better audio than my lower level camcorder can offer. With an XLR to 3.5mm adapter and a female mono to male stereo splitter, it works pretty well in my camera's aux mic jack. Being battery operated, it is a great tool for DSLR and small camcorder users. Quality is definitely a step up from the internal mic you will have. This is a good mic for the price. The shockmount isn't that fantastic, but at least it comes with one. It needs suspending cord that is more elasticy to absorb more interference.

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      4.0

      Very good option to start

      By DonMata

      from Clive, Iowa

      About Me Aspiring Film Maker

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Shooting Indoors
        • Shooting Outdoors

        Comments about Azden SGM-1X - Shotgun Mic:

        Improve the sound of the videos is not only achieved with a good microphone and as many think. I chose the SGM-1X because in the future i will buy an external amplifier, this microphone(Output Connectors XLR-3M Type )allows me to use this possibility.
        Nikon 5100 user.

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        5.0

        Exellent Product

        By newmovies

        from Arkansas

        About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Professional Videography

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Interface With Camcorder
        • Improves Performance
        • Lightweight
        • Quality Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Film Making
          • Pro Video
          • Pro Video Film Making
          • Shooting Indoors
          • Shooting Outdoors
          • Upgrade

          Comments about Azden SGM-1X - Shotgun Mic:

          I have used this product shooting weddings and also for voice-over in television commercials. Sound is clear and has goood rejection of background noise. The battery lasts forever and the on/off switch is a plus. The low cut filter really is good in noisy environments. Have used in the Rode blimp and boom pole as well. Construction is solid. I've owned it for about four years.

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          5.0

          Good Quality, Great Price

          By bhtre123

          from Germantown, WI

          About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Shooting Indoors
            • Shooting Outdoors

            Comments about Azden SGM-1X - Shotgun Mic:

            I purchased this product for films I make with friends. As this is a hobby, we don't have a large budget. I did a large amount of research on shotgun microphones before finally deciding on this one. After receiving this product, I tested it with the rest of my sound equipment and was quite impressed with the sound quality given the item's inexpensive price. I have since used it in filming with excellent results. While there is a little bit of noise recorded, a little bit of noise reduction cleans the audio beyond what I had expected. I wholeheartedly recommend this microphone for those on a budget.

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            4.0

            Great Mic at a Reasonable Price

            By Max

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Film Maker

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Interface With Camcorder
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Upgrade

              Comments about Azden SGM-1X - Shotgun Mic:

              The SGM-1X is a great mic to use with a pro-camcorder. I bought the Canon XA10 recently and loved the camera but not it's on board mic (who does?). I heard about this mic through a tech channel and thought it looked great (and the pro's use it so, how bad could it be). You have to buy cables to go with the mic and I got the Kopul Coiled 3-pin XLR cable. The low cut filter is nice, but I have to say I expected not to have to use it only to be surprised at how bad background noise was without it. In the long run, this is a quality mic and the mount it comes with is a very nice addition.

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              4.0

              Good enough!

              By zhch15

              from Malaysia

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Audio Quality
              • Quality Construction
              • Straightforward Operation
              • versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Intrerviews
                • Movies
                • Shooting Outdoors

                Comments about Azden SGM-1X - Shotgun Mic:

                This mic has very high usability and versatility. Tons of uses for it, nice warm sound. Would've liked it better if it actually produces a slightly brighter sound tho. Build is very solid, works very well. Pretty good mic overall....

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                4.0

                Mic is fine; shock mount not so much

                By Ken

                from Havre de Grace, MD

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Interface With Camcorder
                • Improves Performance
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Shooting Indoors

                  Comments about Azden SGM-1X - Shotgun Mic:

                  I have been using two of these microphones as part of a beginning film program for about 6 months now. The microphone itself has met my film program's needs. In fact, it draws so little power from the battery that the AAA battery seems to last forever.

                  However, buyer beware about the shock mount that comes with it. If you only intend to use it in the shoe on top of yoru camera, it is fine. However, these shock mounts allegedly have threads on the bottom so you can attach them to boom poles, etc. They stripped the threads on every device I attached them to and eventaully got stuck. The metal they stripped off the threads became stuck in the hole on the bottom of the mount so the mount woould not come off the pole. Eventually, through a lot of dismantling and the use of a metal file, I got them off, but only at great expense to my boom pole. I have now bought two different shock mounts to go on the end of my boom poles (and they work fine) and only use these in the shoe on my cameras.

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                  5.0

                  Great!

                  By nsmith5210

                  from Indiana

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Quality Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Azden SGM-1X - Shotgun Mic:

                      This product is everything that I was hoping for. Works great for a great price. B&H is fast and reliable!

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                      5.0

                      LOVE IT!!!!

                      By Deborah, Dewi's Mom

                      from Germantown, WI

                      About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Shooting Indoors

                        Comments about Azden SGM-1X - Shotgun Mic:

                        My daughter is using this mic for a film she is shooting and it is fantastic. Great quality and functionality. She loves it.

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                        • Yes

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                        4.0

                        Good little mic!

                        By The Professor

                        from Natick, MA

                        About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Parent, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Movies
                          • Shooting Indoors
                          • Shooting Outdoors

                          Comments about Azden SGM-1X - Shotgun Mic:

                          Does what it's supposed to. If it didn't require a battery it would get five stars. Oh, those condenser mics!! =)

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                          4.0

                          Good value for the $$$

                          By graemespicer

                          from Toronto, Ontario

                          About Me Professional Podcaster

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Quality Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • ENG
                            • Interviews

                            Comments about Azden SGM-1X - Shotgun Mic:

                            This is a good mic - well built, versatile (battery powered). Audio quality is good - no one will mistake it for a Neumann KMR 81, but hey, it's a tenth the price :)

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                            3.0

                            Afmedia productions

                            By Afmedia productions

                            from Nigeria

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Shooting Outdoors

                              Comments about Azden SGM-1X - Shotgun Mic:

                              good product

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Great product

                              By Cam

                              from pa

                              About Me Parent

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Movies
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Azden SGM-1X - Shotgun Mic:

                                Great product. Just what I expected.

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                                • Yes

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                                4.0

                                Good little mic; surprising happy with i

                                By TerBear55

                                from San Diego, CA

                                About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                • Lightweight
                                • Quality Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Shooting Indoors
                                  • Shooting Outdoors
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Azden SGM-1X - Shotgun Mic:

                                  I needed a portable shotgun mic to use both on my panasonic video camera in the field as well as my Canon 60D when shooting video. This little mic works perfectly for my needs. As long as you are close enough to the subjects (say within 6 feet or so, the sound is as good as my Seinnhauser mic. I am pleased with the quality.

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                                  4.0

                                  Love it!

                                  By Chapofou

                                  from Montréal, QC

                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                  • Improves Performance
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Shooting Indoors
                                    • Shooting Outdoors

                                    Comments about Azden SGM-1X - Shotgun Mic:

                                    Great sound quality. Cheap build (and price!) but it does the job.

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                                    5.0

                                    Fantastic sound. Rivals Rode.

                                    By chevalierfool

                                    from Chicago, IL

                                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                    • Improves Performance
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Quality Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home Movies
                                      • Shooting Indoors
                                      • Shooting Outdoors

                                      Comments about Azden SGM-1X - Shotgun Mic:

                                      Using for both phantom power supplies and directing into HMC150 camera. This has a great sound pick-up and rivals the similarly priced Rode shotgun microphone.

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                                      4.0

                                      Decent Shotgun

                                      By Lance the video guy

                                      from Baltimore, MD.

                                      About Me Tech Savvy

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Quality Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Azden SGM-1X - Shotgun Mic:

                                          Easy to use. nice construction. Sound wasnt as good as i thought it would be though it wasnt all that bad. Got a lot of background noise.

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                                          4.0

                                          Good microphone for the price

                                          By sylvainguimond

                                          from Becancour, QC

                                          About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Home Movies
                                            • Shooting Indoors
                                            • Shooting Outdoors
                                            • Travel

                                            Comments about Azden SGM-1X - Shotgun Mic:

                                            This is a good microphone for the price paid.

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                                            4.0

                                            Great Buy

                                            By Zack H.

                                            from San Antonio, Tx.

                                            About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Short films, Tech Savvy

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                            • Improves Performance
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Quality Construction

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Home Movies
                                              • Shooting Indoors
                                              • Upgrade

                                              Comments about Azden SGM-1X - Shotgun Mic:

                                              Great buy for the quality you receive. I use mainly for small production like weddings and short films. I have a boom pole as well as top mount for my canon GL2. Windjammer is a must for outdoor use. Highly recommend this mic if you are looking in the around 200 dollar range.

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                                              5.0

                                              a very good mic for the money

                                              By skip

                                              from nyc ny

                                              About Me Film Professional

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                              • Improves Performance

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Interviews
                                                • On camera dialogue

                                                Comments about Azden SGM-1X - Shotgun Mic:

                                                we shoot on camera dialogue, and corporate interviews.
                                                this mic has been very good.

                                                yes it is a shotgun,
                                                but the closer you can position it, (3 0r 4 feet...) the better the sound quality.

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                                                5.0

                                                Very good for the money

                                                By Ben

                                                from Cupertino, CA

                                                About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Use
                                                • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                                • Improves Performance
                                                • Lightweight
                                                • Quality Construction

                                                Cons

                                                • Non US standard mic mount

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Home Movies
                                                • Shooting Indoors
                                                • Shooting Outdoors

                                                Comments about Azden SGM-1X - Shotgun Mic:

                                                Works well and sounds great. My only complaint is that the included shock mount does not have a means of mounting to a US standard 5/8" mic stand.

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