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Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone

You Pay: $199.90

The Audio Technica AT897 is a short shotgun condenser microphone designed for audio capturing in video and broadcast applications. The microphone's unobtrusive length of 11" (279.40mm) ensures that the microphone remains out of the frame when mounted on compact, consumer video cameras.

The microphone's narrow pick up pattern enhances signal reproduction when capturing audio at long range. Excellent off-axis sound rejection minimizes noise and ambiance, emphasizing the desired signal. A wide frequency response provides accurate sound reproduction of signals registering at various frequencies. A low-cut frequency switch eliminates noise and hum registering at the low frequency range. The microphone operates on a single 1.5v AA battery or 11V - 52V phantom power.

Short Lightweight Design
An unobtrusive length of 11" (279.40mm) ensures that the microphone remains out of the frame when mounted on compact, consumer video cameras.
Excellent Noise Rejection
The microphone's narrow pick up pattern is desirable for capturing audio signals at long range. Excellent off-axis sound rejection minimizes noise and ambiance, emphasizing the desired signal.
Low Cut Filter Switch
A low-cut frequency switch eliminates noise and hum registering at the low frequency range.
Transducer Condenser
Polar Pattern Line + Gradient
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) Phantom: 112 dB, 1kHz at Max. SPL
Battery: 98 dB, 1 kHz at Max. SPL
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 77 dB, 1kHz at 1 Pa
Maximum Input Sound Level Phantom: 129 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
Battery: 115 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
Power Requirements Phantom Power: 11 - 52V, 2 mA typical
Battery Type: 1.5V AA/UM3
Output Impedance Phantom: 200 ohms
Battery: 300 ohms
Output Connectors 3-pin XLR
Pad No
Low Frequency Roll-Off 80 Hz, 12 dB per octave
Dimensions 10.98 x 0.83" (279 x 21.0mm) (Length x Diameter)
Weight 5.1 oz (145 g)
Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone
  • AT897 Microphone
  • AT8405 Stand Clamp
  • AT8134 Windscreen
  • AA Battery
  • 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 Threaded Adapter
  • Carry Case
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    Audio-TechnicaAT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone
     
    4.6

    (based on 145 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (97)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (42)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (116)
    • Great sound quality (100)
    • Durable (86)
    • Easy to use (70)
    • Simple use (41)

    Cons

    • Noisy (5)

    Best Uses

    • Professional (96)
    • Productivity (32)
    • Presentations (15)
    • Den (7)
    • Interviews (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (87), Gearhead (38), Technically challenged (8)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (107), Personal (31)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    GREAT SOUND AT GREAT PRICE, JUST BUY IT!

    I did research for a month, checking reviews here and in every Pro website dedicated to video and sound that I found in order to buy all my equipment to star again in the...Read complete review

    I did research for a month, checking reviews here and in every Pro website dedicated to video and sound that I found in order to buy all my equipment to star again in the business after a few years away from it. At the end, for professional sound at this price range, the two finalist were the AT897 and Rode NTG-2. After listening very closely to a sound test in a webpage, the sound of the AT897 was a little bit more crisp and clear, picking up more detail than the NTG-2. Plus the AT is a workhorse and favorite of the industry.At the end, I went with the AT and what a mic my friends! I just did a wedding at the beach and a few interviews for a Doc using the mic with a boom pole. I was really impressed with the sound quality, the range, etc. The size is perfect for a Panasonic AG-HMC-150, I adjusted the mic as forward as possible at the Pearstone universal mount that came with it and the mic don't interferes with the image.If you are looking for the best sound quality, at this price range, just go with the AT, hands down the best on its division. [...]

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good first shotgun.

    While there are many better "shotgun" mikes this is excellent for the price(others cost as much as ten times the price!). For "fishpole" mounting w/shock-mount,...Read complete review

    While there are many better "shotgun" mikes this is excellent for the price(others cost as much as ten times the price!). For "fishpole" mounting w/shock-mount, or handheld, this is a great choice for use with a consumer video camera. Or with audio recorder for question-pickup at News Conferences. Remember: it as important to position to reject unwanted sound as it is to aim for the desired audio!

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    5.0

    Great for video work, on-camera or boom.

    By ScottyJNC

    from New Bern, NC

    About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy, Videographer, Video Producerdirector

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Balanced Response
    • Can Be Battery Powered
    • Great Directionality
    • Great Sound Quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Boom Or On-camera Video
      • Professional

      Comments about Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

      After using an AT-875R for a few weeks and finding it very noisy and tinny, I switched to the AT897. What a difference! Good, balanced response, a comfortable length, and excellent directionality make this mic a joy to use, and from the first shoot our sound was improved tremendously. I use the mic mostly on a boom, but it produces fine sound when used on-camera as well. Use on a wireless boom is a snap thanks to the mic's ability to operate from a single AA battery -- no need for phantom power!

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Excellent Shotgun

      By n4cnk

      from Georgia

      About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Great Sound Quality
      • Lightweight
      • Long Lasting

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Presentations
        • Professional

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

        I'm a prosumer wedding videographer. This mic gives better sound than probably any on-board camera microphone. You'll pick up a little more bass at times. This microphone is not "sick" (in a good way), but it is solid and does what I need it to do. If you're needing something fancy, then add another zero to your budget.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        Quality product

        By Alan O.

        from Lacey, WA

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

        I'm an amateur film maker using a DSLR, a juicedlink preamp and now this. It took my sound quality up a huge degree!

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        4.0

        Great mic for its price

        By Drew

        from Austin, TX

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Great Sound Quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • On-site

          Comments about Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

          Purchased for recording on a documentary. Worked well. It is very directional. I almost wish it has a bit wider recording area, but it was great for getting the dialogue and not environmental noise. Exactly whatr you want a shotgun to do.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          I love this mic

          By Zwol

          from LA CA

          About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Great Sound Quality
          • Lightweight
          • Long Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

            I have many mics, including the industry standard Sennheiser 416. I keep this mounted to my camera at all times. The bass response for acoustic guitar and voice is impressive. The first time I heard it I was surprised at how warm and natural it sounds. My only wish is that it were a little shorter.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            Awesome Shotgun Mic!!!

            By Mehran Moin

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Gearhead

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Great Sound Quality
            • Lightweight
            • Long Lasting

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Den
              • Presentations
              • Productivity
              • Professional

              Comments about Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

              I'm a videographer for a PR firm in Atlanta, and we produce a lot of corporate videos and interviews. This mic has been a goliath step forward from the wired lavs and wireless lavs we used to employ during our video sessions. The wired mics produced a very mute and flat tone, and the wireless lavs (which were top of the line Sennheiser sets) produced God-awful hiss and feedback from time to time. When you want to produce professional quality videos, the last thing you want is ugly hiss or poor quality audio to go with your good quality video footage. Enter the Audio Technica AT897 shotgun mic. This changes the way we shoot videos. We can shoot multiple subjects and not have to worry about wireless lav channel interference, hiss, feedback, and we don't have to yell 'CUT' when we suddenly hear interference. We can roll right through the whole interview and capture clean, crisp, consistent, and noiseless audio throughout the entire session. For the price tag on this mic, this is practically a steal. I've used $1K Rode shotgun mics and high end Sennheiser shotgun mics as well, and the AT897 stands up to the competition for sure! Love it. I'd get another one for sure!!

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              • Business

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              5.0

              Good performance at a good price

              By rakoczyphoto

              from Manchester, CT

              About Me Professional, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Audio For Video
                • Professional

                Comments about Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                I'm using this microphone on a boom pole to capture interview audio for video in a variety of indoor and outdoor situations. I'm quite pleased with the performance and build quality of this microphone. The directionality, the on-axis frequency response and sensitivity, and the off-axis rejection are all quite good. I'm still evaluating the S/N performance, but so far it's good enough fo my needs.

                The included foam is decent in relatively wind-free conditions, though I am going to purchase a fuzzy windbuster to handle higher winds better. A sharp lo-cut filter in post took care of the wind the foam screen couldn't handle. Overall, I think this is an excellent mic for a reasonable price.

                My only gripe is the included storage case is designed for a longer model, so for this mic wastes an extra 5" of length. When packing to go on location, that's an annoying amount of wasted space. I'll figure out how to cut the foam to make it useful, though.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                Great and affordable mic

                By Beau Cine filmz

                from Boston Ma

                About Me Gearhead, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Great Sound Quality
                • Lightweight
                • Long Lasting

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                    This mic is every low budget filmmakers dreams, pick up great sound even in a noisy environment, I will recommend this mic for anyone who interested getting good quality sounds

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    4.0

                    Solid Microphone

                    By karm

                    from Atlanta, Ga

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Great Sound Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Professional

                      Comments about Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                      This mic is a solid mic, especially for the price. The pick-up is good and the quality is great for the price. It is well built and durable. I have compared the quality of this mic with a $ shotgun before. It was a little bassier than the other mic and the pick-up was not as strong. Once we boosted the level to match the other mic it held up pretty well. The more expensive mic was a little more natural sounding, but I was very impressed with this mic. So much so that I bought one.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      (2 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Not the best

                      By Chris Evans

                      from Kansas City

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Noisy

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                        I used this to shoot a small green screen shoot and the room we were in had a slight echo (I could not hear it without listening to a mic) and this mic made it sound like we were in an empty tile-floored cafeteria. We didn't have the best mic position, but it was only 2 or 3 feet from the talent and I was unimpressed. I suppose I shouldn't expect the quality of a high quality, expensive mic, but with the reviews this had, I expected better.

                        The overall lesson is that this is still a cheap mic.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        5.0

                        Great mic for the money

                        By Cody

                        from Wichita, KS

                        About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Great Sound Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                            This mic is great. I run it into a Tascam DR-40 and the sound quality is fantastic.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            5.0

                            Great Bang For Your Buck

                            By Yatzmode

                            from USA

                            About Me Budding Filmmaker

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Come With Case
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Great Sound Quality
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                This mic provides a great value for low-budgeters. It won't give you the quality of sound you'd get from a $2,000 microphone, but this mic is still very well made. Great quality of hardware and great sound for its price. Runs on a single AA battery, fits perfectly in my homemade boom pole. And it looks pretty in its pretty carrying case.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                4.0

                                Great Mic

                                By emmagpc

                                from DC

                                About Me Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Great Sound Quality
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                    Used for audio interviews and also field sound for videos.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business

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                                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Great for my Canon 5D Mk II

                                    By Ed Pearsen

                                    from Boston, MA

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Great Sound Quality
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • No On Off Switch

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                      This microphone was the perfect price point for my needs, which I feel place it between consumer-quality gear and professional gear. I was looking for 75 db or better SNR and this fits the bill at 77 db. I feed this into a JuicedLink DS214 via a Pearstone LMT100 XLR to 3.5mm impedance matching converter, then into my 5D Mk II. Mounted on the camera, it is short enough to stay out of frame even with a 24 mm lens. The sound is excellent. This is exactly what I was looking for to get clean audio into my 5D. The only minor quibble is that, if you are using an AA battery, there is no switch so you need to unscrew the mic and remove the battery to shut it off. However, an alkaline battery should last 1200 hours with typical use.

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                                      4.0

                                      buy it

                                      By Key

                                      from green bay, WI

                                      About Me Tech Savvy

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Great Sound Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                          when it arrived, everything in the box smelled musty and moldy, however it works very well. I wish it came with more instructions though.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

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                                          5.0

                                          Taji's review of mic

                                          By Taji

                                          from New York, New York

                                          About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Durable

                                          Cons

                                          • Noisy
                                          • Too Large

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Productivity

                                          Comments about Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                          AMAZING MIC!

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

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                                          4.0

                                          Great bang for the buck

                                          By Vlcan

                                          from Phoenix, AZ

                                          About Me Tech Savvy

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Great Sound Quality
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Professional

                                            Comments about Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                            I am using the AT897 in the field for video recording of documentaries and in the studio for ADR. It is a great mic for the price range and very dependable. Frequency range is excellent and would recommend this mic for any Video Producer.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Business

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                                            5.0

                                            Great mic for cheap!

                                            By David g

                                            from New york

                                            About Me Gearhead

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Durable
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Great Sound Quality
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Long Lasting

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Professional

                                              Comments about Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                              I used this mic on my first film! It's awesome! I'd recommend being as close as you can for best quality sound, but that's with any mic!

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                                              5.0

                                              solida sound

                                              By hayzens productions

                                              from greensboro, nc

                                              Verified Buyer

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                                                Cons

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                                                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                                    the sound is great for the price. I use it along with g3 lavs and the sound is just as good.
                                                    it's omni directional and i'd say about a 4ft reach before you hit unwanted background sounds.
                                                    I use this on a boom not camera

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Not too big. Not too small. Just right

                                                    By DBrent

                                                    from Cincinnati, OH

                                                    About Me Tech Savvy

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Use
                                                    • Great Sound Quality
                                                    • Lightweight

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Audio Journalist
                                                      • Audio Journalistreporter
                                                      • Audio Journalist-reporter
                                                      • Productivity
                                                      • Professional

                                                      Comments about Audio-Technica AT897 - Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                                      I probably own too many microphones, and was looking for the one that was just right. A couple of years ago, I purchased an AT8035 shotgun mic and it is fantastic, but also 14 inches long. I had to buy a new gear bag to accommodate its length. At the time, I also considered the AT897. Based upon the quality of the 8035, I decided to buy the 897 also, and it is a great shotgun mic--just right. It has become my go-to microphone for most applications, which include recording face-to-face interviews and ambient sound.

                                                      The feature that attracted me to both of these mics is their internal power source--a single AA battery. This means not having to use phantom power from the recorder (saving its power) or when I put it on top of my Canon 5D MkII for video, which is very rare usage on my part. The 5D does not provide phantom power.

                                                      If you are looking to buy just one microphone, the AT897 is a very good all-purpose audio journalist's mic.

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