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Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone

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Product Highlights
  • Directional Stereo Shotgun Microphone
  • Compatible With Consumer Video Cameras
  • Includes Windscreen & Mount

The Azden SMX-10 is a directional stereo microphone for use with standard consumer video cameras. The microphone delivers professional stereo placement and overall audio quality at an affordable price. The SMX-10 measures 6.96" (177mm) in length and includes a windscreen and camera hot-shoe mount. The light weight electret condenser microphone is powered with a single AAA alkaline battery (not included) for up to 400 hours. The coiled cable features a stereo 1/8" (3.5mm) TRS mini connector.

Accurate stereo capturing while rejecting off-axis noise.
Powered with AAA alkaline battery for up to 400 hours.
Coiled cable with 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo connector.
Includes hot-shoe mount and windscreen.
Transducer Stereo Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern Dual Unidirectional
Frequency Response 100Hz - 18kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) 66dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 60dB (1kHz, 1 Pa.)
Maximum Input Sound Level 100dB
Power Requirements 1.5VDC (AAA size battery) - not included
Output Impedance 1.5kΩ @ 1kHz
Output Connectors 1/8" 3.5mm Connector
Pad No
Low Frequency Roll-Off Built-in (non switchable)
Dimensions 6.96 x .71" (177 x 18.2mm) (Length x Diameter)
Weight 1.83 oz (52g)
Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone
  • Windscreen
  • Shoe-Mount
  • Mic Holder
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    AzdenSMX-10 Stereo Microphone
     
    4.2

    (based on 187 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (78)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (83)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (147)
    • Easy to use (129)
    • Compact (92)
    • Good audio (89)
    • Versatile (42)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (14)
    • Poor sound quality (6)
    • Noisy (4)
    • Unreliable (4)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (66)
    • Outdoor events / games (55)
    • Performances (34)
    • Home studio (26)
    • Professional recording (26)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (79), Tech savvy (33), Novice (28), Gearhead (10), Technically challenged (5)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (37), Business (16)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Mic for the money

    I replaced my Rode VideoMic with the Azden SMX-10 for use onthe pair of SONY HC7's I shoot with. The Rode VideoMic wasjust too big to work with on these small cameras...Read complete review

    I replaced my Rode VideoMic with the Azden SMX-10 for use onthe pair of SONY HC7's I shoot with. The Rode VideoMic wasjust too big to work with on these small cameras and theSMX-10 has surprised me with the audio quality that can comefrom the mic when properly set up.It may not have all the glitz and glam of other mics, but itdoes a good job when mounted on the camera and I also use itfor voice overs and haven't been disappointed. The shockmount works well enough - I appreciate the compact size ofthis mic as I work solo and use a photo backpack to carryall my gear so small, compact gear with professional qualityis crucial for my work.It's not perfect, nor a high end mic, but the Azden SMX-10is a solid mic for the price.

    Expertise: Professional Solo Video Journalist

    Problems Encountered: I wish Azden had put a right angle mic jack on this mic -the standard one that sticks straight out could damage themic jack if hit incorrectly.

    Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Rode VideoMic

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    HISS issue

    I understand that this is an inexpensive mic but that's not an excuse regarding the low cost. I bought a Samson LAV which is not even an XLR balanced, it is a regular mini...Read complete review

    I understand that this is an inexpensive mic but that's not an excuse regarding the low cost. I bought a Samson LAV which is not even an XLR balanced, it is a regular mini stereo consumer plug just like this one. The samson costs less than 30 Dollars and the sound is pristine, nice bass, mids and treble and NO HISS. I tested both items on a Canon 5D Mark II, a Canon HV-20 and a professional Sony Z1-u and Z-7u and i believe this is enough testing to safely say here about the hiss problem. Not enough low frequency even having the mic set no full (no wind cut)

    The Canon 5D mark II INTERNAL mic of course detects the noise from the lens's stabilizer but the audio fidelity from it besides unwanted noises from camera lens is much better coming from just that tiny cell phone style opening in the camera

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    4.0

    Decent Performance

    By Butch_M

    from Lock Haven, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording
      • Run And Gun Journalism

      Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

      Even though it falls in the lower end of the price list, this mic performs rather well. Fits well in the gear bag. Deploys quickly without complication. Offers reasonable sound quality in most conditions. I would have preferred a more expensive unit. Though I am not disappointed I started with this one.

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      4.0

      great audio

      By winnie

      from florida keys

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

          I shoot weddings on the beach and this has proved to be a great benefit in cutting down on wind noise.

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          5.0

          Nice replacement for the on camera mic

          By Cheese

          from Nicholasville, KY

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording

            Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

            The sound is great!

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            5.0

            ***Great Mic***

            By Read The Bible

            from North Carolina

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events

              Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

              I am No Professional I guess! But I will tell you that I shoot some killer video with my Canon 6d and 70d and t3i and other cameras I have! I have this mic mounted on every camera I own! I even use this for my GoPro camera with the wired mic kit! Is this the best mic out there? Well I am sure you can buy a higher quality mic but for $$thousands$$ more! You can't go wrong with a mic for this price and get the sound that this mic gives. And the rubberized shock mount is perfect for run and gun video shooting and vibration! This mic uses a triple A battery but on any Canon DSLR you don't need a battery in the mic! It runs even without the battery! And it runs without a battery with my GoPro! If you are looking for a mic you can afford and get great results you better try this mic! if you want to take out the hiss noise which I hardly ever have then use a zoom h1 and run your SMX-10 mic through the zoom h1 and Done! Go ahead get the mic and get to filming and you will be glad you did not unless your just going to try to make millions off your videos!

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              4.0

              Nice little Stereo Microphone

              By Tio Ricardo

              from Fresno, Ca.

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • No cons so far

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ

              Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

              I use the SMX-10 on a JVC 550 camcorder to record the weekly church service. Has improved greatly the audio compared to the cameras built in mics.
              1. Its small and very portable.
              2. It has a very nice sound pickup in the auditorium. I would recomend it for the great sound you get and the low price cost facter.

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              4.0

              Great mic

              By Photo dad

              from Seattle WA

              Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

              Compact and great sound. Very sensitive. Maybe not as directional as I had hoped.

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              2.0

              Ok microphone

              By daveryan

              from windsor, on

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

                Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

                It is an ok mic for the price i guess. Def not as good as I thought it would be.
                Improvement over the built in mic, but not a huge one.

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                4.0

                Great audio, bad shoe

                By Kaitee

                from Boston

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Shoe Too Big

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

                The mic itself is great. The audio is great. The price is great. It was great. The bad part is, despite my research into the mic, I was unaware that the shoe wouldn't fit into the shoe port of my Vixia. It's [shoe] too big. It'd be nice if I had known that so I could have been prepared. But all in all the audio is nice.

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                5.0

                This is # 2 with probably more to follow

                By RhB_HJ

                from Coldstream, BC Canada

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Rail-fan Videos

                  Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

                  To get rid of excessive wind noise, especially when filming in Fraser and Thompson Canyon, I decided on this item after reading several reviews. It's probably the best bang for the buck! As mentioned this is the second one, since the first one really lived up to my expectations.
                  It does a fine job as is, but just to make doubly sure my equal half fashioned a fuzzy to go over the foam wind suppressor.

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                  5.0

                  product performance

                  By Jim

                  from Randolph Maine

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

                    Attached microphone to vide camera. Sound was terrific. performed as I expected. Nothing negative to say.

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                    5.0

                    Hears Very Well Indeed

                    By The DAK

                    from Doyline, LA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

                      I use this mic on my Canon T4i and it does a fantastic job! It picks up real well and runs all the frequencies beautifully!

                      The only thing I do not like about it is its cost. I only wish it could be sold for a lower price but I still am proud to own this mic for my camera.

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                      5.0

                      smx-10 Microphone

                      By Bob

                      from Mid Atlantic Region

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • None so far

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording

                      Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

                      Works as advertised

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                      3.0

                      SMX for Shotgun Purposes

                      By Andre

                      from Miami

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • Poor Sound Quality

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

                      Used to shoot classroom full of students.

                      It's great for the stereo effect, but the limited shotgun capability.

                      Not the best of both worlds.

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                      5.0

                      Very good for the price

                      By Bruce

                      from Long Island, NY

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events

                        Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

                        Bought mic for my Panasonic HCV-700 HD camcorder. Although my camcorder has no earphone jack, when I plug in the Azden mic, a vu meter appears across the screen. Very Helpful.
                        The mic produces very clear, noiseless sound and picks up well in the direction it's pointed. Mic is neither too small or too big. I noticed no wind rumble with mic used outside, but have not tested it on the beach. Overall excellent and far surpasses the built in mic on my camcorder.

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                        4.0

                        Portable light weight use works great.

                        By O

                        from Longview, TX

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

                          I use this product for documentary work. It's simple use work great for close up documentary.

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                            4.0

                            Great Product for the price

                            By Tom

                            from Geraldton, Western Australia

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Led Status Light Missing

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording

                            Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

                            I am new to DSLR Video and did quite a bit of research into external mics. I love this quite inexpensive, Japanese built mic for its compact size, good quality.Since Western Australia has a lot of wind I had to come up with a solution. B&H did not have a 'dead kitten' for this mic but I found an inexpensive one that does the job wonderfully. When evaluating most reviewers said that they are missing a LED status light.... I have already emptied the battery once because I did not realize the mic was left on..... definitely an issue there. I also purchased the proposed extension lead in the accessories section of this product page - unfortunately the cable is only mono and therefore does not work for this stereo mic.

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                            4.0

                            Excellent Value

                            By Fundy John

                            from Lower Debert, Nova Scotia

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events

                              Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

                              I purchased this mic primarily to get decent audio when filming my son's band, Nekkid Country. I had used the built-in mic on my 60D before and the sound quality was so=so because of the omnidirectional nature of the mic. This one allowed me to focus on the band and get much better audio recordings to go with the excellent video.

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                              4.0

                              Good inexpensive microphone

                              By bluribon

                              from Houston, Texas

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                              • Needs Led On-lite

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events
                              • Performances

                              Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

                              Purchased for Canon Vixia M40, mostly weddings and sports. Replaced Canon DM-100 microphone with broken foot.
                              Sensitivity is moderately better than camera internal microphone, but camera wind noise is horrible.
                              Biggest issue is to remember to turn-on and turn-off microphone, because it used 1 AA battery; accidentally left on for four days and battery loss was not measurable.

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                              1.0

                              Not Good for Canon DSLRS

                              By Will

                              from GA

                              About Me Experienced

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Audio Noise
                              • Hiss Noise
                              • Poor Sound Quality

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

                                I was excited to get this cheaper "alternative" to the Rode Video Mic Pro, however, the internal mic on my Canon T3i records better audio than this microphone. The problem with it is that if the audio recording level is turned down low (such as 1/4 on the T3i), barely any sound is recorded, but if the recording level is turned up to, say, 3/4, audio is recorded well but so is an annoying contant "hiss" (search YouTube for my review and you can see how the audio sounds at different recording levels: Azden SMX-10 Microphone Test With the Canon T3i).

                                I tested this with many different audio recording levels on my T3i (8 notches from off, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and auto) and still got the same issues: either recordings were barely audible or there was intrusive background noise that got louder the higher the recording level was. In short, I would not waste your money or time on this microphone if you are hoping to use it to record professional-quality sound with a DSLR, although I doubt the sound quality would be much better if it were used with a camcorder instead.

                                Since this is one of the most expensive microphones you can get for a DSLR without getting a Rode, if you want good sound with your camera, it looks like you will have to either get a huge Rode Video Mic or spend even more and get a Rode Video Mic Pro, but for now I'm just going to get by with my T3i's internal microphone since trying this one made me realize that its sound quality isn't that bad after all.

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                                4.0

                                Excellent Value

                                By lambojack

                                from San Diego, CA

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events

                                  Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

                                  I am using this microphone with my Canon EOS 7D when recording video. I have tried it indoors as well as outside in varying conditions. It shows good directional sensitivity and offers very good sound quality.

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                                  Batteries & Power

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                                  Required item: Batteries (not included) are required to power this device.

                                  Watson -  4-Hour Rapid Charger with 4 AAA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (1000mAh)
                                  • You Pay: $16.95
                                   
                                  Duracell -  AAA 1.5V Alkaline Coppertop Battery (2-Pack)
                                  • You Pay: $1.69
                                   

                                  Add more interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                                  Pearstone -  Stereo Mini Male to Stereo Mini Female Extension Cable (Black) - 3'
                                  • You Pay: $3.99
                                   
                                  Pearstone -  Stereo Mini Male to Stereo Mini Female Extension Cable (Black) - 6'
                                  • You Pay: $3.99
                                   

                                  Adapters

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                                  Adapters allow more interconnectivity options.

                                  Kopul -  XLR to Mini Adapter
                                  • You Pay: $9.95
                                   

                                  Wind Protection

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                                  Protect your audio from wind noise with a windscreen.

                                  Azden -  SWS-100 High Performance Softie Windscreen
                                  • You Pay: $69.00
                                   
                                  Auray -  WSR-2012 Stuffed Rabbit Windscreen for Shotgun Microphones - (12cm)
                                  • You Pay: $49.95
                                   

                                  Boompoles

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                                  Get your mic closer to the sound source with a boompole.

                                  Polsen -  SBP-10 5-Section 10' Telescoping Aluminum Boompole
                                  • You Pay: $139.95
                                   
                                  Rode -  Micro Boompole - 3-Section Boom Pole
                                  • You Pay: $49.00
                                   

                                  Mounting

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                                  Additional brackets and rigs allow more convenient piggy-backing of devices.

                                  Vello -  Triple Shoe V-Bracket (4.1" Wide)
                                  • You Pay: $24.90
                                   
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