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Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone

B&H # AZSMX10 Mfr # SMX-10
You Pay: $79.95
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
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    AzdenSMX-10 Stereo Microphone
     
    4.2

    (based on 182 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (76)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (80)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (142)
    • Easy to use (125)
    • Compact (87)
    • Good audio (84)
    • Versatile (40)

    Cons

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

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (63)
    • Outdoor events / games (52)
    • Performances (33)
    • Home studio (25)
    • Professional recording (25)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (75), Tech savvy (33), Novice (27), 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

    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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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Excellent Value

                  By Fundy John

                  from Lower Debert, Nova Scotia

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                  See all my reviews

                  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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                        4.0

                        Quality mic

                        By The Teacher

                        from Huntsville, AL

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events

                          Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

                          This mic was purchased for use in a high school TV Production course. So far it has worked great when interviewing several people at once. The sound quality is good and exactly what we needed.

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                          5.0

                          I like this Mic

                          By David

                          from Concord, MA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording

                            Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

                            This mic has very sound quality. I used it on my D800 and am happy with it.

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                              4.0

                              Decent low-cost stereo mic

                              By Shoestring Shooter

                              from Cold Spring, NY

                              About Me Novice

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Hiss

                              Best Uses

                              • Reference Audio For Video

                              Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

                              I'm using this as an on camera mic for reference audio for video. It's obviously much better than the built-in mics on the camera, and overall captures pretty good sound. It does tend to hiss a bit.

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                              4.0

                              Works good, but it was missing the mount

                              By rhcpepper

                              from Edmore, MI

                              About Me Novice

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Events

                                Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

                                Just came in the mail today :) I love the sound quality. People complain about the hissing and although it was pretty bad at first, once I figured out how to change all the audio settings on my Canon HF M500 that I just got today as well it sounded fine. All that I was wanting for $ anyways. Would have rated 5 stars but the package was missing the mount for the mic! Boy was I upset when I saw it wasn't in there. I just hope they are helpful with sending me the missing part when I call /:

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                                  5.0

                                  Works great!

                                  By mikezc128

                                  from Milwaukee, WI

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Events
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone:

                                    It records clear audio.

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                                    Pearstone -  Stereo Mini Male to Stereo Mini Female Cable (Black) - 3'
                                    • Price: $3.99
                                     
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                                    • Price: $3.99
                                     

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                                    Adapters allow more interconnectivity options.

                                    Kopul -  XLR to Mini Adapter
                                    • Price: $9.95
                                     

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                                    • Price: $69.00
                                     
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                                    • Price: $49.95
                                     

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                                    • Price: $24.90
                                     
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