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Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone

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Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone

Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone With Windscreen

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Product Highlights

  • Supercardioid Polar Pattern
  • Wide Frequency Response
  • 120 dB Maximum SPL
  • Hardwired XLR Output
  • Includes Shockmount
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You Pay: $195.00

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The Azden SGM-PDII Short Shotgun Microphone is designed to improve the audio quality on video cameras. The SGM-PDII fits into standard 21mm clamp mount fixtures, however size adjustment rings are included for a snug fit in any clamp mount. The microphone is an ideal choice for use with Ikegami, Sony and Canon cameras, and features a 12.99-inch cable and velour windscreen.

The shotgun pickup pattern effectively reduces off-axis audio for a focused audio capturing.
Sized to fit 21mm clamp mounts and size adjustment rings enable mounting in any clamp mount, including Panasonic cameras.
The short, lightweight profile is ideal on smaller cameras.
Transducer Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 80Hz to 18kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 70dB
Maximum Input Sound Level 120dB
Power Requirements 11 to 52V Phantom Power
Output Impedance 130 ohms
Output Connectors 3-pin XLR
Pad No
Low Frequency Roll-Off No
Dimensions (LxDiameter) 5.90 x 0.82" (150 x 21mm)
Weight 3.88 oz
Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone for Video Camera Clamp Mounts
  • Velour Windscreen
  • Protective Pouch
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    AzdenSGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone
     
    4.5

    (based on 53 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (42)
    • Easy to use (40)
    • Good audio (39)
    • Compact (36)
    • Versatile (21)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoor events / games (29)
      • Professional recording (23)
      • Amateur recording (17)
      • Performances (13)
      • Home studio (12)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (30), Novice (9), Tech savvy (4), Aspiring film maker (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Not bad for the price tag.

      I use this on my video camera to capture natural sound in addition to using a lav mic on a subject.

      I love this mic, because for what I do,...Read complete review

      I use this on my video camera to capture natural sound in addition to using a lav mic on a subject.

      I love this mic, because for what I do, it is nice to have a cable built into the mic so I am not hauling another one around with me. I have a shock mount on my camera so I haven't used the one that comes in the kit, so I have no info on that.

      The flip side is, you are getting what you pay for. It is not the best quality ever, and I would not put it on a boom pole to record someone's audio. For run and gun though, and if you don't have a lot of cash to throw around, it is not a bad buy.

      Also, the mic require that you use phantom power, there is no provision for using a AA and there are no filter options on it for low or high pass. Again, you get what you pay for.

      I would still recommend this to a friend because it is reliable and sturdy. My only quibble is that it doesn't have some of the feature of the more expensive microphones out there. But its not like that is hidden, its just something to think hard about.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Serious disappointment

      I originally had a Canon Vixia HF21 consumer video camera with a Canon DM50 directional microphone.

      I decided to move up and purchased a Canon XF105 video camera and bought the SGM-PGII...Read complete review

      I originally had a Canon Vixia HF21 consumer video camera with a Canon DM50 directional microphone.

      I decided to move up and purchased a Canon XF105 video camera and bought the SGM-PGII microphone because of its shorter length. When I tried this microphone I realized that I had taken a serious step DOWN over the DM50 I used on my Vixia. The tone was flat sounding and the microphone seems to pick up all kinds of ambient sounds. Considering the money I paid, this mic was a serious disappointment.

      I talke to a B&H sales rep and they suggested a Rode NTG2. I bought that and will conduct tests on it shortly.

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      4.0

      Works well.

      By Christine L.

      from Vancouver, Canada

      About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Replacement
        • Shooting Indoors
        • Shooting Outdoors
        • Travel
        • Upgrade

        Comments about Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone:

        I bought this microphone for my Canon XHA1 because it had a compact design. The microphone comes with rubber spacers which are needed with the specific camera I use. The microphone is very sensitive and picks up every sound in the environment. This is a quality microphone for the price and works well when you need a compact microphone and short XLR cable. I would buy this product again and recommend to a friend.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Everything I hoped for.

        By MikeG624

        from Virginia Beach, VA

        About Me Aspiring Film Maker

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Upgrade

        Comments about Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone:

        I use this with my Panasonic AG-HMC40. It is a real upgrade from the on board microphone, and also a big improvement over the Rode VideoMic I have been using.
        There is a noticable improvement in the quality of the sound I'm getting.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Professional sound, priced rite.

        By Ttpixman

        from Port jefferson ,ny

        About Me Film Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Shooting Indoors
          • Shooting Outdoors

          Comments about Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone:

          Convenient easy yo use.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          small mic, great sound

          By Carlos Filho

          from MA

          About Me Film Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Replacement
            • Shooting Indoors
            • Shooting Outdoors

            Comments about Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone:

            Simple and small, but it works great !

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            5.0

            Great Mic for great very good camera

            By Alleluia Media Services

            from Greensboro, NC

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Indoors
              • Travel
              • Upgrade

              Comments about Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone:

              I bought this mic for my cannon XA-10 professional camera at the recommendations of past purchasers for this type camera. Good sound pick up.It enhances sound from live sound when using XLR inputs from recording mixer. Very easy to use and install. A great addition to improve sound quality. Will purchase another with next new camera.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              amazing mic

              By Bfree

              from Ashford, CT

              About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Shooting Outdoors
                • Upgrade

                Comments about Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone:

                I film motocross races outdoors and the quality of the sound is so much better than the stock mic I had on the camera. Would recommend any day.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                unbelievable mike

                By Roman the mediaboss

                from new york

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone:

                  great value and equipment

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good mic, low price

                  By CameraGod

                  from Dallas, Texas

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • B-roll
                    • Nat sounds

                    Comments about Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone:

                    Frequency response is pretty good for getting nat sounds. I have it mounted on my HPX370. Phantom power. Fine for b-roll.

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                    4.0

                    Good Little Microphone

                    By FriarTuck00

                    from Concord, NC

                    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 SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone:

                      Our school bought this shotgun mic to use with our Canon XA10 and with a little rigging, it fits in the clamp and works great. The mic wouldn't fit in the mic clamp, as it was too thin. I had to take the two rubber pieces off the shoe that was included and place them on top and under the mic as I placed it in the mic clamp. Now it fits great.

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                      5.0

                      Great addition

                      By Ray

                      from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone:

                        I have some older video equipment (yes I know, I need to upgrade) and because of this I have not always had reliable sound recordings. I create content for non-profits and community service work. The sound has been an easy fix in the past because I've added music and some prerecorded conversations. We are now completing conferences and I needed to ensure that the sound quality is acceptable. This product saved me a lot of heartache and was worth the purchase.

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                        4.0

                        One of the better mic's on the market!

                        By Ase Mosley

                        from Philadelphia PA.

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone:

                          There's really nothing bad to say about this microphone. Considering the price range of other mic's that B&H has to offer, is a reasonable price.

                          I have a Cannon camcorder XA 10 into a certain degree and has been quite difficult to find a microphone for a reasonable price. I needed a Saigon microphone to wooden stick out over the camera lens getting in the way of every shot. One thing I've lear

                          What sold me on this microphone the most, are the people. Why? Reviews means everything when it comes to purchasing plate products. The only reason I'm doing it for stars, because of the customer service. The customer service representative that I've spoke to over the phone was a very ill mannered. Just like business, great customer service is were you find it!

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                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Great mic for the price

                          By Shanna Kay

                          from Lynchburg, VA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Too much background noise

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone:

                          Event videography
                          Weddings, construction sites, interviews in studio

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                          5.0

                          Excellent choice

                          By Mac McGinnis Media

                          from Bellefontaine, Ohio

                          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 SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone:

                            I use this mic on my Sony AX2000. Great quality and great price I feel. I'll buy the exact some one again when I purchase another camera.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            2.0

                            Serious disappointment

                            By End The Illusion

                            from New Jersey

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact

                            Cons

                            • Poor Sound Quality
                            • Pricey / Poor Value

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone:

                              I originally had a Canon Vixia HF21 consumer video camera with a Canon DM50 directional microphone.

                              I decided to move up and purchased a Canon XF105 video camera and bought the SGM-PGII microphone because of its shorter length. When I tried this microphone I realized that I had taken a serious step DOWN over the DM50 I used on my Vixia. The tone was flat sounding and the microphone seems to pick up all kinds of ambient sounds. Considering the money I paid, this mic was a serious disappointment.

                              I talke to a B&H sales rep and they suggested a Rode NTG2. I bought that and will conduct tests on it shortly.

                              Share this review

                               
                              5.0

                              Sound Machine

                              By Coiech Kil

                              from Inverness, Florida

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Events

                                Comments about Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone:

                                Great Attachment for the camera and provides excellent sound

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                                4.0

                                Good sound for decent price

                                By Burchwatter

                                from Monroe, MI

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Home Studio

                                  Comments about Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone:

                                  I have only used this mic once so far, but it did the job I was looking for. Shot a wedding in a windy setting and was looking for better sound than the on-camera mic I had. This one came through.

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                                  4.0

                                  Good price & good sound.

                                  By Video Scholar

                                  from Bountiful, Utah

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Events
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Mobile DJ
                                    • Performances
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone:

                                    Works well with XA 10. Comes with adopter raps to adjust mike to fit mike holder. Inexpensive, Good sound, XLR connection.

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                                    4.0

                                    Great Sound - Great Price

                                    By mcpassa

                                    from S. Orange, NJ

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Compact

                                    Cons

                                    • none

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Event work

                                    Comments about Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone:

                                    Using this mic on the Canon XA-10. It fits very well with the small scale of the camcorder and produces excellent sound reproduction. It stays attached to the camera all the time. Oh - by the way the mounting to the camera was easy and very secure.

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                                    4.0

                                    Happy with purchase

                                    By Kelly L.

                                    from Oregon

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Professional Recording

                                      Comments about Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone:

                                      It fits nicely on my canon XA-10.

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                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Works Great

                                      By Faceman

                                      from St. Louis

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Sound
                                      • Compact
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Azden SGM-PDII On-Camera Short Shotgun Microphone:

                                          Works great with my XA10 camera. It was smaller in diameter then the external mic holder on my XA10 but it came with a rubber spacer that made it fit.

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