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Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Compact Stereo Condenser Microphone with Camera Shoe Mount

B&H # AUPRO24CM Mfr # PRO 24CM
You Pay: $55.33

The Audio-Technica Pro-24CM Compact Stereo Condenser Microphone delivers pro-level stereo reproduction for video camera mounting. The compact Pro-24CM features a pair of cardioid elements in an X-Y configuration to provide the spatial impact and realism of a live sound field. The result is a realistic stereo sound with pristine fidelity and minimal noise. The condenser element is powered with an LR44 battery or with plug-in power wherever provided.

True X/Y Stereo Capturing
The Pro-24CM features two capsules mounted in an X/Y position for true spatial impact and realism of a live sound field.
LR44 or Plug-in Power Capable
Battery-free operation when used with recording devices that provide plug-in power at the mic input.
Compact Design
Compact, lightweight design is perfect for camera-mount use.
Transducer Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
Polar Pattern X/Y Stereo
Frequency Response 100Hz - 17kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) 82dB, 1kHz at Max SPL
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 57dB, 1kHz at 1 Pa
Maximum Input Sound Level 119dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
Power Requirements 2-10VDC plug-in power
Output Impedance 600 ohms
Output Connectors 3.5 mm stereo mini plug on cable
Pad No
Low Frequency Roll-Off No
Dimensions (LxDiameter) 4.59 x 0.83" (116.5 x 21mm)
Weight 3.9 oz (111 g)
Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Compact Stereo Condenser Microphone with Camera Shoe Mount
  • Video Camera Shoe Mount
  • LR44 Battery
  • Windscreen
  • Soft Pouch
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    Audio-TechnicaPro-24CM - Stereo Microphone
     
    3.9

    (based on 109 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (36)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (49)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (8)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (80)
    • Great sound quality (58)
    • Easy to use (53)
    • Durable (40)
    • Simple use (32)

    Cons

    • Noisy (14)
    • Flimsy (3)
    • Slight hiss (3)
    • Unstable (3)

    Best Uses

    • Presentations (27)
    • Professional (26)
    • Productivity (13)
    • Den (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (59), Gearhead (23), Technically challenged (7), Photographer (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (72), Business (32)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent microphone for the money

    I needed a good microphone for my JVC GR-DV500US. After really taking a look at the videos I've shot over the years on it, I came to realize just how awful the on-board mic...Read complete review

    I needed a good microphone for my JVC GR-DV500US. After really taking a look at the videos I've shot over the years on it, I came to realize just how awful the on-board mic is on the camcorder. It has a mic input which is a godsend on any camcorder, so I figured I might as well finally put it to good use. The problem was deciding which kind of mic I needed. I decided to go with a stereo mic since I found out shotguns were mono sound. I am by no means a pro, just an enthusiast looking to shoot good video. Price was another problem. I got some serious sticker shock seeing how much camcorder mics go for.

    After months of research, I finally came across this particular mic. It didn't seem too large, it had a metal body, and the price was more than reasonable. But how was the sound? I wound up finding an electronics test site that had a video review of the mic and I was impressed by the sound quality and the reduction of background noise in the review. I decided to run over to B&H and grab the mic. I also got a Bescor VB-50 bracket so I had setup for the mic and my video light. I shot some footage in midtown Manhattan after Sunday mass on Easter along Park Avenue and in a little park across the street from Macy's. The sound was a major step up to say the least. Depsite the usual hustle and bustle of NYC streets, the sounds were a lot clearer and the annoying background noise was greatly reduced. Overall, this is a very good microphone if you want to improve the sound in your videos.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not great on the 5D Mark II

    This mic is small and fits the 5D Mark II perfectly; but the audio leaves something to be desired. While the stereo sound quality is superior to the built-in mono mic, this mic...Read complete review

    This mic is small and fits the 5D Mark II perfectly; but the audio leaves something to be desired. While the stereo sound quality is superior to the built-in mono mic, this mic forces the 5D to record sound at a very high gain level - thus there is a constant 'hiss' in the audio. Without the ability to control levels in the 5D, I'm not sure this is the best choise.

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    4.0

    Better than nothing!

    By Nico

    from Reno, NV

    Comments about Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Stereo Microphone:

    This on-camera shotgun mic is ideal for non-professionals that simply want better sound on their camcorders and the low budget professionals just starting out. Decent quality sound for the price.

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    4.0

    Good performance for the price

    By Mike Grayhair

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Presentations

      Comments about Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Stereo Microphone:

      I used it with my digital camera to record about 90 minutes of video at a noisy fish fry and outdoor car show, and it did a much better job than the built-in camera mike would have done. It will be a permanent item in my camera bag. Only complaint: There should be an LED to remind you that it's on, so you don't accidentally leave it on and run the batteries down.

      Also, it should come with a plug adapter for equipment that has micro-sized inserts.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Great Mic for DSLR camera sound

      By Bill

      from Staatsburg, NY

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home videos
        • Productivity
        • Professional

        Comments about Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Stereo Microphone:

        I use this mic on my Canon 5D Mark III and it attaches easily & provides great sound on videos.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        4.0

        I will buy more product in the near futu

        By boofer

        from Denver colorado

        About Me Technically Challenged

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Great Sound Quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Unstable

        Best Uses

        • Professional

        Comments about Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Stereo Microphone:

        camcorder, lt weight,fair price,great product for the money! Dealing with B&H has been a pleasure. detailed, curtious, and on time!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Clean and Directional Audio

        By M3films

        from Denver, CO

        Comments about Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Stereo Microphone:

        The audio from this microphone is a vast improvement over the onboard microphone on my Nikon D800. The audio comes thru cleaner and more directional. I use it primarily when I'm capturing b-roll to get nice ambient sound. For interviews I use a separate Sony Wireless lavaliere. The price to quality beats out most other microphones costing twice as much. If audio is important to you this little gem is sure to be a nice, affordable upgrade.

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        1.0

        no good

        By frank the tank

        from new york city

        Pros

          Cons

          • Flimsy
          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Stereo Microphone:

            this mic is total garbage..i bought it because of the low price tag.save your money people.unless ur in a 100% noise free enviroment and you take the mic off the shoe and put it to your lips.then youll get good audio.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            3.0

            Good for the price

            By George

            from Washington, DC

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Noisy

            Best Uses

            • Presentations

            Comments about Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Stereo Microphone:

            Based on the reviews I read of all the sub-$ DSLR compatible mics, none are perfect and all have drawbacks. As I didn't want to pay extra for less than ideal, I settled on this one and was quite surprised. Certainly not as bad as some reviews suggested. Yes, it is noisy but that's quite easy to correct even with very basic software. A good entry level mic. or for those on a budget.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            4.0

            Great product for an affordable price

            By Nick

            from Rochester, NY

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Noisy

            Best Uses

            • Productivity

            Comments about Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Stereo Microphone:

            I use this product with my canon t3i and have no complaints.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            4.0

            Good Mic for Go Pro H3

            By B

            from California

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Great Sound Quality
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Productivity
              • Professional

              Comments about Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Stereo Microphone:

              Use along with the Go Pro

              - uses include in-car and out-of-car shots
              - musical performances (drum camera, ect)
              - other miscellaneous videos

              It very small and light weight which is great for small spaces or tight setups in the cars or around the drums and other equipment.. and, the headphone jack is great for plug in play with the audio adapter from Go Pro.

              the only downside that i would say would be is that it doesn't come with a second wind screen. It does have a black one as shown in the picture but the grey fuzzy one wasn't included. which in other stores it is.. but oh well. thats not too big of a deal

              overall it a great product, microphone sounds great, its not expensive at all, and it does exactly what i need it to do.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              4.0

              great sounding microphone

              By AP

              from Brooklyn, NY

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Great Sound Quality
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Stereo Microphone:

                  This microphone is an ideal addition to my small SLR video rig. It is portable and captures a great stereo sound.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  OK for SLRs but needs adapter w camcoder

                  By sailinsteve

                  from San Jose, CA

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

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                    Cons

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                        Comments about Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Stereo Microphone:

                        The microphone has a connector that fits full size SLRs but not camcorders.
                        Since an adapter will increase the price almost double, I have not used it yet.
                        Disipointed that I wasn't warned about camcorder compatibility.
                        My Canon M500 has a mini connector.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        It does what it says it does

                        By Shekinah

                        from Saint George Utah

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Stereo Microphone:

                            It does what it says it does and that is to provide a stereo alternative to a camera's built in mic, at a pro level!
                            Whilst the 'Pro level' can be disputable, it remains tied to what you pay for the product.
                            I use this mic on my Nikon D600 because I want stereo reproduction of ambient and close quarter sounds.
                            I also use a Zoom H4n for more serious stereo sound collection.
                            If one complains about the mic still being able to pick up zoom and focus noises, albeit much less so, then it should be remembered that an audio professional wouldn't go that route. He'll use an off camera mic every time!
                            The high level frequency ability of this mic is very good. attested when I recorded several wind chimes ringing.
                            The lower frequencies ability of the mic are less than 'very good' but still quite capable. So when will you record an earthquake?
                            Speech was also very good and I had no issue with quietness. My camera has adjustable manual gain control....just turn it up!
                            I like this mic at what I consider to be a 'silly cheap' price.
                            The (tiny) battery issue is less convenient for some buyers because they are not so readily available but it doesn't worry me as I have plug-in power from the camera at the mini jack input.
                            The mic is also mounted in a soft rubber 'sleeve' to dampen camera handling noises.
                            Whilst the price made me think twice about buying this product, I also have Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones which are astounding! So I went ahead and I was pleasantly surprised.
                            The mic also came with a padded zipable sleeve for storage - Nice.
                            I would recommend it to a friend

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                            • Personal

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                            1.0

                            HORRIBLE - worse than internal mic!

                            By PR

                            from New York

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                                  Comments about Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Stereo Microphone:

                                  I'm a seasoned cameraman with solid audio background. I wanted to get a mic to up the audio recording potential of my Canon 7D set-up so in run and gun situations (when you don't needs great audio) i bought this mic - it's small but definitely much larger than camera's internal mic so it HAD to be better. Unfortunately a quick test of recording with the this mic and without proves how SUPERIOR camera's internal mic (!!!) is to this junk. Use your camera's internal mic for better audio!

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  1.0

                                  Gain is too low...even for GH3

                                  By sighsmatrs

                                  from APO

                                  Verified Buyer

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                                        Comments about Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Stereo Microphone:

                                        I read the reviews about the gain being low for non-adjustable cameras...but figured I'd be fine. The GH3 has a pretty wide range of adjustable gain.

                                        Woops....no way. Even maxed out, the gain is so low the mic is useless for me.

                                        Build quality seemed nice though...oh well.

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                                        • Personal

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                                        4.0

                                        Works as it says it works.

                                        By challows

                                        from Flagstaff, AZ

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Size
                                        • Solid build

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Travel
                                          • Video

                                          Comments about Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Stereo Microphone:

                                          This is my first external mic so I don't have much to compare it to but I did some inital testing and concluded that the sound quality is superior to the onboard mic for my t3i. The size is really ideal and for the price it'll be a nice entry level improvement for my progressing video hobby.

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                                          • Personal

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                                          4.0

                                          Great Mic for the Price

                                          By Anna Gus

                                          from Grand Rapids, MI

                                          About Me Tech Savvy

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                          • Noisy

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Productivity
                                          • Professional

                                          Comments about Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Stereo Microphone:

                                          I used this mic with my Canon t3i for behind the scenes video on a film set. It's much better than the onboard mic and the stereo is great for catching environment and multiple people talking. It does lose quite a bit of pickup across any distance, though. And I got a bit of noise that I'm not crazy about. Overall, though, a great, affordable alternative to the on-board mic.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Business

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                                          5.0

                                          It's works for what I use it for

                                          By Mario Bros.

                                          from Uvalde, TX

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Great Sound Quality
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Stereo Microphone:

                                              I use this mic with my Canon 7d. The fact that this mic fits on the hot shoe and doesn't make my set up cumbersome is a plus. Stereo sound is great, but there is a slight hiss. I'm sure this can be taken care of in post, but I'm not an avid filmmaker so it works for me.

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                                              • Personal

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                                              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              The Tiny Powerful Punch

                                              By JKauffmanVisuals

                                              from Whitefish, MT

                                              About Me Entrepreneur, Filmer, Photographer, Tech Savvy

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Great Sound Quality
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Presentations
                                                • Professional

                                                Comments about Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Stereo Microphone:

                                                Im currently an amateur photographer/filmer but am trying to move up the ranks...this mic is helping me accomplish this feat. I use it to film action sports, concerts, music videos, and commercials. It has everything i need and is really compact and lightweight. The only downside to it is that it runs off of small batteries but i just circumvented this by buying a bulk pack of 50. Definitely invest in this!

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                                                • Personal

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                                                3.0

                                                Good for the price

                                                By rbadiola

                                                from Schaumburg, Il.

                                                About Me Gearhead

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Use
                                                • Great Sound Quality

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Presentations

                                                  Comments about Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Stereo Microphone:

                                                  This mic is good as a backup mic for a higher end one. If you do professional video work, stay away from this and get a Rode.

                                                  Sound is clean, although lacking volume. If the sound source is around 3-4 feet away you get the best results, further than that it's very weak.

                                                  For the price I can't complain...it's better than the onboard mic from a dslr or a video camera.

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                                                  2.0

                                                  Not Compatable with GoPro Hero2

                                                  By jsauce

                                                  from seattle, WA

                                                  About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Durable
                                                  • Easy To Use
                                                  • Lightweight

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Noisy

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Audio-Technica Pro-24CM - Stereo Microphone:

                                                    I bought this microphone to use with a GoPro Hero2. The microphone worked terribly with the GoPro. The pick up was extremely quiet and when i brought the levels up in post processing there was a ton of noise! The problem is not likely with the microphone but rather the inability to disable AGC (automatic gain control) on the Gopro Hero2. Great microphone but not for this application.

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

                                                    General Brand -  LR44 Alkaline Cell Batteries (1.5V, 2 Pack)
                                                    • Price: $2.14
                                                     
                                                    General Brand -  MS 76 (SR44/EPX76) 1.5v Silver Battery
                                                    • Price: $3.49
                                                     

                                                    Add more interconnectivity options for your equipment.

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

                                                    Wind Protection

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                                                    Protect your audio from wind noise with a windscreen.

                                                    WindTech -  Fur Fitted Microphone Windshield
                                                    • Price: $29.95
                                                     

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                                                    • Price: $139.95
                                                     
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                                                    • Price: $49.00
                                                     

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                                                    Stabilize and isolate your mic from vibrations with a shockmount.

                                                    Auray -  DUSM-1 Universal Shock Mount for Camera Shoes and Boompoles
                                                    • Price: $49.95
                                                     

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

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