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Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone

You Pay: $35.50
Product Highlights
  • Stereo Pickup
  • Economical
  • Cables and Accessories Included
  • Can Handle Daily Use

The ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone from Audio-Technica is a budget-friendly mic that's built to take daily use. This condenser mic has stereo pickup and is designed for use with video cameras and portable audio recorders. Everything you need to record, with the exception of the camcorder or voice recorder of course, is included with the ATR6250. Accessories include a short camera cable and a long recording cable, a professional camera mount, interchangeable mic-stand base, a foam windscreen, 2 adapters, and a 'AA' battery.

Extremely budget-friendly
Generously equipped with accessories
High-quality stereo pickup in a single mic
Plugs into your video camera or audio recorder
Includes short camera cable & long recording cable
Element Stereo condenser
Polar Pattern Dual cardioid
Frequency Response 70Hz-18kHz
Open Circuit Sensitivity -50dB
Impedance 600 Ohms
Connectors Screw-in 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo (female)
Cables Camera Cable: 8" (0.2m) long, 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo to 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo

Recording Cable: 9.8' (3m) long, 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo to two 1/8" (3.5mm) mono plugs

Weight 2.8 oz (79g)
Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone
  • Professional Camera Mount
  • Interchangeable Mic-Stand Base
  • Foam Windscreen
  • 2 x 1/8" (3.5mm) to 1/4" (6.3mm) Mono Adapters
  • Short Camera Cable
  • Long Recording Cable
  • 'AA' Battery
  • Limited Lifetime End-User Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Audio-TechnicaATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone
     
    3.7

    (based on 47 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (6)

    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (39)
    • Lightweight (30)
    • Interfaces well with camcorder (18)
    • Well built / quality (14)
    • Improves performance (12)

    Cons

    • No performance improvement (5)
    • Flimsy design (3)
    • Limited functions (3)
    • Noisy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (20)
    • Shooting indoors (15)
    • Shooting outdoors (10)
    • Travel (9)
    • Upgrade (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (19), Aspiring film maker (11), Experienced (9), Film professional (4), Pro videographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (31), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good value for money

    For the price, don't expect a high-end, studio-quality "reference" microphone. Since I'm more into the recording studio side of things and just dabbling in video production for my own personal...Read complete review

    For the price, don't expect a high-end, studio-quality "reference" microphone. Since I'm more into the recording studio side of things and just dabbling in video production for my own personal projects, I didn't expect much for the low price this microphone sells for. However, even with their cheapest models, Audio Technica doesn't really make a "bad" product - whether that's microphones, headphones, or anything else. The build quality is very solid considering the price point, the mic does what its supposed to do reasonably well, and the selection of accessories that come with it is well thought out (the mounts for both 'mic stand' and 'camera shoe' are much appreciated).

    Good but not amazing sound, useable but not immaculate self-noise...just what you should expect for the price point. Know what you're buying - while this mic is relatively directional, particularly compared to the built-in mics on most consumer or prosumer models, it's not a shotgun by any means, and you'll pick up a lot of ambient stereo 'room' information (albeit in a better sounding and more controllable way than the built-in stereo mics on many consumer camcorders) than you would with a true shotgun, boom, handheld, or lavalier mic system. Since that's what I was after, I wasn't disappointed, but make sure you actually want "stereo" before deciding on this mic. If you're mainly doing interviews and need to isolate the subject's voice in a noisy or ambient environment, a shotgun, lav, boom, or handheld solution is probably better for your application.

    Basically, this hits the spot for anyone who wants an upgrade in quality and versatility over the built-in mic(s) in most any consumer or prosumer camcorder, but isn't ready to plunk down the cash for the next step up, such as the more expensive Rode or Sennheiser options.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good accessories, But worthless mic

    Good accessories, But a worthless mic.

    This is just 2 simple mic condenser that need energy to work, so you have an 1.5V AA battery inside! It's NOT an AMPLIFIED...Read complete review

    Good accessories, But a worthless mic.

    This is just 2 simple mic condenser that need energy to work, so you have an 1.5V AA battery inside! It's NOT an AMPLIFIED microphone! Yes, the volume is really low!

    And the biggest problem is that it isn't an good Stereo Mic, it's more like having 2 mics, one for each channel, and one is pointing left and the other is pointing right. The box say's it's an dual cardioid, but I would say it's a bidirectional polar pattern. Almost no sound from the front!
    Look the inside on the attached photo.

    I would recommend this only if you are going to capture ambience sound like nature or a show with larger speakers to the public, where you are inside the sound source. It's definitely not usefull for anything happening in front of camera! You will be really disapointed if you try to record someone speech!

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    4.0

    Four years of satisfactory use.

    By Nick Michalak

    from Tinley Park, IL

    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Interface With Camcorder
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Live Music Performances
      • Shooting Outdoors

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone:

      I have had this microphone for about four years now used on both a Sony DCR-VX2100 and a Sony HDR-CX580, and I have been generally very pleased with the results. It has captured entirely realistic sound of musical live performances, done very well as a boom mic in outdoor envrionments for my film shoots, and done decent work with indoor vocal recordings. Surely, in a hollow, open room it does capture a good amount of reverb, but if you're close to the mic, the audio quality will be acceptable. I use this microphone for recording ALL my YouTube videos, but at this time, I am looking to upgrade. The micrphone has produced better sound on my HDR-CX580 as it automatically manages the input levels and prevents the audio from maxing out. The only thing I wish this microphone had was a battery power indicator. For a $40 microphone, it has been well worth it, and I have earned back that money quite quickly with my videography services.

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      1.0

      Absolute Garbage

      By Eric

      from South Florida

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • No Performance Improvement
      • Poor Interface

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone:

        There is little to no sound collected by this microphone. I tested on both my DSLR 9Nikon D5300) and my Sony camcorder. I tested at auto levels and differing audio sensitivity levels on both. At mid to low levels, there is almost no sound (except for the hissing ... yes hissing even at a low level). At higher sensitivity levels or at auto, the sound is still unbelievably low and the hissing is tremendous. I should note that I tested it at two different distances. First at around 4 feet and then at 1 foot. even at one foot it was inaudible and covering in noise.

        To be clear there is no issue with my cameras. My on-camera mics work fine and I have a lapel mic (a Polsen OLM-10) that tested just fine with both cameras with only a little hissing at maximum microphone sensitivity levels. Save your money and the aggravation of having to ship this back. I'm shipping this back the very next day.

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        4.0

        good basic microphohe

        By bob

        from east otis, ma.

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Noisey

        Best Uses

        • Replacement

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone:

        simple, basic

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        2.0

        Good accessories, But worthless mic

        By Frost

        from Brazil

        About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • No Performance Improvement

        Best Uses

        • Recording Big Shows

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone:

        Good accessories, But a worthless mic.

        This is just 2 simple mic condenser that need energy to work, so you have an 1.5V AA battery inside! It's NOT an AMPLIFIED microphone! Yes, the volume is really low!

        And the biggest problem is that it isn't an good Stereo Mic, it's more like having 2 mics, one for each channel, and one is pointing left and the other is pointing right. The box say's it's an dual cardioid, but I would say it's a bidirectional polar pattern. Almost no sound from the front!
        Look the inside on the attached photo.

        I would recommend this only if you are going to capture ambience sound like nature or a show with larger speakers to the public, where you are inside the sound source. It's definitely not usefull for anything happening in front of camera! You will be really disapointed if you try to record someone speech!

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        1.0

        Waste of money!

        By MikeP

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Quality Construction

        Cons

        • Bad Sound Quality
        • Noisy
        • No Performance Improvement

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone:

          I bought this mic to use as an on-camera mic. It sounds worse than the built in mic on my Canon Vixia camera. The signal to noise ratio is horrible. To get anything decent, you have to talk within 1 foot away from this mic, and even then the frequency range doesn't sound that good. At 6 feet, the noise seems to overpower the voice. It's too bad, because this mic appears to be solid. I would suggest that you save a bit more, and buy an AT875 for a budget on-camera mic. with an XLR preamp.

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          5.0

          Great Value

          By Anahatar

          from Georgia, USA

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Travel

            Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone:

            I am using the video mic on a pilgrimage where I didn't want to take my best gear. It is working really well and the audio is very clear.

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            4.0

            Really good quality for the price

            By BrandPartners

            from Mérida Yucatan México

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Flimsy Design

            Best Uses

            • Replacement
            • Shooting Indoors
            • Upgrade

            Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone:

            This Mic just improved the internal mic on my DSLR's big time. Not only it sounds better but the general noise volume ratio is great to the point that you cna used it as a main audio capture.

            Grat price for this good equipment.

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            4.0

            Good for live music performances!

            By Nick Michalak

            from Tinley Park, IL

            About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Live Music Performances
              • Shooting Outdoors

              Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone:

              This microphone has been the most useful to me in recording live musical performances. The sound I get is greatly realistic, and while not a replacement for a professional soundboard recording, it has resulted in a great deal of praise from the bands I've worked with. For film productions, it's best used in outdoor settings as the microphone does pick-up a good deal of ambient sound indoors, but it is still a pleasant step up from the built-in camcorder mic. It generally is acceptable for my vlogs, though. The only things I would mark as negatives are that, one, the mount clip broke on me after only a few months, and two, there is no power indicator light on the microphone itself.

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              1.0

              you get what you pay for

              By GMAN

              from ATLANTA, GA

              About Me Aspiring Film Maker

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Flimsy Design
              • No Performance Improvement

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies

              Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone:

              this mic can't control the AG that my 7d produce's. so really it's not the mic to buy unless you buy a H4N extrnal sound recorder. Even then it's a cheap mic.

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              4.0

              ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording

              By Larry Levy

              from Spring Valley, NY

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Flimsy Design

              Best Uses

              • DSLR Video

              Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone:

              I purchased this product to use for DSLR video recording. For this price it worked very well. I used it to make a promotional video for a private elementary school. THe sound was clear and it picked up children from some distance away. THe quaility was a little 'boomy' but not terribly so. For this price I would recommend it to a friend.

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              3.0

              Great Small Mic.

              By iso is key

              from Birminmgham, AL

              About Me Film Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Limited Usability

              Best Uses

              • Isolated Recording Sounds
              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors

              Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone:

              Trying to use it as an upgrade to on camera Mic will show disapointment. There really is not much difference between on camera mic and this external. Works great if you use an extension to place Mic and then shoot from distance. solid built better consturction then what I had expected. This mic is great at isolating voice from direct source rather than from a whole group.

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              4.0

              good for the price, but underpowered

              By J. I. Photography

              from Indiana

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • No Led Power Indicator

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Upgrade

              Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone:

              This mic is built well and functions nicely with my 7D, but it does have a bit of static. It has good stereo spread and is sensitive, but that sensitivity comes at the cost of too much gain applied by the camera. It seems like 1 AA battery is just not enough power to really have a good mic. Still, I'd recommend it - it's only 1/2 the price of competition, and is far better than the in-camera mic at avoiding image stabilizer noise and camera sounds.
              It is not usable with a PC due to low volume.

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              5.0

              perfect for low budget filming!

              By Thanhdiablo

              from Binghamton, NY

              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
                • Shooting Indoors
                • Shooting Outdoors
                • Upgrade

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone:

                I got this for a jvc camrecorder. it fits perfectly on top of the cam. This mic picks up everything so clear, additionally its good against windnoise. Love it!

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                4.0

                Enjoying the product

                By DC

                from South Jersey

                About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Interface With Camcorder

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Shooting Indoors

                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone:

                  Very satisfied with the functionality and the accessories. Looking forward to my next project so I can use the microphone!

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                  5.0

                  Love this Microphone

                  By Mrcarl312

                  from Jasper, Texas

                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Cable is too short
                  • Long cable not TRS

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Recording outdoors
                  • Shooting Indoors
                  • Shooting Outdoors
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone:

                  It is a really great Stereo Microphone. Designed to be used with a Video Camera. It works well with a digital audio recorder as well. It is very sensitive, you can record sounds that are far away with a Digital audio Recorder.

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                  5.0

                  effective and economical

                  By songjones

                  from minneapolis, mn

                  About Me Technically Challenged

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Shooting Indoors
                    • Upgrade

                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone:

                    an inexpensive way to boost the audio recording capability on cameras with a mic input. comes with many useful accessories as well.

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                    1.0

                    Returned Immediately

                    By Jinx

                    from Albuquerque

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Pros

                    • Quality Construction

                    Cons

                    • Poor Sound Quality

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone:

                      Taking the mic out of the box I was optimistic because it is well built with a solid aluminum case and many accessories that other mics do not include. However, sensitivity and audio quality are the bottom line and this mic lacked both. I used it on one shoot and the audio level and quality rendered the footage unusable. I replaced the battery and tested the mic again with the same result. The price point is tempting, but if it does not do the job it is not a value. I returned it immediately.

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                      4.0

                      Good for the price!

                      By Haunting Experiments

                      from Eau Claire, Wisconsin

                      About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Replacement
                        • Shooting Indoors
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone:

                        I'm going to be using this microphone for upcoming documentaries. I think the big thing that is great about this product is that it comes with everything you need AND it's affordable. It's also compact in size and lightweight so easy to cart around.
                        I would say after testing the microphone is has a slight background noise.
                        In general for me, the good outweighs the bad.

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                        5.0

                        Nice Mic

                        By SpartyBob

                        from Traverse City, MI

                        About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone:

                          For the money, this mic is a can't miss. In fact, it's almost too sensitive. I was recording a play from the balcony and I could hear kids talking below me on the main floor. It also will pick up any slight movement in your hand. I would not recommend it as a handheld mic.
                          I am very pleased with this purchase.
                          I wish it had a longer stereo mic cable. But it's easy to buy a cable with a 3.5mm male and female end to extend the cable. The long mono cables are only useful if going into a sound board.

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                          1.0

                          Noisy!

                          By J.C.

                          from Saint Augustine, Florida

                          About Me JOATMON

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Hiss Hiss and more Hiss
                          • Noisy

                          Best Uses

                          • Recording "Hiss"

                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone:

                          Wow! This mic is so noisy that it makes the cruddy built in monaural mic on my Lumix G2 sound 10x better by comparison. Yes, it was under $100, but Audio-Technica should be ashamed of themselves for putting out such an inferior product.It was not worth the hassle and wait to return it, so the ATR6250 now lives in the bin that contains the other cheap and useless electronics that have disappointed me.

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