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Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone

B&H # SOECMCG50 Mfr # ECM-CG50
You Pay: $149.99
Product Highlights
  • Supercardioid Polar Pattern
  • Attached 1/8" Mic Cable
  • Windscreen & Shoemount Included

The Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone greatly improves the audio quality of high-end and prosumer camcorders. Its supercardioid polar pattern improves directivity and range, without extraneous noise. The low-profile microphone features an attached 1/8" (3.5mm) cable and ships with a shoemount and windscreen.

Note! This mic has a mount designed for use with Sony Alpha series cameras. For use with cameras from other manufacturers, please see the Pro Version

Hi-quality shotgun microphone enables aimed sound pick-up with supercardioid directivity
Mic in jack for high-end camcorders and cameras equipped with MIC in jack
General cold shoe for use with NEX-VG10, HDR-FX1000, and other brand camcorders and cameras
AMC shoe (Auto-lock Accessory Shoe)
Microphone Type Mono Electoret Condenser Microphone
Frequency Response 40 Hz - 20 kHz
Directivity Uni-directional (super-cardioid)
Sensitivity -48dB/Pa ±4dB
Tuned to be used with camcorder AGC function
Dynamic Range 80dB or more
Signal to Noise Ratio 76dB or more
Inherent Noise (0dB=20µPa) 18dB SPL (average)
Max SPL (0dB=20µPa) 100dB SPL
Material ABS + aluminum
Connector 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini plug
Cable Type Non-detachable cable with stereo mini plug
Cable Length 13.8" (35.1 cm)
External Power Plug-on power
Internal Power Battery (1.5V)
Operating Temperature -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Storage Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Dimensions 0.84 x 10.4" (2.1 x 26.4 cm)
Weight 3.0 oz (85 g) without battery
3.8 oz (107.7 g) with battery
Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone
  • Shock Mount Microphone Holder
  • Microphone Spacer
  • Windscreen
  • Shoe Adapter
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SonyECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone
     
    4.6

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (23)
    • Lightweight (16)
    • Good audio (11)
    • Durable (9)
    • Compact (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • HD shooting (6)
      • Home movies (5)
      • Outdoor events / games (5)
      • Amateur recording (4)
      • Documentaries (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (11), Semi-professional (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (13)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      SONY FOR FX100

      Absolutely no one had any info on this gem so I decided to try it. Bought for my FX1000 HDV cam which has marginal on board audio. The design here is very nice and...Read complete review

      Absolutely no one had any info on this gem so I decided to try it. Bought for my FX1000 HDV cam which has marginal on board audio. The design here is very nice and slicks up the camera a lot. Very nice cold shoe attachment; cable laces along built-in channel to plug in. I used battery power; it did not seem to respond to the phantom power supplied by camera (as advertised). Has excellent reach to speakers 10' in front of camera. Beat my Sennheiser for good pickup beyond 6'... I used to have to do lots of fix in post because of that; I think this will help alot. Recorded a nice full voice, slightly dry, bass was tight not punchy, no noticable hiss to track; heard very little noise as mic was handled thanks to built in rubber grommets -- Simple but effective... Superfulous noise (TV ) to sides dropped off nicely though not entirely during recent doc shoot. Was able to grab usable dialog in untrollable situation.. Sound of nearby refridgerator dropped nicely but not completely when low pass engaged via simple switch. Sony's under $500 audio value is usually low; I like this mic and would recommend it. Have not tried the included wind soc - I am sure I will shooting in Colorado.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Works better than expected

      Works much better than expected after reading some online review.
      Would give it 4 stars but the LED light functionality reduces the rating (red LED does not stay on when microphone is...Read complete review

      Works much better than expected after reading some online review.
      Would give it 4 stars but the LED light functionality reduces the rating (red LED does not stay on when microphone is on - easy to forget to turn it on)

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      5.0

      Great microphone

      By ProPhoto

      from Queens ,NY

      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • HD Shooting
        • Home Movies
        • Movies/Short Films
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone:

        Love the quality of product for it price! pretty dissent!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Overall Good Mic

        By Durham Dan

        from Greenville, SC

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Home Movies
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone:

          This mic works great on my A57. It is light weight and balances well on this camera for handheld work.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Works well

          By Don

          from North Carolina

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies

            Comments about Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone:

            Used it outdoors in a steady breeze without any wind noise. Sound was clear. Only drawback was it did not mount on my handycam sr-1 as advertised.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great add on for my Sony DSLR A77.

            By CaptDave

            from Long Valley, NJ

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Movies/Short Films

              Comments about Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone:

              The in camera mike is worthless. You need an external so you don't get noise from auto focus and zoom.Sony has this for $ but B&H was way less.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Works better than expected

              By ArTO

              from T.O.

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone:

                  Works much better than expected after reading some online review.
                  Would give it 4 stars but the LED light functionality reduces the rating (red LED does not stay on when microphone is on - easy to forget to turn it on)

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great mic for the price!

                  By Professor Pic

                  from Nashville, TN

                  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 Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone:

                    I am using this mic with a DSLR kit. Route it through the Juicelink, and you have great sound anywhere you go!

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                    5.0

                    ECM-CG50 perfect match for Sony Camera

                    By BT

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Slightly Low Level Output

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone:

                      This microphone is well shielded in its mounting, has a good rumble filter, and flexible attachment options. It is very compatible with my Sony camcorder. The previous Sony mic I had had major hum problems with the phantom power from the camcorder, as well as poor shielding, so this is a good upgrade.

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                      4.0

                      An Honest Product

                      By Okie Jim

                      from Mustang, OK

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone:

                          Most of my videos are shot outdoors and I like to pick up as much of the ambient sound as possible. I was looking for a mic that would provide clear and accurate audio while eliminating most of the wind noise. This product does that. It appears to be well designed and does not have a large clunky appearance. The furry wind cover does eliminate more of the wind noise than the foam mic wind covers. I know this mic was designed for Sony cameras and their "hot shoe" and that shoe is made out of plastic and may not be that strong. It's the only weakness in their design and the one thing that concerns me. However, it's the best in this price range, in my opinion. You can pay more and may or may not get a better microphone. Yes, I would purchase it again and would recommend it to my friends. It is a great addition for my Panasonic TM900 camera. I gave a four star rating because of the plastic shoe design.

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                          5.0

                          Recommended!

                          By zefelder

                          from Israel

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone:

                              I bought this micophone to record videos of my doughter who just begins to talk (very funny stuff!). I use sony A77, its mic is not bad, but I wanted a better quality and a more directed mic. Although I expected ECM-CG50 to be be a good quality mic, its performance by far exceeded my expectations. I played recordings on my hi-fi system and was very impressed by clearness of sound. Very natural sound.

                              Highly recommended.

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                              5.0

                              Works Great !

                              By Best Las Vegas Video

                              from Las Vegas

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • none

                              Best Uses

                              • Events
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone:

                              Bought for my new Sony AX 2000 AVCHD Camera...Very Happy.

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                                5.0

                                Solid, practical investment

                                By Backtotheblueprint

                                from Indiana

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Performances

                                  Comments about Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone:

                                  My entry to video production came from having been on-camera doing live news, cable tv and even a show of my own with History. I watched guys and their gear for 10 years. I know pro level stuff, and this isn't it. But for internet viewing (FB, websites, etc.), my clients get great audio and I get a piece of equipment that isn't chunky in form, hyper-sensitive in function, and gathers clean audio at 3 feet, 10 feet, and my St. Bernard barking at 70 feet! It's a solid value. If you're looking for a high end Sennheiser or the like, you shouldn't even be reading this... just sayin.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great For Beginners

                                  By Sterling

                                  from Richmond, VA

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Limited Functions

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Home Studio

                                  Comments about Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone:

                                  I've got my ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone attached to my camera now. In doing some tests, I've found that this mic does well to pick up good quality sound when recording interviews and things of that nature. As should be expected, a mic of this nature is not good for use in environments with a variety of sounds coming from different directions. An omni would be better for that. But this mic will do what you'd hope a shotgun mic would do. It picks up fairly directed sound from the front and is good for those who aren't rolling in the ough and who are on the go.

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                                  5.0

                                  Does what it should

                                  By FireStorm Studios

                                  from Edmonton, Alberta

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Events
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Performances

                                    Comments about Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone:

                                    I was pleasantly surprised with this microphone. I use it with my NEX-VG20 and I love how it is powered right off the camera. I will be using it as well with a boom pole so I tested it out with a high quality, 25ft extension cable. It remains powered and quality is exactly the same. It's a great, basic shotgun that does the trick.

                                    There is some humming in the background but the background but the mic picks up everything so well that it could just be the room noise. I have yet to use this outdoors.

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                                    4.0

                                    "Good Quality/Excellent Price!"

                                    By Redhope

                                    from Fort Erie, Ontario

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Events
                                      • Performances
                                      • Professional Recording

                                      Comments about Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone:

                                      Received my mic one week ... used it for three separate shoots the next week. Easy to use, light weight ... the product seems to deliver the goods ... at an economical price. I'm using my ECM-CG50 with my Sony NEX-VG10 camera. I suppose the biggest issue I have thus far is I kind of wish it had a light that showed that it was on. Other than that ... no issues.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great microphone, even better price.

                                      By RNRGETREAL

                                      from Belton, Texas

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                      • Power-on light

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone:

                                        You know the old saying you get what you pay for.....well that doesn't apply here. I mean I got MORE than what I expected. I am very impressed by the quality sound and the construction of this mic. The cord isn't some flimsy 24gauge speaker wire with a mic input on the end. I love the wind sock that came with it. This really helps on windy days and the added filter switch makes for better sound quality on extremely windy days. If I had one thing I wished it had, that would be a power on LED light. Other than that I would definitely endorse this product. Anytime, Anywhere!

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                                        5.0

                                        I would buy this again when I get my oth

                                        By Amerlin666

                                        from Sandy, Utah

                                        About Me Experienced

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Clear Sound

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Professional Recording

                                          Comments about Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone:

                                          It delivers quality sound, I couldn't live without it.

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                                          4.0

                                          Not bad at all

                                          By Jeffrey Quinn

                                          from Los Angeles

                                          About Me Semi-Professional

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Studio

                                            Comments about Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone:

                                            I'm a simi pro camera man and I bought this bad boy for my Sony NEX-VG10 camera as it says you could hear the differnce from the stock mic comparied with the shotgun mic I have to say it works pretty well. It's right for the price.

                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                            • No

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                                            5.0

                                            Works Great

                                            By Dano

                                            from Menifee, Calif

                                            About Me Semi-Professional

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Everyday use
                                              • Home
                                              • Traveling

                                              Comments about Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone:

                                              Audio is good and works as expected. I am using this with a Sony VG10 and it is nice as I don't have to use a AA Battery as the sony camcorder will power it as well as a AA Battery. [*]

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                                              • No

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                                              4.0

                                              Great Product for the price!

                                              By thomasjphoto

                                              from Atlanta GA

                                              About Me Professional

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Reliable

                                              Cons

                                              • Not Durable

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Studio
                                              • Traveling

                                              Comments about Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone:

                                              I needed a mic that would cut out noise around the camera and zoom in on the subject. The ECM-CG50 does a great job, plus it's light weight adds almost nothing to holding for hours at a time.

                                              • Was this a gift?:
                                              • No

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                                              5.0

                                              Very Good!

                                              By Charlie

                                              from St. Petersburg, FL

                                              About Me Semi-Professional

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Durable
                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Reliable

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Everyday use
                                                • Interviews

                                                Comments about Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone:

                                                Couldn't ask for more, very good for interviews with the cost of lavs being so high this is a good alternative.

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                                                • No

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