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MXL FR-310 - Hot Shoe Shotgun Microphone

B&H # MXFR310 Mfr # FR-310
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You Pay: $129.95
Product Highlights
  • Mono
  • Supercardioid Electret Condenser
  • Variable Gain
  • High-Pass Filter
  • AAA Battery Powered

The FR-310 from MXL is a mono video microphone for mounting on a camcorder or DSLR via the hot shoe. As is typical of these types of microphones, sounds from the sides and rear are rejected in favor of sounds that are in front of the camera. The result is a more focused sound.

Three gain settings help adjust the level of sound capture whether from a close-up or long shot, while a bass roll-off switch cuts low-frequency noise. Additionally, the integrated windscreen helps block wind noise. The microphone functions using a single AAA battery.

Three-position gain switch
Bass roll-off (high-pass filter)
Standard hot shoe mount
Up to 500 hours per AAA battery
Integrated foam windscreen
Includes Aluminum flight case
Transducer Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Response 40Hz to 20kHz
Output Impedance 250Ω
Low Frequency Roll-Off -6dB/octave @ 150Hz
Gain -5dB, 0dB, +5dB
Battery Type/Life 1.5V AAA battery, up to 500 hours
Output Connectors 1 x 1/8" TRS (3.5mm) stereo mini
Dimensions (Diam. x L) 2.5 x 5.3" (64 x 135mm)
Weight 4.8 oz (136g)
MXL FR-310 - Hot Shoe Shotgun Microphone
  • AAA Battery
  • Case
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    MXLFR-310 - Hot Shoe Shotgun Microphone
     
    4.0

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    67%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home movies (3)
      • Shooting indoors (3)
      • Shooting outdoors (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Film professional (4), Tech savvy (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Better than onboard audio

      Bought this because it takes AAA batteries so that I can use rechargeable batteries, and not worry about buying 9V all the time.

      The audio quality is good. The build...Read complete review

      Bought this because it takes AAA batteries so that I can use rechargeable batteries, and not worry about buying 9V all the time.

      The audio quality is good. The build quality is Solid, it has a metal body.
      The disadvantage of the mic being built like a tank is that the camera handling noise travels to the mic due to the build quality. Ironically, if it were made from cheap, plastic parts it would not be as much of an issue.

      If the shoe mount was isolated from the mic housing, it would easily be a 5 star performer. This is solved easily enough by mounting the mic off camera (flash bracket, dslr rig etc...). The shoe is not threaded at the bottom, so you'd need an flash mount shoe adaptor to accomplish this. Using hte roll-off switch also helps with handling noise.

      The battery latch should have a clip, right now it just slips in place on the side and is held by tension.

      This sounds like a lot of negatives, but I would purchase the mic again. I'd simply hope the manufacturer takes customer feedback seriousely, and address some minor issues that would make it a Great mic.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Be carful it's fragile

      For the most part the FR-310 has solid construction with the exception of the point where the actual microphone attaches to the top of the unit. I put mine in a bag without...Read complete review

      For the most part the FR-310 has solid construction with the exception of the point where the actual microphone attaches to the top of the unit. I put mine in a bag without a lot of protection and it snapped off. So keep it in the case it comes with when not using it.
      I'm using the FR-310 with a Cannon 60D and did a couple of tests using the FR-310 and some with the on-board microphone and there is a difference; I'm just not sure there was a big enough difference to justify the price.

      Reviewed by 10 customers

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      5.0

      Great Value

      By Sam

      from Mississippi

      Comments about MXL FR-310 - Hot Shoe Shotgun Microphone:

      Very good microphone. Does everything I need it to.

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      3.0

      it's OK

      By publicaccess

      from New Jersey

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about MXL FR-310 - Hot Shoe Shotgun Microphone:

        use - public access television
        pro - good within 3 feet
        con - past 3 feet, sound isn't great
        sensitive towards high frequency noises - paper rustling, Windows yougotmail chime, doorbells off in the distance, etc

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        2.0

        Be carful it's fragile

        By Seattle Stone

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Film Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Interface With Camcorder

        Cons

        • Flimsy Design
        • Heavy
        • No Performance Improvement

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies

        Comments about MXL FR-310 - Hot Shoe Shotgun Microphone:

        For the most part the FR-310 has solid construction with the exception of the point where the actual microphone attaches to the top of the unit. I put mine in a bag without a lot of protection and it snapped off. So keep it in the case it comes with when not using it.
        I'm using the FR-310 with a Cannon 60D and did a couple of tests using the FR-310 and some with the on-board microphone and there is a difference; I'm just not sure there was a big enough difference to justify the price.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this review

         
        4.0

        Solid build

        By Bob the builder

        from Rome, NY

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Performance
        • Quality Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Shooting Indoors
          • Shooting Outdoors
          • Travel

          Comments about MXL FR-310 - Hot Shoe Shotgun Microphone:

          Much better than the internal mike, camera operations are not recorded.

          It does a very good job of reducing background noise.

          All metal, feels solid.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          3.0

          good mic.... I expected more.

          By Lili

          from Fredericton NB Canada

          About Me Student journalist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance

          Cons

          • Flimsy Design
          • Noisy

          Best Uses

          • Interviews
          • Journalism
          • Shooting Outdoors

          Comments about MXL FR-310 - Hot Shoe Shotgun Microphone:

          I used this mic for interviews conducted with my 60D. It works ok for that purpose but it is an extremely noisy mic and I would not recommend it for any precise recording.

          The build quality is good but the overall design is poor as there is no shock absorber; therefor the mic pics up every movement of the camera.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Well worth the money

          By docham

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Quality Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Better than in-camera mic
            • Replacement

            Comments about MXL FR-310 - Hot Shoe Shotgun Microphone:

            If you're depending on the in-camera mic, this is a much better solution. You don't get the servo noise from the lens, plus it's directional, so background noise is greatly reduced. Sound quality is excellent.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Better than onboard audio

            By Evar

            from Moncton, NB, Canada

            About Me Film Professional

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors

              Comments about MXL FR-310 - Hot Shoe Shotgun Microphone:

              Bought this because it takes AAA batteries so that I can use rechargeable batteries, and not worry about buying 9V all the time.

              The audio quality is good. The build quality is Solid, it has a metal body.
              The disadvantage of the mic being built like a tank is that the camera handling noise travels to the mic due to the build quality. Ironically, if it were made from cheap, plastic parts it would not be as much of an issue.

              If the shoe mount was isolated from the mic housing, it would easily be a 5 star performer. This is solved easily enough by mounting the mic off camera (flash bracket, dslr rig etc...). The shoe is not threaded at the bottom, so you'd need an flash mount shoe adaptor to accomplish this. Using hte roll-off switch also helps with handling noise.

              The battery latch should have a clip, right now it just slips in place on the side and is held by tension.

              This sounds like a lot of negatives, but I would purchase the mic again. I'd simply hope the manufacturer takes customer feedback seriousely, and address some minor issues that would make it a Great mic.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review

               
              5.0

              works great, no fuss

              By Rob

              from Wisconsin

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about MXL FR-310 - Hot Shoe Shotgun Microphone:

                  Worked great for me out of the box. Dropped it on the hot shoe, plugged it in to my 5D Mark II, and started taping. A definite improvement over the in-camera microphone for my application: taping kids' concerts. I was pleasantly surprised by the all-metal casing and generally robust design.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  MXL FR310

                  By videobug1

                  from Winchester Ca

                  About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Small profile

                  Cons

                  • No on light
                  • Tiny switches

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • Home Movies
                  • Interviews
                  • Shooting Indoors

                  Comments about MXL FR-310 - Hot Shoe Shotgun Microphone:

                  Purchased this microphone for canon 60d I am actually pretty impressed with this mike .First let me start out the build quality is pretty good all metal construction. Recording results are good, off axis recording is just ok it will pick up from the side and behind. This mike is very sensitive to handling noises when mounted on camera hotshoe . I think the switches are very tiny, it is easy to forget to turn mike off however it runs off a AAA battery and I accidentally left mine on a full day and and overnight and it still works . Wish they had put 1/4 inch threads in coldshoe but there are',t any.The price is great it has a small profile . Very light weight. About 5 inches long and a little shy of 2 1/2 inches high .The foam windscreen works ok outdoors the wind noise maybe a problem haven't tested too much outdoors. It has a low medium and high gain switch.ON /OFF and bass roll off switch as well. For the price I paid I like this microphone. The light blinks when you turn it on then stays off.The coiled cord can stretch about 24 inches.A nice touch is that it comes with a metal padded case for transport.It makes a pretty good interview microphone. No one has come out with a wind sock for it but it is pretty new .The MXL Folks are very helpful and will answer any questions you may have on their products.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  god microphone by SLR

                  By J Jesus Galvan Contreras

                  from Irapuato Guanajuato Mexico

                  About Me Film Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Poor Interface

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about MXL FR-310 - Hot Shoe Shotgun Microphone:

                    this mic. I used for record video in SLR

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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