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MXL FR-310 Hot Shoe Shotgun Microphone

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MXL FR-310 Hot Shoe Shotgun Microphone

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  • Mono
  • Supercardioid Electret Condenser
  • Variable Gain
  • High-Pass Filter
  • AAA Battery Powered
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You Pay: $93.72

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The FR-310 Hot Shoe Shotgun Microphone 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
UPC: 801813156676

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Transducer Electret Condenser
Diaphragm 0.39" (10.0 mm)
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Range 40 Hz to 20 kHz
Impedance 250 ohms
Power Requirements AAA Battery
Low-Cut Filter Yes, 6 dB/Octave @ 150 Hz
Gain -5 dB, 0 dB, +5 dB
Output Connectors 3.5mm TRS
General
Length 5.31" (135 mm)
Diameter 2.48" (63 mm)
Weight 4.80 oz (136 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.2 x 6.1 x 2.4"
MXL FR-310 Hot Shoe Shotgun Microphone
  • AAA Battery
  • Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    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

    No 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.

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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

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      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.

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        • 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.

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        • 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.

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          • 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

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            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.

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                • 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.

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                • No

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                (0 of 2 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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