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The Rode NTG2 is a condenser shotgun microphone designed for professional audio capturing in the field or indoors. With a history of manufacturing quality studio microphones, Rode has implemented low-noise output electronics and wide frequency bandwidth, both of which attribute to the NTG2's broadcast sound quality.

The supercardioid polar pattern and line-plus-gradient acoustic design effectively minimize audio and noise at the off-axis (sides) of the microphone, while the front of the capsule accurately reproduces incoming audio signal. The result is greater intelligibility and signal-to-noise ratio when using the NTG2 in noisy environments.

The NTG2 is powered with an internal 1.5V AA battery or an external +48V phantom power source. The output is a standard 3-pin XLR male connector.

The microphone features a rugged, all metal, lightweight enclosure that is ideal for camera mounting, yet durable enough to withstand the rigors of heavy road use. The Rode NTG2 is packaged with a microphone stand mount and windscreen.

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"5 stars...Pro use...great product overall ....sound quality is good for the price....could have gone for a more expensive model but opted for this one ....im a sound engineer video guy second and I must say the audio quality produced by this microphone is awesome ....would recommend to a friend and I will be buying a second one for my video dslr setup once it is complete........I bought this mic on good reviews ....Currently I'm using the mic for interviews and pieces to camera by the journalists at my work.I've found that this mic works very well when it's close to the subject who is speaking at a good volume.I use the mic with a Zoom H4n Recorder, which unfortunately doesn't provide it enough juice to perform at its best."

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  • Battery or Phantom Powered
  • Supercardioid Polar Pattern
  • Excellent Off-Axis Signal Rejection
  • Selectable HPF: 80 Hz

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B&H # BLYETIPL MFR # YETI PLATINUM

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Employing a tri-capsule design that provides you with a variety of selectable polar patterns for flexibility in recording, the platinum Yeti USB Microphone from Blue is capable of capturing your audio in up to 16-bit/48 kHz resolution. Depending on your sound source, you can select between stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, or bi-directional polar patterns for optimal results.

The mic has an integrated headphone amp with an independent gain control for latency-free monitoring. Microphone gain control as well as an instant mute function are available right on the device itself, while the included stand allows for pivoting in a variety of angles for ideal placement, with the added functionality of folding the mic down for storage and transport. The Yeti is Mac and Windows compatible, and includes a USB cable.
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"Love it!...Good Mic...When I am recording it still works great, but I wonder how this would function if I were to do something (like a podcast) that I wasn't necessarily going to record....While, I was a bit shocked at the size and weight of the microphone when it first arrived, I was even more shocked at how incredible the microphone worked capturing even the most soft spoken of students."

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  • 16-Bit/48 kHz Resolution
  • 4 Selectable Polar Patterns
  • 1/8" Headphone Monitoring Jack
  • Instant Mute
  • Latency-Free Monitoring
  • Desktop Stand
  • USB Cable
  • Mac & Windows Compatible

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B&H # ROVIDEOMICRO MFR # VIDEOMICRO

The VideoMicro from RODE is a compact on-camera microphone that features a cardioid condenser mic capsule for capturing audio recordings. The lightweight microphone can be used when paired with a video camera for applications such as weddings, interviews, and more.

The VideoMicro reduces distracting peripheral sound and focuses on the audio in front of the camera. The microphone body is made from aluminum, giving it a high level of RF rejection, and is finished in a ceramic anti-glare black coating. The mic is powered by camera plug-in power (min. 3V) so no battery is required.

In addition, the VideoMicro includes a Lyre shoe-mount that minimizes unwanted vibrations, handling, and cable-borne noises, and a WS9 synthetic furry windshield with a foam inner cell, designed for use in outdoor situations where wind and environmental noise can inhibit recordings. A 1/8" TRS patch cable is also included.

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"Good mic...love it!...I'll be using an iPhone for the most part due to the portability and flexibility so I was on the fence about this or the smart phone version... But decided to use the hot shoe version since new smart phones seems to be doing away with the headphone jack....I will say I shoot on a sony so it is very good internal pre- amps so if you shoot Canon or Nikon I would stick with the Video Mic Pro or something that is powered so you can turn the internal pre amps down."

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  • Compact Size and Lightweight
  • All-Metal Microphone Body
  • No Battery Required (Plug-In Power)
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Includes Rycote Lyre Shock-Mount
  • Furry Windshield
  • 1/8" Output Connector

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The Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone is an all-in-one solution for recording hands-free audio to both channels of your camcorder or DSLR, as well as recording devices with a 3.5mm mic-level input that cannot supply phantom power. It is a self-powered clip-on electret condenser mic designed for accurate voice reproduction in home and video webcasting applications such as presentations, interviews, dictation, and corporate video. The microphone's small, 21-mm long lightweight body allows for discrete placement with the included tie-clip while its 20-foot long cable gives you ample distance from your recording device.

Featuring a 3.5mm dual-mono TRS output connector, the mic sends audio to both the left and right channels of your recorder. Thanks to its omnidirectional polar pattern, the OLM-10 provides a uniform response that will not cause the bass-boosting proximity effect common with cardioid patterns, while allowing you to move freely without off-axis rejection causing a drop in volume. The in-line power switch allows you to quickly mute the microphone as well as preserve battery life when not in use. A windscreen for reduced noise and plosives, 1/4" adapter, and LR44 battery are included.
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"Not bad...Not bad....I think this mic works very well for my application, I am not looking for the absolute best sound quality nor am I a sound expert, I just want to capture their voices from a distance without the subject having to yell for the standard mic to pick up their voice....Rhode TRRS shotgun mic = excellent Built-in phone mic = so-so Polsen OLM-10 = poor Keep in mind I'm not an audio professional, so the poor results could be the result of my lack of skill/knowledge."

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  • Self-Powered Electret Condenser Mic
  • Omnidirectional Polar Pattern
  • 3.5mm TRS Dual-Mono Connector
  • Sends Audio to Left & Right Channels
  • Accurate Voice Reproduction
  • Lightweight, Discrete Design
  • 20' Cable
  • In-Line Power Switch
  • For Camcorder or DSLR Recording
  • Includes Tie Clip, Windscreen, & Battery

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The neon green Snowball from Blue incorporates Blue's revolutionary Ball microphone design with the added convenience of a USB output. The USB output allows an audio signal to be fed directly to software-based recording applications without unnecessary preamplifiers or hardware. The Snowball incorporates 2 separate capsules to give you a choice between cardioid and omnidirectional pickup patterns.

The cardioid polar pattern has a more focused pickup and generally "hears" whatever the mic is pointed at, while the omnidirectional pattern picks up sounds in all directions. The sensitivity and signal character of the Snowball result in outstanding clarity and detail while capturing vocals, guitars, drums, and more at CD-quality rates of 16-bit/44.1kHz. A -10 dB pad switch provides added headroom and minimizes distortion when capturing audio at excessive levels. The mic comes complete with a desktop stand and a USB cable so you can begin recording right away.
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"Love It...It's Ok...I purchased this microphone because I am a Dj at an Internet Rock/Metal station.I wanted a microphone that is decent but that is also not too expensive,after hearing and reading so many great reviews about the snowball I decided to purchase one and I am very happy with it.It was very easy to setup it does not take up alot of space is quite attractive and I have not had any problems whatsoever with it....HI, When I order this Mic, I accedently ordered 2 instead of one, but after I tried it out I decided, I liked it so much that I would send the extra one to my sister who likes to sing."

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  • Cardioid and Omni Pickup Patterns
  • USB Connectivity
  • CD-Quality Audio
  • Switchable -10 dB Pad
  • Includes Stand and USB Cable

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The Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Shotgun Microphone is a professional audio solution for handheld consumer video cameras and larger video cameras alike. The integrated shockmount conveniently mounts the MKE 400 onto any camera accessory shoe while effectively suppressing handling and vibration noise.

Switchable sensitivity aids in capturing long and short distances, resulting in pristine detailed audio and low noise. Additional features include all metal construction and up to 300 hours of operation on a single AAA alkaline battery. The MKE 400 offers a simple solution to achieving high quality audio and is well suited for consumer and professional video applications.

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"Good mic...Great buy...My only problem is that I forget to turn it off and wear down the battery or I forget to turn it on and when it'sn't on and plugged into the mic jack on the camera---no sound is recorded....It is also not as good as the microphones on my Canon S100 that I would trust in any video recording session (I have Windcutter muffs stuck to those miss for about a 75% improvement)."

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  • Coiled 1/8" (3.5mm) Mini TRS Connector
  • Integrated Shock Mount
  • All Metal Construction
  • Single AAA Battery Powered

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B&H # AZSMX10 MFR # SMX-10

The Azden SMX-10 is a directional stereo microphone for use with standard consumer video cameras. The microphone delivers professional stereo placement and overall audio quality at an affordable price. The SMX-10 measures 6.96" (177mm) in length and includes a windscreen and camera hot shoe mount. The lightweight electret condenser microphone is powered with a single AAA alkaline battery (not included) for up to 400 hours. The coiled cable features a stereo 1/8" (3.5mm) TRS mini connector. Also included is the SMH-X universal shockmount designed to protect the mic from unwanted vibrations when mounted on a camera, tripod, or boompole.
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"Good Mic...Great mic...The Rode VideoMic wasjust too big to work with on these small cameras and theSMX-10 has surprised me with the audio quality that can comefrom the mic when properly set up.It may not have all the glitz and glam of other mics, but itdoes a good job when mounted on the camera and I also use itfor voice overs and haven't been disappointed....Disabling the AGC is impossible without downloading the Magic Lantern firware and I am not sure if this mic would help me if I didn't have ML installed."

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  • Directional Stereo Shotgun Microphone
  • Compatible with Consumer Video Cameras
  • Includes SMH-X Universal Shockmount
  • Includes Windscreen & Mount

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The Canon DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone delivers high-quality stereo audio recordings to various Vixia-series camcorders. The microphone attaches to your camera's advanced accessory shoe for cable-free installation.
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"Not bad...Love it!...The only drawback is that I think it's a little bit on the expensive side, but if audio quality is important to you, I highly recommend it....I suspect it will do this well despite only having a frequency responce down to 100Hz, but I know it will do this better than the built in mics; the ideal way to do this would be a good pair of match full range mics with a unity gain out from a mixing board."

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  • For Vixia Camcorders
  • Includes Furry Windmuff
  • Cable Free Installation

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The VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone from Rode is a lightweight microphone which adds high-quality audio recording to your small camcorder and HDSLR camera. At only 2.6 ounces, the microphone keeps your camera setup lightweight, making it ideal for handheld shooting. It features an integrated Rycote Lyre shock mount for isolation from bumps and vibration, and offers battery-free operation, using instead the plug-in power from your camera's 3.5mm microphone input. Please note that the microphone will not work with cameras that don't supply plug-in power to their 3.5mm audio input jack.

The VideoMic GO is a directional microphone. It utilizes a supercardioid polar pattern to attenuate sounds from the sides, resulting in a signal that sounds closer to the camera, even when shooting in noisy environments or at moderate distances. The integrated shoe mount provides a 3/8" thread for additional mounting options. A foam windshield and 7.9" dual mono 3.5mm coiled output cable is included.
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"Worth it...So clear...I tested on my coolpix P7700 and sound very good with a lower level input, and for my surprise work on my nikon D7000, I don't know if this is a odd situation, but I so happy for it....This shotgun isn't the best mic in the world, but it is a definite upgrade over the on-camera mic on many cameras, especially when scratch audio is needed."

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  • Lightweight at Only 2.6 Ounces
  • Rycote Lyre Suspension System
  • Requires 2.5V Camera Plug-in Power
  • Integrated Shoe Mount with 3/8" Thread
  • 3.5mm Mini-Jack Output
  • Foam Windshield Included
  • Reinforced ABS Construction
  • 3.5mm Coiled Output Cable Included

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The AT875R from Audio-Technica is a line and gradient condenser, phantom powered, short (7") shotgun microphone for capturing audio. It can be used in various environments for applications such as videos, TV broadcasts, and ENG (Electronic News Gathering) productions.

The high-performance microphone features smooth, natural-sounding on-axis audio quality and excellent off-axis rejection of sound arriving from the sides and rear of the mic. The AT875R operates on 11 to 52V phantom power, and has a standard XLR output connector and is compatible with some of the smaller professional cameras.

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"Good Buy...Love IT!...Now I am using the Tascam DR 100 II with the AT 875, and it is a diferent ball game.The AT 875 is very senitive and enables me to use much less gain on the recorders, making for a much cleaner recording, now I only need a gain of 3-4 on a 1-10 scale.It is a good mic for booming because of the sensitivity and because it is so light....Also know that the mic requires phantom power (Must be used off an XLR straight out of the camera) I'll only owned the mic for a few months so I can only hope it will last over time but so far so good."

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  • For Video, Broadcast, and ENG
  • Extra Short for Use with Compact Cameras
  • 11-52 VDC Phantom Power
  • Rejects Sound from Sides and Rear of Mic
  • Designed for Minimized Handling Noise
  • RoHS Compliant

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The AT897 Line and Gradient Condenser Microphone from Audio-Technica is a short shotgun condenser microphone that has a low-cut filter and operates on battery or phantom power. It can be used to capture audio in various indoor or outdoor environments for film, broadcast TV, and other video applications.

The microphone's short length of eleven inches ensures it remains out of the camera frame, when mounted on a compact consumer video camera. When capturing audio at long range, the microphone's narrow pickup pattern enhances signal reproduction, off-axis sound rejection, and minimizes noise and ambiance, which delivers a natural sound.

In addition, a built-in low-cut frequency switch helps to eliminate noise and hum registering in the low-frequency range. This microphone operates on a single 1.5V AA battery or 11 to 52V phantom power, and terminates with a 3-pin XLR connector. It includes a AT8405a stand clamp, a AT8134 foam windscreen, battery, a 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter, and a protective carrying case.

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"Love it....Nice Mic...This mic has a very clear sound at 10 or 12 feet away, I would be wary on taking it further out without getting to much outside noise....I use a Blue Snowball USB mic for doing voiceovers and this Shotgun mic has better sound then that mic even at 3 times the distance."

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Top Highlights

  • For Video Production and Broadcast
  • Short 11" Length Keeps Mic Out of Frame
  • Off-Axis Rejection from Sides and Rear
  • Smooth On-Axis Audio Quality
  • Low-Frequency Roll-Off Switch
  • Operates on Battery or Phantom Power
  • Includes Stand Clamp and 3/8" Adapter
  • Foam Windscreen
  • 1.5V AA Battery
  • Protective Carrying Case

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