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B&H # VIXM55 MFR # XM-55

The XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit from VidPro includes a supercardioid condenser microphone and a wealth of accessories designed for use with video cameras and DSLRs. The off-axis signal attenuation provides focused audio pickup. The XM-55 features durable aluminum-alloy construction for indoor and outdoor use. It includes long and short (on-camera) audio cables with multiple connectors to support XLR, 1/8" (3.5mm) and 1/4" jacks.

The XM-55 includes an adjustable shockmount and stand mount with thread adapters for a 5/8" mic stand and 1/4" tripod and camera shoe mounts. It also includes a furry wind muff, a foam windshield and a cushioned hand grip. The microphone is powered via a single, included AA battery.
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"love it...worth it!...Nice Entry Level Shotgun...The microphone itself is simple to use and I record audio with it in conjunction with my H4N Zoom Recorder.Having used other shotgun microphones in my career, I can assure you that this is not the best microphone on the market, but for $ it will exceed your expectations for a starter microphone."

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  • Supercardioid Polar Pattern
  • Durable Aluminum-Alloy Construction
  • AA Battery Powered
  • Shockmount and Stand Mount Included
  • Camera Shoe Adapter Included
  • Foam Windshield and Furry Wind Muff
  • Cushioned Hand Grip
  • Foam-Padded Hardcase and Cables 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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"Love IT!...Nice Mic...Fantastic, affordable entry level mic....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."

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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 Rode NTG1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone is 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 a wide frequency bandwidth, both of which attribute to the NTG1'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 while using the NTG1 in noisy environments.

The NTG1 is powered with 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 NTG1 is packaged with a microphone stand mount and windscreen.

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"Love it...Nice mic...Great Entry Level Mic...The only reason I took a star off was the mic clip is useless - totally does not fit over the mic housing (maybe the XLR, but I don't want to have a conector as my only support point) But I have other mic clips, so not a big problem."

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  • High Off-Axis Attenuation
  • Includes Windscreen and Mount

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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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"Pro use...5 stars...Great Entry Level Shotgun Mic...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

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...For an entry level mic for the use of podcasting and audio books this is a great 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."

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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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The QAN0067-003 from JVC is a replacement microphone for the GY-LS300 camera and will work on most JVC ProHD, and 4KCAM camcorders. The mic is used to capture audio and is powered by 48V phantom power. A hardwired cable and XLR output connector is provided, and a foam windscreen is included.
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"Good choice...Works well....Entry level...The QAN0067-003 Microphone for ProHD/4KCAM by JVC greatly minimized the background and ambient noise; and focused on the host and interview featured guest perfectly!!"

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  • XLR Output Connection
  • 48V Phantom Power
  • Includes Foam Windscreen

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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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"love it!...Good mic...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....Also playback should probably be done with headphones as it will try playing through the headphone jack, which will require removal of mic or possibly a change in settings ( I did not try that)."

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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...Good Mic...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....I bought the OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone to use with my Canon video camera because Canon always includes an 1/8 mic input jack which provides better sound than the built in mic when interviewing someone."

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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 Mic...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...I used this for two back-to-back jobs - a business conference and a wedding - on the day after I received it and was happy with the results....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."

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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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