Azden SGM-250 Shotgun Microphone

Azden SGM-250 Shotgun Microphone

Azden SGM-250 Shotgun Microphone

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Product Highlights

  • For TV, Film, and Video Production
  • Supercardioid Polar Pattern
  • AA Battery or Phantom Power
  • LED Status Indicators
  • Two-Step Low Cut Filter
  • Gold-Plated XLR Output
  • Includes Shock-Mount Holder
  • Foam Windshield
  • Rugged Metal Construction
  • Zippered Carry Case
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The SGM-250 from Azden is a supercardioid, dual-power, broadcast-quality shotgun microphone that can be used in various environments to capture audio to camcorders, DSLRs, recorders, and more.

The SGM-250 features a 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response and a two-step low cut filter. The mic is built with a rugged all-metal barrel and has tightly spaced vertical slots along the tip to provide side and rear rejection. In addition to the dual-power design, a status LED indicator is provided to monitor the AA battery (1.5V) or phantom (48V) power source.

The mic includes a gold-plated XLR output, and comes with a shock-mount holder, a foam windshield, and a zippered carrying case.

UPC: 095528122228
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Azden SGM-250 Shotgun Microphone
  • Shock-Mount Holder
  • Foam Windshield
  • Zippered Carry Case
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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    Azden SGM-250 specs

    Polar Pattern Supercardioid
    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Low Cut Filters Selectable @ 160 Hz, 3 dB/oct
    Sensitivity -38 dB at 1 kHz
    Dynamic Range Phantom:115 dB
    Battery:110 dB
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 77 dB, 1 kHz @1 Pa
    Maximum Input Sound Level 1 kHz @ 1% T.H.D.:
    Phantom: 132 dB SPL
    Battery: 127 dB SPL
    Output Impedance 120 ohms
    Power Requirement Phantom: 11-52 V
    Battery: 1.5 V AA/UM3
    Output Connector Gold plated 3-pin XLR
    Pad No
    Low Frequency Roll-Off Selectable HPF @ 160 Hz/3 dB octave
    Dimensions (L x W) 9.8 x 0.8" (250 x 21 mm)
    Weight 5.6 oz (160 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.7 x 4.6 x 2.4"

    Azden SGM-250 reviews

    SGM-250 Shotgun Microphone is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Buy Great shotgun microphone. Clean sound at an affordable price. I've shot two projects on it so far and I am very happy with it. I used this for film projects not music so I can only speak on dialogue recording right now. The low cut filter worked great and helped reduce unwanted sound before post production. The review posted on 5/19/2015 mentions a hiss when plugged into a dslr. That hiss is due to the camera's weak pre amp. It's not a fault of the mic. Spend a few bucks and get a decent preamp. You won't find a dslrs with built in preamps good enough to handle a quality mic. The primary function of a dslr is photography and that's where manufacturers spend their dollars, not on sound recording.
    Date published: 2015-06-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why I chose the 250 over the MKE600 It was a toss-up between this and the Sennheiser MKE600. My uses: strictly on-camera nats/sots mic.I only use Lavs (countryman b3) for interviews. My camera is NOT professional and does not have phantom power. Likes: - 250 had consistent sound between battery/phantom, sennheiser lost a little bass on battery not using phantom - 1/2 shorter - super minimal shockmount Cons: - in the pro world it's sound devices and sennheiser so there is that My first azden experience was a SGM 1x that only had 80-18,000 response, but for voice it was my favorite starter mic and did not have to do any de-esser. I never even knew what de-essing was until experiencing a full range 20-20k mic.
    Date published: 2017-02-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty awesome mic - especially for the price The SGM-250 is a mic that has a pretty great range for capturing dialogue and foley sounds for audio capture. The fact that you can power it off of Phantom (48v) or battery makes it a bit more versatile then mics that rely only on Phatnom power. The mic comes with a camera mountable shock mount as well as a foam windscreen. I suggest checking out a deadcat windscreen as an add-on to further reduce wind. Finally the mic has a high-pass filter to minimize the amount of post work that you will need to do. Overall, I'd recommend.
    Date published: 2016-01-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from SGM-250 from Azden is a great buy I video production for a living and I need an additional good affordable boom mic. After I read the reviews I decided to give the SGM-250 from Azden a go. I used it on two productions and it worked great.
    Date published: 2015-06-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mic! This has been the best shotgun mic I have used thus far. I have used several ranging from $50 - $250. I used this particular mic outside with the foam windscreen that came with it. The sound of my talent came out clean and blocked a lot of distracting noises. I still had other noises bleed through onto the audio track, like cars 15 - 25 feet away, but they were not overpowering or distracting. The audio was clean. I was recording directly to a Zoom H4n Pro.
    Date published: 2017-03-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from All good all good I shoot doco and adventure work from a web based perspective, and this works beautifully. I have nothing but good things with it.
    Date published: 2016-04-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product. I use it on my professional camcorder
    Date published: 2016-05-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good shotgun mic with professional features I had an inexpensive Audio-Technica semi-pro shotgun mic for several years and really loved it. Then at a recent shoot where the sound was critical, I noticed that this A-T mic had gotten hissy. One soft-speaking person's voice got buried in the hiss, and that was a problem. It was time for a new, better shotgun mic. After lots of research, I settled on the Azden SGM-250 and it has not disappointed. The SGM-250, which will operate either from phantom power or an internal AA battery, is nicely built, lightweight and produces clear, crisp sound that's well separated from the background. I realize that my old A-T mic has more hiss now than it used to, but the Azden SGM-250 is MUCH quieter. (Of course, the Azden mic is also more than three times as expensive at the old Audio-Technica.) I recently used the Azden SGM-250 plugged into a Panasonic GH3 camera to shoot several short videos at Government Video Expo 2017 in Washington, DC. The SGM-250 worked perfectly and made excellent audio. Since the Panasonic GH3 has a 3.5mm input and the Azden SGM-250 has a balanced XLR output, I got a transformer impedence-matching cable to connect the mic to the camera. That worked great and I got very good sound. In the photo, I'm interviewing an attendee at GV Expo 2017 -- this interview ended up in a short video about the show's attendees, which you can see here: https://youtu.be/vcYVWCU8Q5o. All the interviews in the video used the Azden SGM-250, with the 80Hz rolloff switched on. I recommend the Azden SGM-250 as a well-built, reasonably priced shotgun mic. I have not used it against competitive mics from Sennheiser, Rode, Shure and others, but I'm pleased with the way it looks and feels.
    Date published: 2017-12-07
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