Azden SMX-15 Powered Shotgun Video Microphone

Azden SMX-15 Powered Shotgun Video Microphone

Azden SMX-15 Powered Shotgun Video Microphone

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Product Highlights

  • Supercardioid Polar Pattern
  • -10, 0, and +20 dB Level Adjustment
  • 1/8" Stereo Mini-Jack Output
  • -10 dB Pad
  • Selectable @ 120 Hz Low-Cut Filter
  • Operates on Two AA Batteries
  • Low Noise & High Sensitivity
  • 40 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • Includes Integrated Shock-Absorbing Shoe
  • Mounts to Boom Poles
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Azden SMX-15 overview

  • 1Description

The SMX-15 from Azden is a battery-powered supercardioid shotgun microphone engineered to produce pro-quality sound for DSLRs and other compact cameras. Featuring the same microphone element as Azden's professional shotguns (SGM-250 & SGM-250P), the SMX-15 is capable of capturing broadcast-quality sound, and allows you to focus on sound in front of the camera while reducing the capture of extraneous noise from the rest of the environment.

Using the built-in +20 dB gain booster to get a strong clean audio signal into your camera, the SMX-15 minimizes the need to turn up noisy preamps usually associated with DSLRs, and also includes a -10 dB pad to protect against distortion when recording in loud environments such as live concerts and motorsport events.

Furthermore, the microphone has a wide frequency response of 40 Hz to 20 kHz and has a full, natural sound. There is a low-cut filter switch for reducing low frequencies below 120 Hz, which is useful for mitigating noise caused by air conditioners, wind, and traffic noise.

Powered by two AA batteries, you can operate the microphone for approximately 24 hours with no degradation of sound quality. The battery-indicator LED light lets you know when it's time to change batteries, providing up to a 1-hour warning beforehand.

Finally, an integrated shock-absorbing shoe mount isolates the microphone from camera-motor- and handling noise. The mount is designed to fit the standard camera shoe and comes with 1/4"-20 threads at the bottom for mounting to boom poles and other camera accessories.

Gain Control
The audio controls on DSLR cameras are limited, if they exist at all. And DSLRs are notoriously known to have low-quality microphone preamps that add noise to the video soundtrack when the gain is turned up. Azden's SMX-15 has a +20 dB gain booster so you can get a strong, clean audio signal into your camera, minimizing the need to turn up the noisy preamp
Frequency Response
The SMX-15 has a wide frequency response ranging from 40 Hz to 20 kHz, so the audio you capture will sound full and natural
Powered by two AA batteries, which is a lower-cost option than the 9V battery used in some competitor microphones, the SMX-15 can achieve 24 hours of operation with a single set of batteries with absolutely no degradation of sound quality
Maximize Battery Life
Maximize battery life by using the unique "Auto" power setting. When set to Auto, the SMX-15 can detect when a camera is on and will automatically power on and off with the camera (requires a mic input that provides plug-in power). Ever leave your microphone on by accident to discover that the batteries are dead the next time you try to use it? Eliminate that possibility by always leaving the SMX-15 in "Auto" mode
Integrated Shock-Absorbing Shoe Mount
Integrated into the design of the SMX-15 is a custom-made, shock-absorbing shoe mount to isolate the microphone from camera-motor- and handling noise
UPC: 095528122242
In the Box
Azden SMX-15 Powered Shotgun Video Microphone
  • Foam Windscreen
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, 10 Years with Registration
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    Azden SMX-15 specs

    Polar Pattern Supercardioid
    Frequency Response 40 Hz - 20 kHz
    Sensitivity -36 dB @ 1 kHz (0 dB=1V/Pa)
    Dynamic Range (Typical) 118 dB
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 82 dB, 1 kHz @ 1Pa
    Maximum Input Level 128 dB SPL (1 kHz@ 1% T.H.D.)
    Maximum Output Level +6.2 dB
    Output Impedance 50 Ohms
    Power Requirements 2 x AA batteries
    Output Connectors 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini plug
    Power Switch Off, Battery, Auto
    Gain Control -10, 0, +20 dB
    Low Cut Filters Selectable @ 120 Hz, 3 dB/octave
    Dimensions (L x W x D) 1.9 x 3.9 x 5.7" (47 x 98 x 145 mm)
    Weight 4.8 oz (135 g)
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    Package Weight 1.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.8 x 7.6 x 3.3"

    Azden SMX-15 reviews

    SMX-15 Powered Shotgun Video Microphone is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mic! Azden is definitely stepping up with their Microphone. For me this Mic sounds really good and the integrated shock-absorbing shoe mount works well. I love the auto off feature, it shuts off automatically when I turn off my Cam and it goes to sleep too when my cam goes to sleep! The size is a bit big but it does not bother me at all.
    Date published: 2016-03-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sounds good, Auto On is THE BEST You'd think one time of forgetting to turn on the microphone would be all it took to learn a lesson... apparently not, and that's why this mic is so great! It turns on when you start recording, so you don't have to worry about it. It also sounds good!
    Date published: 2017-05-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little on-camera mic. Back in the broadcast camera days, most all pro cameras came with decent handle-mounted mics. Things are different in the DSLR-type hybrid video camera world. The purpose of an on camera mic for me is to record ambient effects. However, on occasion I have actually shot location interviews, usually outdoors at big events. By moving in 3-4 feet from the subject and placing the person so the mic is facing away from the loudest background noise, it is possible to get useable audio. The Azden is, in my opinion, comparable to the similarly priced Rode camera mic. It has two features that influenced my purchase. One, it's a small size and does not stick out behind the camera too far. Some of the on camera mics are offset so far it's nearly impossible to use the EVF. Second, the mic has an auto switch that's nice. Not auto gain, but auto on off. You can set it in auto, plug it into your camera's audio input, and when the camera is turned on, the mic turns on. When the camera is turned off, the mic goes off. So you don't have to remember to turn it on when you get in a hurry. My GH5 has audio meters visible on the screen, so I always know if I'm getting audio even if my headphones are off. But if you don't have internal meters, this auto on/off feature is nice. The sound quality of this mic is not going to be as good as a shotgun mic costing hundreds more--that's what my boom mic is for. But for its intended use I think it's a great buy.
    Date published: 2017-07-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superior on-camera shotgun mike Like many others, I've been using Rode for on camera shotgun mike. �It finally fell apart on me and I came upon this Azden. �Most importantly, I think it has terrific audio capabilities, certainly on par or better than the Rode. �But it surpasses the Rode in build quality. �No more rubber band stabilizers that snap and/or wear out. �This is a solid stabilizer system. �Also - it turns on/off when the camera does - a feature not available on the Rode I had, only the more expensive model. �And it takes AA batteries, not 9 volt, another improvement. �It also has a low band filter and good gain settings. �All in all, it has everything the "advanced" Rode mike has - for less money than the cheaper Rode, that has none of those features. �It comes with a windshield, it doesn't seem to be appreciatively heavier or larger than the old Rode, either - unlike the upgraded Rode which is kind of huge for mirrorless cameras. �So, yes, I strongly recommend this camera.
    Date published: 2018-05-14
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