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Azden SMX-15 Powered Shotgun Video Microphone

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Azden SMX-15 Powered Shotgun Video Microphone
Key Features
  • Supercardioid Polar Pattern
  • -10, 0, and +20 dB Level Adjustment
  • 1/8" Stereo Mini-Jack Output
  • -10 dB Pad
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.
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Azden SMX-15 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Gain Control
  • 3Frequency Response
  • 4Power
  • 5Maximize Battery Life
  • 6Integrated Shock-Absorbing Shoe Mount

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
Power
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
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Azden SMX-15 Specs

Key Specs
Form Factor
Camera-Mount / Shotgun Mic
Element Type
Condenser
Polar Pattern
Supercardioid
On-Board Controls
On/Off
Frequency Range
40 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL
128 dB SPL (1 kHz, 1% THD)
Analog Output
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS (on Attached Cable)
Power Sources
Battery
Microphone
Primary Applications
Audio for Video
Form Factor
Camera-Mount / Shotgun Mic
Sound Field
Mono
Element Type
Condenser
Polar Pattern
Supercardioid
Orientation
End Address
Pad
-10 dB
High-Pass Filter
No
Gain Adjustment
-10 dB to +20 dB
On-Board Controls
On/Off
Performance
Frequency Range
40 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL
128 dB SPL (1 kHz, 1% THD)
Impedance
50 Ohms
Sensitivity
-36 dB at 1 kHz
Dynamic Range
118 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
82 dB (1 kHz)
Connectivity
Analog Output
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS (on Attached Cable)
Power
Power Sources
Battery
Battery Type
2x AA (Included)
Physical
Color
Black
Mounting Thread Size
1/4"-20 Female
Dimensions
H: 1.9 x W: 3.9 x L: 5.7" / H: 47 x W: 98 x L: 145 mm
Weight
4.8 oz / 135 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.71 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.55 x 5.4 x 3.25"

Azden SMX-15 Reviews

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Is Azden SMX-15 Powered Shotgun Video Microphone ...

Is Azden SMX-15 Powered Shotgun Video Microphone compatible with the Canon EOS R5c??
Asked by: Edmond
Yes, the Azden SMX-15 Powered Shotgun Video Microphone is compatible for use with and connection to the 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Mic/Line input on the Canon EOS R5 C Mirrorless Cinema Camera.
Answered by: Matt Z
Date published: 2022-09-01

Hello, quick question: will this mic connect to ...

Hello, quick question: will this mic connect to an iPhone (for ex.: iPhone 7) and actually record sound directly to the camera app (Filmic Pro, etc.)? I need to ask because I purchased a Rhode VideoMic Pro 2 years ago for this use and was very disappointed to learn that it WOULDN'T record directly to my phone.
Asked by: JF
The SMX-15 microphone will work with an iPhone but you will have to use 2 adapter cables. One cable is the Apple Lightning to headphone adapter that you will need for the iPhone 7. The other cable is a TRRS adapter. For that we recommend using our HX-Mi TRRS Mic & Headphone Cable for Smartphones & Tablets.
Answered by: Azden Expert
Date published: 2019-09-24

can I monitor what the mic is picking up through ...

can I monitor what the mic is picking up through headphones?
Asked by: Edgar
Yes, headphones can be used to monitor the audio that the mic is picking up. Since the mic does not have its own built-in headphone jack, you will need to connect headphones to the headphone jack on your camera or recorder (or any other device you connect the mic to) in order to monitor the audio.
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2020-12-01

I have experienced interference from wifi with ...

I have experienced interference from wifi with Rode VideoMic's and am wondering if anyone has experienced any type of static with the Azden?
Asked by: Timothy
We have not heard of any interference with Azden , But I have heard of people having issues with Rode Shotguns many times its due to Wifi for some reason .
Answered by: Raul
Date published: 2021-03-15

question

Which mic is best for wildlife (in front of the camera). Is it the SMX-15 or a stereo version (smx-30). I both want the sound from the around the camera
Asked by: Fredrik J.
I would probably look at the SMX-30. You can switch between mono and stereo so you can get that atmosphere sound as well as your subject. Or just focus on your subject. If it were me Id record a bit of both and overlay the two so you can adjust the background to be less pronounced than your focus.
Answered by: Alan M.
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

How is the built quality?
Asked by: Moshe H.
Good
Answered by: LUIGI D.
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

Is the 1/8 in output for monitoring with headphones?
Asked by: Anonymous
Hello. Thank you for your inquiry in regards to the SMX-15 Powered Shotgun Video Microphone. The SMX-15 does not have a headphone monitor output. The only ways to monitor audio with the SMX-15 are either if you have the microphone plugged into an audio adapter, or your camera provides a headphone monitor output jack. The 1/8 (3.5mm) output is for plugging into your cameras MIC input.
Answered by: Azden Tech Azden Expert
Date published: 2020-10-01
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