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AZDEN ECZ-990 Super Cardioid Zoom Camcorder Microphone

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  • Allows you to focus on subjects, reducing side noises
  • 35-Inch range
  • 150Hz-18kHz
  • Uses 1 AA battery
  • Includes wind screen and shoe mount
  • 6" Long, Directional Zoom Microphone With A Super-
  • Cardioid Pattern - Ellipse Shaped
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Technical Details

  • Model: ECZ990

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 15 x 11 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00006JPD9
  • Item model number: ECZ990
  • Batteries 1 AAA batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 28, 2002

Product Description

The pick-up pattern of the built-in microphone on camcorders is omni-directional, meaning that it picks up all sounds in every direction equally, no matter which direction you point the camcorder. The ECZ-990 is a 6" long directional, or "zoom" microphone with a super-cardioid pattern (ellipse shaped). It will pick up your subject's sound more clearly, reducing side noises. With 2 positions, narrow and wider, the ECZ-990 has a range of 35 feet, uses 1 "AAA" battery, and comes with a windscreen, shoe mount and hook-and-loop mounting tape.

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Customer Reviews

Using even a much better mike, no matter how directional, doesn't give much better sound.
Amazon Customer
The 'short' setting works well enough that amateur filmmakers and vacationers will think its a 1000% improvement on the existing mic.
Michael Markowsky
And every little movement of your fingers against the camera body is picked up as a booming sound.
Kumoito

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By SiD the TV and Doc maker on May 15, 2005
the mic is certainly better than the 'record absolutely everything' mic on the top of my Canon GL2, but there is still a lot of noise 'in the line' and the camera picks up the camera's motor noise even better than the onboard mic (didn't know that was possible). that being said, the audio you get is miles better, especially for recording interviews. It's small, unobtrusive and has two settings (wide and long) and is mostly good at targeting a subject in front of you.

the biggest problem seems to be with the mount, which is cheap and really helps the mic pick up the buzz, hum and other undesirable noise directly through the body of the mic. I tried using rubber bands to isolate it, but then I just returned the mic, not worth the grief if I have to 'MacGyver' it right out of the box. I'm going to get a proper a mic mount, and keep looking.

bottom line - if you have terrible noise from your onboard camcorder, this is a good deal. Sure, you can spend $1000 for a better Shure or Sennheiser, but if you just want some above average targeted audio, this can't be beat for the price.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Michael Markowsky on March 17, 2009
I just bought this microphone today from a local video camera store, after testing a number of the other microphones that they had, including the "Canon Directional Stereo Mic (DM 50) for Camcorders with the Advanced Access Shoe", "Rode VideoMic directional Video Condenser w/microphone", and the "Sennheiser MKE 400 Shotgun Microphone".

I recently bought a refurbished Canon HV20. I went on vacation with it without testing it, and when I got home, I realized how poor the audio really was. I had read that the built-in mic captured the sound of the tape winding in the camera, but I didn't think it could possibly be as loud as it was. Also, often I'd be talking to someone literally two feet in front of the camera, and found people ten feet behind the camera were louder! Anyway, I realized that an external mic was absolutely necessary.

I brought my HV20 to the video store and I spent an hour testing out the mics. I ended up buying the "Azden ECZ-990 Super-Cardioid Shotgun Microphone" because the price seemed best for what I needed. If I had more money, I would have bought the "Sennheiser MKE 400 Shotgun Microphone", but I didn't think that it was worth nearly $150 more.

I also considered the "Canon Directional Stereo Mic (DM 50" but I found the fact that it could not be removed from the camera mount and hand held a major draw back.

THE POSITIVE:
1) The microphone is relatively small, especially compared to the "Rode VideoMic" which was HUGE!

2) I like that I can pop it off the mount and hold it in my hand or attach it to a pole to turn it into a boom.

3) The 'Short' setting is extremely good for the money. Its not as good as the "Sennheiser MKE 400 Shotgun Microphone" but I expected that.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kumoito on March 23, 2007
I read a good review about this mic in a Japanese magazine called Video Salon. I have a Sony HDR-FX1. the shoe is placed way above and to the edge of the camera so I didn't worry about camera sound getting picket up by the mic. The mic that comes with the camera never picks up zoom sound or hand movement on the camera. The ECZ-990 barely picks up the target sound. And the sound it does pick up is tinny. It DOES however pick up every little sound of the camera. You get a huge buzz when using auto zoom. And every little movement of your fingers against the camera body is picked up as a booming sound.

The only use i can see for this mic is to get an extension cord and let someone hold the mic up to the target sound source. Strangely enough, the mic didn't pick up too much sound from the hand holding it.

The price is low but I honestly feel like I threw away my money. Lesson learned: Only buy a mic you have personally tested yourself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Brode on December 17, 2010
We use this mic for our webseries "Fights You've Had" and find it to be frustrating to use but an upgrade in quality from the standard camcorder mic (I use a Canon HG10). As stated in other reviews it picks up too much camera noise when mounted so we have to find ways to attach it to other objects in the room and point it at the subject. The shotgun sound is pretty much unusable so I always keep mine on the short distance setting. Works best no more than 3 or 4 feet away from the subject- any further than that and you will notice significant loss in sound quality. This mic requires an extension cable and either a boom or some creativity to maximize its potential. Search youtube for "Stanley, Fight's You've Had" for an example of how this mic performs in action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James on December 22, 2012
If you use this mic in "short" mode, you'll be fine. The quality is pretty impressive.

Forget about the "long" mode. It's worse than your internal mic on your DSLR or Camcorder.

Now... the big downside.

This mic does not have a light indicator that tells you whether the mic is on or off. Bad, bad, absolutely bad.

If your battery is out, you won't know if it is out when you turn on the mic because there's no indicator.
You'll be filming with the mic switch turned to 'on', when in contrast, the mic will be off because the battery would be out.

After a great shoot, when you playback what you shot, you'll only get 'silence'.

VERY BAD DESIGN.

However, taking only one AA battery to run this mic is a big plus. Makes the mic very light in weight.
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