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Sony ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone for NEX-VG10 and HDR-FX1000 - Black

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 4.7 x 12.2 inches ; 13.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0043EV206
  • Item model number: ECM-CG50
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 1, 2010

Product Description

High quality shotgun microphone for high-end camcorder and cameras equipped with MIC in jack. Also general cold shoe for NEX-VG10, HDR-FX1000, and for other brand camcorders and camera.

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Customer Reviews

This mic comes with the dead kitten windscreen, so that's nice.
Michael A. Thomas
This seems to work OK, although major handling noise is picked up; it could be that a bungee-type shockmount could help, if this becomes an issue.
Clint
Sony was not able to provide any solutions for the mounting on any handy cam that has Active Interface Hot Shoe.
Jimmy H

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Clint on March 26, 2011
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There's not much info around about this mic, so I took a chance, and here you go! Hope this review is helpful.

So far I've given this mic some light use outdoors on my Panasonic TM700, and it seems to work well. I've also tested it with my Olympus LS-10 recorder, and that seems fine too. I can't say much to the audio quality, since I've only used it for some outdoor sounds -- and I'm not a great judge -- but it certainly seems great to me. Sound levels were fine, it sounds nice to my thick ear, it's pretty directional, and in the supplied clamp handling the camera (carefully) was no problem. Only issue was the furry cat trying to get in to the tops of my wide-angle shots, which I think I can solve (see below). It definitely seems well-made.

The mic uses an AA battery for power, or can use plug-in power if the device it's plugged in to supports that. I tested it with a battery, but since both my devices supply plug-in power, that's how I'm mainly using it, and it works fine (you may have to enable plug-in power in your device's settings). It seems slightly lower level than the built-in mics on both devices, but worked fine. (The battery didn't make a difference to that.) The plug is stereo, and the sound seems to be connected to both channels.

The supplied wind muff is OK. It slides directly on over the front -- a little tight at first but it goes. It's quite lightweight, and it's just the fur, no foam, but certainly offers some protection against wind -- I was using it in very blustery conditions, and while real wind will definitely come through, it helps a fair bit if you can get some shelter. If you want to try a different muff, you'll want something that covers 108mm / 4.25" from the front at least; 120mm / 4.72" is where the switch begins.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janie Larson on February 11, 2013
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Rode microphones are nice, but I wanted to try something different then what everyone else was doing. My main reason I got this mic over the Rode VideoMic Pro and Normal Videomic is because this doesn't have a crappy rubber band stabilization system, like on the rodes. Works very nice, and has a nice beefy cable so you dont have to worry about it getting ruined. Sony quality as always!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris S on November 19, 2012
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This microphone is a nice microphone and if you just need to improve the sound quality of your camera cheaply, this is the way to go. This mic is not very directional and it picks up more surround sound that I like but again, it's not a high end microphone either. The shock-mount is very nice, cable is nice and thick and the connector is solid. The wind-muff does an adequate job of cutting with hiss and the low pass filter works as well. This is a huge improvement to any Internal camera microphone and should be treated as such. I give it 4 star out of 5 as the pickup pattern is a little too wide for it to be called a true shotgun microphone.

Sound quality is better than Rode Video Mic and alike and i definitely recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger Glazier on October 23, 2013
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Adapted this mic on end of boom pole with heavy duty wind sock in Dominican Republic, worked like a charm, excellent sound.....total quality. Very satisfied.
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This Sony mic has a nice sound, and considering the price it is a fairly good deal!

That being said, if you have a Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC), or some DSLR cameras, you will need a pre-amp to get enough gain. (This is a typical issue with most on camera mics for DSLR setups.). Just be aware you will not get enough gain out of this mic alone for some DSLRs and the BMPCC!
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By ktmk36 on July 8, 2014
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works like a charm
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Admittedly, I use the Sony suite of Vegas Pro 12 and some powerful plug-ins, but there was no editing required of my audio as a result of this Microphone's quality. There were even times when the MC didn't use a mic to announce the next act, and his voice still came through very clearly. Using a Sony NEX VG-10 camera and the powered output mic port. I was worried it might pick up the auto-focus motor as does the regular mic (during extreme quiet), but it is well isolated from transmission noise with included mount. The audience below me was only obvious if there was either extreme quiet on the stage, or the clapping from act to act (a kid's talent show).
*Came with adapter for regular cold shoe, or Sony quick connect to the flash mount (for my camera). A fine instrument and an excellent addition to anyone who wants to reach out and hear someone.
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I haven't used this mic extensively, but I did some basic testing.
This mic is pretty clear, and reduce decent amount of noises. But of course is not comparable to those $500, $800 shotgun mic. But for this price, it's worth it.
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