Audio-Technica ATR-35S Lavalier Microphone
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- High-quality condenser miniature lavalier microphone
- Great for video use, also ideal for aerobics/dance/sports instructors
- 3.5mm Mini-plug for use with most cameras and home recording systems
- Integrated 20-foot cable; on/off switch
- Includes tie clip, battery, foam windscreen, and 1/4-inch adapter
- Condenser element
- Omnidirectional polar pattern
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Engineered for intelligible, accurate voice reproduction, the Audio-Technica ATR-35S high-quality condenser lavalier microphone is ideal for video use, and its low-profile design assures minimum visibility. It's also a great choice for aerobics/dance/sports instructors.
It has an integrated 20-foot cable terminated with a 3.5mm mini-plug for use with most cameras and home recording systems. Its on/off switch provides convenient operation. This package also comes with a tie clip, a battery, a foam windscreen, and a 1/4-inch adapter.
- Element: Condenser
- Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional
- Frequency Response: 50 - 18,000 Hz
- Open Circuit Sensitivity: -54 dBm ± 3 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
- Impedance: 1000 ohms ± 30 percent
- Battery Type: LR44
- Weight: 0.2 oz (6 g)
- Cable: 20 feet (6.0 m)
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Build quality: better than I expected for the price, the battery and pre-amp holder feel more like aluminum than plastic (it's hard to tell under the black paint). The mic element itself is tiny, and comes with a lapel clip and foam wind screen. The wind screen, like the mic element itself, is tiny and pretty easy to pull off, so keep an eye on it that it doesn't become lost. The battery is one of the "button" types, rather than a "AA" (which I would have preferred). One battery is supplied - I have no idea of how long it might last, so better have a spare. The mike is a condenser type, so it will not work at all if the battery is dead.
Performance: Very good! The sound quality is better than I had expected for the price of this product. Frequency response seems perfectly adequate for picking up voices - which is why you use a lavalier mike in the first place - and signal-to-noise ratio is excellent at the standard gain setting on the HV-20 camcorder. The frequency response in the user manual is 70 to 18,000 hz. This mic has an impedance of 1000 ohms, which places it a step down in performance from more expensive, professional mics which generally have 600ohm impedance (you get a better s/n ratio). I am very pleased with the results from this mic. The captured sound of a person's voice is as clear as it could be, with very little perceptible static. Using this lavalier mic also has the benefit of completely eliminating internal motor noise from the camera's tape mechanism.
SUMMARY: You can spend $200~$500 and get a wireless lavalier mic, or if you live with the 20' cable, get this one for $35. It's certainly good enough for most people's home videos, and the sound quality (for human voice) is excellent. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
NOTE: The ATR-35 is a monaural microphone: when connected to a Stereo mic input jack on a camcorder like the Canon HV-20, it will produce a signal only on the left audio channel. If this is a problem for you, an inexpensive Mono-to-Stereo adapter is available from Radio Shack (p/n 274-374, $3.99) that duplicates the output from the ATR-35 to both the left and right channels (this sounds better, at least to my ears).
I did get a chance to do a sound test on my Nikon D5200 and must say it's a huge improvement over using the cameras internal microphone. This lapel mic is small and easy to hide and picks up your voice loud and clear. I was going to purchase a more expensive wireless lapel mic, but being as I will be using it indoors in a quiet environment on a green screen, I opted for this one.
The ONLY thing I wish this mic had was some sort of LED indicator to let you know what kind of condition the battery is in because as some other reviews have said, if you don't test out the mic before you start recording, you run the risk of recording silence lol
However if you can't take 30 seconds before you start recording to double check and make sure it's working, then I don't know what to tell you.
Very happy with this purchase.
I've had this mic for well over a year and I've used it with 5 different camcorders(four miniDV and one hard drive based). I cannot put into words how much better the ATR35S sounds over the built-in mic on any of the DV cams. It maintains it's focus on the small area of who it's clipped to while blocking out the ambient noise in the background. I used this every time my recording is being focused on one person speaking. Speeches, toasts, or grandma just telling stories. I once clipped it to the brides bouquet to record the vows. It's amazing how crystal clear audio gives your home videos actual production value. When I show them to friends and family, I no longer have to turn the volume all the way up to hear what someone was saying.
With that said, since I've upgraded to a JVC GZHD6 I have less use for this mic. The built-in DD 5.1 mic doesn't exactly out-perform the ATR35S on all levels but the difference is negligible (something I completely expect from a camera in it's price range). Unless I'm doing interviews for documentaries the built-in mic on the JVC does a fine job.
The bad stuff...
No LED power light! Just like the ATR25, this is a gross oversight in the design of this microphone. At a glance, it's hard to tell if you've accidentally left it on or maybe bumped it on in your camera bag. The worse part is when you need to use it again you don't know if the battery is good or not (because there is no LED indicating as much). After many failed recordings and buying a ton of these expensive little batteries, I've learned to just remove the batteries after each use. I cannot stress how annoying this is. If you're camera has a headphone output to hear what you're recording, use it. I keep a small pair of earbuds in my camera bag just to make sure the batteries in the mics are good because there is no way to tell until you start recording. LEDs are like 3 cents and I would have gladly paid an extra 20 bucks for a mic with some sort of notification that the batteries are good. Shame on you Audio-Technica.
Overall, I'm very happy with this mic and I cannot recommend it enough to anyone who records a lot of video of people talking, either single or in very small groups. Just be ready to babysit the batteries.