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- 7 inch Long, Dual Unidirectional Electret-Condenser Microphone
- Records High-Quality Stereo Directly
- Built-In Cable With 3.5Mm Stereo Mini Plug
- Powered By A Single Aaa Battery
- Includes Foam Windscreen & Shock-Mount Microphone Holder
- Ability to record directly in stereo Dual uni-directional electret condensor microphone Built-in cable with 3.5mm plug
- Ability to record directly in stereo Dual uni-directional electret condensor microphone Built-in cable with 3.5mm plug.
- Uses one AAA battery Includes windscreen and camera shoe-mount
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Ability to record directly in stereo
Perfect for use with smaller, high-end camcorder, the Azden SMX-10 compact shotgun microphone records in stereo and is powered by a single AAA battery that provides up to 400 hours of continuous use. This dual uni-directional, electret-condensor mic measures 7 inches long with a 0.7-inch diameter, and it weighs just 1.83 ounces (without battery).
It includes a permanently attached coiled cable coming out the back that plugs into 1/8-inch (3.5mm) jacks. Other features include a foam windscreen, lo-cut switch to minimize rumble and wind noise, and camera hot-shoe mount.
- Type: Stereo electret condenser
- Frequency response: 100-18,000Hz
- Sensitivity: -40dB @1kHz (1V/Pa)
- Output impedance: 1.5 k ohm @ 1kHz
- Signal-to-noise ratio: 60dB (1kHz @ 1Pa)
- Dynamic range: 66dB
- Power supply: 1.5V DC; AAA size battery (not included)
- Max. SPL: 100dB
- Battery current drain: 0.5mA
- Battery life: 400 hours with Alkaline battery
- Weight w/o battery: 1.83 ounces
- Dimensions: 7-inch length, 0.7-inch diameter
- Output cable: Permanently attached with 3.5mm plug
What's in the Box
SMX-10 microphone (with attached cable), hot-shoe mic holder, foam windscreen
Top Customer Reviews
That said, I'm very happy with it. Note: This is not a shotgun mic, so don't expect to pickup conversation-level sound from 30 feet away. This mic is a true stereo mic and outputs two distinct L/R channel. This mic beats the pants off the stock in-camera mics in every way. There is much more clarity as compared to the stock mic. The best way to describe it is that with the stock mics, all the sounds are "mixed together and indistinct." Whereas with the SMX-10 each sound "stands out from all the others." Frequency response is also better with the SMX-10; I find there is a lot more high-end frequency information in recordings made with it vs. stock.
The mic is very light, not too long (doesn't hang over the front of the camera) and the cord is of the coiled variety so it doesn't hang all over the place. It's designed very well. Body is all-aluminum and very solid feeling. Switches are recessed into the body of the mic, so it would be very difficult to accidently slide them one way or the other. There really isn't anything else in it's price range that is better. Another option/very popular video mic is the Rode Stereo Videomic, but it is literally 2x the price and twice the size. I took a chance with the SMX-10 and am very happy with my purchase.
The audio from the SMX-10 itself is actually decent but I had to buy a Fiio E3 to try to remove the "hissing" sound. The E3 DID NOT work for me despite many claims on youtube tutorials.
I use a Nikon D3200.
I spent about a week and found that I had to use an editing software to remove the hissing finally. In my case as a professional filmmaker, I used adobe premiere pro and then used the "Denoiser" filter/sound effects option to completely remove the hissing. What I was left with was *VERY CRISP* clear, audible audio by the SMX-10. It's basically film quality audio. You can also use a free program like audacity to remove the hissing but if you're serious about the business of entertainment, just buy the professional software and hardware. Don't screw your audience out of quality. They can tell if you care about them or not through your work and apparent effort.
So if you're prepared to do extra work, this mic will get the job done but you need to use post-production editing software.
If you have the money though, get the Rode NTG-2 microphone. It's the best microphone apparently that gives film quality audio that is still 3.5mm. It's also fairly priced at around $200-$240 on amazon.
I'm planning to film a full length feature film to put in the Sundance Film Festival, so my standards *have* to be high. Hope this helps.
Some caveats: it's not a tele; it will pick up noise from all around. If you're recording something relatively quiet, don't touch any part of the camcorder. I have this attached to my Canon VIXIA HF R600 (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) via a StudioPRO Heavy Duty L Bracket with 2 Hot Shoe Mounts for Flash Photography & Video, and you can hear any contact with the camcorder, mount or mic. Just stick it all on a tripod and leave it alone. With loud events (concerts, etc.), this isn't an issue. I've had good (again, not great) results recording live events with music I want in stereo, but I may pick up a Rode for recording panels and other videos that don't really require stereo.
or battery saving idea.That was a bad idea. I was taking a video clip today and realized half what through,that the microphone was turned off.
It is obvious the camera is on, the rear view finder is lit.we need the same for the microphone.Azden, add a visible LED lite behind the on off switch on top and then the product would be just right, the microhphone picks up sound just fine.