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TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone for Nikon/Canon Camera/DV Camcorder
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- 10dB sensitivity enhancement and 200Hz low-frequency attenuation; to meet the different field Co-use. Use standard universal connector specifications, can be simply fixed the camera.
- Product Features: Specially designed for the camera and high-sensitivity condenser microphone to enhance the quality of the recording.
- Set tone governing the selection of alloy materials design, sturdy solid, and can effectively shield electromagnetic interference.
- Heart-shaped single-point pickup features can effectively reduce the noise of the surrounding environment to be picked up.
- Shock-resistant structural design, to reduce the mechanical noise of the camera and other vibration noise. Package Contents: 1* SGC-598 Microphone 1* Windscreen 1* English User's Manual
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|Package Height||2.44 x 7.56 x 11.34 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.53 pounds|
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Features: 1.High Quality & Brand New 2.Practical Occasion: photography, interviews and other occasions pickup.3.Product Features: Specially designed for the camera and high-sensitivity condenser microphone to enhance the quality of the recording.4.Heart-shaped single-point pickup features can effectively reduce the noise of the surrounding environment to be picked up. 5.10dB sensitivity enhancement and 200Hz low-frequency attenuation; to meet the different field Co-use. Use standard universal connector specifications, can be simply fixed the camera. 6.Shock-resistant structural design, to reduce the mechanical noise of the camera and other vibration noise. 7.Set tone governing the selection of alloy materials design, sturdy solid, and can effectively shield electromagnetic interference. 8. 1.5V AA alkaline battery-powered, battery life of up to 100 hours.(No Battery Included) 9. Low power indicator, fully prepared ready to replace the battery. 10.Technical parameters: Monomer: Back electret. 11.Polar pattern: cardioid. 12. Frequency response: 50Hz-16kHz. 13.Sensitivity:-32dB À 3dB (0dB = 1V/Pa at 1kHz). enhanced sensitivity: +10 db. 14.The low-frequency attenuation: 60Hz 10dB / octave. output impedance: 2000 À 30%. 15. Use voltage: 1.5V AA batteries. (No Battery Included) Package Contents: 1* SGC-598 Microphone 1* Windscreen 1* English User's Manual
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So, the final decision was between the Rode Pro, and an inexpensive TAKSTAR (A brand I'd never heard of before). Evidently, the people behind TAKSTAR manufacture 99% of the shotgun camera microphones "for" brand name manufacturers like Opteka, Azden, AT and (you guessed it) Rode.
To my complete surprise, the TAKSTAR SGC-597 performed 99% as well as the Rode Pro, both indoors and outdoors. In fact, when editing audio in Post the TAKSTAR track was easier to work, with since it had a more neutral range. The Rode has a very heavy mid-range push (their "trademark" sound) which is fine for family videos or making your voice sound better on amateur documentaries, but very annoying to work with in a professional audio editor.
It was so inexpensive I picked up a second one as a spare (just in case) and plan to use them on all future shoots. The audio ended up being so good, I found I can easily use it as primary audio if my main system fails someday. Sure it will take a few hours to tweak/EQ, but it's a viable backup track, for practically free.
My verdict, if you want an inexpensive, great sounding shotgun, this is the way to go. It's easy to use, has great sound, decent line level, and it's well built. It also uses AA batteries.
If you're using it with a DSLR (which I assume most everyone is since not many camcorders have hotshoe mounts) you'll need to go into your audio settings and turn down the on-board audio amplifier. They don't play well with external microphones and tend to amplify ambient sounds. Set that to 25-30% to get rid of any hissing sounds, and turn on the +10dB switch. With those settings, the audio is perfectly clear, no hissing, and keeps surrounding noise at a minimum.
I used it for a video this morning, and stopped talking for a passing car in the background; however, while editing I realized I could've just kept going because the car didn't get picked up at all.
Very impressed for the price.
You're not recording an album with this mic, so I think the $30 Takstar is more than sufficient. It does really well for its price. Well worth the money!
But compared to the built-in mics on my Canon 70D, it's actually pretty solid. Battery life seems to be good, and it mounts up well. The cord has a 3.5mm plug on it, and that cord is fairly short, but since it's a coiled cord it stretches a reasonable distance.
The sound I get from this mic is solid enough for online work, and the included windscreen cuts down on excess noise adequately.
I will note that I haven't felt the need to play around with the switches on the side, because the volume I'm getting from the mic is adequate without the +10dB setting or the low-frequency attenuation. I don't do any post processing for audio either, generally.
I've seen some comments in other reviews saying that the sound levels are inadequate, but that hasn't been the case for me. Volume is quite loud, potentially too loud.
For a videographer on a budget, this is a solid entry-level choice. I do want to note that the cold shoe mount doesn't seem extremely durable, but I've had no issues with getting the mic on or off of my camera or the bracket I use when I need light and sound.
+Solid performer for a reasonable cost.
+Durable enough for typical use.
+Sound quality superior to built-in mic on my Canon 70D.
-Doesn't seem to be durable enough for heavy use, but I could be wrong.