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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TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone for Nikon/Canon Camera/DV Camcorder
Practical occasion: photography , interviews and other occasions pickup. Heart-shaped single-point pickup features can effectively reduce the noise of the surrounding environment to be picked up.
Specially designed for the camera and high-sensitivity condenser.
Microphone to enhance the quality of the recording.
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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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1. Using a screwdriver, unscrew the mount from the microphone assembly.
2. Using a wrench, grasp the metal bracket.
3. Using your hand, twist the round knob until bracket comes loose.
4. Screw the mount back onto the assembly.
5. Slide the whole thing onto the camera shoe mount.
6. Turn knob until it is tight.
For anyone with an overwhelming hissing sound (on a Canon Rebel EOS, at least. I imagine it's the same for most Canons):
1. Put the camera into Video mode.
2. Turn the camera's "mode" knob to (M)anual.
3. Hit the Menu button.
4. Find the "Sound Recording" option within the menu.
5. Change Sound Recording to Manual
6. Adjust Recording Level to minimum, and then work your way up to where you like the recording levels. For me, it was about 5 or 6 button presses from the absolute minimum. No hiss but still loud audio.
7. Go shoot some video with good sound!
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.
I have compared this mic to 6 other mics and this was the best! I have also listened to comparisons online between various Rode mics and the Takstar 598 and the Takstar 598 sounded better to me than the Rode mics, including the Rode VideoMicro, which is actually a fantastic mic with excellent sound quality and convience of small size and no batteries, however the room echo (which is very hard to fix in post) is really bad with the Rode VideoMicro and was much less, barely there in fact, with the Takstar scg-598, so naturally I recommend the Takstar over the Rode VideoMicro.
Originally I thought the Takstar scg-598 and scg-698 sounded very similiar on my Nikon d500, but after listening and analyzing little bit more, I came to the conclusion that the sound quality of the scg-598 is better. Also, I couldn't use the +20db on the scg-698 mic when I used it with my Sony RX10 because it was too loud and introduced hissing but I wanted some gain for more juice which didn't happen with the 0db setting obviously. The scg-598 +10db is perfect for the RX10, audio gain levels without any hiss.
The Takstar scg-598 and the Senal scs-98 had the lowest hissing noise compared to all other mics and any hissing from these two mics completely went away when I lowered the camera's preamps to appropriate levels. However, the $200 Senal scs-98, produced very low sound compared to the scg-598, even with the +10 db boost. I also tried the Comica cvm-vm10ii mic that plugs into the camera and works without batteries. The sound was good but I had to lower the preamps because of the hissing and then it became too low. The Boya by-vm600 had terrible hissing even with the preamps lowered, it was simply unusable. The Saranomic SR-M3 also had bad hissing on the RX10 and distorted sound on my Nikon cameras. Interestingly enough, the sound of the Saranomic mic sounded quite good on the RX10 (but still unusable because of the noise). The Rode VideoMicro, has great sound quality, but as mentioned above, the room echo is bad.
The build quality of the Takstar scg-598 is not solid, it's basically a lot of plastic, but for the excellent sound quality for this price it's a good deal regardless of the build.
The dynamic range of this mic is not the greatest, but for what I record, weddings, stage productions, events, and video productions, i really don't need a lot of DR, only full, healthy levels and sound clarity. The Senal scs-598, for example, has a lot of dynamic range, but the sound is muddy compared to the scg-595 ( and also scg-698) and not full of juice compared to the Takstar sgc-598. It's hard to edit low audio, it's much better to have less DR than low audio levels when editing. As long as the high pitch is not clipped or distorted, which doesn't happen with this mic, then the sound is perfectly usable.
I really recommend this microphone over other cheap microphones and over the more expensive Rode and Senal microphones.
All I have to say is this mic rocks! I first purchased the Rode Video Micro for my Nikon D3300 but it was pretty much useless because of the DSLR hiss. My style of shooting is generally interview/announcement videos so the hiss was pretty unbearable. However, this TAKSTAR saved my life and sounds excellent compared to the Rode and it's only half of the price! I also use this in conjunction with the Mii0 A1 headphone amplifier to get an even clearer sound.
You can get this mic and the Mii0 A1 for the same price as the Rode Video Micro and be far better off. I would highly suggest this combo!
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It works with skype, increasing the quality of your audio by 900%. True story.
Plugged into a phone, it's ideal for quick news grabs.
This is not a telescope that grabs the sound from afar but for most interview and blogging situations does the job just right. The sensitivity is good, and I feel it does nicely capture the actualities.
The microphone jack is curved at a 90degrees angle, saving you some space on the side of your camera.
Used with the GH4, the cable did not meddle anywhere right in front of the lens or the screen.
I will buy a couple more in the future.
I recently won a Canon M5 camera, and i decided to use that camera as my vlogging camera, so i went shopping around for microphones, and this was recommended to me time and time again.
First things first, it is dead simple to use, just plug it in, turn it on and you are away! It takes one AA battery, so make sure you have one in it otherwise it will not work.
Sound wise, the sound is great, much better than the built in mic on the M5, with the added bonus of having a +10db gain, plus you can make the recordings more bass heavy if you wish. It does a pretty good job right out of the box on cutting down wind noise, but a proper dead cat is needed for a much cleaner sound when out and about in windy conditions. I found the mic picks up a lot of sound, maybe a bit too much at times, but its sweet spot seems to be quite normal, from 5 feet it picks up the vocals very well, any further and the sound does degrade a tad, but this is the norm with shotgun mics.
Build quality is adequate, not the best but certainly not the worst, as long as you are careful with your gear this mic should last in the long run, but it is made of plastic, so bear that in mind if you are accident prone and the plastic sound break easily if dropped or knocked against walls or rocks or whatnot.
All in all, a darn good mic, wish i bought one ages ago now but hey, better late than never!
AA Battery does NOT fit well into battery slot, hardly fits at all?
Mount does not fit flash shoe mount on camera (Nikon dslr and my older Panasonic video ).
You get what you pay for, if you are going to be within 2 feet of your mic and camera and won't need to touch the camera, or auto refocus whilst recording voice, then go for it.
To me sounds like it has 20db gain at the 0db gain button. I'd give it 0/10.