Now you can record in stereo directly with Azden's SMX-10. The 177mm long, dual uni-directional, electret-condensor mic is powered by a single "AAA" battery and features a built-in cable with a 3.5mm stereo mini plug. Comes with a windscreen and camera hot-shoe mount.
Pro photograper...trying my hand at video on Nikon d3s...only problem I see is the cable at the end does not unplug..every time i put inside my equip bag cable bends...sooner or later cable will break...so i have to be extra careful...used once seems to work fine.
I'm using this as an external mic on a Canon T3i DSLR in movie mode. I was looking for something that's a step up from the built-in microphone and this fits the bill. I did some extensive testing to compare the internal vs. the external in a variety of situations with different sound sources and here's what I found. Sensitivity - slightly more sensitive than the internal mic on the T3i. Isolation - quite good. Obviously the internal mic on the T3i picks up every tiny motor noise and camera touch. The SMX-10 is mounted on rubber tabs that greatly reduce the amount of camera noise detected by the mic. Noise - on some sites, people complained about a loud hiss in the background but I did not experience this at all. The background noise level of the SMX-10 was a bit lower than that of the internal mic. The internal mic exhibited a kind of "hollow" noise, a bit like what you'd hear if you put a seashell up to your ear. High end frequency response - the Azden was a clear winner here. When recording from a music source, the cymbals were missing when using the internal mic while the external picked them up distinctly. The overall better upper end contributed to a generally clearer sounding audio with the SMX-10. Low end frequency response - both mics were a disappointment here. To get any decent low end, you have to pony up the big bucks and go for a Rode video mic or better. It seemed like the internal mic actually had very slightly better low end, but it was hard to tell. Bass guitar is barely heard in either. Stereo sound field - good. While shooting outdoors with nature scenes, this was a significant factor. The internal mic is mono only so the sound was a lot more flat. When listening to the audio and panning the camera, the SMX-10's stereo field allowed me to hear sources moving from one side to the other and contributed to more of a feeling of being there. Conclusion - if you're looking for a big distinctive difference with a mic at this price point, you might be disappointed. When you first listen to it compared to the T3i's internal mic, the differences don't jump out at you. Fact is, the T3i internal mic is fairly decent. But there's enough subtle differences to make this a microphone worthy of everyday use in an amateur setting. The reduction in camera noise and the clarity of the high end are probably the two most noticeable improvements, and the stereo field adds a nice depth to the sound. If you're looking for more professional quality, well you probably should be using something other than a low end camera-mounted microphone anyway. The Rode Video Mic is a good alternative if you need better bass reproduction, but it costs twice as much. On the other hand, if you're looking for something small to toss in your camera bag, isolate camera noise, and give move you a little notch up from the internal mic, this is a good choice at a reasonable price.
Of course, I use it with my hd camera. Easy to use, very good sound, a great value if you're looking for a camera mic.
Even though the camera has no moving parts I wanted an external mike that would pick up even better reception, the Azden SMX-10 does just fine.
Excludes background and wind noise very well, extends the reach and improves clarity of sound on the camera. No complaints.
I was looking for an external mike for my Canon 60D and the Canon forum from [@] recommended this mic. This mike works even without the mic battery which is a big plus. It comes with a foam wind screen.
I bought this for a Canon Rebel T2i because I wanted more directional and stereo sound, plus isolation from the camera (so I don't pick up camera sounds in the audio). I'm quite happy with the quality of this mic - it's working exactly as intended in those areas. One great unadvertised feature is that it can use camera power! If your camera supports it (the T2i does), you do not need a battery and the on/off switch becomes useless (it's always on when plugged into the camera). I haven't tested whether this reduces camera battery life, but this feature has already saved me in several situations where I forgot to turn the mic on (before I realized the camera was supplying power). I was able to verify this feature by removing the battery and then plugging and unplugging the mic during recording, then Googling to see if others have had the same experience (they have). In its other aspects, this mic is small and light and doesn't really alter the feel of my camera. The only real downside is that the cord is attached, not a plug-in, and that seems an obvious failure point. Otherwise the mic seems durable.
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I bought this for my T2i. I would say it seems to be worth the money if you can't afford, or don't want to have the bulk, of the Rode NTG-2 which seems to stick out too far for just knocking around with the camera. I mounted on a flash shoe arm, which gives as good of stabilization as a mono pod, maybe even better. I just shot this video using the Azden on the T2i.[@]Is it better than the on board terrible mic? You be the judge. I'd have to say it is. Will it hold up for [$]? That remains to be seen.However, I've got a lot of other great XLR based mics, and this seems to be just fine for now. On more professional shoots, I'll use my pro mics, mixpre for mixing, and feed to both the camera and a Zoom.