EM-320E Shotgun Microphone

Tony Carretti shares a find on a very inexpensive EM-320E shotgun condenser microphone for less than $20 dollars and claims he's getting better results than from his other Rode VideoMic on longer cable runs with XLR. [Thanks Tony]. Getting your microphone as close to the subject is key. In most cases any microphone is better than the built in microphone of the camera. It's also self powered so maybe it provides a bit of clean gain over the noisy internal amp of the DSLR.

[Update] Tony also shares another test along with the Zoom H4n as reference.

The EM-320E, comes with a Black windscreen, 20' XLR to 1/4" mic cable, and a 1/4" to 3.5mm adapter. If you don't have any microphone, Tony seems to think it's worth the bang for the buck, and you can find them on eBay (click here).

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  2. Steve B.

    >the cheap mic featured here DOES improve audio

    I think this is the core of the debate. Everything else, pardon the pun, is just noise.

    Some people will never move away from onboard audio. I think this mic should be considered as a "gateway drug" into more sophisticated audio. All you audio guys that are saying not to buy it I think should consider pulling a 180 on your advice. Encourage everyone that doesn't have another mic to buy this one. Some people will never buy another microphone, but I'm pretty sure a lot of people will continue to buy better and better audio gear simply because they started to buy it in the first place.

  3. Dollar Bob

    > it is not a real shotgun mic, it has horrible frequency response

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but polar pattern is the characteristic that distinguishes a shotgun microphone from other types of microphone. Frequency response is another issue entirely, meaning a shotgun microphone may have "horrible frequency response" and still be a genuine shotgun microphone.

    I haven't seen the EM-320E's specs, but listening to the audio characteristics of Tony's second video seems to indicate the EM-320E's pick-up pattern is more directional than the stereo microphones on the H4N. With similar proximity, the EM-320 is more effective than the H4N at isolating a Tony's voice and reducing ambient noise. This tends to suggest that the difference is directional sensitivity (i.e. polar pattern).

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