Azden recently reached out to me about their new SGM-250 and SGM-250P Shotgun Microphones. Both microphones are said to be 'Handcrafted in Japan' and use the same high quality mic element; the main difference being the SGM-250 runs on battery or phantom power while the SGM-250P runs on phantom power only.
Now they've done a pretty good job explaining their new product and really dug into the technical specs of their microphones. They also have some excellent video and sound examples placed on a dedicated page found at http://www.azden.com/sgm-250-sgm-250p.
I'm not going to do any technical examples, but I did do a simple test that should be fun for you guys to engage with. Azden has designed this microphone to be in the same space as microphones such as the Rode NTG-2 or Sennheiser MKE-600, so here's a basic example of the SGM-250 compared to the Rode NTG-2 Shotgun microphone.
I thought this would be an interesting test as we all have difference preferences when it comes to sound. Let you guys decide which microphone sounded better, and also to see how many of you can correctly guess which microphone is which. So leave your best guess in the comment section below!
I've been researching a cheap affordable solution for a Wireless Lav kit. After doing my own research, I think i'm going to settle on this Azden Wireless LAV / Handheld kit. It's fairly cheap inexpensive and has 37 reviews with almost 5 stars over at BHPHOTOVIDEO.com. I guess I'm not sure how well the handheld microphone is going to perform, but I've heard quality samples coming from the LAV mic. It definitely beats trying to grab the audio from your DSLR in a noisy environment. Hey for the price, you can't complain. It's actually about $10 dollars cheaper to buy this kit from BHPHOTOVideo.com rather than eBay too, so if you're thinking the same, here's the link.
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