Mic upgade for Panasonic AG-DVC7

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by splunge, Jul 21, 2004.

  1. splunge

    splunge Guest

    Recently purchased the DVC7 and would like to make a microphone upgrade.
    Someday I'll get a true professional "shotgun", but I have to be
    conservative at this time.

    On the low low end, would I realize much sound improvement with a say Azden
    ECZ-990 or the Audio-Technica ATR55? Or the like?

    How much bang for the buck would I get going to the Sennheiser MKE-300?
    It's a bit too expensive, but if it'll cover me until I can get the real
    deal I may go for it and I can avoid the XLR thing for now.

    Any opinions on low end shotgun mics would be appreciated!

    splunge, Jul 21, 2004
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  2. splunge

    deco_time Guest

    We bought an Azden SGM-1X for sound on location where there is a good
    chance of the equipement being destroyed by the elements, and I was
    surprised and pleased withe the result we've got for such a cheap mic. I
    wouldn't use it for music or natural sound recording, but dialogs comes
    out sharp and clear with a low noise floor. Be prepared to invest in a
    good windscreen for outside work, something like the Rycote or
    lightwave, as the supplied foam cover is just about useless in cutting
    wind noise (but that's true for any shotgun mic), and the mic does
    pickup a lot of handling noise as the supplied isolating mount doesn't
    seem to be very efficient, so you have to be carefull about that.
    Above and beyond that, I would suggest to bring your camera and the
    headphone set you use normally to a store where they carry the mic you
    are interested in and try them out for yourself. Each mic will sound
    different, and the only way to pick the one you like is to listen to
    deco_time, Jul 21, 2004
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