Ever record video outdoors and notice you hear more external ambient noise than the audio you're hoping to capture? That's the limitation of most cameras and video cameras. Switching to an external microphone can mean the difference between a okay video and one that captures the moment in both sight and sound....
Audio-Technica Pro 24 Stereo Condenser Microphone
The Audio-Technica Pro 24 is an affordable microphone ($119) that offers a lot of performance with quality stereo technology. Very compact and light, making it perfect for small cameras. The sound recording gives a sense of realism an live sound-like. You can use this multi purpose mic for anything, including, field recording, video production and even studio quality recordings.
Rode VideoMic Pro Shotgun Microphone
The Rode is very compact and lightweight, while also featuring a broadcast-quality condenser. The unit also comes with an integrated shock mount and windscreen and 3 position level control. It uses a 9v battery. This is ideal for your HD capable DSLR camera or camcorder. Good isolation of the back and sides for control of what you will be recording will be crystal clear.
Sennheiser MKE 400 Small Shotgun Microphone
For $199 you'll be able to look like a professional camera man from your local news! The Sennheiser is rugged with all metal construction with an integral shock mount for rejection of handling noise. It has an external switch for dialing in the sensitivity for long and short distances and uses one single AAA battery.
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