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A yes,it is suitable for Sony a6300 Camera
A Sorry, there is no Fur Wind Shield. thanks
By Max on November 19, 2017
This is a directional microphone that is designed for close interviews. If your background noise (crowd, wind, traffic, ect.) is loud hen it will be picked up just like any other microphone.
By Photos By Alysse on September 3, 2017
This microphone will work for that but the quality will not be great. In order to capture the voice loud enough you would have to turn up the sensitivity in your camera which will add in a hissing noise. It will be alot better than the internal mic especially if your using a dslr.
By robert mazza on February 18, 2018
I am using it with a Nikon D3300 and it works great! Really reduces the noise of the auto focus when shooting video.
By Off Grid Living on March 2, 2018
Yes, it should. I have used it with different on-camera mounts as well, although if you load your DSLR with an on-camera light and a mic it can get top-heavy, but the mic is fairly lightweight on its own. It doesn't hinder any movements or get in the way of shooting.
By Jennifer on May 4, 2018
My first use was in a church sanctuary with horrible accoustics and the recording didnt pick up much echo or ambient noise
By Phillip on February 23, 2018
It would probably work alot better than just plugging it straight into the camera because the amp on the camera isn't that grate. I know for a fact that canon cameras are notorious for having alot of hiss in the auto. So the answer to your question would be yes. It would definitely sound better on any external audio re… see more It would probably work alot better than just plugging it straight into the camera because the amp on the camera isn't that grate. I know for a fact that canon cameras are notorious for having alot of hiss in the auto. So the answer to your question would be yes. It would definitely sound better on any external audio recorder. Especially on a quality one like an h1 or tascam Dr-40 see less
By Andres on October 23, 2017
Does the canon HF R21 Camcorder have a 3.5mm microphone jack? If so, then yes, this works with any camera that has a 3.5mm mic jack. I personally use it with my canon t3i
By Cameron C. on October 10, 2017
As long the jack fits it will work great
By MARCOS MENDEZ on August 1, 2017
No, if kept very well it shouldnt be a problem, just dont force the rubber bands to streth to hard.
By Daniel Lema on June 10, 2017
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December 29, 2017
Prodotto dal costo contenuto e quindi molto appetibile. Difatti ho voluto gettarmi nell'acquisto ed ho potuto verificare con i miei occhi la bontà del prodotto. Ovviamente la mia opinione positiva è sempre una soggettiva valutazione qualità-prezzo, che ritengo ad oggi, dopo 10 giorni dall'acquisto, ancora ottima. I materiali sono plasticosi, ma comunque molto resistenti che garantiscono un'ottima tenuta ed un'ottima affidabilità. Il sistema di aggancio è versatile, infatti oltre al carrellino solito, c'è una chiusura a vite che rende sicuro e sempre appropriato l'innesco. La mia recensione è basata sulla mia personale esperienza su una Nikon D5500. Parliamo ora della qualità audio, dalla confezione uscità un comodo manuale in cui vi sono anche i caratteristici grafici che accompagnano i microfoni nelle proprie confezioni, bhè se veritiero è un microfono a basso costo ma da alte prestazioni. Posso confermare quanto detto: dopo 5-6 utilizzi sono riuscito a risolvere l'annoso problema audio che accompagna la registrazione video in automatico.... capita a tutti di registrare anche il rumore fastidioso dell'obiettivo che cambia la messa a fuoco rovinando così ogni ricordo videoregistrato. Dotato di anche diverse opzioni, come esempio quella di poterne aumentare la sensibilità di 10dB oppure la bellissima opzione che riesce a limare i rumori esterni e di sottofondo. Bhè aggiungo che il sistema funziona con pile stilo, ottima cosa in quanto basta portarsi una pila di riserva per assicurarsi lunghe ore di registrazioni Concludo confermando la pulizia audio che proviene da questo piccolo grande accessorio
By Raffaele A.
December 29, 2017
PRODOTTO: Microfono Takstar SGC-598 ad alta sensibilità con jack piccolo da 3,5mm placcato oro. Un po' di caratteristiche tecniche: Jack stereo da 3,5 mm! Controllate bene il vostro dispositivo di quale tipo di jack ha bisogno, questo è lo stesso delle cuffiette dei telefoni. Principio trasduttore: condensatore Elettrete, questo microfono sfrutta l'effetto capacitivo (variazione di pressione nell'aria) per registrare i suoni Diagramma polare: cardioide. Risposta in frequenza: 50Hz-16kHz Sensibilità: -32 dB ± 3 dB (0 dB = 1 V / Pa a 1kHz) Miglioramento della sensibilità tramite l'apposito switch posto sul microfono: + 10dB Attenuazione a bassa frequenza: 200Hz Impedenza di uscita: 2000 ohm ± 30% Funziona grazie ad una batteria AA alcalina da 1,5 V (in dotazione nella scatola!) Considerazioni personali: Il microfono è si buona qualità, il prezzo è giusto ed infatti è quello che vale. Per un uso amatoriale va benissimo, fin troppo. Ad esempio se si è degli Youtuber che hanno appena iniziato è perfetto, rimanendo comunque su un budget molto basso e non sfiorando nemmeno cifre a due zeri. La qualità del suono va molto bene, non ho però riscontrato nessuna attenuazione dei rumori che infatti caratterizzano i microfono più costosi e più professionali. QUALITA' MATERIALI: Materiali buoni, in plastica con alcune parti di ricambio, la spugnetta anti vento è di buona qualità e sembra funzionare bene, anche se non ho ancora avuto modo di testarla a fondo. IMBALLAGGIO: Molto buono, arrivato tutto in una scatola di cartone con inserti in gomma piuma nera, tutto molto curato nei dettagli. Nel pacco ho trovato: 1 x microfono 1 x manuale 1 x batteria AA tot di ricambi SPEDIZIONE: Spedizione TOP 5 STELLE. La consegna è avvenuta in pochissimi giorni senza costi aggiuntivi grazie ad Tomtop.
November 17, 2017
___________ TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone for Nikon/Canon Camera/DV Camcorder Sold by: Digitalmedia01 ___________ So far I have recorded good audio. I use this on my Nikon D5100 and iPhone 7 Plus. It has picked up decent audio from as far as 30 foot, although I don’t recommend it from that distance. Very nice set up. Not quite as nice as my now broken Rode but much more affordable and comparatively I feel is a better value. ___________ I.D. (Indiana Dan) If this helped in any way please click ‘yes’ below Thank you for watching/reading ___________
October 27, 2017
I didn't know what to expect when buying this but I'm more than happy with the results. You just need to balance it with your camera, mics, or lighting that you are using and you are good to go. My son and I made a little demo video to show you how well this works. It seems to work best while running and get rid of the sway of footsteps. While you are running with it, it seems like it is flowing seamless. As you can see we had great results with this but if you have any questions I would love to answer. I hope you found this video helpful.
October 21, 2017
1) Setup and balancing is a piece of cake with the on board Bubble Meters. 2) Use a microphone stand during the balance process. 3) After balancing, it's all about your technique. 4) The gimbal could be ever soo slightly smoother, but with a little practice and technique you'll forget about it; especially how little you paid for it and saved $$$ to buy a stabilizer vest to expand your techniques. I've tried cheap and expensive electronic Stabilizers, they broke, stiff and "terrible". Do not over think the balancing process, just center the bubble meter and you're all done. 👍
March 18, 2017
Micrófono de cañón para cámaras dslr o reflex. Se coloca en la zapata y se alimenta con una pila AA de la cual consume muy poco (se me quedó 10 dias encendido y siguió funcionando). Después de probar varios tipos de micrófono llegué a la conclusión de que éste es el mejor en calidad/precio. La calidad de sonido podría compararse al Rode videomic pro de 170€ pero por el competitivo precio de 26€. Cuando la fuente sonora esta a unos 2 metros del micrófono la calidad es indéntica al Rode. La diferencia es que conforme la fuente esté más lejos se percibe más la diferencia ya que este micrófono solo tiene modo +10db mientras que el otro tiene +20db, a parte de que el rode tiene ligeramente mejorados los graves, pero no es justificable por el precio de este micrófono. Además, tiene un boton para cambiar la direccionalidad del sonido. Esto quiere decir que si dejamos la opción de la raya recta el micro será mas direccional, tendrá menos angulo de captación por lo que captará menos ruido y la voz será más nitida, obtendremos mejor calidad, pero reducir la direccionalidad afecta a que es más fácil que la boca se salga de ese ángulo al haber movimientos. Sin embargo, con el otro modo (raya torcida) conseguimos tener más ángulo de captación y el sujeto podrá moverse con más libertad pero a cambio de coger un poco más de ruido al aumentar el espacio de captación. Esta es mi review. Ventajas. 1. Calidad de sonido comparable al Rode videomic pro de 175€ en una distancia inferior a 2 metros. 2. Tiene modo +10db para aumentar la ganancia. 3. Viene bien embalado, con espuma antiviento, gomas de suspensión de repuesto y garantía. 4. Consume muy poca pila. 5. El cable es rizado lo que hace que sea muy cómodo y no se nos enrolle en ningun sitio. 6. Trae una pequeña suspensión. No es la del videomic Pro Rycote pero hace su función. 7. El precio, insuperable. 8. Me llegó al día siguiente, muy bien embalado, y además la caja del micro es interiormente de gomaespuma. Desventajas 1. Calidad de sonido cuando la fuente esta lejana al no disponer de modo +20db, pero nada grave. 2. Debería venir con unas instrucciones que expliquen la configuración de micro que tienes que hacer en la cámara para sacarle el máximo partido. Nota: 9.5 Comentarios: Podría decir que es uno de los productos que mejor relación calidad/precio he analizado. El precio es fantástico, no hay más que ver las video comparativas de este micrófono con los Rode. Antes de usarlo hay que encenderlo y configurar en la cámara micro automático y con ganancia 4 (aproximadamente, sino le vas subiendo, pero sin pasarse). Lo uso en mi Nikon d5300.
March 18, 2017
Ho acquistato questo microfono parecchi mesi fa e, dopo mesi di utilizzo, ho deciso di per recensire questo microfono economico ma che funziona molto bene. Partendo dalla confezione, robusta e con uno strato di gommapiuma per ammortizzare eventuali urti; all'interno troviamo il microfono con la sua batteria per farlo funzionare, le istruzioni in italiano, il supporto per attaccarlo alla slitta, una bustina gli elastici di ricambio (vedi più avanti) e una piccola busta in tessuto simil-velluto per contenere e trasportare il tutto. Gli elastici sono dei piccoli o-ring che servono a collegare il microfono alla struttura che viene attaccata alla macchina fotografica o videocamera: in pratica il microfono rimase sospeso e "in tiro" grazie a quei piccoli elastici in modo che eventuali vibrazioni vengano smorzate e non trasmesse al microfono. Sul lato sinistro del microfono è presente l'interruttore on-off e 2 regolazioni, sul retro una piccola spia a led (verde quando è su on e rosso se la batteria è scarica). Diciamo subito che funziona bene anche se ha dei limiti, ovviamente, dati dalla qualità non al top. In generale ho notato un'armonizzazione dei suoni registrati rispetto ai microfoni standard che utilizzavo (quindi quelli di fotocamera e videocamera, o del pc) e la sparizione di alcune vibrazioni o strani echi. All'inizio lo usavo per registrare video-tutorial con registrazione in "presa diretta" quindi l'audio registrato era l'unico effettivamente registrato, eventualmente poi tagliato in post-produzione assieme al video. Tuttavia di recente utilizzo il microfono registrando al pc dei pezzi che poi vengono montati su un video, il risultato è sempre molto buono. L'unico difetto secondo me viene fuori proprio utilizzando al computer: manca un supporto da tavolo e per utilizzarlo è necessario tenerlo attaccato a una slitta, ad esempio di una reflex. questo può essere un po' scomodo, senza contare il fatto che il microfono potrebbe essere attaccato anche a smartphone o fotocamere sprovvisti di slitta... si poteva prevedere un secondo attacco con una filettatura standard da cavalletto. Sempre a proposito della slitta, la ghiera con l'attacco è il pezzo con la peggior qualità forse, veramente economico... l'ho anche limato un po' perché scorreva male nella mai reflex. In generale mi ritengo soddisfatto dell'acquisto, visto anche il prezzo.
March 18, 2017
Ho aspettato qualche mese per recensire questo microfono proprio perchè volevo prima provarlo a fondo. Cominciamo con il dire che appena ci arriva rimaniamo subito stupiti per la confezione, una scatola di robusto cartone con inserti di gomma piuma grigia dove troviamo il microfono la batteria mini stilo per l'amplificazione, la sua busta di velluto nero per poterlo portare in giro senza danneggiarlo e dei piccoli elastici di ricambio. Si elastici perchè la parte alta del microfono non è attaccata direttamente alla slitta in basso ma è sospesa con dei tiranti elastici in modo da non registrare le piccole vibrazioni che possiamo dare dalla macchina fotografica o vidocamera collegata alla slitta. Dalla parte sinistra troviamo 3 interruttori uno è l'accensione che è visibile grazie al piccolo led posto sul retro ( verde acceso e rosso batteria scarica) gli altri due interruttori servono per la sensibilità di registrazione (più alta se ci troviamo a registrare dove il volume è basso e più alta se ci troviamo in un luogo molto rumoroso come ad esempio ad una festa). Per quanto riguarda l'uso mi sono trovato abbastanza bene, le registrazioni sono precise anche se hanno un leggero rumore di fondo ma in post produzione è possibile eliminarle perfettamente lasciando la registrazione abbastanza pulita. Per quegli utenti che dicono che non hanno notato nessuna differenza con questo microfono rispetto al microfono presente nelle reflex, dico che non hanno del tutto torto ma questi microfoni servono più che altro ad indirizzare in maniera più precisa la resa della registrazione al contrario di quelli presenti nelle reflex e anche nelle video camere dove riescono a catturare l'audio a 360 gradi, cioè il suono che arriva dietro alle nostre spalle che a mio parere non ci interessa. In conclusione anche per il prezzo di 25 euro mi ritengo soddisfatto dell'acquisto.
December 27, 2017
I produce Interview style videos for a living. I use a Professional field recorder with matched stereo microphones for my primary audio track. Recently I decided to add a "camera mount" shotgun microphone as a safety, aka a scratch track. The "on camera" microphone was useless, so why not? There is nothing more frustrating than shooting a set, then finding out your memory card or drive failed and you have no audio. So, I tried 1/2 a dozen different microphones ranging from a $30 "cheapie" all the way up to the $230+ Rode Pro. So, the final decision was between the Rode Pro, and an inexpensive TAKSTAR (A brand I'd never heard of before). Evidently, the people behind TAKSTAR manufacture 99% of the shotgun camera microphones "for" brand name manufacturers like Opteka, Azden, AT and (you guessed it) Rode. To my complete surprise, the TAKSTAR SGC-597 performed 99% as well as the Rode Pro, both indoors and outdoors. In fact, when editing audio in Post the TAKSTAR track was easier to work, with since it had a more neutral range. The Rode has a very heavy mid-range push (their "trademark" sound) which is fine for family videos or making your voice sound better on amateur documentaries, but very annoying to work with in a professional audio editor. It was so inexpensive I picked up a second one as a spare (just in case) and plan to use them on all future shoots. The audio ended up being so good, I found I can easily use it as primary audio if my main system fails someday. Sure it will take a few hours to tweak/EQ, but it's a viable backup track, for practically free. My verdict, if you want an inexpensive, great sounding shotgun, this is the way to go. It's easy to use, has great sound, decent line level, and it's well built. It also uses AA batteries.
By Eric Morgan (DVZN Media)
December 8, 2017
I'm pissed at myself that I waited this long to purchase this mic for my video needs. I've seen it along with the other big name products for years and only recently decided to bite the bullet on this one. I didn't expect much because I never use the audio from the camera anyway. I'll have my big mic plugged into some sort of recorder and marry the audio to the video in post. I do a lot of run and gun style shooting and sometime I don't have the chance to set up proper audio but still want better than what I can get with the cameras built in microphone. Since I've put this on my cam I honestly haven't taken it off. Even at home using it for youtube videos and other content i've been pleased with the sound come from this mic. It's been my go-to mic on my last few videos on my channel [...] Now you will pick up some background noise, while it's fairly directional you can hear thing in the area. The dropoff from the front to behind the mic is not the greatest, it just becomes more muffled. I just had to mention it. Also, I wish there was some kind of way for it to better alert you that you've left it one and could be in the process of draining your battery. I've come back to it days later and saw the faint little green light on like "oh snap I forgot to turn it off." I only takes a small AA battery but I would hate to be out somewhere using this and my battery finally go dead and not have an idea before hand. Overall, it's really just a great option especially for the price. I've had the chance to use the other options by rode and various companies and they're well worth the price, but this one is steal for it's tag. It's cheap enough to buy it, give it a try and not feel like you've "lost out" if it doesn't meet your standards. I just wish I could have told myself that a few years ago when it first popped up.
October 20, 2017
This is my first stabilizer after much research. This had everything I was looking for.Excellent product and service. Features: Quick Release/Counterweights/ Handle Grip/Adjustable Height. Pros: 1) Aluminum alloy body, solid feel,and easy to use operation 2) Form factor is very small/convenient.40cm Mini Handheld Stabilizer,weight Bearing Capability 0.4-11.2Ib(0.2-3 kg) 3) Good value for the price. 4) Handle is comfortable.Easy to balance. 5) Came with a black bag. 6) Dazzne's customer service is excellent from my limited contact with them This item is very well built and well made.Amazing product.No issue about the product.
By Eric and Fam
October 20, 2017
This device will look very familiar to you if you've seen or used the Glidecam products. I couldn't justify spending $500+ for one of those devices, and was pretty happy to see this on Amazon. It's very similar to the Glidecam HD-2000, but about 1/3 the price, which is great for a hobbyist like me. In use, this device is phenomenal and allows me to make shots that feel like they were shot on a track-mounted sled or drone. No more footsteps or bouncing of the video! : ). Getting set up and my camera balanced on the rig was straight-forward, but please note that while this stabilizer comes with NO instructions whatsoever, there are a ton of youtube videos on how to get Glidecams/Stabilizers set up, and how to effectively use them. From unboxing to full setup took me about 20min. Although the stabilizer doesn't sound like it's heavy (mine was ~4lbs without camera), if you've got a full-frame camera with a high-end zoom lens (like my 24-70mm), this is going to be one heavy beast to hold. My tip on comfortably holding this for a long time would be to hold the handle completely perpendicular to the ground, and rest your elbow to your waist/stomach as you're making your shot (as apposed to holding the whole right in front of you with your arms straight out). Then the only hard part will be using your other hand to manipulate the rig to keep your camera pointed towards your scene. Overall, VERY nice upgrade to make your moving videos very smooth without burdensome (and expensive) gear. Best of all, the price is just right for me, since I just do videos as a hobby.
October 16, 2017
I recommend to watch the video how to set up steadicam. When doing the setup or when you are not using it during your shoot, to leave it on a regular light stand. Nicely built. Feels very solid. I did go with the carbon fiber for weight and because I like carbon fiber. Overall, this does provide a pretty smooth stable image after getting all the adjustments. It is tough to balance. It takes practice. I think the price is good for people who do not want to spend a lot of money on steadycam. Just keep in mind it's not a magic tool and requires quite a lot of work on your side.
October 7, 2017
Let's face it, in camera microphones leave a lot to be desired. With the video quality of todays DSLR's you really want the sound to be as impressive as the images. Enter the Takstar 598. Not quite Hollywood levels of sound quality but way better than the in camera mic. Let's take a look at it, shall we? First, the unboxing... worth mentioning because this thing comes in a nice package. Much nicer than anything you'd expect from say, Best Buy. With it's contoured foam liner and individual compartments for each item, the original box makes the best storage place for the mic when it's not in use. Inside those contoured compartments you'll find a velvet storage bag, instructions, spare vibration isolators, a battery, mic cover, and the mic itself. Second, the mic... Out of the box the mic itself appears to be constructed as well or even better than you'd expect. The foam cover slips over the shotgun snugly, the mic attaches to the shockmount frame via small rubber isolator bands, the frame attaches to the hot shoe mount via a small tension knob and a nice curled cord with a 2.5mm jack plugs into the camera. Worth noting... a number of people have stated the mic didn't fit their hot shoe mount... you may have to screw the tension knob up towards the mic frame so the mount can slip into the hot shoe. Then screw the knob back down to secure it to the hot shoe! ...much easier than returning the mic because it "didn't fit"! Third, the buttons!... inserting the supplied battery and flicking the power switch on the side of the mic illuminates a green power light so you know the mic is on. Also on the side of the mic is a 10 decibel sound boost and a high pass filter to block low frequency sounds. Fourth, my opinion!... I like the Takstar 598. it was well worth the $30 bucks or so that it cost as my in camera mic picked up way to much background noise (non directional mic's do that). The Takstar is a directional mic so sounds coming from the sides or back is heavily muted compared to the sounds coming from directly in front of it. The battery has lasted nearly 40 hours of being "on" over the course of a few months so it's not like you have to worry about it chewing through batteries, which is nice. Fifth, my only complaints are... The sound comes across quite muted, so you either have to be close to the mic or project your voice more than you would in normal conversation... turning on the +10 boost does amplify the sound to the camera, but not without a noticeable increase in noise and hiss. Also. the low frequency filter is designed to cut out bass heavy sounds but I found it cut into the vocal range making those on camera sound hollow and tinny when it's turned on. Lastly, and most importantly I think... the power light is located on the back of the mic, there really should be one on the front so if the mic looses power or you forget to turn it on (that's happened!) You'd know before loosing an entire recording. Overall, I would definitely recommend this mic to anyone looking for their first upgrade away from their in camera mic. Experienced videographers and professional cameramen having experience with better mics might likely find it less than impressive, but if they can show a better mic for $30 bucks I'd like to see it!
By ricky l jones
June 5, 2015
The SGC-598 Photography Interview Shotgun MIC Microphone is a low cost and high quality microphone to be used with DSLR cameras like the Canon or the Nikon. The SGC-598 at this price point turns out to be an excellent value. The unit is made of an all plastic body, with a shock-resistant mechanical noise reducing mount, also made of plastic. The mount has rubber bands to help reduce the noise even more. A extra pack of bands comes with the unit, a nice touch for a low cost unit. The mic is fairly sensitive compared to a few other mics I've tried, and comes with a +10dB enhancement and a 200hz low-frequency option, which are great if you decide to use a wind muff with your unit. I've also purchased the MegaGear Microphone Wind Muff, to help me when I'm shooting wildlife. With the extra enhancement on the SGC-598 they work very well together. I'm a bit concerned about the all plastic camera foot, that appears to be very easy to break, also the 3.5mm adapter cord plug is a bit short for what I need it for. This unit needs a single AA battery to operate. For the price this is an excellent value. Not made of super high quality parts, but for the price you really can't beat it.
January 8, 2018
About the hissing others have reported: You may hear it when playing back on your DSLR, which probably has cheap preamps that can't handle high frequencies. When you examine the sound on a regular (high quality) audio system it's great. I did some tests, and it picks up regular vocal material quite well and with reasonable directionality to about four feet (on axis), which is about all you can ask from anything less than a very expensive shotgun mic with phantom power. Beyond that it still sounds good, but you will lose some of the midrange presence. Update 10/15/2015: This thing rocks. I've used it extensively with a Nikon D3300 and it just walks all over the built-in mic in every way. The directionality is very good; you have to yell from behind the camera to be heard on the recording, and my initial tests suggesting its optimum range is about four feet was quite conservative; I am getting great clarity and detail to a dozen feet or more. It's rugged and well-conceived and for thirty bucks... yep.
January 1, 2018
I have experienced the built-in microphone on many video cameras as coming up short. I got a new camcorder (FDR-AX100) and assumed the worst of the built-in mic. I have a nice wireless mic setup which works very well, but it is a nuisance when trying to tape an interview sort of thing. And the built-in mic is going to pick up everything except the interview subject unless you are in a studio. So I figured for the price, this might be the answer to my quandary: no more fooling around hooking the victim up with a wireless mic and no more dealing with room noise. I purchased one of these (same model, different supplier) and got something that was fairly weak and lots of static. I have no idea what was wrong with it, but it turns out it was just broken. I got my second one today ($1 cheaper, go figure!) and hooked it up as soon as the box came. Wow! If anything, it is too sensitive for use indoors. Sound quality is excellent and seems to be directional enough for my purposes. I believe this would work with the children at a park 200ft away! (Gotta try that soon...) The first one (broken) came in a plain brown box without much protection for the mic. The second one came in a fancy box with customized foam to hold the mic and windmuff - far more protection for shipment all the way from China. I guess the packing helps because this one works flawlessly. The base is isolated from the mic itself with small rubber widgets so noise from the camera is not conducted to the mic and this seems like a very good idea. For the price, this is an excellent mic. Be aware there are lots of sellers of this mic and the packaging seems to make a difference. If you get one in a plain brown box, check it carefully.
December 19, 2017
Purchased the TAKSTAR SGC-597 several weeks ago to help get better sound when covering news events and press conferences for our local newspaper. We post most of our videos on YouTube or burn them to DVDs. NOTE: I have shot segments of high school basketball game with this mic. Does a great job picking up the sounds on the court (sneakers squeaking, ball bouncing, players talking) . However, since this is a directional mic, the comments I make during the game from behind the camera are somewhat muted. Visually appears to be a RODE knockoff. Have not compared it to $300+ mics. Basically needed to find a microphone that could pick up better sound than the onboard Canon digital HD camcorder microphone. Success! 100% money well spent. Great mic for under $50. We use an mount adapter that we purchased through Amazon to mount this microphone to the proprietary mount on the top of the Canon HD camcorder. Use monopod in many cases to support camcorder. Can you get better quality? Sure can. But probably not for under $50. Would I recommend this mic to a friend? Sure. Would I make this purchase again? Definitely. This microphone meets our needs. View and listen to a post game press conference by UNC basketball coach Roy Williams at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC shot with the TAKSTAR - [...]
By az jim
December 2, 2015
the Takstar SGC-598 is a solid shotgun style mic for the hobbyist looking to improve the sound going into their camera or recorded. Pin hole mics are notoriously bad and this inexpensive mic is a big improvement. It's not like the other expensive brands here on Amazon but it's a significant improvement over most in-camera mics. I use this when recording video of radio controlled model airplanes. It allows me to limit some of the sound from the back and sides and pick up the sound of the model. It would also be good at a little league or soccer game. Where you'll need to be creative is if you plan to use it to record dialog with the camera more than just a couple of feet away. Most mics will produce poor results when the speaker is away from the mic. I've used this mic in that setting by purchasing microphone stand adapters such as the On Stage CM01 and Neewer® Black Metal Cold Shoe Flash Stand Adapter that allow using a cold shoe mount. With a long cord and the mic placed just out of frame 18 - 24 inches from the speaker the results are pretty good. Don't totally trust the LED battery indicator. I've found that the mic gets 'noisy' with hiss and pops when the battery gets tired even when the LCD shows green. I was doing some tests and getting frustrated with the hiss. I checked connectors and settings but nothing worked. My last shot was replacing the battery. Bingo. It worked and the hiss disappeared. This is by no means a Rode quality shotgun. Its also not $150 +.
March 28, 2015
This microphone is cheap and provides decent audio quality. It comes in a form factor similar to the older Rode video mic without the lyre mount but is larger than the newer video mic pro (at the time of this writing) that has the more common gun shape. I used this mic attached to a Canon t4i which doesn't have any built in sound gain controls. I used both the older Rode video mic and Takstar within a short time and in man on the street type video interviews and there was definitely a noticeable difference in sound quality after switching but not as much as say the difference between the on board mic and the Takstar. The Tackstar wasn't quite as full in the mid-tones and voices sounded more thin and less present than the Rode but $100-$200 dollars less than the Rodes (depending on which model) it is definitely worth it. In addition while carrying the mic around in a small soft case i had to take the small rubber bands for the shock mount off to prevent them from being damaged due to stretching, but to be fair i did have to do this with the older Rode video mic as well and after a couple of weeks while not being too carefully carried around by others the video mic's shock mount rubber bands were all broken on the front. Overall the Takstar is a great purchase for the cost and you won't feel like you were cheated if you don't compare it to more expensive microphones. I would recommend it for people that need to build out a cheap kit. Sound is definitely worth a large investment for amateur video so this makes a great starter mic that becomes a back up when you can afford better equipment. My concern with these cheaper devices is of course durability and quality control but it honestly doesn't seem less durable than the current or old video mics but its cheaper design feels like it could be more compact. If you get a good unit and you treat it with care it really should last you a few years.