October 12, 2014 at 11:25AM

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Which microphone do you use, why do you use it and what would you recommend me?

I'm going to buy a microphone for my DSLR camera, and I want to have the best quality i can get on my budget, which is around 300-400$.
I'll mainly use it for filming documentaries, and extreme sport videos. So I want something that can capture both simple talking close to the camera, and small details from a bit further distance.

Which microphone do you use, why do you use this specifically and which would you recommend me to get?

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Almost all microphones are made to be used within 2-3 feet of your subject, so to record good sound you need to have somebody boom the mic just out of shot ( or you can hang it on a static boom stand ) or use a lav mic that you place directly on your subject. ( this can be hidden if you don't want the lav mic in your shot )

Also, all mics require a good pre-amplifier to produce clean sound, something which most DSLR cameras don't have. ( the new Panasonic GH4 with the factory audio fix is one of the few cameras with a very good audio pre-amp ) This means that you have to use either a mixer or a mic pre-amp that you connect to your camera.

Otherwise, if you have a low budget you might look at the Rode Video Mic Pro which can put out a very strong signal that helps to compensate for the bad preamps in most DSLR cameras.

My first choice for good audio would either be an Audio-Technica AT-875R short shotgun mic or a Sennheiser MKE600 shotgun mic, and connect these to a JuicedLink Riggy preamplifier that is connected to your camera's mic input.

Otherwise, I would go with a Rode Video Mic Pro mic that connects directly to your camera's mic input. For DSLRs with bad audio preamps you can set this Rode mic to it's 20+ dB setting which will help to produce better audio from your camera.

October 12, 2014 at 4:38PM, Edited October 12, 4:38PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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El NTG-3 is the best for you want. Cost 350 new but you can buy it the second hand.

October 13, 2014 at 3:03AM

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Ragüel Cremades
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Where do you find an NTG3 for 350? Off the back of a truck? :-)

April 2, 2016 at 12:19PM

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The LazyCat
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Another vote for the AT-875R. Clean sound and good noise rejection. Just have to have it close and pointed properly. Pretty reasonable at around $200...

April 2, 2016 at 12:18PM

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The LazyCat
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