July 3, 2016 at 9:24AM


Best audio gear for low budget [$750]

I'm looking for the best audio gear [Microphone and Recorder] to work in news and film with a low budget [$750] for use with a Canon 70D.

A few months ago I had thought buying a NTG2 and Zoom H4N, but
I have seen new products. It would be better to get a most professional settings possible

[I have been advised to save a little more money and buy a NTG3, due to the current situation in Venezuela, earn dollars is very complicated]


The cheapest good quality recorder with XLR inputs is the Tascam DR-40, which can be bought in the US for about $150. The DR-40 performs better than the Zoom H4N ( lower noise-floor than the H4N and it can accept a full LINE level input signal )

For indoor recording the best low cost microphone is the TakStar CM63 small diaphragm cardioid condenser mic. Which you can buy on eBay for about $60 US. This mic works well with the Tascam DR-40 recorder. The audio quality from the CM63 is very impressive, I would say it's equivalent to other mics costing up to $400. Amazing deal for the audio quality it captures.

Manufacturer's Web Page for the TakStar CM63 Mic

For outdoor recording, I would buy the best shotgun microphone you can afford, which is probably going to be the Rode NTG-2 shotgun mic. The NTG-2 is a good mic for outdoor use, but I would not recommend it for indoor use. ( very noisy and "boomy" when used indoors )

In terms of lowest quality to highest quality shotgun mics, here is how I would rate them...

Rode NTG-2
Sennheiser MKE600 or Rode NTG-4
Rode NTG-3
Sennheiser 416

If you can afford to buy the Sennheiser MKE600 or Rode NTG-4, I would definitely go for them over the NTG-2 mic. They both sound better and work better indoors.

July 3, 2016 at 12:31PM, Edited July 3, 12:34PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Thanks for answering!

I had forgotten that disadvantage of the Zoom H4N. For now my best option will be the DR-40. The DR-60 and DR-70 does not serve me because of its size... What is the difference between the Zoom H4N and the Zoom H4N PRO?

I'll go for the best microphone for my budget, Rode NTG4 is my best option.

I'll wait for more opinions.


Juan Parra

July 3, 2016 at 3:49PM

>>>What is the difference between the Zoom H4N and the Zoom H4N PRO?


Essentially it looks like better pre-amps, better display, locking XLR sockets, and a USB computer interface.

July 3, 2016 at 3:56PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

You had mentioned, "to work in news and film." If you are talking about broadcast news and professional film, your choices for a sub - $750 system are going to be fairly slim.

I am NOT and Audio tech (I merely dabble out of necessity)...but on most projects i work on, the pro audio guys always ask for TimeCode Sync.

The Tascam DR-701D is a 6-channel recorder that includes TimeCode Sync. This may be the most "professional" recorder in your budget range.


B&H lists it at approx. $599 which would be at the upper limits of your budget, but you would have professional I/O. You could pair this with a cheaper mic until you can budget for a more professional mic.

July 4, 2016 at 6:53AM

John Dimalanta
Freelance Photographer/Cinematographer

Thanks for the recommendation!

That's my idea, buy a good gear to get best results and to save to upgrade them

Juan Parra

July 4, 2016 at 9:59AM

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