Engineered to produce pro-quality sounds, the Azden Powered Shotgun Video Microphone with +20dB Boost is the same used by Azden’s professional shotgun microphones (SGM-250 and SGM-250P) and is capable of capturing broadcast-quality sound. The acoustically tuned slots of the shotgun barrel give the SMX-15 its super-cardioid polar pattern which allows you to focus on sound in front of the camera while reducing the capture of extraneous noise from the rest of the environment.
The audio controls on DSLR cameras are limited if they exist at all. And DSLRs are notoriously known to have low-quality microphone preamps that add noise to the video soundtrack when the gain is turned up. That’s why Azden designed the SMX-15 with a +20dB gain booster; so you can get a strong, clean audio signal into your camera, minimizing the need to turn up the noisy preamp. Also included is a -10dB pad to protect against distortion when recording in loud environments such as live concerts and motorsport events.
The SMX-15 has a wide frequency response ranging from 40Hz to 20kHz, so the audio you capture will sound full and natural. Additionally, a low-cut filter switch is included for reducing the level of low frequencies below 120Hz, which is especially useful for mitigating noise caused by air conditioners, wind, and traffic.
The SMX-15 is powered by two AA batteries; a lower cost option than the 9V battery that is used in some competitor microphones. The SMX-15 can achieve 24 hours of operation with a single set of batteries with absolutely no degradation of sound quality. The battery indicator LED light lets you know when it’s time to change batteries with up to a 1-hour warning.
Integrated Shock Absorbing Shoe Mount
Integrated into the design of the SMX-15 is a custom-made, shock-absorbing shoe mount to isolate the microphone from the camera motor and handling noise. The mount is designed to fit the standard camera shoe and comes with a ¼”-20 thread at the bottom for mounting to boom poles and other camera accessories.
- 1/8" Stereo Mini-Jack Output
- -10, 0, and +20 dB Level Adjustment
- -10 dB Pad
- 40 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
- Supercardioid Polar Pattern
- Selectable @ 120 Hz Low-Cut Filter
- Operates on Two AA Batteries
- Low Noise & High Sensitivity
- Includes Integrated Shock-Absorbing Shoe
- Mounts to Boom Poles
- Azden Powered Shotgun Video Microphone with +20dB Boost
- Foam Windscreen
- Limited 2-Year Warranty, 10 Years with Registration