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> I desperately need a microphone.
for what purpose? Interviews, bird-watching, wedding events, indoor or outdoors? Budget?
Just start your shopping with some of the best, and go compare from there.
Azden is mediocre at best and more likely bottom of the range. If you suggest shopping with some of the best, as you did, start with Neumann or Schoeps. But again it depends on budget and intended usage. But Azden would be very, very low on my shopping list.
I hear Lectrostatic makes a good mic.
I personally like some of the Sennheiser's.
> I hear Lectrostatic makes a good mic.
I assume you are talking about
. They do have fabulous wireless systems, but in that case I would look at Countryman for a lavalier instead of Lectrosonic. They are easily combined.
If your shooting short films: Sennheiser is the way for quality sound. Neumann, as mentioned before is also very good.
They are pricey and I doubt you want to spend $2000 on a microphone, renting one is an option, but perhaps if you go to all the effort for an HD(V)picture you should have matching sound, I believe.
On board microphones are not great, the best option in any situation is a boom, or radio mic depends. This may contradict what I said earlier about sound fidelity but if you take a mediocre mic and boom it the sound will be more
The thing to look for is a good SNR, frequency response, and polar patterns, hence people asking what you need it for. Different mics are used for different situations, hence their designs.
Makes sure when you get a mic that it does not need phantom power, I can't see that your camera offers a 48v phantom power to the mic, so that may limit your otpions.
I stand by my statement. People who buy cheap cameras don't want expensive Mics that cost more than their cameras. Not usually anyway.
I do love my Sennheiser Evolution wireless mics. The reciever mounts on the camera too.
I have to agree with Steven. The Azdens will probably give the OP the "best bang for his buck".
If you want the "best bang for his buck" you should consider Rode.
I re-read the OPand saw that he was asking for wired or wireless. I thought we were talking about wireless mics only, does Rode have wireless mics?
> I re-read the OPand saw that he was asking for wired or wireless.
But the OP never replied to my question (#1) so it seems immaterial to ask about wired or wireless if he gives no answer. Indeed Rode is wired, as are Neumann and Schoeps, but Countryman, Sennheiser and Lectrosonics do have wireless models. It is also noteworthy that nearly all wired models can be turned into wireless models by using a plug-on adapter.