The Sony ECM-674 Shotgun Microphone is suitable for use with both professional and semi-professional video cameras, due to its sensitivity levels, small size and audio character. Situations in which this would be an ideal microphone to choose include documentary films, shooting footage of events with commentary, and many other on-screen uses.
This condenser microphone is designed to pick up minimal background noise, so is ideal for use in noisy environments due to the supercardioid polar pattern that allows directivity and maximises pick up of the desired sound. Due to the wide frequency response, the sound that is picked up and reproduced on film will have a natural, smooth feel.
This microphone can be powered by either two AA batteries, which is ideal when you need to be moving around, or external 48-volt phantom power when the microphone is to be attached to the camera instead. This makes it a versatile piece of equipment that has many potential uses in filming.
Lightweight and Powerful
The Sony ECM-674 Shotgun Mic is a lightweight microphone, making it ideal for use over long periods of time, perhaps when covering an event. This also means that mounting the microphone on a camcorder will not add significantly to the weight, so it would still be possible to carry and operate the camera for the intended period of time.
Sony has a reputation for producing high quality products, and the Sony ECM-674 Shotgun Mic is no exception. It is easy to use, requires very little power to run, and produces crisp sound with excellent clarity. However, if you are intending to film outside for long periods of time, the included wind screen is an accessory that you will definitely have to use.
Product Sepcs and Highlights
- Frequency Response: 40Hz to 20kHz
- Dynamic Range (Typical): Phantom – 107dB or more; Battery – 98dB or more
- Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 77dB or more (IEC179 A-weighted, 1 kHz, 1Pa.)
- Dimensions: 10.55 x 0.78″ (268 x 20mm) (Length x Diameter)
- Weight: 6.5 oz (without battery); 7.3 oz (with battery)
- Battery or Phantom Power
- 3-pin XLR Output
- Includes Windscreen and Spacer
- Fits HDV, DVCAM, XDCAM Camcorders