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Old February 6th, 2006, 12:28 AM   #1
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can you camera mount this hypercardioid for interiors?

Audio-Technica U873R UNIOPOINT HANDHELD MICROPHONE

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

It si 5.6 ounces and costs less than $200. I haven;t found any cheap alternatives, except for the RODE NT3 whici is unfortunately too heavy and bulky.

The other alternative is the Oktava MK012 but my question is applicable to that mike as well: can i mount it on the camera with a good shockmount?

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Old February 6th, 2006, 10:44 AM   #2
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Yes you can use this hypercardioid as an on-camera mic, but it will suffer from the usual problems associated with keeping a mic on the camera.
The U873r is the newer version of the older AT873r that I have a lot of experience with. I haven't used the new model, which has much lower self-noise but also lower sensitivity. Handling noise is very low on the older model and I assume it's still good on the new. Not sure what to say about the directionality and off-axis coloration since I haven't heard it myself. The one review I've read seemed like it might be more directional and prone to more off-axis coloration, but that person had never used the older model to compare it.
If you have phantom power available and a good preamp to make best use of its sensitivity in quiet situations, it is a viable mic choice for interiors at this price point and physical size. It's easier to shockmount than the much smaller Oktava, while still being small and light. Also easy to wind protect and can be used for booming and handheld when needed, at least that's what I've done with the old version many times.
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Old February 8th, 2006, 10:15 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Maximo Salaberry
Audio-Technica U873R UNIOPOINT HANDHELD MICROPHONE

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

It si 5.6 ounces and costs less than $200. I haven;t found any cheap alternatives, except for the RODE NT3 whici is unfortunately too heavy and bulky.

The other alternative is the Oktava MK012 but my question is applicable to that mike as well: can i mount it on the camera with a good shockmount?

thank you
How much noise does your camera make?

The best position for a mic is as close to the edge of the frame of the shot as possible. No more than about 18 inches for ANY hypercardioid.

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