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Old December 3rd, 2013, 01:07 PM   #1
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AG-AC90 shotgun mic?

I am looking for 2 shotgun mics for this camcorder. I am on a budget. I would like to know anyone's input on a mic that will fit this cam under $100 each. Thanks so much for suggestions.
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Old December 3rd, 2013, 03:06 PM   #2
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Re: AG-AC90 shotgun mic?

Why two, if I may ask? There's no reason to mount two of the same mic on a camera.

Any XLR shotgun mic will work. However $100 is a bit low. The best you're going to get is an Azden SGM at around $150, and it's not very good. I recommend the Rode NTG-1 or NTG-2 at $270.
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Old December 3rd, 2013, 04:25 PM   #3
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Re: AG-AC90 shotgun mic?

I have two camcorders. My bad for not saying that.
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Old December 4th, 2013, 10:12 AM   #4
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Re: AG-AC90 shotgun mic?

Scott I bought the Audio-Technica AT875 to use on an XA20 and I think it doe s a real good job. It's $149, a bit over your price range but just wanted to throw it out there for ya. I haven't tried it on the AC90 and probably never will. I'm am well please with the internal mics and the auto management of the AC90 for wedding use.
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Old December 4th, 2013, 10:27 AM   #5
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Re: AG-AC90 shotgun mic?

So your internal mic on the 90 seems to be pretty good or as good as the shotgun you bought? Well, I have not tried it out for anything like that but if that is the case that would be super.
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Old December 4th, 2013, 10:29 AM   #6
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Re: AG-AC90 shotgun mic?

And I guess if a shotgun is really needed, I would go over the 100 bucks and pay what I needed for a good quality one.
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So your internal mic on the 90 seems to be pretty good or as good as the shotgun you bought? Well, I have not tried it out for anything like that but if that is the case that would be super.
No I'm not saying its better than a shotgun. I'm just saying for an on board camera mic its pretty darn good. The 90 has several settings for the mic setup and one does a real good job of picking up your subjects and not you or what's beside and behind you, unlike the XA20. I was really forced to get a shotgun for it.
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Old December 5th, 2013, 03:53 AM   #8
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Re: AG-AC90 shotgun mic?

I'll give another vote for the AT875R, best bang for the buck shotgun for on-camera use, I've used them for my last three cameras and love them. I currently have one mounted on my AC130 with a Rycote Mini Windscreen and windjammer cover, and also use one off-camera in a Rycote S-Series windshield for audio as well. I've other specialist mics (stereo, cardiod, lav) but the AT is my go-to mic for general use.

One great feature about the AT875R is the short length; even with a softie or miniscreen wind cover on it, it won't intrude into the picture at all.

Be sure to get a good wind cover, without long straggly hairs though.
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