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TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone for Nikon/Canon Camera/DV Camcorder
TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone for Nikon/Canon Camera/DV Camcorder
TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone for Nikon/Canon Camera/DV Camcorder
TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone for Nikon/Canon Camera/DV Camcorder
TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone for Nikon/Canon Camera/DV Camcorder
TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone for Nikon/Canon Camera/DV Camcorder
TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone for Nikon/Canon Camera/DV Camcorder

TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone for Nikon/Canon Camera/DV Camcorder

TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone for Nikon/Canon Camera/DV Camcorder
TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone for Nikon/Canon Camera/DV Camcorder
TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone for Nikon/Canon Camera/DV Camcorder
TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone for Nikon/Canon Camera/DV Camcorder
TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone for Nikon/Canon Camera/DV Camcorder
TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone for Nikon/Canon Camera/DV Camcorder
TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone for Nikon/Canon Camera/DV Camcorder
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Features

  • 10dB sensitivity enhancement and 200Hz low-frequency attenuation; to meet the different field Co-use. Use standard universal connector specifications, can be simply fixed the camera.
  • Product Features: Specially designed for the camera and high-sensitivity condenser microphone to enhance the quality of the recording.
  • Set tone governing the selection of alloy materials design, sturdy solid, and can effectively shield electromagnetic interference.
  • Heart-shaped single-point pickup features can effectively reduce the noise of the surrounding environment to be picked up.
  • Shock-resistant structural design, to reduce the mechanical noise of the camera and other vibration noise. Package Contents: 1* SGC-598 Microphone 1* Windscreen 1* English User's Manual

Description

Features: 1.High Quality & Brand New 2.Practical Occasion: photography, interviews and other occasions pickup.3.Product Features: Specially designed for the camera and high-sensitivity condenser microphone to enhance the quality of the recording.4.Heart-shaped single-point pickup features can effectively reduce the noise of the surrounding environment to be picked up. 5.10dB sensitivity enhancement and 200Hz low-frequency attenuation; to meet the different field Co-use. Use standard universal connector specifications, can be simply fixed the camera. 6.Shock-resistant structural design, to reduce the mechanical noise of the camera and other vibration noise. 7.Set tone governing the selection of alloy materials design, sturdy solid, and can effectively shield electromagnetic interference. 8. 1.5V AA alkaline battery-powered, battery life of up to 100 hours.(No Battery Included) 9. Low power indicator, fully prepared ready to replace the battery. 10.Technical parameters: Monomer: Back electret. 11.Polar pattern: cardioid. 12. Frequency response: 50Hz-16kHz. 13.Sensitivity:-32dB À 3dB (0dB = 1V/Pa at 1kHz). enhanced sensitivity: +10 db. 14.The low-frequency attenuation: 60Hz 10dB / octave. output impedance: 2000 À 30%. 15. Use voltage: 1.5V AA batteries. (No Battery Included) Package Contents: 1* SGC-598 Microphone 1* Windscreen 1* English User's Manual


Product Dimensions 11.3 x 7.7 x 2.7 inches


Item Weight 12 ounces


ASIN B00E58AA0I


Item model number SGC-598


Batteries 1 AA batteries required.


Customer Reviews 4.1 out of 5 stars 2,279 ratings 4.1 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #3 in Professional Video Microphones


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No


Date First Available June 14, 2012


Manufacturer TAKSTAR


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Features

  • 10dB sensitivity enhancement and 200Hz low-frequency attenuation; to meet the different field Co-use. Use standard universal connector specifications, can be simply fixed the camera.
  • Product Features: Specially designed for the camera and high-sensitivity condenser microphone to enhance the quality of the recording.
  • Set tone governing the selection of alloy materials design, sturdy solid, and can effectively shield electromagnetic interference.
  • Heart-shaped single-point pickup features can effectively reduce the noise of the surrounding environment to be picked up.
  • Shock-resistant structural design, to reduce the mechanical noise of the camera and other vibration noise. Package Contents: 1* SGC-598 Microphone 1* Windscreen 1* English User's Manual

Description

Features: 1.High Quality & Brand New 2.Practical Occasion: photography, interviews and other occasions pickup.3.Product Features: Specially designed for the camera and high-sensitivity condenser microphone to enhance the quality of the recording.4.Heart-shaped single-point pickup features can effectively reduce the noise of the surrounding environment to be picked up. 5.10dB sensitivity enhancement and 200Hz low-frequency attenuation; to meet the different field Co-use. Use standard universal connector specifications, can be simply fixed the camera. 6.Shock-resistant structural design, to reduce the mechanical noise of the camera and other vibration noise. 7.Set tone governing the selection of alloy materials design, sturdy solid, and can effectively shield electromagnetic interference. 8. 1.5V AA alkaline battery-powered, battery life of up to 100 hours.(No Battery Included) 9. Low power indicator, fully prepared ready to replace the battery. 10.Technical parameters: Monomer: Back electret. 11.Polar pattern: cardioid. 12. Frequency response: 50Hz-16kHz. 13.Sensitivity:-32dB À 3dB (0dB = 1V/Pa at 1kHz). enhanced sensitivity: +10 db. 14.The low-frequency attenuation: 60Hz 10dB / octave. output impedance: 2000 À 30%. 15. Use voltage: 1.5V AA batteries. (No Battery Included) Package Contents: 1* SGC-598 Microphone 1* Windscreen 1* English User's Manual


Product Dimensions 11.3 x 7.7 x 2.7 inches


Item Weight 12 ounces


ASIN B00E58AA0I


Item model number SGC-598


Batteries 1 AA batteries required.


Customer Reviews 4.1 out of 5 stars 2,279 ratings 4.1 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #3 in Professional Video Microphones


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No


Date First Available June 14, 2012


Manufacturer TAKSTAR


Shipping

This product includes free shipping to all US addresses.


Delivery

Unless otherwise stated above, most products arrive within 2-3 business days. Larger items may take 6-9 business days. Tracking information will be automatically provided as soon as your order ships.


View our full shipping policy here.

Returns

This product can be returned within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. Please visit our returns center to begin a return.

View our full returns policy here.

Features

  • 10dB sensitivity enhancement and 200Hz low-frequency attenuation; to meet the different field Co-use. Use standard universal connector specifications, can be simply fixed the camera.
  • Product Features: Specially designed for the camera and high-sensitivity condenser microphone to enhance the quality of the recording.
  • Set tone governing the selection of alloy materials design, sturdy solid, and can effectively shield electromagnetic interference.
  • Heart-shaped single-point pickup features can effectively reduce the noise of the surrounding environment to be picked up.
  • Shock-resistant structural design, to reduce the mechanical noise of the camera and other vibration noise. Package Contents: 1* SGC-598 Microphone 1* Windscreen 1* English User's Manual

Description

Features: 1.High Quality & Brand New 2.Practical Occasion: photography, interviews and other occasions pickup.3.Product Features: Specially designed for the camera and high-sensitivity condenser microphone to enhance the quality of the recording.4.Heart-shaped single-point pickup features can effectively reduce the noise of the surrounding environment to be picked up. 5.10dB sensitivity enhancement and 200Hz low-frequency attenuation; to meet the different field Co-use. Use standard universal connector specifications, can be simply fixed the camera. 6.Shock-resistant structural design, to reduce the mechanical noise of the camera and other vibration noise. 7.Set tone governing the selection of alloy materials design, sturdy solid, and can effectively shield electromagnetic interference. 8. 1.5V AA alkaline battery-powered, battery life of up to 100 hours.(No Battery Included) 9. Low power indicator, fully prepared ready to replace the battery. 10.Technical parameters: Monomer: Back electret. 11.Polar pattern: cardioid. 12. Frequency response: 50Hz-16kHz. 13.Sensitivity:-32dB À 3dB (0dB = 1V/Pa at 1kHz). enhanced sensitivity: +10 db. 14.The low-frequency attenuation: 60Hz 10dB / octave. output impedance: 2000 À 30%. 15. Use voltage: 1.5V AA batteries. (No Battery Included) Package Contents: 1* SGC-598 Microphone 1* Windscreen 1* English User's Manual


Product Dimensions 11.3 x 7.7 x 2.7 inches


Item Weight 12 ounces


ASIN B00E58AA0I


Item model number SGC-598


Batteries 1 AA batteries required.


Customer Reviews 4.1 out of 5 stars 2,279 ratings 4.1 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #3 in Professional Video Microphones


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No


Date First Available June 14, 2012


Manufacturer TAKSTAR


abunda_amazon_reviews For anyone having an issue mounting it to your camera or getting it to fit the hot shoe mount: 1. Using a screwdriver, unscrew the mount from the microphone assembly. 2. Using a wrench, grasp the metal bracket. 3. Using your hand, twist the round knob until bracket comes loose. 4. Screw the mount back onto the assembly. 5. Slide the whole thing onto the camera shoe mount. 6. Turn knob until it is tight. For anyone with an overwhelming hissing sound (on a Canon Rebel EOS, at least. I imagine it's the same for most Canons): 1. Put the camera into Video mode. 2. Turn the camera's "mode" knob to (M)anual. 3. Hit the Menu button. 4. Find the "Sound Recording" option within the menu. 5. Change Sound Recording to Manual 6. Adjust Recording Level to minimum, and then work your way up to where you like the recording levels. For me, it was about 5 or 6 button presses from the absolute minimum. No hiss but still loud audio. 7. Go shoot some video with good sound!;;Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2017;;4.0 out of 5 stars;;Mounting Issue / Hissing Sound issues? Look here.;;Amazon Customer;;;At first I was considering a Rode mic, but decided to go for this one since it's literally $200 cheaper. Very glad I saved myself that money because this microphone works just as well as the Rode. If you're using it with a DSLR (which I assume most everyone is since not many camcorders have hotshoe mounts) you'll need to go into your audio settings and turn down the on-board audio amplifier. They don't play well with external microphones and tend to amplify ambient sounds. Set that to 25-30% to get rid of any hissing sounds, and turn on the +10dB switch. With those settings, the audio is perfectly clear, no hissing, and keeps surrounding noise at a minimum. I used it for a video this morning, and stopped talking for a passing car in the background; however, while editing I realized I could've just kept going because the car didn't get picked up at all. Very impressed for the price.;;Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2016;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;Skip the Rode mics, this is a great value;;P. Hymas;;;Important notice: I didn't realize how much white noise/hiss this mic when set on +10 db setting created when I wrote this review. The review is only with the mic set to 0 ( NOT +10db ). The audio levels should be good enough at 0db. I use Parametric EQ in post production to get better quality audio gain than simply raising the volume. Just make sure to have the camera's audio gain set to the highest level that you can set it at without getting hiss. I have compared this mic to 6 other mics and this was the best! I have also listened to comparisons online between various Rode mics and the Takstar 598 and the Takstar 598 sounded better to me than the Rode mics, including the Rode VideoMicro, which is actually a fantastic mic with excellent sound quality and convience of small size and no batteries, however the room echo (which is very hard to fix in post) is really bad with the Rode VideoMicro and was much less, barely there in fact, with the Takstar scg-598, so naturally I recommend the Takstar over the Rode VideoMicro. Originally I thought the Takstar scg-598 and scg-698 sounded very similiar on my Nikon d500, but after listening and analyzing little bit more, I came to the conclusion that the sound quality of the scg-598 is better. Also, I couldn't use the +20db on the scg-698 mic when I used it with my Sony RX10 because it was too loud and introduced hissing but I wanted some gain for more juice which didn't happen with the 0db setting obviously. The scg-598 +10db is perfect for the RX10, audio gain levels without any hiss. The Takstar scg-598 and the Senal scs-98 had the lowest hissing noise compared to all other mics and any hissing from these two mics completely went away when I lowered the camera's preamps to appropriate levels. However, the $200 Senal scs-98, produced very low sound compared to the scg-598, even with the +10 db boost. I also tried the Comica cvm-vm10ii mic that plugs into the camera and works without batteries. The sound was good but I had to lower the preamps because of the hissing and then it became too low. The Boya by-vm600 had terrible hissing even with the preamps lowered, it was simply unusable. The Saranomic SR-M3 also had bad hissing on the RX10 and distorted sound on my Nikon cameras. Interestingly enough, the sound of the Saranomic mic sounded quite good on the RX10 (but still unusable because of the noise). The Rode VideoMicro, has great sound quality, but as mentioned above, the room echo is bad. The build quality of the Takstar scg-598 is not solid, it's basically a lot of plastic, but for the excellent sound quality for this price it's a good deal regardless of the build. The dynamic range of this mic is not the greatest, but for what I record, weddings, stage productions, events, and video productions, i really don't need a lot of DR, only full, healthy levels and sound clarity. The Senal scs-598, for example, has a lot of dynamic range, but the sound is muddy compared to the scg-595 ( and also scg-698) and not full of juice compared to the Takstar sgc-598. It's hard to edit low audio, it's much better to have less DR than low audio levels when editing. As long as the high pitch is not clipped or distorted, which doesn't happen with this mic, then the sound is perfectly usable. I really recommend this microphone over other cheap microphones and over the more expensive Rode and Senal microphones.;;Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2017;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;Best Cheap Mic! Comparisons to other mics;;Chinky;;;First off, I have an undergrad degree in music and sound production was a large part of my education. I am also employed as a music/media associate so that being said audio is very important to me and is crucial to my job. I'm not just filming home videos! All I have to say is this mic rocks! I first purchased the Rode Video Micro for my Nikon D3300 but it was pretty much useless because of the DSLR hiss. My style of shooting is generally interview/announcement videos so the hiss was pretty unbearable. However, this TAKSTAR saved my life and sounds excellent compared to the Rode and it's only half of the price! I also use this in conjunction with the Mii0 A1 headphone amplifier to get an even clearer sound. You can get this mic and the Mii0 A1 for the same price as the Rode Video Micro and be far better off. I would highly suggest this combo!;;Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2017;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;Beats the competition hands down!;;Reverend Tubby;;;I recently rebooted my YouTube channel which was dormant for nearly 5 years. After rewatching some of my old videos I realized that I needed to upgrade my setup if I wanted to remain relevant and stay up to date. I have this paired this with my Canon t6i and am super pleased with the outcome. The production quality is 10 fold what it use to be. Definitely a must have for any outdoor shooting!;;Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2017;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;I never realized how important audio was until I tried this mic!;;Spoodle

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Top Amazon Reviews


4.0 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer - Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2017
Mounting Issue / Hissing Sound issues? Look here.
For anyone having an issue mounting it to your camera or getting it to fit the hot shoe mount: 1. Using a screwdriver, unscrew the mount from the microphone assembly. 2. Using a wrench, grasp the metal bracket. 3. Using your hand, twist the round knob until bracket comes loose. 4. Screw the mount back onto the assembly. 5. Slide the whole thing onto the camera shoe mount. 6. Turn knob until it is tight. For anyone with an overwhelming hissing sound (on a Canon Rebel EOS, at least. I imagine it's the same for most Canons): 1. Put the camera into Video mode. 2. Turn the camera's "mode" knob to (M)anual. 3. Hit the Menu button. 4. Find the "Sound Recording" option within the menu. 5. Change Sound Recording to Manual 6. Adjust Recording Level to minimum, and then work your way up to where you like the recording levels. For me, it was about 5 or 6 button presses from the absolute minimum. No hiss but still loud audio. 7. Go shoot some video with good sound!

5.0 out of 5 stars
By P. Hymas - Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2016
Skip the Rode mics, this is a great value
At first I was considering a Rode mic, but decided to go for this one since it's literally $200 cheaper. Very glad I saved myself that money because this microphone works just as well as the Rode. If you're using it with a DSLR (which I assume most everyone is since not many camcorders have hotshoe mounts) you'll need to go into your audio settings and turn down the on-board audio amplifier. They don't play well with external microphones and tend to amplify ambient sounds. Set that to 25-30% to get rid of any hissing sounds, and turn on the +10dB switch. With those settings, the audio is perfectly clear, no hissing, and keeps surrounding noise at a minimum. I used it for a video this morning, and stopped talking for a passing car in the background; however, while editing I realized I could've just kept going because the car didn't get picked up at all. Very impressed for the price.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Chinky - Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2017
Best Cheap Mic! Comparisons to other mics
Important notice: I didn't realize how much white noise/hiss this mic when set on +10 db setting created when I wrote this review. The review is only with the mic set to 0 ( NOT +10db ). The audio levels should be good enough at 0db. I use Parametric EQ in post production to get better quality audio gain than simply raising the volume. Just make sure to have the camera's audio gain set to the highest level that you can set it at without getting hiss. I have compared this mic to 6 other mics and this was the best! I have also listened to comparisons online between various Rode mics and the Takstar 598 and the Takstar 598 sounded better to me than the Rode mics, including the Rode VideoMicro, which is actually a fantastic mic with excellent sound quality and convience of small size and no batteries, however the room echo (which is very hard to fix in post) is really bad with the Rode VideoMicro and was much less, barely there in fact, with the Takstar scg-598, so naturally I recommend the Takstar over the Rode VideoMicro. Originally I thought the Takstar scg-598 and scg-698 sounded very similiar on my Nikon d500, but after listening and analyzing little bit more, I came to the conclusion that the sound quality of the scg-598 is better. Also, I couldn't use the +20db on the scg-698 mic when I used it with my Sony RX10 because it was too loud and introduced hissing but I wanted some gain for more juice which didn't happen with the 0db setting obviously. The scg-598 +10db is perfect for the RX10, audio gain levels without any hiss. The Takstar scg-598 and the Senal scs-98 had the lowest hissing noise compared to all other mics and any hissing from these two mics completely went away when I lowered the camera's preamps to appropriate levels. However, the $200 Senal scs-98, produced very low sound compared to the scg-598, even with the +10 db boost. I also tried the Comica cvm-vm10ii mic that plugs into the camera and works without batteries. The sound was good but I had to lower the preamps because of the hissing and then it became too low. The Boya by-vm600 had terrible hissing even with the preamps lowered, it was simply unusable. The Saranomic SR-M3 also had bad hissing on the RX10 and distorted sound on my Nikon cameras. Interestingly enough, the sound of the Saranomic mic sounded quite good on the RX10 (but still unusable because of the noise). The Rode VideoMicro, has great sound quality, but as mentioned above, the room echo is bad. The build quality of the Takstar scg-598 is not solid, it's basically a lot of plastic, but for the excellent sound quality for this price it's a good deal regardless of the build. The dynamic range of this mic is not the greatest, but for what I record, weddings, stage productions, events, and video productions, i really don't need a lot of DR, only full, healthy levels and sound clarity. The Senal scs-598, for example, has a lot of dynamic range, but the sound is muddy compared to the scg-595 ( and also scg-698) and not full of juice compared to the Takstar sgc-598. It's hard to edit low audio, it's much better to have less DR than low audio levels when editing. As long as the high pitch is not clipped or distorted, which doesn't happen with this mic, then the sound is perfectly usable. I really recommend this microphone over other cheap microphones and over the more expensive Rode and Senal microphones.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Reverend Tubby - Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2017
Beats the competition hands down!
First off, I have an undergrad degree in music and sound production was a large part of my education. I am also employed as a music/media associate so that being said audio is very important to me and is crucial to my job. I'm not just filming home videos! All I have to say is this mic rocks! I first purchased the Rode Video Micro for my Nikon D3300 but it was pretty much useless because of the DSLR hiss. My style of shooting is generally interview/announcement videos so the hiss was pretty unbearable. However, this TAKSTAR saved my life and sounds excellent compared to the Rode and it's only half of the price! I also use this in conjunction with the Mii0 A1 headphone amplifier to get an even clearer sound. You can get this mic and the Mii0 A1 for the same price as the Rode Video Micro and be far better off. I would highly suggest this combo!

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Spoodle - Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2017
I never realized how important audio was until I tried this mic!
I recently rebooted my YouTube channel which was dormant for nearly 5 years. After rewatching some of my old videos I realized that I needed to upgrade my setup if I wanted to remain relevant and stay up to date. I have this paired this with my Canon t6i and am super pleased with the outcome. The production quality is 10 fold what it use to be. Definitely a must have for any outdoor shooting!

Recent Reviews


4.0 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer - Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2017
Mounting Issue / Hissing Sound issues? Look here.
For anyone having an issue mounting it to your camera or getting it to fit the hot shoe mount: 1. Using a screwdriver, unscrew the mount from the microphone assembly. 2. Using a wrench, grasp the metal bracket. 3. Using your hand, twist the round knob until bracket comes loose. 4. Screw the mount back onto the assembly. 5. Slide the whole thing onto the camera shoe mount. 6. Turn knob until it is tight. For anyone with an overwhelming hissing sound (on a Canon Rebel EOS, at least. I imagine it's the same for most Canons): 1. Put the camera into Video mode. 2. Turn the camera's "mode" knob to (M)anual. 3. Hit the Menu button. 4. Find the "Sound Recording" option within the menu. 5. Change Sound Recording to Manual 6. Adjust Recording Level to minimum, and then work your way up to where you like the recording levels. For me, it was about 5 or 6 button presses from the absolute minimum. No hiss but still loud audio. 7. Go shoot some video with good sound!

5.0 out of 5 stars
By P. Hymas - Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2016
Skip the Rode mics, this is a great value
At first I was considering a Rode mic, but decided to go for this one since it's literally $200 cheaper. Very glad I saved myself that money because this microphone works just as well as the Rode. If you're using it with a DSLR (which I assume most everyone is since not many camcorders have hotshoe mounts) you'll need to go into your audio settings and turn down the on-board audio amplifier. They don't play well with external microphones and tend to amplify ambient sounds. Set that to 25-30% to get rid of any hissing sounds, and turn on the +10dB switch. With those settings, the audio is perfectly clear, no hissing, and keeps surrounding noise at a minimum. I used it for a video this morning, and stopped talking for a passing car in the background; however, while editing I realized I could've just kept going because the car didn't get picked up at all. Very impressed for the price.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Chinky - Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2017
Best Cheap Mic! Comparisons to other mics
Important notice: I didn't realize how much white noise/hiss this mic when set on +10 db setting created when I wrote this review. The review is only with the mic set to 0 ( NOT +10db ). The audio levels should be good enough at 0db. I use Parametric EQ in post production to get better quality audio gain than simply raising the volume. Just make sure to have the camera's audio gain set to the highest level that you can set it at without getting hiss. I have compared this mic to 6 other mics and this was the best! I have also listened to comparisons online between various Rode mics and the Takstar 598 and the Takstar 598 sounded better to me than the Rode mics, including the Rode VideoMicro, which is actually a fantastic mic with excellent sound quality and convience of small size and no batteries, however the room echo (which is very hard to fix in post) is really bad with the Rode VideoMicro and was much less, barely there in fact, with the Takstar scg-598, so naturally I recommend the Takstar over the Rode VideoMicro. Originally I thought the Takstar scg-598 and scg-698 sounded very similiar on my Nikon d500, but after listening and analyzing little bit more, I came to the conclusion that the sound quality of the scg-598 is better. Also, I couldn't use the +20db on the scg-698 mic when I used it with my Sony RX10 because it was too loud and introduced hissing but I wanted some gain for more juice which didn't happen with the 0db setting obviously. The scg-598 +10db is perfect for the RX10, audio gain levels without any hiss. The Takstar scg-598 and the Senal scs-98 had the lowest hissing noise compared to all other mics and any hissing from these two mics completely went away when I lowered the camera's preamps to appropriate levels. However, the $200 Senal scs-98, produced very low sound compared to the scg-598, even with the +10 db boost. I also tried the Comica cvm-vm10ii mic that plugs into the camera and works without batteries. The sound was good but I had to lower the preamps because of the hissing and then it became too low. The Boya by-vm600 had terrible hissing even with the preamps lowered, it was simply unusable. The Saranomic SR-M3 also had bad hissing on the RX10 and distorted sound on my Nikon cameras. Interestingly enough, the sound of the Saranomic mic sounded quite good on the RX10 (but still unusable because of the noise). The Rode VideoMicro, has great sound quality, but as mentioned above, the room echo is bad. The build quality of the Takstar scg-598 is not solid, it's basically a lot of plastic, but for the excellent sound quality for this price it's a good deal regardless of the build. The dynamic range of this mic is not the greatest, but for what I record, weddings, stage productions, events, and video productions, i really don't need a lot of DR, only full, healthy levels and sound clarity. The Senal scs-598, for example, has a lot of dynamic range, but the sound is muddy compared to the scg-595 ( and also scg-698) and not full of juice compared to the Takstar sgc-598. It's hard to edit low audio, it's much better to have less DR than low audio levels when editing. As long as the high pitch is not clipped or distorted, which doesn't happen with this mic, then the sound is perfectly usable. I really recommend this microphone over other cheap microphones and over the more expensive Rode and Senal microphones.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Reverend Tubby - Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2017
Beats the competition hands down!
First off, I have an undergrad degree in music and sound production was a large part of my education. I am also employed as a music/media associate so that being said audio is very important to me and is crucial to my job. I'm not just filming home videos! All I have to say is this mic rocks! I first purchased the Rode Video Micro for my Nikon D3300 but it was pretty much useless because of the DSLR hiss. My style of shooting is generally interview/announcement videos so the hiss was pretty unbearable. However, this TAKSTAR saved my life and sounds excellent compared to the Rode and it's only half of the price! I also use this in conjunction with the Mii0 A1 headphone amplifier to get an even clearer sound. You can get this mic and the Mii0 A1 for the same price as the Rode Video Micro and be far better off. I would highly suggest this combo!

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Spoodle - Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2017
I never realized how important audio was until I tried this mic!
I recently rebooted my YouTube channel which was dormant for nearly 5 years. After rewatching some of my old videos I realized that I needed to upgrade my setup if I wanted to remain relevant and stay up to date. I have this paired this with my Canon t6i and am super pleased with the outcome. The production quality is 10 fold what it use to be. Definitely a must have for any outdoor shooting!