Deity recently released a new short version of its flagship shotgun mic called the S-Mic 2S. Our colleague, photographer, and videographer Curtis Judd, looked at the short S-Mic 2S and compared it to the longer S-Mic 2, the Azden SGM 3500 and the industry-standard Sennheiser MKH 416.
We have been using the original S-Mic 2 for over a year (we are hoping to post a long term review of this mic in the not too distant future comparing it to the original S-Mic microphone) and it is the main mic that we have been using in all of our intro/conclusion clips for all of our video reviews for the past year or so and it has functioned very well.
The new Deity S-Mic 2S will be released in the next few weeks (during October 2019) and is significantly smaller than the existing S-Mic 2 (which is 9.84″ / 250 mm in length, the new mic is about 2/3 the length), the reduction in size (and weight) has been accomplished by using smaller components, in a smaller machined brass enclosure. Aside from the weight and size, other specs seem to be relatively similar to the original Deity S-Mic 2 (although being shorter means that it will not necessrly sound identical and behave in an identical way).
From Judd’s testings, it seems that it doesn’t reject ambient sound quite as well as the original S-Mic 2 but it also doesn’t run as high a risk of phase and comb-filtering issues when recording indoors in reverberant rooms.
The new Deity S-Mic 2S is also less expensive than the original “full size” Deity S-Mic 2 and will soon sell for around $360 (although if you look around you can find the longer version with the same price as well). Just for comparison sake, the industry-standard Sennheiser MKH 416 sells for around $1000.
You can check out more of Judd’s videos which focus mostly on audio and video here on LensVid, finally, if you are into sound recording for video productions check out this link which covers both equipment and techniques here on LensVid.