A Look at the Takstar SGC-598 Low Cost Shotgun Microphone Hands on review of a on camera shotgun mic from Takstar

On a budget and need an inexpensive microphone? In this video photographer, Curtis Judd takes a look at a very inexpensive shotgun mic from Takstar called the Takstar SGC-598.

As you can understand from Judd’s experience with the mic – it is a fairly acceptable unit for a low-end microphone – it does have some hiss which you can reduce to some degree in post. Another use for this cheap mic is as a backup/secondary mic. If you are recording your primary sound into an external recorder and want another backup just in case and don’t want to spend too much money on a quality shotgun mic which you won’t be using 99% of the time anyway – the Takstar SGC-598 can be an option – just keep in mind that it has its drawbacks.

The Takstar SGC-598 Shotgun currently sells for about $35 on Amazon.

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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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