Pixel MC-50 Shotgun Camera Microphone Review

Pixel MC-50 Shotgun Camera Microphone Review

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Takeaway: Focus, amplified subject audio, good from a distance up to 10 ft, some noise towards the floor

The shotgun mic comes with a drawstring carrying bag and a set of instructions. It measures 8" long and sits 3" above your camera's hot shoe on a rubber shock mount. The mic has a 12" cable with TRS plug for a standard camera stereo audio input jack. On the bottom of the shock mount is a ¼" thread screw hole for mounting to a tripod and a foot and thumbscrew for mounting via a hot or cold shoe. The microphone requires 2 AA batteries which are not included. There are two switches on the side of the unit. The first is for power on and low cut mode. The other switch changes the gain from 0 to +/- 10dB.

Overall, the shotgun mic does a pretty nice job focusing in on the subject it's pointed at. When filming from a distance of 6-10' away from a speaker it picks up their voice better than the on-board mic on the DSLR for sure and reduces, though doesn't eliminate noise and ambient sound from other directions. The +10 dB gain is nice for boosting the range of the mic, though this adds a lot of ambient noise. There's always a bit of noise toward the noise floor (even at -10 dB) but generally that can be scrubbed in post or you can use low cut mode; however, this tends to make voices sound a bit boxy.

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