Takstar SGC-598 Shotgun Mic Review

Takstar SGC-598 Shotgun Mic Review

If you’re on a budget and looking for an inexpensive backup microphone, the extremely affordable Takstar SGC-598 Shotgun Mic is a great choice. The microphone is a fairly acceptable option if you’re looking for a low-end microphone to improve your camera’s audio. If you’re going to be recording sounds out in the open, this is a great microphone which won’t cost you much. If you’re interested in pushing your budget slightly and getting a great microphone you and see an article we wrote here.

Features at a Glance

  • Decent, lightweight plastic build; not too sturdy.
  • On/off switch, +10dB audio boost and low cut switch on the side.
  • 50Hz to 16 kHz frequency response.
  • Cardioid polar pattern; not very directional

Takstar SGC-598 Shotgun Mic Review: Our Opinion

The Takstar SGC-598 Shotgun Mic is an extremely affordable microphone that will improve your camera’s audio performance without costing you too much. On the other hand, you can also use it as a backup to your primary mic if you’re on a budget and don’t want to spend too much on a mic you won’t be using all the time. It’s an active microphone that runs on AA batteries, so you’ll need some of those as well.

It does lack in some areas, but its low price makes up for that easily. The build is lightweight plastic and isn’t sturdy at all, so don’t expect it to survive a rough situation. The microphone’s cable is attached to the front end, which is an odd placement, and it’s permanent, so you can’t replace or extend it. On the bright side, it offers a good frequency response, especially for a $30 mic. It lacks in the low end, leaving your audio sounding weak. The cardioid polar pattern makes it a directional microphone, and it picks up the majority of the sounds from the front.

For what it’s worth, Takstar SGC-598 Shotgun Mic is not a top-rated shotgun microphone by any means, but it still offers good audio and great value for its price by improving your camera’s internal mic. However, it’s recommended if you’re on a budget or looking for a secondary mic.

6.5 Total Score

PROS
  • Decent sound for a low-priced microphone.
  • Portable and lightweight build.
  • Improves camera’s audio; picks up audio directly ahead of it.
  • Low cut and +10dB boost options.
CONS
  • Cheaply made and not too sturdy, although that’s expected of such an inexpensive mic.
  • Poorly placed and a permanent cable that can't be extended or replaced.
  • No mic stand mount provided in the package.
  • Not as directional as other cardioid mics.
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