HTDZ make two shotgun microphones that are both low cost and great quality.
The first one that became popular was the HT-81, which measures 14″ long before you add the XLR connector or any adapters etc. This is far too big to be used on-camera on most rigs and setups.
Just a note: For best audio when recording using a shotgun microphone it’s best to aim down at an angle from above the subject, however this is usually not possible for ‘run and gun’ shoots and also requires a boom operator or a boom mic stand – For many shoots you can get good audio from above the camera if you are monitoring the audio and are aware that you may pick up noise from behind your subject.
The HT-320A is HTDZ’s shorter offering and delivers the same great quality that it’s bigger brother does in a smaller 10″ package. I’ve not compared them side-by-side, so there are potentially minor differences but the specs are the same on both.
It is a mono microphone, which means you will need to double up the mono signal to both audio channels, left and right. This is easily done in software but I much prefer to do it in-camera. This way I can monitor the audio with both ears.
See my video tutorial on how to do this.
The microphone gives a decent signal to noise ratio (a low level of noise/hum/hiss compared to the volume of actual audio) and overall gives a nice, warm sound.
Video recorded with the HT-320A mounted on a 550D running Magic Lantern.
I’ve used this microphone to review the Windcut brand microphone windshield – Click here to watch the video.
Audio quality – 4/5
Great audio quality but lacks a stereo signal.
Battery comsumption 5/5
I left the microphone on for about two weeks and the AA battery was still full.
Included accessories – 3/5
Comes with a long cable but a really bad 3.5mm adapter.
Price – 6/5
By far the best price of any decent shotgun microphone!
Build quality 4.5/5
Very good – metal body construction.
OVERALL SCCORE – 4.5/5