TASCAM TM-200SG is a compact shotgun microphone with a length of 153mm, super-cardioid polar pattern, and built-in low-cut filter. The microphone does not have any battery – it accepts 48V phantom power via XLR connector. Available for $149.
TASCAM has been supplying filmmakers with audio recorders and other audio devices for decades. For example, last year in January, the company launched a new DR-X series of audio recorders. The most recent TASCAM announcement includes a new compact shotgun microphone called TM-200SG. Let’s take a short look at its features and specs.
TASCAM TM-200SG Microphone
The TASCAM TM-200SG is a new shotgun microphone with a standard 3-pin XLR connector at the back. Thanks to its compact size – 23 mm (diameter) and 153 mm (length) – it can fit well as an on-camera microphone for mirrorless cameras and DSLRs as well. However, since it needs a decent preamp which supplies 48V Phantom Power, a bigger “cinema camera” might be a better fit here.
The microphone features a super-cardioid polar pattern which is suitable for directional, focused audio. There is also a built-in low-cut filter (3dB/oct at 160Hz) for eliminating environmental hum and noise in the lower frequencies. The TASCAM TM-200SG does not include any battery. The mic gets its power via the XLR port’s +48 phantom power supply (48V DC). It weighs 53g.
TASCAM TM-200SG Specifications
In case you are interested in the full technical specifications of the new shotgun microphone, here is a list from the TASCAM webpage:
- Element: Back Electret Condenser
- Polar pattern: Super-cardioid
- Frequency response: 30Hz – 20kHz
- Sensitivity: -40dB +/-3dB (0dB=1V/Pa at 1kHz)
- Output impedance: 200Ω +/-30% (at 1kHz)
- Low-cut filter: 3dB/oct at 160Hz
- Output connector: 3 pin XLR, Male
- S/N ratio: 74dB (1kHz at 1Pa)
- SPL: 132dB (at 1kHz ≦ 1% THD)
- Power: 48V DC
- Dimensions: 23 mm (Diameter) × 153 mm (L)
- Weight: 53g (Microphone body only)
- Included items: Windscreen, Mic clip with shoe mount, Soft case, Owner’s manual (warranty included)
Price and Availability
The TM-200SG microphone can be pre-ordered right now. It is expected to start shipping after May 19, 2021. The retail price has been set to $149. Apart from the microphone itself, each package also includes a windscreen, mic clip with shoe mount, and soft protective case.
What do you think about the new TASCAM TM-200SG? Would you choose it over other on-camera shotgun microphone options? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section underneath the article.