The AT897 by Audio-Technica is a specialized microphone crafted for field audio acquisition in various applications such as film, television, video production, professional recording, wildlife recording, and broadcasting. This microphone is engineered to be mounted conveniently on DV camcorders, seamlessly integrating without adding significant weight, and remaining discreetly out of frame even when used with compact digital cameras. With its high-performance short shotgun design, the AT897 excels in capturing long-distance audio, thanks to its narrow acceptance angle in a line + gradient configuration. It delivers smooth, natural on-axis audio quality while effectively rejecting off-axis sound from the sides and rear.
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Designed for video production and broadcast (ENG/EFP) audio acquisition

Short length (11″) ensures the mic stays out of the shot, even with compact digital cameras

Provides smooth, natural-sounding on-axis audio quality

Narrow acceptance angle ideal for long-distance sound pickup

Excellent sound rejection from the sides and rear of the mic

Switchable low-frequency roll-off

Operates on battery or phantom power

RoHS compliant—free from all substances specified in the EU directive on hazardous substances

Element Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
Polar Pattern Line + gradient
Frequency Response 20-20,000 Hz
Low Frequency Roll Off 80 Hz, 18 dB/octave
Open Circuit Sensitivity Phantom: -40 dB (10.0 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa Battery: -41 dB (8.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
Maximum Input Sound Level Phantom: 129 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D. Battery: 115 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
Dynamic Range Phantom: 112 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL Battery: 98 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 77 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
Phantom Power Requirements 11-52V DC, 2 mA typical
Battery Type 1.5V AA/UM3
Battery Current/Life 0.4 mA / 1200 hours typical (alkaline)
Switches Flat, roll-off (recessed)
Weight 5.1 oz (145 g)
Dimensions 10.98″ (279.0 mm) long, 0.83″ (21.0 mm) diameter
Output Connector Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
Accessories Included AT8405a stand clamp for 5/8″-27 threaded stands; AT8134 windscreen; battery; 5/8″-27 to 3/8″-16 threaded adapter; protective carrying case
Audio-Technica Case Style SG2

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