Aputure seem be coming out with all sorts of exciting new products at a rapid pace – you may know them mainly from their budget DSLR monitors like the 7-inch VS-5, and LED panels and more recently their awesome Light Storm LS C120t LED or their miniature pocket-sized M9. However, Aputure are no strangers to audio, and despite the fact they haven’t been making audio kit for ages, they are bringing out some really exciting new products to help you get better quality audio without maxing out your credit cards (or hiding your loot from your wife/significant other).
A while back you may remember, we posted about the Aputure A.Lyra digital lavalier for mobile devices, but this time around Aputure have a new pro-grade XLR shotgun microphone that can be used in a variety of shooting situations from sit-down interviews, to documentaries and corporate/event gigs.
Unlike the company’s previous compact directional mics like the V-Mic D2, which was designed for DSLR shooters with its 3.5mm connector and lightweight compact size, the new Aputure Deity is a professional shotgun condenser microphone with an XLR connector priced at just $369.
The Deity mic features a hyper-cardioid pickup pattern (which is great for dialogue), measures about 25 cm in length and only 19mm in diameter. The mic weighs in at just 198 grams and features a solid brass body design with rugged coating. CNC-machined from a solid brass piece, the Aputure Deity uses a high-end capsule and electrical components as well as a gold coated PCB board.
To get a better idea of how this microphone sounds, check out the Aputure Deity review by our good friend Curtis Judd from Learn Light & Sound.
The Aputure Deity is said to feature a good off-axis rejection and is apparently also well build. While it may not replace the Sennheiser MKH-416 (which is of course a broadcast/Film workhorse that costs about a grand) in a pro sound recordist’s kit bag, the Aputure Deity certainly is a huge step up in quality for Aputure and a great sounding budget shotgun mic for content creators working on a tighter budget.