Like all Audio-Technica products the AT897 is very good value for money.
OK you wouldn't choose it over a Schoeps CMIT but for most everyday documentary or corporate shoots it works very well. This really is one of the best budget gun mics on the market.
Designed for video production and broadcast (ENG/EFP) audio acquisition
Short length 279mm/11" ensures mic stays out of the shot
Smooth, natural-sounding on-axis audio quality
Provides the narrow acceptance angle needed for long-distance pickup
Switchable low-frequency roll-off
Operates on battery or phantom power
Here's an excellent video from Audio-Technica showing how to use the AT897 for best results:-
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