The Takstar SGC-598 is an absolute steal of a deal for an external microphone. It is the cheapest microphone that I will talk about on this website and probably amongst the cheapest external microphones you will find on the planet. The price, in this case, does not actually reflect the quality of the product you will receive. The microphone is self is actually quite decent for what you are paying.
I personally don’t own this microphone so I can only account from what I from I read and seen several others say about it. It has many positive reviews across major websites online and several positive review videos on YouTube, so it must be worthwhile for the incredibly cheap price. It is a shotgun style microphone that will concentrate it’s recording efforts on what’s in front of it such as vlogging or interviews, etc. It is somewhat on the larger side for vlogging in my opinion, but probably not too large to be unbearable to work with. It also uses a more common AA battery for power which is a slight advantage in my opinion, because odds are you probably already have some extra AA batteries already laying around the house.
The overall consensus is that the Takstar SGC-598 external microphone is a real winner for the price. Many people claim to have had positive results and great audio recordings with this microphone. Like I said I don’t currently own the Takstar microphone but might purchase it and test it out for a more thorough review. For the price, I would not hesitate to order it if you need a budget beater external microphone for your vlogging setup. The only disadvantage I can find so far without personally testing it, is that it does not come with a windsock (it does come with a black windscreen, not the same thing), meaning that if you are using it outdoors your result will likely be ruined if there is any wind and background noise present, keep that in mind because terrible audio will ruin your vlog no matter how good the video footage is.
If you don’t already have an external microphone this really is worth giving a chance especially since at the current price it’s hard to find anything, anywhere cheaper than this model.