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Belkin F8Z818eb iPhone Directional Microphone

by Belkin
34 customer reviews
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  • Shock mount protects against bumps
  • Case-compatible
  • 1 AAA battery included
  • Safe and secure
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Product Description

Product Description

Belkin LiveAction Microphone F8Z818EB Microphones

From the Manufacturer

Your Videos Have Never Sounded Better

Belkin LiveAction Mic
Instantly elevate your sound-recording capabilities. View larger

Using the same microphone technology that audio professionals use, the LiveAction Mic from Belkin attaches to your iPhone 4's audio jack to instantly elevate your sound-recording capabilities. Select the Directional setting to capture the multi-layered sound typical of concerts and live events, and the Super-Directional setting to record lectures and memos with optimal clarity. Simply pick your setting, point, and start recording professional-quality audio.

Belkin LiveAction Mic
Two settings for more focused recordings

The portable LiveAction Mic fits in your pocket, and the shock mount protects against bumps.

It's case-compatible, so you don't need to lose any time taking your iPhone 4 in and out of the case to capture the moment.

Directional and Super-Directional Settings

Choose between Directional and Super-Directional settings to capture the best audio in the moment.

Use the Directional setting for general recording, such as for events, live music, and parties. Use the Super-Directional setting for for more focused recording, such as for lectures or voice memos.

Belkin LiveAction App
Works with the LiveAction App

It's easy to capture and share your media with the LiveAction App, free in the App Store. With Belkin LiveAction, you can instantly record and share all of your media. Capture high-quality snapshots and home movies, then send the results to your social network without skipping a beat.

LiveAction's intuitive interface features separate on-screen photo and video buttons so you always know whether you're shooting stills or video--and it's easy to switch modes. When you have a pic or clip you want your friends to see, the app lets you link directly to your email or Facebook.

LiveAction can be used alone as your iPhone's primary camera app. Or, use it to support the LiveAction Camera Grip, LiveAction Camera Remote, and LiveAction Mic.

LiveAction Family
LiveAction Camera Grip LiveAction Mic LiveAction Camera Remote
LiveAction Camera Grip
LiveAction Mic
LiveAction Camera Remote
"Make your iPhone feel like a digital camera" "Your videos have never sounded better" "Never get left out of a group shot again"
  • Soft touch design and fast-fire shutter button, makes your iPhone or iPod Touch feel more like a digital camera.
  • Integrated tripod mount can attach to any standard tripod
  • Separate buttons to toggle between photo and video
  • Work's with Belkin's Free LiveAction App
  • Attaches to your iPhone's audio jack to elevate the quality of your recording
  • Directional and Super-Directional settings for more focused recoding
  • Case-compatible
  • Work's with Belkin's Free LiveAction App
  • Activate your iPhone or iPod Touch camera shutter from up to 30 feet away
  • Switch between photo and video without touching your device
  • Comes with case-compatible camera stand
  • Work's with Belkin's Free LiveAction App
Compatible with
iPod Touch 4th Generation and iPhone 4
Compatible with
iPhone 4
Compatible with
iPod Touch 4th Generation and iPhone 4

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameBelkin
Item Weight0.8 ounces
Product Dimensions4.6 x 1.9 x 0.7 inches
Item model numberF8Z818eb
Batteries:1 AAA batteries required. (included)
Number of Items1
Item Display dimensions L x W x H6.1 x 4.1 x 1 inches
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #342,943 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4.8 ounces
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First AvailableOctober 11, 2011
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The Belkin LiveAction Directional Microphone may seem like a good idea but in my experience with it, the microphone does not provide a compelling reason to use it instead of the built-in iPhone microphone. You must also consider that with the microphone extending outward from the iPhone or iPod Touch about 4 inches, you need to figure out a way to have the microphone pointing towards the sound source and stay pointing in that direction while you take notes or whatever you may be doing. How are you going to do that? With a tripod attachment of some kind? Propping the iPhone against a book or something else? Or just holding it the entire time?

A directional microphone in the purest sense should pick up sound in the direction the microphone is pointed while attenuating the sound from the sides and behind the microphone. In my tests I did not perceive much attenuation of sound from the sides or from behind the microphone. The Belkin microphone did however affect the tonal quality of the recorded sound, more so in the super directional mode. In both modes, the recorded sound had a more trebly quality and that was extremely noticeable in the Super Directional mode. When compared to just the built-in mic of my iPhone, you could hear the difference in tone easily. Was it better or easier to understand? That's debatable.

The battery cover did not seem very secure to me as it only requires a very slight twist to release it. The battery inserts into the compartment with the plus end towards the cap.

The microphone is quite light in weight. The "shock mount" at first gives you the impression that the microphone shaft is simply going to twist right off the mounting clamp. It does not feel like a quality piece of gear.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful By My Fake Name on May 20, 2012
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First, this is for the iPhone 4, not the Betamax SL-8200 as has been suggested, which is a videcassete playback device, which cannot record anything. The deal with this product is that you hook it up to your 4th generation iPhone and it records sounds better than the microphone built into your phone. It sticks out and presumably points towards the sources of the sounds you want to record to go along with the video you're recording.

Second, it is an extra piece of equipment you have to tote around if you plan to use it. If you're all the time stalking presidential candidates hoping to use your iPhone to catch them doing something newsworthy on video, you might well want to use this product to capture the sounds better.

Third, it does indeed make better audio. When I used my friend's iPhone to record her playing "Home" (from "Beauty and the Beast," music by Alan Menken) on piano using its native mic and played it back, it sounded OK. When I repeated the experiment using the Belkin F8Z818eb iPhone Directional Microphone and played it back and compared it to the original, the Belkin version sounded discernably better.

For piano it's better to use the wider setting, and for a voice it's better to use the narrower.

It does not stand up to water well. For example, if you try to use your iPhone with this product attached in as few as four feet of water in a swimming pool hoping to learn what your child is saying as she swims along underwater, not only does the accessory mic fail to operate, the phone does too. As usual, I plan to sue somebody for this.

You also cannot successfully bake this product and expect anything along the lines of any sort of edible food.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael D on April 12, 2012
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This mic is better than the built in, but aside from looking kind of professional, it hardly good enough quality for any serious recording. It has adjustments for 'directional' and 'super-directional' but it's not a big difference. Also the mounting is an awkward, semi-flexible plastic.

To me, it's neither worth the purchase price nor the hassle to use this for recordings.

EIther skip it, or kick it up a notch with the Olympus ME-51S Stereo Microphone, or the Blue Microphones Mikey 2.0 iPod Recording Microphone.

Regardless, a mic at a distance will always pick up ambient noise, so look also into a small lavaliere mic on a long cable, or use a real XLR mic with Hosa XVM-110M Right Angle 3.5mm TRS to XLR3M 10 Ft
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vihang Vasa on December 8, 2012
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If there was a "0" star I would give that. Total waste of money.
Reasons explained below.
1> The Belkin directional mic gives ZERO advantage over the built in mic of iPhone 5. If you use it on Wide mode the mic is infact worst then built in mic of iphone. if you use it on tele mode its about the same as iphone built in mic, but it also records the sound coming from behind, thus its not at all directional.

2> You must download the belkin live action app (Free of charge ) from iTunes store. this app is as worst as the mic. 1> if you using iPhone 4s or 4 its fine. but in case if you using the iphone 5 then video format is still that of iphone 4s so you have a black empty space around. ( I dont understand what has the video format to do with the mic and why did the company did not update the app for the iphone 5 ) 2> Also when you have plugged the mic in the phone, you can not play back video with sound, one must remove the mic only then one can hear the sound from the built in speakers. Even if you switch off the mic, still you cant hear the sound. there is no option of selecting internal speakers for play back when the mic is attached.

3> inspite of the foam filling inside the directional mic one gets lot of hiss while recording.

4> After you have attached the mike the belkin app does not give you the option to switch between internal mic and external mic.

5> the mechanical mounting of the mic is so flimsy that, you will feel it will break in the very first attempt while mounting. I really doubt it will last even 10 recording performances.

6> The Battery compartment has a microscopic "+" symbol, I mean its impossible for a person with reading glass to even see it.
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