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Canon 2591B002 DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone for HF/HG Series Camcorders

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  • Mono or stereo capability, Mono or multi-directional with selectable field width (90°/120°)
  • Built-in shock mount prevents vibrations, Windmuff reduces noise
  • Compatible with select Canon camcorders with an advanced accessory shoe
  • No batteries required, power drawn from camcorder
  • Dimensions: 1.3 x 3.1 x 5.1 in. (33 x 79 x 130mm)
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  • Item Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0012ILNK0
  • Item model number: 2591B002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 10, 2008

Product Description

Canon DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone Attaches to Advanced Accessory Shoe for Cable-Free Operation.Compatible with VIXIA HF10 and VIXIA HF100 Camcorders.

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Customer Reviews

The quality is very good and the wind screen helps reduce noise significantly.
I am Batman
The sound quality of this mike for all purposes is so much better than the built in mike I use it all the time.
Skitty
The Canon DM-100 is an excellent accessory, I use this microphone with my Canon VIXIA HF200.
HD Videographer

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257 of 260 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Andersen TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 17, 2009
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So, you bought a Canon Vixia camcorder? The picture is stunning - and it's hard to believe you can get such beautiful images from such a compact camcorder. Unfortunately, there is no way you'll get top notch sound from a compact camcorder, no matter how much you paid for it. This isn't a matter of a design flaw; it has to do with the physics of sound: a directional microphone needs to be long; for best sound the microphone needs to be physically separated from the body of the camera; finally, some kind of muffle is needed to prevent wind and breath from interfering with sound. Canon's DM-100 is designed to achieve all of these things for the sound of the Vixia line camcorders, without overwhelming the simplicity and ease of a compact camcorder. I'm very happy with it.

It plugs in directly to the mini advanced shoe on the Vixia camcorders. When it is plugged in it automatically becomes the mike for recordings - no need to fiddle with settings. Importantly, it is small enough that it doesn't overwhelm the compact size of the Vixia camcorders. Sure, the "Dead Cat" looks a bit silly, but it makes a huge difference outdoors in the wind; and you can take it off for indoor shoots where you want to take advantage of just the directional aspects of the mike. There are three basic settings: shotgun (for focusing sound capture to sounds directly in front of the microphone), 90 degrees and 120 degrees.

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For this video I only focused on how this mike improves outdoor shooting, and also on showing what the DM-100 looks like on the Vixia camcorders - I have the
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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful By S. O. Coutant on May 31, 2008
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This mic provides three sound acceptance patterns (shotgun, 90-degree stereo and 120-degree stereo spreads), and comes with an effective windscreen. It fits the new Canon HF10 and HF100 customized hot shoe, making those hi-def cameras that much more effective and professional. Okay, semi-pro. But I like the results. The cameras have built-in stereo mics that work well, but are sensitive to the slightest breeze, which sounds like thunder. This external mic solves the wind noise problem, plus the switchable polar patterns and superb frequency response add depth and dimension not possible with the on-camera mic. Thank you, Canon, for a job well done.
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139 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Kelley on January 2, 2009
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First of all, pay no attention to a review written here which suggests that a Rode Directional Videomic is a better buy for this camera. While it may or may not be a better microphone, it is a LOT more expensive (at around $250). Either the reviewer was mistaken or got his off the back of a truck (hint: not legally).

At $150 the Canon DM100 is priced decently for a pretty good sounding microphone. But you have to have realistic expectations for ANY microphone. I've worked in the industry and can tell you there is no such thing as a shotgun mic that actually isolates sound from far away. Even the best directional (shotgun) mic needs to be quite closely situated to get "close up" sound. So if you're thinking you can be across a crowded room and get the same kind of sound you could get from a person in that room holding a microphone, forget about it.

What you will get with this mic (or any such mic) is the ability to keep sounds nearby the camera from interfering as much. It's very apparent when this mic is on that sounds of the camera person (or any directly in back of the camera) are faint if heard at all, compared to the quite noisy sound of the built-in mic of the HF10.

I'd also suggest using this mic on the stereo 90 degree setting rather than the "shotgun" monaural setting, unless your sole purpose is to capture a person talking (like a lecture). The sound separation is very good at 90 degrees and yet still very directional (keeping sounds near the camera and behind almost unheard). And the quality of the sound seems much better to even these old ears.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Grunner58 on December 18, 2008
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First up, I had a very difficult time locating spec's for this mic so here they are taken directly from the enclosed paperwork:

Made in Japan

Type: Back electret stereo condenser shotgun microphone (Same type of condenser as used on the Rode Stereo Video Mic)

Directivity: Super Directional/Unidirectional stereo

Sensitivity: -36.0 dB (Shotgun, 1 kHz, 0dB = 1 V/Pa)

Frequency: 100 - 10,000Hz (Shotgun)

Output Impedance: 200

Operating Temp: (32 F to 104 F)

Dimensions: 32mm x 80 x 120 (1.3" x 3.1 x 5.1)

Weight: 77 g (2.7 oz)

Color: Black

Material: Plastic

Shock Mount Flex/Travel: About 3/4" vertical or horizontal

Connection: Mini Advanced Shoe (Canon design)

Mounts 2.5" (to center point of mic) above the top of the camera body.

Directivity: shotgun, 90 degree, 120 degree, stereo

Cannot boom mount.

Thumbwheel locks mic to shoe very securely.

Mic does not extend beyond front of lens but is recessed about 1/2"

There is no case.

Wind Cover: "Dead cat" but looks more like an oversized rabbits foot to me. off white with mix of grey/black hairs. Does not extend beyond the front lens cover so shouldn't interfere with image.

Compliments the camera's appearance very well.
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