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Opteka VM-100 Video Condenser Shotgun Microphone with Shock Mount and Fuzzy Windscreen for Digital SLR Cameras & Camcorders

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  • Directional shotgun mic, 3.5mm mini jack
  • Noise Reducing Suspension System (NRS)
  • PAD Switch
  • Includes standard and outdoor windscreens
  • Attaches via 1/8" & 3/8" threads or cold shoe
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 8 x 4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B005GLHK3S
  • Item model number: VM-100
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 9, 2011
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Product Description

The Opteka VM-100 Shotgun Microphone is a highly sensitive directional microphone designed to magnify your target sounds while eliminating background noise from video shoots. The VM-100 will attach to camcorders & digital SLRs via shoe mount, straight bracket or video rig. It may also be mounted to a boompole via the 3/8" or 1/8" threads.

Specifications
Transducer: Condenser
Polar Pattern: Super-cardioid
Frequency Response: 40Hz - 20kHz Selectable HPF @ 80Hz / 12dB /octave
Dynamic Range (Typical): 114dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 74dB
Maximum Input Sound Level: 134dB
Power Supply: 9V Lithium or Alkaline
Battery Life: 100 hours approximately
PAD Switch: 0dB, -10dB, -20dB
Dimensions (LxHxD): 8 x 4 x 2.5" (203 x 101 x 63mm)
Weight: 7.23 oz (205g)

What's in the box
~ VM-100 Shotgun Microphone
~ Indoor windscreen
~ Outdoor windscreen
~ Extra suspension bands
~ 1 Year warranty
~ User guide

Customer Reviews

Sound quality is great.
Mark
After I rigged it together I was able to use it two more times before it stopped working all together.
Justin
I'm going to return this mic & just save up for a Rode instead.
Gstar

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 4, 2011
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I'm a photojournalist, not a videographer, but I want to take advantage of the remarkable video possibilities with the Canon 5DII DSLR. I was all set to buy the Rode microphone and the deadcat wind muff when I stumbled upon this Opteka VM-100 Video Condenser Shotgun microphone. For less than half the price, I got the identical mic! It works perfectly and is FAR better than the crummy built-in camera mic or a computer microphone I used recently in desperation.

The Opteka VM-100 is powered by a standard 9V battery that the instructions say will last 100 hours. It has a red/green LED on the back to let you know the battery status and if the mic is on. It plugs into my Canon 5DII via a coiled 3.5mm plug. The mic weights just 7-1/2 ounces (with battery), so it puts little strain on the camera's hot shoe. The base also contains a couple of threaded holes if you opt for a microphone boom pole. I bought a 12-foot 3.5mm stereo cord for off-camera recording and it works fine with this mic.

It comes complete with foam wind screen, deadcat wind muff and extra shock bands. All you need is the battery. Though I'm not an expert, the sound quality seems terrific. This Opteka is perfect for learning, standard videography and run-and-gun photojournalism. I'm a little "fuzzy" on using the wind muff, though (yeah, that's a joke). It seems too tight to fit over the foam windscreen, and much too loose over the bare microphone.

UPDATE: This week I shot stills and video all day long of a huge sculpture being moved across town. I left this mike on for eight straight hours--never turned it off. It still had plenty of juice left and the sound quality was terrific!

I received this item in just one day from 47th Street Photo. Excellent product and service!

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Anonymoose on October 12, 2011
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First of all, this is a rebranded Rode VideoMic. I compared the Opteka to the Rode side by side, and they are the same (except that the Opteka is half the price :)

The mic is a shotgun mic, so it is good for general use, as well as being decent for dialogue or interviews. It's not a replacement for a lav mic, but it will do in a pinch, or you are in a situation where a lav is not acceptable in the shot, or you don't have a person to operate a boom pole. But this mic is certainly able to be mounted on a boom pole, Rode themselves sell one for the VideoMic. The only problem is that you don't want to run 3.5mm cable for long lengths, XLR is better in those circumstances. But then again, this is an $80 mic.

Also, this mic comes with a dead cat windscreen in addition to the foam cover. Good for windy days outdoors. The kit comes with extra shock bands, which is a nice bonus.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By KH on October 25, 2011
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I needed a shotgun microphone for my Panasonic TM900 camcorder for situations where I need to record dialogue or audio from a narrow field of view sometimes a good distance away such as when I film my daughter's plays at school or her field hockey games following her action. These times I need to hone in on the participant that I'm pointing my camera at while minimizing the sounds coming from the environment such as crowds or audiences. I have a 3.5mm input jack (as opposed to the higher end XLR inputs) and needed a microphone with a compatible plug. Like many people I've considered the Rode Microphones but their lowest end microphone is $149 and that's mono! They want $210 for their stereo microphone. So, I gave Opteka a try for only $79 and it is the same as the Rode Videomic with the added feature of the Opteka being stereo. There were only three items in the box upon delivery. The microphone and shockmount were fully assembled ready to attach to your camcorder's hot shoe. You will need to install a standard square 9-volt battery that does not come with the package. Also included are spare rubber bands for the shockmount as well as a dead cat cover for outdoor wind conditions. The microphone, unlike many models I've researched, has an on off button and led indicator for battery life. When the light is green, there is enough battery power; when it turns red, it is time for a new battery. It plugs into your 3.5 mm input jack and is ready for use. I've tested the microphone indoors so far and it works very well, and I can't wait to put it to the test with the dead cat outdoors at a real event! I highly recommend this microphone for all those with similar situations.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By nhinson on September 29, 2012
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Unfortunately this product has pushed me to write my first amazon review. I purchased this microphone for use with my Canon T2i DSLR and have been exceedingly disappointed with its performance both indoors and outdoors. No combination of the microphone settings or either windshield would eliminate what I would consider to be an unacceptable level of static background noise. My attempts to remove the static via a audio editor resulted in unnatural and unusable audio. The on-board canon mic provides a much higher quality of audio.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By eire1274 on March 12, 2013
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In fact, I think this is in fact a rebranded Rode mic, as it reminds me very much of an older Rode VideoMic product.

I've had no battery issues, as the 9V clips in solidly and I've seen no slipping as others have complained about.

The mic is solidly mounted on a floating base using nylon bands, and even with my heavy footed walk this keeps the mic isolated from vibrations from the body or movement, resulting in a cleaner sound. On the tripod (I use a fluid type pan head) there is ZERO noise transmitted.

Audio is mono, but records in a stereo mode, meaning that the same signal is sent to both of the audio channels. Overall pickup definition hits treble and bass well, no flat areas, however a better mic would be desired if you are filming musical performances as low bass does fade out with the dropping frequency as a result of the microphone type.

For the only cons, I only have two, and neither are really bad:

1) the "dead cat" windscreen is loose over the microphone body, and doesn't fix tightly, so I tend to have to use a rubber band at the base to keep it tight when I'm on the go.

2) the hotshoe mount is plastic, as is the entire mount mechanism. The nylon bands add a certain amount of flexibility, but I'm paranoid as I've broken flashes on the camera when moving the assembly around, and I expect my clumsiness will eventually break this as well. For the time being, if I am moving the camera rig while not in use, I will be taking the mic off and stowing it in my case

Overall, for home movies or serious DSLR video work on the go, this will do very well, and I recommend it.
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