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  • Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Microphone for DCR-PC55, DCR-DVD305, DVD 405, DVD 505, HDR-HC1, HC5, HDR-UX1, UX5, DCR-SR100 & SR200 Camcorders
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Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Microphone for DCR-PC55, DCR-DVD305, DVD 405, DVD 505, HDR-HC1, HC5, HDR-UX1, UX5, DCR-SR100 & SR200 Camcorders

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  • Shotgun Zoom Microphone For Compatible Handycam Camcorders
  • Synchronizes The Microphone's Pickup Pattern With The Camcorder's Zoom
  • Captures A Super Cardioid Pattern In Telephoto & A Cardioid Pattern In Wide-Angle
  • Powered By Camcorder-No Need For A Separate Battery
  • Works With A Handycam Camcorder's Active Interface Shoe
  • Shotgun microphone for compatible Handycam camcorders
  • Captures a super cardioid pattern in telephoto and a cardioid pattern in wide-angle
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Product Description

Sony ECMHGZ1 Gun Microphone

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.1 x 1.4 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0007NP8Q6
  • Item model number: ECM-HQP1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

In all instances, there was no difference in sound quality.
Gadgetprincess
At this time, I'm the only reviewing customer and I can see I must have been the only guy to buy one of these.
Jason Price
All in all I am quite happy with this mic and think it is pretty good for what it is and how much it costs.
Matthew

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on June 9, 2007
I was looking to buy this microphone for my DCR-HC90 and after reading the reviews already on here, most people seemed to either give 1 one star saying it was useless or 5 stars saying it was great, which of course I found quite frustrating.

Anyway, now that I've got one and have played around with it, I'm quite happy with it. Using the 'gun' setting on the mic really does cut down on surrounding atmos etc which is what I was after, if you're looking to film an interview, even in a relatively noisy location, this should cut down a fair bit on everything other than the person you're pointing it at.

Of course this mic won't give you a completely professional result (which I think some people were expecting) - then again, this isn't a professional microphone. It is simply meant to be a step up from using the in-built mic - and it is.

The 'zoom' function I was not overly impressed with, and don't really use it. Before I even tried it I knew it was more of a gimmick than anything. Pure and simple, you're not going to get crisp, clean audio if the mic is a long way away from the audio source, simple as that. I've been using it mainly for interviews so far where the person is no more than about 5 or so meters from the camera - in this situation the mic works fine.

In regards to the quality of the audio itself, it's pretty much the same as the in-built mic (which I actually think is quite good for a cheap camera), and with the levels of all the surrounding noise brought right down I was quite happy with it.

All in all I am quite happy with this mic and think it is pretty good for what it is and how much it costs.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By FrontPage on June 3, 2008
Length: 0:56 Mins
I've been using this microphone off and on with my issued Sony HD camcorder, and before that, with a Sony SD hard drive-based camcorder, for perhaps 2 years or so. Understand that the HGZ1 by no means is a $500-or-above Sennheiser shotgun microphone that picks up subtle whispers and bumble bee noises. Come now, we're talking about a $60 piece of equipment. But on a number of occasions, people have asked me whether the audio I've captured with this unit was actually captured on a lavalier microphone. If you understand how the HGZ1 works, you'll find ways of making work for you under more extreme conditions.

Remember, this unit is proprietary; until someone designs a better one, this is it, for mounting to the Sony (unless you buy a wired mic for those camcorders that have mic jacks). **Note: There IS an alternative, wireless bluetooth Sony makes, the Sony ECMHW1 Bluetooth Wireless Microphone... We plan to order one to try, but read those reviews here as well** First thing that I was told (and I've also learned the hard way) is to place the mic on "GUN" setting. Don't use either of the other two, unless you really understand the limitations of those settings. Using it on "zoom" setting will make the thing adjust to what your camera's lens is zoomed to. So, if you're trying to get good audio when your subject is close, and you're using the wide adapter, your audio will still capture everything around you; it won't focus on your subject until you zoom in on them.

I rarely use the wide setting, and even when I do, I wind up returning it back to "gun." Here's some pointers, especially with noisy locations. First, keep the noise behind you.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By James A. Miller on October 8, 2008
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I read all the reviews and then tested the microphone on my Sony HDR-HC3. I agree with others that the gun mode is best. And there might be uses for the zoom affect, like having the sound increase in strength as one moves into a scene. But in normal mode like filming wedding vows from a distance the gun mode would be best while zoomed or not zoomed.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By For Real on May 14, 2006
This is a cheap shotgun mic, also known as a boom mic. Compared to a camcorder's built-in mic this mic is uni-directional, so it's less susceptible to ambient noise. The naysayers here don't like it because they don't know what to expect or how to use it properly. You need to read the manual and follow the instructions, silly. And be sure to use it on one of the listed compatible Sony camcorders (although I also got it work with a Hitachi model). The sound quality is about the same as a Sony camcorder's built-in mic -- that's why I said this is cheap -- but you imemediately notice the improvement. The trick is to point the mic's front end at the sound source. If I had more money I'd have bought a Sennheiser, but for 45 bucks, this is not bad at all.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Gadgetprincess on June 11, 2006
We use our videocameras to tape preschool classrooms for observations. The hope was to use the microphone to isolate conversations.
To test the microphone. I went to a Noisy Starbucks, huge lines, moderate music and tons of conversations. I recorded on the video cameras mics, then used the zoom mic then used the gun feature. I aimed the microphone at the barista yelling out the coffee orders. In all instances, there was no difference in sound quality.
I then went to the Sony Style Store in the Mall and had her open a different Microphone and allowed her to install it. She read the package from a distance and then we listened to it in all three settings. We could not find any difference.
I checked the camera instructions and there was no setting for the external mic. Once the mic is attached and turned on, the external mic is suppose to override the on board mic.

I am still insearch for a gun mic for a digital camera. Many of the new camcorders with hard drives and DVD drives do not have a MIC input or Active Interface Shoe. I would rather want a MIC input so that I can use a more powerful mic rather than being at the mercy of Sony to create one for their shoe.

Overall, I am stuck. If I record something interesting I will probably have to try to enhance the audio portion while editing. (The camera shots great video)
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