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Nikon 27045 ME-1 Stereo Microphone Supplied with Wind Screen and Soft Case

4.3 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews
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  • The ME-1 Stereo Microphone connects to compatible DSLR cameras that have a 3.5mm Mic jack and features new innovation that significantly reduces autofocus noise from being recorded.
  • Designed for use with a digital SLR camera featuring a 3.5 mm (diameter) stereo mini-pin jack.
  • Equipped with a cable stop which holds the cable in place to prevent noise from being recorded with accidental contact with the cable.
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Product Description

Record crystal-clear sound and significantly reduce autofocus noise on your compatible DSLR camera using this compact stereo microphone

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Product Dimensions 1 x 1 x 1 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B004V6BQ3O
Item model number ME-1
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4.3 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #30 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Professional Video Accessories > Microphones
#1,256 in Electronics > Camera & Photo > Video
Date first available at Amazon.com April 2, 2011

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It's made well enough & does what a general microphone should do...HOWEVER...my reason for purchase was to get rid of the autofocus-motor noise in my video recording (on a D7000). Since the recording field of this mike is a general/uni-directional pattern (more or less), any camera noise audible to your ears is still highly-audible on your recordings. The internal mics on the D7000 are good (and certainly comparable to what the ME-1 is, minus the low-cut filter & wind noise filter), so if your reason for buying this mic was like mine, I do not recommend purchasing the ME-1. To its credit, Nikon does say that the ME-1 helps reduce af-motor noise. They don't claim it will be eliminated. Perhaps this is true, technically. But, I suspect I'd want a mic I could hold farther away from the camera or a mic with a recording pattern that's much more forward (even then I have my doubts...). Anyway, this review is the one I wish I'd read before purchase -so I hope it's helpful to you!
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I've had my microphone for a couple months now, and really find that I like it a lot. The on-board microphone on the Nikon D3s isn't bad, but I wanted something in close to what I was recording, so this is great for interviews.

Regarding someone's comment that the mic picks up camera noise, I don't generally attach it directly to my camera, and instead use a series of very good quality stereo audio cables to get sound. The cables aren't that spendy (even though these are the gold-tipped type). I spent maybe 3 dollars for each 6 foot section of cabling, and I've been able to use three at a time without getting nasty background distortion.

A little foresight will save you a potential headache. FYI, there is a mounting screw hole on the bottom of the mic and I found that it fits quite well on the top of one of my lighting stands, if you need a fixed place for the mic when it's on (an) extension cable(s).
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Adds sound quality to your videos! I have a Canon EOS 60D & adding this stereo mic has been a big plus. I've had no issues using this mic at all. Very simple to setup & use. The connecting audio cable is never in the way; not too short, not too long - just right. The sound quality is robust compared to the built-in mono mic. Go for it!
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I own a Nikon D800E, and while I shoot mostly stills, I purchased the ME-1 for those occasions where I want to use my camera for video.

Out of the box, the D800 can capture borderline acceptable sound with its built-in microphone. On a calm day with not much background noise, you'll be able to capture conversations at a reasonable distance using the built-in microphone. But add some background noise, wind noise or lots of motion (causing the camera to focus), and the built-in mic is less than ideal. You end up with world-class video, and iPhone-like audio.

One simple solution is the Nikon ME-1. It mounts in the hotshoe and provides generally much better audio quality than the camera's built-in microphone. It comes with a windscreen to help keep wind noise out, and it sits generally higher off the camera, making it more immune to picking up the sound of the lens motors as you zoom or focus. The cable is even long enough that you can put it on a hotshoe extender (not included) and get it maybe 6-8" away from the camera.

The ME-1 is unobtrusive, being not much bigger than a man's thumb. It doesn't substantially change the balance or feel of your camera, and it doesn't get in the way. It records two-channel stereo, but of course, being so small, there isn't a huge sense of stereo separation in the resulting audio channels.

The ME-1 comes with the windscreen, cable and a case and one of the things I like is that it requires no batteries. Controcution is typical Nikon - that is, very good. Although it's obviously designed for Nikon cameras, the ME-1 should work on any brand having a 3.5mm audio input jack and a hotshoe. I've tried it on a Canon camcorder, for example, and it works well in that sort of configuration too.
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I was recommended this microphone from a distinguished professional in the video field specifically because it is bus-powered. I used to use a VideoMic by Rode, but I would sometimes forget to turn on the microphone, and it's quite bulky on top of a DSLR.

I've been using this with my D7000 for about 3 weeks now and it's been excellent. The sound quality is much better than the in-camera microphone: soft, crisp and clear without much noise at all. Of course I use this as backup. External audio capture devices, such as the Zoom H1 I use, is well worth the extra work involved to get even better sound. But for better in-camera audio, you can't beat this thing!

Ben
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Have used this for a couple small video projects with my Nikon D7000. I bought this mostly to stick with Nikon products. It does the job... picks up audio pretty well and sounds good, not ideal for professional use but is much better than the on camera mic.
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Excellent sound, much superior to the built in mic on Nikon D300s. Very convenient to have the mic powered by the camera with no batteries and no extra switches. It's also much more compact than the Rode or Sennheiser mics and less fragile than the Rode. I think the sound is as good (although not as directional). And at half the price of those products, this is a great deal.
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