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Nikon 27045 ME-1 Stereo Microphone Supplied with Wind Screen and Soft Case
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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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|Package Height||2.44 x 4.65 x 7.17 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.62 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
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).
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Audio quality of this microphone seems pretty poor, and seems to pick up more static than the built-in microphone on a D800. Read morePublished 5 days ago by John
This works great and picks up the sound awesome. We use it to record small videos and leadership talks for our church and its just great. Read morePublished 21 days ago by David Lewkowicz
I have used the mic one time and was very happy. Can't wait to have more reasons to use it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I often shoot video for my photography business and recently got this mic as a birthday gift from my dad. I love it!! Read morePublished 5 months ago by EKW
It came in decent condition as described and it's better than the internal mic on my Nikon D3300.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very neat....but I was still getting feedback stactic as though I was still using mic from camera, used it on my nikon d3200Published 9 months ago by Kern