Olympus SEMA-1 Mic Adapter Set for Olympus Micro Four Third Digital Cameras with AP1 or AP2 and
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- Attaches to Olympus PEN series cameras with accessory ports
- Provides stereo recording
- Works with a wide variety of microphones & ships with the ME-51S microphone
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|Item Weight||0.17 pounds|
|Package Height||1.42 x 4.57 x 5.04 inches|
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Top Customer Reviews
There's not much to it: an adapter that sits on your hot shoe and uses the accessory port to add a mic port. The included mic itself is a dramatic improvement on the internal E-P2 mic, but it's still basically a freebie; the real reason this item is so important is that you can use any mic you desire, and situate it away from the camera. The kit includes an extension cable, and you'll see an immediate reduction in background noise if you decide to use it.
In addition, there's also a little alligator clip which attaches to the extension cable, so you can attach the mic to e.g. a person's clothing.
This accessory shares an annoying quality with the Olympus VF-2 Electronic ViewFinder, which is that it blocks the hot shoe from other use. That means that you won't be able to mount a light or the aforementioned VF2 while using this device, so you'd better be happy with the rear LCD and off-camera lighting when you use it.
I'm docking it a star because of this, and because it's silly that you need to buy this unit at all. While it does get the job done, the price is too high for functionality that really should be included in the body itself.
The increase in quality is astounding. If you want to record video in a windy environment, you'll want to upgrade to something with a wind cover, as the included mic isn't bad - but not great either. Ideally, the kit would come without a mic and drop in price because $67 is a little steep.
Of course, when the audio adapter is plugged in, you will lose access to the hot shoe - so you'll need to pick what is more important.
The only positives I can see about this mic is the fact you can un-fasten the mic off the camera, and run an extension cord and then clamp the mic closer to what you're filming. Also I like the build quality and the way it fastens tightly to the camera. To those of you who have been praising this mic, please feel free to respond with anyhthing that might help me or others out. I'd be happy to change my review if the poor performance of this mic is due to user error.
*Update* I'm changing my review from 2 to 4 stars. I was way too hard on this mic in my first review, should have spent more time with it before publishing a knee jerk reaction. I just got back from a quick trip spent with family, and when using this mic in a room full of people it really does offer improved sound quality.Read more ›
But in practice, I find the microphone to work quite well, and produce sound at a much higher level than the basic, on-camera mic. It fits very easily into a very small pouch in my m43 bag, and weighs almost nothing.
Again, overall a good product that would easily be a 5-star product if it were $15 cheaper.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works great! The best use of this is to attach a wireless mic or higher quality shotgun mic. The included mic is better than the built in camera mic but not as good as what you'd... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marcus Cane Prevost
I own the Olympus E-PL5 and this adapter with mic. The design is small, lightweight and gives you a mic accessory port. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Droid Life
This is a nice accessory to have. The mic captures lense noise so use the cable to move it away from the lense. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hegemone
I've used this several times on my Olympus OMD and I'm not pleased with the sound. It always sound like there's a breeze blowing through the room. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jay B. (Michigan)
Olympus has some weird and get ideas, usually in the same camera. For the EM 5 Olympus engineers got an idea of using single port for both the external microphone and the supplied... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dennis Elam
Used to great effect, takes standard extension.
We got a fluffy windscreen form a company in the UK. Excellent results.
Just like any Olympus product these are amazing in their quality and function. If you have a EM-5 I would get one of these before they are avaibale anymore.Published 19 months ago by Wayne H.