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Sennheiser MKE 400 Shotgun Microphone - Black
- Rugged all-metal housing
- Integral shock mount for rejection of handling noise
- Switchable sensitivity for long and short distances.
- More than 300 hrs operationg time from 1 AAA battery.
- Fits all camers with a standard hot shoe mount and an external microphone input
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The Sennheiser MKE 400 Small Shotgun Microphone is a rugged, compact and versatile microphone delivering great video sound.The MKE 400 is a small shotgun microphone for cameras with a lighting shoe mount and external microphone input.FeaturesRugged all-metal housingMaximum side noise rejection, optimized for video recordingsSwitchable sensitivity for long and short distancesSwitchable wind noise filterApproximately 300 hrs operating time (from a single AAA battery)Integral shock-mount for rejection of handling noiseFoam windshield includedIncluded in this package: Battery (size AAA), Foam windshield,MKE 400 with coiled cable (3.5 mm stereo-mini).Get your Sennheiser MKE 400 Small Shotgun Microphone today from Sam Ash Direct and enjoy the confidence that comes from fast, free shipping, the guaranteed lowest price and our 45/60-day return/price protection policy.
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The shock mounts work well. I kept this attached to my camera for 2 weeks in my bag and it never broke, flexible but strong.
A few cons....the wind cover falls off very easily. I wrapped a rubber band around the base of the wind cover and now it stays in place, but looks a little tacky. Get a rubber band or something....your cover WILL fall off otherwise.
The red battery light illuminates when the battery is low - not when the mic is turned on. For a while I thought this was a defect since the battery light lit up as soon as I used the battery the first time. Turns out the battery supplied was just weak. The battery light flickers when you first turn on the microphone so you know it is working. I have learned to unplug the microphone when turned off, so I won't lose sound totally if I forget to turn the mic back on. It is easier to remember to turn on the microphone when you plug it in.
1. The sound quality from this microphone is pretty good and it performs as a shotgun mic should, rejecting sounds and noise from its sides and behind it and
focusing on sound in front of it. (which is why its superior to on board omnidirectional mics when ambient sounds are a problem)
2. Form factor is small. No one should buy this mic if they don't have to have a miniature shotgun mic.
Conclusion: The Sennhseiser MKE 400 works well and sounds good for its intended purpose. It is a shotgun mic. It is not an omnidirectional mic.
It will help if you have a noisy camcorder and want to eliminate the sound of the camera. It is useful in "focusing" on sounds in front of it as
opposed to behind or to the side of it. It is a 200.00$ miniature microphone and won't perform as well as larger more expensive shotguns.
Like all shotguns it will sound better if its closer to its subject like on a boom pole.
A word about microphones.....almost any camcorder you buy new will be worth thirty to fifty percent less in a years time and nothing in 5 years. Any microphone you buy will be worth almost what you paid for it. Quality microphones don't lose their value and the technology hasn't changed in decades. While I am recommending this microphone for its intended purpose I would suggest anyone that doesn't already have another larger microphone to go ahead and get a full size high quality mic first. Otherwise you will be penny wise and pound foolish.
The plug on the mic sends a signal to both the left and right channels. It's not stereo, but at least you won't get only one speaker playing on playback.
The settings I use on it with my camera are the front switch on "+" and the back switch all the way forward (i.e., not the setting for cutting down on wind noise - get a furry cover for that instead if you need that capability).
On the Canon EOS-M, I found it useful to hit the info button to go to the screen that shows the current settings on the camera, and then pull up the audio display so that I could see the input level. If for some reason that's being pegged, then you'd want the "-" position on the front switch. It's also good for verifying that the mic is powered on and is working.
What could be better is telling whether it is on or off. The LED on the side only blinks when you turn it on. It doesn't stay on. That's annoying.
I've posted a couple of pictures so you can get a sense of the size of the mic mounted on the Canon EOS-M. On Christmas morning, I actually had the EOS-M to EF/S adapter with the EF-S 10-22 mm mounted on the camera and put that on a tripod. That combo worked beautifully for indoor video for capturing the whole room so that I could then walk around and take pictures with my other camera.