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Sony ECMW1M Wireless Microphone (Black)
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- Interoperability and compatibility among Bluetooth devices vary
- Communication distance up to approximately 100' (30m)
- Two way communication, up to 30 meters from the camcorder
- Please Note: Kindly refer the Instructional Video before use which is very essential for this product.
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Sony ECMW1M Wireless Microphone
Never miss another scream of delight, another special stage performance, or another word on that special day. Capture sound from up to 300 feet away with the ECM-W1M Bluetooth wireless microphone for Handycam camcorders. The ECM-W1M works with compatible camcorders that use the Active Interface Shoe for recording crisp clear sound and with an added feature that allows two way communications between you and your subject. This unique feature enables you to give your subject direction while capturing only their voice or you can chose to capture both their voice and yours while filming.
Compatible Camcorder Models
The ECMW1M microphone works with these Sony camcorder models:
- Capture sound right from the source.
- Communication distance up to approximately 100' (30m).
- Two-way communication, up to 30 meters from the camcorder.
- Shoot while still talking to each other.
- Microphone and receiver unit are equipped with earphone jacks.
- Corresponds to ‘5.1ch Center Mic’ mode.
- Pick up sound in the direction the camcorder is zoomed.
- Ability to use this Bluetooth enabled product with other devices may vary as not all Bluetooth devices are compatible.
Use of this wireless device in the United States of America is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission under Parts 15 and 74 of its regulations. Users authorized thereby are required to obtain an appropriate license.
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|Package Height||2.5 x 5.8 x 8.4 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.65 pounds|
Capture sound right from the source with the ECM-W1M wireless microphone
Top Customer Reviews
First of all, what's in the box:
1. The transmitter with its windscreen
2. A AAA battery for the transmitter.
3. Two mono earphones.
4. This sports-like piece you put around your ear so the earphone won't fall off.
5. The receiver with a piece of plastic that protects the connectors.
6. Some kind of strap that I haven't figured out how to use it yet.
7. A carrying pouch with a nice Sony label.
8. And finally, A BUNCH of papers.
Let's start explaining how this works.
The smallest device is the receiver and it's plugged into the camera via the Multi Interface Shoe. It has a switch that changes between OFF, SINGLE, MONO MIX and 5.1 ch MIX. When you turn it off, the camera uses its built-in mic. The SINGLE mode is the one you'd use the most. It simply uses the audio captured by the transmitter, nothing else. MONO MIX mixes the audio from the transmitter and the audio from the receiver (yes, the receiver also has a mic, I'll talk more about it later) and the 5.1 ch simply doesn't work and so far I've seen, it doesn't work for anyone.
On the top of the receiver there are two volume buttons that control the volume of the audio you hear thru the 3.5mm jack of the receiver. It doesn't control the gain of the audio that is being recorded in the video since this camera uses AGC. If you were to have a camera where you could control the gain, you would do that via the camera menu, not with this buttons.
On the other hand we have the receiver. Most of the shape of the receiver is because of the AAA it takes to work. On the top you'll find the built-in mic, the indicator light and a pink 3.5 mm jack for attaching an external mic. On one side we have the power on-off switch and a volume control. In the other side we have another 3.5 mm jack but this one is for a earphone. I'll explain all this system just a little bit later. And in the 'back' of the transmitter we have a clamp so you can attach it anywhere, from a belt to a shirt.
The interesting part about this system is how it works. The transmitter has a microphone jack so instead of using as a mic by itself -which works perfectly fine- you could attach any external mic. I've used a cheapy lavalier I got for about $3 and it works fine, and I have also used it with this Audio-Technica Directional Mic I got a few years ago. Both work perfectly fine. This way, you can have the transmitter clamped to your belt or in your pocket and talk to that mic. The receiver has a jack where you plug in a provided earphone so you can hear what the other person is saying or recording.
There ends the expected part of this system, but what comes next is pretty cool. The receiver has also a mic, but it is not only for the MIX feature. You can talk to it and the other person can hear you with another provided earphone you plug in the side of the transmitter. This way, you can have the person with the receiver several meters away from you and tell them instructions. This is a really cool feature I like a lot.
The system is bluetooth and I can have the other person like 25 meters away from me and the audio is not interrupted at all. If you go far away, you'll start loosing the signal.
There's some significant and constant hiss. Nothing that could drive you crazy, I have even heard more hiss in some TV shows, so it isn't anything that makes the audio useless, but it is there. I'm sure you can get rid of most of it with Audition and end with pretty good audio quality. I haven't tested it with more expensive mics.
I bought this audio system mainly for interviews and for that it's perfectly fine. You get that WOAH factor when the interviewee sees you are in the other side of the road giving instructions to your interviewer and you can talk each other. It could even be used for spying purposes maybe(?).
Anyways, I wouldn't expect less for how much I paid for this.
If you're looking for extremely premium audio quality with no hiss at all and all those features, you'd have to buy a sound recorder and sync the audio later. But If you're lazy like me and you don't want to sync audio in post and you want just fine audio, you can't get wrong with this audio system.
I originally gave this product 5 stars. I had to downgrade to 4 after a few months. While the sound quality is excellent, I think either my unit's external microphone jack is defective or there's some issue in general with these units with the external connection jack in the transmitter. I've seen reviews where people can hook up either a Smart Lav or a Giant Squid directly into it but I have not been able to do so without incredible amount of static. I'll order another one to just make sure this is not a defective unit. I hope it works as I need the lavaliere function. Using the transmitter directly as a lav is very distracting as this is a huger unit on someone's shirt and will pull it down. I'll keep you updated.
Overall the sound quality is really smooth and nice. It does sound really clear. The main problem is that the a6000 and this microphone both lack gain controls. Whenever the speaker would raise his voice or get excited, the sound clips. He wasn't shouting or being really loud, just increasing his volume during parts of the message. This speaker does get excited a lot so there was a lot of clipping. I was able to adjust the sound in post, but it obviously didn't sound great. It was still better than in-camera, but definitely not clean at those times. If only Sony would somehow update the a6000 to include audio controls, this would have been a dream come true.
The mic isn't huge, but it is definitively bigger than a regular lav mic. Our speaker didn't mind clipping it to his shirt. I also tried the Sony lav mic since it has a jack. The same problems of clipping also occur, but at least it was less bulky.
There is also a microphone built into the receiver to perhaps record an interviewer behind the camera. I didn't really try this so I can't comment on it.
I think I used the same Eneloop battery for about a combined 2.5 hours of speaking. I didn't do any tests to see how long it would take to fully drain.
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