The Sennheiser MKE400 Shotgun Mic

The Sennheiser MKE400 Shotgun Mic

Over a year ago I had the opportunity to examine a little shotgun mic from Sennheiser called the ME36. We’re talking tiny – look at your pinky finger and imagine a shotgun mic that small! This little wonder was initially released as a podium mic and that is where it has existed its moderately successful life. Well…I thought it would make an awesome on-camera mic if they would make a few changes.

In my testing I found the ME36 to be warm and natural sounding yet surprising directional. I waved it around and “Whooomp!” Overly sensitive on the low end with any movement. The mic definitely needed a high pass filter or “low end cut” to remove the rumble that made my headphones bottom out.

The bigger question was, how would this mount to a camera via the accessory shoe mount? No one had a shockmount even close to this small. And – how could we get power to this mic on a consumer/prosumer camcorder – the ME36 requires phantom power. Also, how would we get from the propriety mini XLR over to an 1/8″ miniplug?

Well, Sennheiser engineers listened and answered all these question. Here you are seeing a pre-release version of the new Sennhesier MKE400 camcorder microphone.

This folks, is going to be a killer mic for smaller cameras like the Canon HV20. You see, even the highly popular, extremely successful RODE Videomic can seem overwhelming on a palm-sized camcorder. It can also remind people they’re on camera. When you have a mic this small, you can really be unobtrusive and “blend in”. From what I’ve heard so far, the unit will be powered for 300 hours by a single AAA battery. There will also be XLR support and the unit will weigh less than 3oz. Amazing sound in a small package! Good things are yet to come!

Sennheiser MKE400

Availability: Currently back ordered/Please contact us for expected ship dates

Price: $199.00

Sennheiser MZW400 Kit

Professional accessory kit for use with the MKE 400 Shotgun microphone

Kit Includes-

1- MZW 400 Windshield with attached “Hairy Cover”

1- 3-pin XLR adaptor

MZW400 Accessory kit

Availability: Usually ships same/next day

Price: $49.00

2 Comments

  1. Cliff Etzel 13 years ago

    If this mic lives up to the marketing hype, I’ll be looking to sell my Rode VideoMic and replacing it with this – the size and weight of this unit falls very much in line with the rest of my gear.

    Cliff Etzel – Solo Video Journalist
    bluprojekt

  2. ben smithson 10 years ago

    How much “bump” noise do you get on the audio track from handling the camera? I’m debating this mic vs Rode VideoMic. I have been using a hotshoe-mounted Zoom H2 for audio, and it gets a ton of this type of handling noise when I move/handle the camera.

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