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Sony ECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone - for Camcorders

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The Sony ECM-MSD1 camcorder stereo microphone delivers high quality stereo audio pick up while rejecting off-axis noise. The ECM-MSD1 is compact and ideal for use on compact, consumer camcorders. The microphone features 90 and 120 degree switchable pick-up patterns and connects to the intelligent accessory shoe on select Sony camera models (see Sony website for compatibility). The cable features a 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo mini connector. The ECM-MDS1 is an excellent solution for improving camcorder audio.

Stereo pickup with switchable 90 and 120 degree pick up angles.
Attaches to intelligent shoe on select Sony cameras.
Lightweight and compact for easy mounting and use.
Operating Temperature +0 to +40°C (+32 to +104°F)
Material ABS
Color Silver / Black
Dimensions 1 1/8 x 2 1/2 x 2 7/8" (27 x 60.5 x 72.5mm) (WxHxD)
Weight Approx. 1.8 oz (50g)
Sony ECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone - for Camcorders
  • Sony Alkaline Button LR44 Battery
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    SonyECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone
     
    4.4

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (17)
    • Great sound quality (11)
    • Easy to use (10)
    • Improves performance (5)
    • Simple use (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home movies (4)
      • Shooting indoors (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (13)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (11), Business (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Best Sound all around town!

      It's "Perfect" for my Sony DCR-TRV11 Hi Res DV Camcorder I've had since 2000. I started a "Mobile Memory Maker" hobby thats almost turned into a business because the...Read complete review

      It's "Perfect" for my Sony DCR-TRV11 Hi Res DV Camcorder I've had since 2000. I started a "Mobile Memory Maker" hobby thats almost turned into a business because the great stuff I've done to dvd for local organizations and non profit groups and FAMILY AND FREINDS and necesary groups in the community. The Sound is FANTASTIC and adds the perfect touch to the great quality video. I'm doing video and Sound quality to dvd like NO ONE else around! I recommend this to anyone who wants to make their video memories perfect with Fantastic hi fidelity stereo sound. It makes the memories so real, it's almost like being there again. So B&H folks- if ever in Northern California, I promise to send you home with a great production of your function or visit, and a good mocha or expresso or just good coffee on me! Also- You can count on me as a "Designated Driver", I got 15 Years "Clean and Sober" in Nov 2008. Peace and Blessings to You All, Signed Pat Paul.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great External Mic

      I needed an external mic to capture better sound for my video footage. Mainly for kids activities, sports, and school functions.
      Overall, for what I need, microphone worked great.Read complete review

      I needed an external mic to capture better sound for my video footage. Mainly for kids activities, sports, and school functions.
      Overall, for what I need, microphone worked great.
      PROS:
      Great sound quality. Great sound pick-up. Easy connections.
      CONS:
      Picks up wind noise easily. Must use foam for windy days.
      Didn't know it was battery powered. Expected it to use hot shoe. Now I need to carry extra LR44 batteries to find out how long these batteries will work.

      Overall satisfied, but could have been better if it used the camera hot shoe.

      Reviewed by 19 customers

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      5.0

      Great add-on

      By Bikehack

      from Maui Hawaii

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Great Sound Quality
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony ECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone:

          This mic. has been great when the subject is far away and the sound is important. great value for the money

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          A must needed Microphone

          By Video's are us

          from Miami, Florida

          About Me Gearhead

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Great Sound Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Battery life short

          Best Uses

          • Productivity

          Comments about Sony ECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone:

          To get excellent audio recorded to your video tapes this is a must.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          3.0

          Didn't blow me away

          By dert

          from North Dakota

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • No power indicator light

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony ECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone:

            Wanted an external mic for a Panasonic TDC-TM90 for recording presentation is a small classroom. The sound did seem a little better but the directionality was no different as far as I could tell.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            4.0

            Exactly what I wanted

            By TG the photographer

            from Colorado Springs, CO

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Great Sound Quality
            • Lightweight
            • Long Lasting

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony ECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone:

                Great compact microphone for a DSLR. Better than most mikes built into most video cameras and small enough to not take up too much space in my kit. I don't do professional video, stills are my priority but it's nice to have a stereo mike handy when you want to switch to video.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Excellent for a55

                By bonita photographer

                from bonita springs, fl

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Great Sound Quality
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony ECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone:

                    I compared this item to the new sony mic for the a55 and all the specs read out the same. Sound quality is fantastic and plugs right into the a55 with no issues! Recommended!!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    4.0

                    Good Mic for home videos but CAUTION!!!

                    By T2eye

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Long Lasting

                    Cons

                    • No batterypower light
                    • Not hot shoe compatible

                    Best Uses

                    • Home videos

                    Comments about Sony ECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone:

                    Affordable, portable little mic that I can throw into my camera bag and mount onto my Canon T2i whenever I want better sound for my home videos or informal projects. It weighs close to nothing and its humble stature does not throw my Glidecam all out of whack.
                    CAUTION - there is no battery indicator light which remains on or warns you if battery is dying. The only indicator is a little momentary blip when you flip the mic on and then pray there is enough battery life to capture your audio. Therefore, carry spare batteries around.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    3.0

                    Good-not great-DSLR Video Solution

                    By spark chaser

                    from Central Florida

                    About Me Gearhead

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Not a good value

                    Best Uses

                    • Product evaluation

                    Comments about Sony ECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone:

                    Using this MIC to solve the audio issues on a Canon DSLR used for video. AGC on the Canon is fixed & renders the camera almost useless for Video with audio. This MIC isolates the target enough so off-camera noise does not cause the AGC to clamp to zero. It works!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    Great sounding low end mic

                    By Sleve

                    from Vernon, CT

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Great Sound Quality
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long Lasting
                    • Simple Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Productivity
                      • Professional

                      Comments about Sony ECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone:

                      I use this mic for getting ambient sound and for close quarter interviews. It's compact size and weight is perfect for new generation Digital SLR's that shoot HD. I cant think of anything negative about this product.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Small Mic, lots of pickup

                      By Dave OC

                      from Orange County, CA

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Great Sound Quality
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long Lasting
                      • Portable
                      • Simple Use
                      • Small

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Personal
                        • Professional

                        Comments about Sony ECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone:

                        The sound quality from this mic vs. the camera mono pick-up is night and day. I am was looking for the small mic, simple solution without forking out the $$$ for pro-mics. I use the camera for professional (low-end) and personal use. It plugs in easy, small cord with notch so the cord stay out of the viewfinder's way. It is the smallest solution I saw for mics and is simple design and fits perfect in the mount-shoe.The power switch controls off, 90 degree, and 120 degree pickup. Simple. My one knock on the mic, no LED to show that power is on, not a big deal, just remember. Also, small special battery style but found at any drug store counter. All in all, great price, great product in the sub-$100 category. [...]

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        3.0

                        Great External Mic

                        By Randy

                        from Michigan's West Coast

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great Sound Quality
                        • Lightweight
                        • Simple Use

                        Cons

                        • Doesn't use hot shoe
                        • Picks up wind noise easy

                        Best Uses

                        • Inside

                        Comments about Sony ECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone:

                        I needed an external mic to capture better sound for my video footage. Mainly for kids activities, sports, and school functions.
                        Overall, for what I need, microphone worked great.
                        PROS:
                        Great sound quality. Great sound pick-up. Easy connections.
                        CONS:
                        Picks up wind noise easily. Must use foam for windy days.
                        Didn't know it was battery powered. Expected it to use hot shoe. Now I need to carry extra LR44 batteries to find out how long these batteries will work.

                        Overall satisfied, but could have been better if it used the camera hot shoe.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Mighty Mini

                        By Tech Brat

                        from Keizer, Or.

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great Sound Quality
                        • Lightweight
                        • Simple Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Den
                          • Presentations

                          Comments about Sony ECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone:

                          I bought this for the new Kodak Zi-8 and it does what it's supposed to. It's not a Sennheiser but I'm only using the camera for personal applications. Dual field choice makes it a handy gadget at reasonable cost. I would recommend it as well as buy it again.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Not really directional

                          By Frank

                          from Montreal, Canada

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Great Sound Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sony ECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone:

                              The sound is good, but the microphone is far from being directional. Even at the 90 degree setting you can do a 180 with the microphone and there is not a great difference. Be carefull it does not fit the smart shoe of the Sony HDSR series camera.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Eliminating concert audio distortion

                              By Pokerface

                              from Montreal,Canada

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Pros

                              • Great Sound Quality
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Need a Battery

                              Best Uses

                              • Loud Live Band usage

                              Comments about Sony ECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone:

                              My first recording on my hdr-sr1 with internal mic was a dissapointment recording live music band.The audio came out distorted totally distorted due to the low frequency audio.I then purchased this mic ECM-MSD1 and what a huge difference.It was night and day.I love recording with this mic.Highly recommended buy.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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                              4.0

                              not a bad product

                              By Joycie

                              from Wyoming

                              About Me Technically Challenged

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Great Sound Quality
                              • Lightweight
                              • Simple Use

                              Cons

                              • Flimsy

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sony ECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone:

                                This microphone is the first one I have purchased for my video camera. It fit perfectly on my camera and seems to work well. I can definitely tell the difference between using it and not using it. The only thing I don't like about it so far is the power button on the microphone seems flimsy.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Best Sound all around town!

                                By Mobile Memory Maker

                                from Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, Northern Cal

                                About Me Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Lightweight
                                • Quality Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Movies
                                  • Shooting Indoors
                                  • Shooting Outdoors
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Sony ECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone:

                                  It's "Perfect" for my Sony DCR-TRV11 Hi Res DV Camcorder I've had since 2000. I started a "Mobile Memory Maker" hobby thats almost turned into a business because the great stuff I've done to dvd for local organizations and non profit groups and FAMILY AND FREINDS and necesary groups in the community. The Sound is FANTASTIC and adds the perfect touch to the great quality video. I'm doing video and Sound quality to dvd like NO ONE else around! I recommend this to anyone who wants to make their video memories perfect with Fantastic hi fidelity stereo sound. It makes the memories so real, it's almost like being there again. So B&H folks- if ever in Northern California, I promise to send you home with a great production of your function or visit, and a good mocha or expresso or just good coffee on me! Also- You can count on me as a "Designated Driver", I got 15 Years "Clean and Sober" in Nov 2008. Peace and Blessings to You All, Signed Pat Paul.

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                                  5.0

                                  I'm happy

                                  By chronik17

                                  from Ufa, Russia

                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Improves Performance

                                  Cons

                                  • Camera noise is notable

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Movies

                                  Comments about Sony ECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone:

                                  I own the old Sony camcorder of Digital 8 standard since 2003. I was allways dissatisfied with the sound quality of the internal microphone. After buying of this device I got a big improvement in sound quality.

                                  One note: I additionally attach a little self-made paper shield between camera and mic for elimination of the motor noise .

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                                  5.0

                                  This works!

                                  By Scott the TreeMD

                                  from Chicago, IL

                                  About Me Parent

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                  • Improves Performance
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Quality Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Movies

                                    Comments about Sony ECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone:

                                    This microphone really works in boosting the sound quality of my camcorder. I use it for interviews but it works equally well picking up sounds at the little league games.

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                                    4.0

                                    Works Well

                                    By TroiOH

                                    from Columbus, Ohio

                                    About Me Film Professional

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Improves Performance
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor Interface

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Shooting Indoors
                                    • Shooting Outdoors

                                    Comments about Sony ECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone:

                                    I am using this mic on a Sony HDR-HC7 camcorder that I use mostly for personal use or on the job when a small camera will cover the task. It works well. It runs a little "hot," so be careful with the levels. My only real disappointment was that the base is designed for attachment to a full sized shoe, not a camcorder shoe. I had to purchase a $20 adaptor from another company (rip off) to be able to use this Sony mic on my Sony camcorder. Very strange! This is a miniature mic, so it would never be used on a full-sized pro or prosumer camera.

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                                    4.0

                                    The mic works great and looks cool.

                                    By Jimmbo Craw

                                    from Bozeman, MT

                                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                    • Improves Performance
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Quality Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home Movies
                                      • Shooting Indoors

                                      Comments about Sony ECM-MSD1 Stereo Gun Zoom Microphone:

                                      I really like my new mini mic. It is fun to use, and works well also. The only problem, is that the camera doesn't record sound if the mic is plugged in, but turned off. Other than that, it is a great product.

                                      • How long have you owned it:
                                      • One-to-three months

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