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Panasonic VW-VMH3 Stereo Zoom Microphone for GS500, GS150, GS250, GS200 and GS400 Series CCD Cameras

B&H # PAVWVMH3 Mfr # VW-VMH3
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The Panasonic VW-VMH3 is a compact stereo and shotgun microphone designed specifically for use with the Panasonic GS200 and GS400 line of CCD cameras. The VW-VMH3 features a hot-shoe, which establishes audio and power connection without additional cables, connectors or batteries.

The microphone's "zoom", "tele" and "wide" modes are accessed with a toggle switch on the rear of the microphone. "Wide" mode establishes a pick up of a wide stereo field, "zoom" and "tele" modes minimize off-axis noise, resulting in a more focused pick up and greater overall range. The compact VW-VMH3 weighs only 2.5 oz and is a great improvement to the microphone included with the camera.

Switchable wide, tele and zoom modes for wide stereo or focused audio pick up.
Hot shoe establishes audio and power connections without additional connections, batteries or cables.
Shock isolation on the shoe and barrel minimize handling noise.
Panasonic VW-VMH3 Stereo Zoom Microphone for GS500, GS150, GS250, GS200 and GS400 Series CCD Cameras
  • Windscreen
  • Storage Pouch
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    PanasonicVW-VMH3 Stereo Zoom Microphone
     
    4.4

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)
    • Lightweight (5)
    • Improves performance (4)
    • Interfaces well with camcorder (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Shooting indoors (4)
      • Shooting outdoors (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (4)

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      5.0

      Excellent quality audio and convenient

      By Phil

      from Australia

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Panasonic VW-VMH3 Stereo Zoom Microphone:

          I use this microphone on my Panasonic NV-GS500 (PAL) to record my son's live piano performances and the quality of the sound it produces with this camera is excellent. I typically use it in 'zoom' mode. Naturally it is not as good as using a properly set up mic located close to the piano, but it is as good as one can expect from a mic located on top of a video camera. The microphone is light and very convenient to use as it runs off the camera's hot shoe.

          The recorded sound has a slight background hiss, but this can be easily removed afterwards with the appropriate software.

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          5.0

          I would buy again from B&H!

          By PerfectEyeStudio

          from Grand Rapids, MI

          About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Shooting Indoors
            • Shooting Outdoors

            Comments about Panasonic VW-VMH3 Stereo Zoom Microphone:

            Works great on Pv-Gs 250 Panasonic Camcorder!

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            4.0

            Huge audio improvements with this mike

            By MerylE

            from East Chatham, NY

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Indoors
              • Upgrade

              Comments about Panasonic VW-VMH3 Stereo Zoom Microphone:

              I use the GS250 to record in-person interviews with people for different kinds of research studies my firm conducts. The built-in microphone picks up a lot of extraneous noise, especially when the camera is set up across the room.

              This mike solves that problem. I can set up the camera across the room, set the mike to "zoom" and then it sets itself to the level of visual zoom of the lens, isolating the audio of a conversation from the ambient room noise quite nicely. It turns the GS250 into a more sophisticated camcorder.

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              4.0

              Great zoom microphone

              By Russ

              from New Hampshire

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Poor Interface

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Replacement
              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Travel
              • Upgrade

              Comments about Panasonic VW-VMH3 Stereo Zoom Microphone:

              This microphone is like an extension for your ear -- well, at least for your camcorder's ear.

              You can be standing at some distance from the sound source, and when you zoom in with the lens, the microphone also zooms in to pick up the sound. I did this, for example, at a Big Sur waterfall that was some distance away. When I zoomed in, you could hear the water hitting the sand below in the resulting shot. I was amazed and convinced with that one shot alone.

              The microphone also has wide and tele settings.

              I used it for years, until one time recently I somehow broke the plastic part of the connector where the device attaches to the camcorder. That is the one reason I didn't give this a 5-star rating. One needs to be cautious when the microphone is attached and avoid picking up the camcorder by the microphone.

              However, I like the excellent features of the microphone so much, I bought a replacement, so that should tell you something.

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              4.0

              THE BEST GOT BETTER

              By Tell-Tale Productions

              from Colchester, VT

              About Me Aspiring Film Maker

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • Home Movies
                • Shooting Indoors
                • Shooting Outdoors
                • Travel

                Comments about Panasonic VW-VMH3 Stereo Zoom Microphone:

                Panasonic made the best prosumer Mini DV cameras bar none. Not ready for the expensive and frustrating change to HD? Neither am I. My arsenal of trusty Panny PV-400 and 500's (sadly, discontinued a few years ago) just got better. On-board mics are never that great, and this inexpensive little jewel was designed specifically for the hotshoe on these models. My prosumer cam now looks pro, and I'm proud to be using my 3CCD SD's into the second decade of the twenty-first century. While many filmmakers are stressing over which HD system is most compatible with their editing software and how to properly store their footage-- I'll be rolling my master and storage tape (all in one, imagine that!)with improved audio thanks to this baby.

                These are used for my railroad history documentaries, and are frequently subjected to less than ideal weather conditions. Trains run rain or shine, and so does my equipment. So far, so good. Honk and wave should you pass a guy with a pair of silver Panny's on Manfrotto tripods. All purchased from B&H, of course!

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