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Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic

B&H # SOECMHGZ1 Mfr # ECMHGZ1
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The Sony ECM-HGZ1 is a compact shotgun/zoom microphone for compatible Sony HandyCam cameras. The compact microphone enhances audio quality and mounts to the active (16-pin) shoe where the audio and power connections are made. ECM-HGZ1 features a telephoto mode that rejects ambiance and background audio at the off-axis sections of the capsule. The Wide-Angle mode broadens the pickup angle, so no sound occurring in frame is missed.

Shotgun zoom microphone for compatible Handycam camcorders
Synchronizes the microphone's pickup pattern with the camcorder's zoom
Captures a super cardioid pattern in telephoto and a cardioid pattern in wide-angle
Includes three setting positions for use in a variety of video shooting situations
Works with a Handycam camcorder's Active Interface Shoe
Powered by camcorder; no need for a separate battery
Transducer Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern Gun / Zoom: Cardioid, Super Cardioid
Frequency Response Not Specified By Manufacturer
Dynamic Range (Typical) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Maximum Input Sound Level Not Specified By Manufacturer
Power Requirements Powered from Active Shoe
Output Impedance Not Specified By Manufacturer
Output Connectors Active Interface Shoe (16 pin)
Pad No
Low Frequency Roll-Off No
Dimensions (WxHxL) 1.13 x 2.23 x 4.52" (28.8 x 56.8 x 115mm)
Weight 1.8 oz (50 g)
Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic
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  • 3 Month Warranty
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    3.9

    (based on 47 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (39)
    • Lightweight (37)
    • Compact (29)
    • Good audio (22)
    • Versatile (12)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (4)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (23)
    • Outdoor events / games (21)
    • Home studio (10)
    • Performances (10)
    • Shooting indoors (6)
      • How long have you owned it:
      • A month or less

         

        83% 

        (5 reviews)

        One-to-three months

         

        Three-to-six months

         

        More than six months

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (22), Novice (11), Aspiring film maker (4), Parent (3), Tech savvy (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    It does its job

    The Mic has 2 setting, other than OFF, Gun and Zoom, the Zoom setting is very unique, in wide angle it sounds very much like the normal camcorder microphone, when you zoom...Read complete review

    The Mic has 2 setting, other than OFF, Gun and Zoom, the Zoom setting is very unique, in wide angle it sounds very much like the normal camcorder microphone, when you zoom it in, it will start to isolate the side and back noise giving a clearer sound to what is directly in front of you. This worked great while taping the grand kids in the front yard while I held a conversation with my son next to the camera, you can still hear side and back sounds but they are greatly reduced.

    In Gun mode the microphone acts more like the Zoom setting when zoomed all the way in, this would be great if you need to back off the zoom to wide angle and still reduce the surrounding noises while being able to record a conversation in front of you.

    I own the Sony HDR-CX7, in the instructions it warns against picking it up from the microphone, but there is this very strong urge to do so, most likely because of the size compared to the camcorder.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    At least it's convenient

    I use this shotgun mic for sports. In "on" and "off" tests, I have found it to work slightly better than the standard on-camera mic. I suspect...Read complete review

    I use this shotgun mic for sports. In "on" and "off" tests, I have found it to work slightly better than the standard on-camera mic. I suspect that the reason it is a little more directional than the camera mic is that the shotgun mic is monaural, so it by definition only allows one direction in shotgun mode. Don't bother with the zoom setting. You are better off using your camera mic. If you want a real workable solution, and have an extra $100, you should take a look at the Rhode VideoMic also sold by B&H. It is rated highly, but does cost 3x's as much.

    If you want a marginal improvement in directional pickup (but not much better sound quality), and want to use the Sony hotshoe, this is really your only alternative.

    Reviewed by 47 customers

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    4.0

    Great Sound

    By None

    from Edwards AFB, California

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound

    Cons

    • Too Early To Say

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic:

    We got great sound compared to the standard mic that comes with the camera.

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    5.0

    Sony Shotgun Zoom Mic

    By Charlie

    from Springfield, MO

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Sound Quality
    • Installs Quickly
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Linehook To Prevent Falls

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Home use
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Record From Tv

    Comments about Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic:

    I've used my Zoom Mic now for over 2 years. I do a lot of musical concert recording and have used my mic many times. It is lightweight, sturdy, and very convenient to use. The price is very attractieve, and it definitely improves the sound quality of my recordings. Specifically, it helps to eliminate background noise when I zoom in toward the subject. Although the instructions warm against dropping the unit, I have, as all might, inadvertently dropped it; and it continues to work well.

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      4.0

      Great addition to improve movie quality!

      By Joe

      from Mid-Michigan

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic:

        Super simple to attach to my camera right out of the box. Works well and really improves sound quality of movies.

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        4.0

        In the right hands, this is a great tool

        By Sharpshooter Bob

        from Eugene, OR

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Won~'~~t Break The Bank

        Cons

        • Complains When Shut Off

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Presentations

        Comments about Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic:

        Sony's ECM-HGZ1 shotgun zoom mic performs as advertised. When linked to a compatible video camera, the microphone narrows its reception pattern as the camera zooms, blocking out sounds from the side and focusing on the spot being zoomed to. As long as the source of sound is the same as the video, such as zooming to a speaker in the front of the room, the microphone does a great job. Don't make the mistake I did and use it to video a slide presentation while the speaker is off to the side--you'll get good video, but very attenuated audio. When I realized what was happening, I turned the microphone off and the (Sony) camera complained--my only negative experience with the setup. But used as it should be, this microphone gives clear sound to fit the video--wide angle when the camera is not zoomed in, and focused sound when it is.

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        4.0

        Great ad on

        By Camera guy

        from Winnipeg, mb

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events

          Comments about Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic:

          Perfect to use with sony camera.

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          3.0

          pretty good

          By Saucedo

          from Salinas, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events

            Comments about Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic:

            I purchased this item to be used outdoor for my sons soocer games. My main concern was the wind noise. I did cut it back, but not 100% like I wanted it. I wish they would make a wind sock for it.

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            4.0

            ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic-nice addition

            By Charlie

            from Springfield, MO

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic:

            It fits conveniately to the "intelligent" accesory on top of the camera with no imposing wires protruding. On an aesthetic note, it makes the camcorder look "shiek." Though it may not provide the quality of a more expensive mic, it does add a lot without having to pay the 3 times price. It is light weight and doesn't get in the way, either mounted on the camera or when transporting it.

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            3.0

            Great for the price

            By CTV

            from Maryland

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Noise reduction

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Interviews

            Comments about Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic:

            The one thing you need to know about this mic is that its not going to be a huge change from the regular camera mic. But there is a difference. The zoom feature works actually quite well. The one thing it doesn't have enough of is off-axis noise reduction. Great for interviewing.

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            5.0

            Just what I needed!

            By ChrisNLouisiana

            from Lafayette,Louisiana

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic:

              If you are looking for a great mic. to block out unwanted noise this one works perfect! If you use it without zooming in it will capture sounds around you but the neat thing about it is that as you zoom in the field that the mic. picks up gets narrower and at full zoom it will block out all side noises and just pick up directly in front. It's really clear and impresses me. Get one and see for yourself!

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              5.0

              Cool product!

              By Dano

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Decent audio

              Best Uses

              • Good B-Roll mic

              Comments about Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic:

              I use this on a B-Roll camera and with a dead cat it works great in the outdoors for a portable mic.

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              3.0

              Shotgun, not a rifle

              By Tommy Pups

              from Charleston, SC

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic:

              Although it does pick up good audio, it tends not to be as directional as I had hoped. It picks up a lot of background noise such as unwanted conversation.

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              5.0

              satisfaction guaranteed

              By arty

              from australia

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic:

                I now use this product all the time, finding it suite my requirments for better audio to my productions. It is easy to attatch, and after a few tests found it surprisingly good for the price.
                The only addtional requirement would be a wind sock, for use on very windy days.

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                4.0

                good little mic

                By sitz

                from maine

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events

                  Comments about Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic:

                  Very compact but good sound for its size and price. This is the second one we've used (first one was lost) for a compact Sony HD camera.

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                  5.0

                  Good product for the money

                  By casitguy

                  from Bloomington, IL

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic:

                    We bought this mic to record presentations from around 40-50 feet away. Using the zoom mic setting most of the background noise is cut out and the speaker is much easier to hear. I have not had a need to use the shotgun mic setting as if yet.
                    This was about the cheapest model i found and it does the job I wanted it to.

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                    5.0

                    Great product

                    By Mickey

                    from Los Angeles, CA.

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Recommended to all

                    Cons

                    • none

                    Best Uses

                    • Outdoor

                    Comments about Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic:

                    I used most the time in my kids sport activities and very helpful.

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                    5.0

                    Works Great

                    By Kevin

                    from Anderson, SC

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic:

                      We record video testimonials in office and it works great and captures the speakers voice very well. So far, happy!

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                      2.0

                      At least it's convenient

                      By Unplugged

                      from Irvine, CA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Looks sorta cool wo wire
                      • Uses Sony hotshoe

                      Cons

                      • Breaks Easily
                      • Cheap Plastic
                      • Limited Functions

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Kids Sports

                      Comments about Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic:

                      I use this shotgun mic for sports. In "on" and "off" tests, I have found it to work slightly better than the standard on-camera mic. I suspect that the reason it is a little more directional than the camera mic is that the shotgun mic is monaural, so it by definition only allows one direction in shotgun mode. Don't bother with the zoom setting. You are better off using your camera mic. If you want a real workable solution, and have an extra $100, you should take a look at the Rhode VideoMic also sold by B&H. It is rated highly, but does cost 3x's as much.

                      If you want a marginal improvement in directional pickup (but not much better sound quality), and want to use the Sony hotshoe, this is really your only alternative.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Results

                      By Chris

                      from Queensland, Australia

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic:

                        I just love the way this mic focuses the speech pattern from picking up all sound wide angle to specifically two people talking at distance on zoom.

                        I have use this at weddings & parties where speeches are made and it work really well; particularly given it's size!

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                        3.0

                        Good for the price

                        By mac

                        from colorado

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording

                          Comments about Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic:

                          It's enough of an improvement over the built-in mic and it's portable enough to be worth it at its low price.

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                          3.0

                          Mic just o.k.

                          By Smitty

                          from New Haven, CT

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Inexpensive

                          Cons

                          • Limited Functions

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Student Films

                          Comments about Sony ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic:

                          This mic is used on a SONY Handicam by students in a video class in the making of short films. We find that the "Zoom" setting is virtually the same as the cameras built-in mic. However, the "Gun" setting works reasonably well in focusing the mic and provides an alternative to the built-in. The mic is easily attached to the cameras hot-shoe.

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