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Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone

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Product Highlights
  • AIS Compatible
  • Powered by HandyCam Camera
  • Selectable Pick Up Angle

The Sony ECM-HST1 gun zoom microphone is an affordable solution for general audio capturing with Sony Handycam camcorders. The small, lightweight gun zoom microphone features user selectable audio coverage, allowing users to select between 90 and 120 degree pick up angles. In addition, the mic features an Active Interface Shoe that enables the microphone to be powered directly from Sony Handycam camcorders.

Active Interface Shoe
Powered directly from and controlled by the Handycam camcorder's unique Active Interface Shoe.
High Quality Stereo Audio
Reproduces audio with a true-to-life stereo perspective.
User-Selectable Audio Coverage
Select 90 degrees for concentrating on a single speaker, or 120 degrees for picking up group conversation.
Transducer Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern Unidirectional x2 Stereo
Frequency Response 100 - 10,000Hz
Dynamic Range (Typical) Not Specified by Manufacturer
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Under 39.0dB S.P.L
Maximum Input Sound Level Not Specified by Manufacturer
Power Requirements Plug-in power capability
Output Impedance Not Specified by Manufacturer
Output Connectors Straight Shaped Mini 3.5 Gold Plated
Pad No
Low Frequency Roll-Off No
Dimensions 0.47 x 2.24" (12 x 57mm)
Weight 1 oz (17g)
Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone
  • Windscreen
  • Carrying Pouch
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SonyECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone
     
    4.2

    (based on 26 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (21)
    • Lightweight (17)
    • Interfaces well with camcorder (11)
    • Improves performance (9)
    • Good audio (7)

    Cons

    • No performance improvement (3)

    Best Uses

    • Shooting indoors (8)
    • Shooting outdoors (8)
    • Home movies (7)
    • Travel (6)
    • Upgrade (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (7), Aspiring film maker (5), Experienced (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    No distortion

    I use the ECM-HST1 mic on my Sony DCR-SR82. I bought it in hopes of overcoming the distortion I get with the on-board mic while recording loud, live concerts.

    Whereas the...Read complete review

    I use the ECM-HST1 mic on my Sony DCR-SR82. I bought it in hopes of overcoming the distortion I get with the on-board mic while recording loud, live concerts.

    Whereas the recordings I made before were distorted and difficult to listen to, the quality of the audio with the ECM-HST1 mic was clear and had reasonable bass response from about 100 feet away.

    The recordings with the ECM-HST1 are definitely good enough to share with friends and to post online.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not for Sony HR-500V camcorder!!!

    I bought the Sony ECM-HST1 top mounted mic to improve the 5.1 built-in mic on my Sony HR-500V HD camcorder which is noisy, picks up too much rear sound like operator breathing, and...Read complete review

    I bought the Sony ECM-HST1 top mounted mic to improve the 5.1 built-in mic on my Sony HR-500V HD camcorder which is noisy, picks up too much rear sound like operator breathing, and has trouble picking up speakers just 6+ feet away. However, this external mic with 90 and 120 degree coverage settings has just as much noise (albeit higher pitched) and has significantly lower volume at its 90 setting and is still a tad lower at 120. The mic is also very sensitive to wind noise - even a slight breeze. A wind screen is provided but shouldn't have to be used for slight breezes. It's only potential benefit is that it greatly reduces rear noise - so much so, it's hard to narrate your recording - and it has a shock mount that might reduce camera handling noise though I don't have any when I shoot. I did a test with a cheap $7 mono mic I bought at [...] that I plugged into the external 1/8" mic input and was blown away by the tremendous sensitivity it provided. I was able to record quiet conversations at 10 feet. I then tried another similar "end cap special" with the same results. I then tried an old 3Sony external stereo mic and it, too, produced astounding results. Judging by the poor reviews of Sony's only other top-mount mike, a shotgun, it appears Sony has a serious flaw when using either of their only two top mounted mics in their proprietary top "smart" shoe. It's a shame because the idea is great but the execution is terrible. Just plug just about any other standard mic into the 1/8" mic jack and you'll get outstanding sensitivity. The only inconvenience with this approach is that there is no place to mount or hang an external mic and the top mount is proprietary and won't accept standard photo shoe mount brackets or accessories. If you have money to burn, don't need a sensitive mic, don't mind the background his, and want to significantly mute rear sound pickup, then it might be ok for you. For my prosumer use, it just doesn't work and isn't worth the price.I gave it 3 stars because it is not a bad mic. It is just a solution that when used with the HR-500V that is worse in most respects than the internal mics it is supposed to replace and improve upon.

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    5.0

    Idiot-proof functionality

    By 339 FGA member

    from Springfield, VA

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Shooting Indoors
      • Shooting Outdoors
      • Travel
      • Upgrade

      Comments about Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone:

      The ECM-HST1 and its windsock reduce the wind noise problems I had with my HDR-CX550 while shooting airshows and veterans' meetings. Wind is a fact of life at an airport, but noisy hotel air conditioning was an unexpected problem when I was asked to record the group discussions. 120 degree mic setting improved the Merlin sounds of the airshow. 90 degree mic setting helped pick out audience questions in the meetings. No wires to plug in and what the mic hears, you also hear thru headphones. The wind sock does not appear in the field of view. It may lack an attenuation switch and a high pass filter switch, but it is an idiot-proof answer to the recording promblems I encountered. If you think you need it, buy it.

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      5.0

      I would buy this again

      By none

      from Great Bend, Ks

      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
        • Shooting Outdoors
        • Travel
        • Upgrade

        Comments about Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone:

        Fits my camera and does a good job of recording sound.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        1.0

        Horrible Mic

        By Lynette

        from Chicago

        About Me Film Professional

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • No Performance Improvement

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies

        Comments about Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone:

        I am a professional videographer for a large company, and I have pretty decent equipment there. At home, however, the only filming I do is when I dive, so I didn't buy a camera with the same kind of features I would normally use at my job. Well, I got asked to film something for a freelance project, and I agreed - however, since I only have a built-in mic for the Sony HDR-CX12 (there is no mic or headphone jack!) I purchased this mic.

        It made absolutely NO difference. I thought maybe I didn't have it turned on or working or something, but I could not find any indication that that was the case, and of course, there's no easy way to tell since there's no headphone jack. It was the same quality as the camera's built-in mic.

        I am most likely going to return this.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Very good shotgun

        By gmoneyvidz

        from Baton Rouge, La

        About Me Aspiring Film Maker

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Shooting Indoors
          • Shooting Outdoors
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone:

          Indoors or outdoors, this mic never lets me down. I have purchased 6 for different cameras. Even wind noise isn't a factor.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Great mic

          By Chuck the camcorder dad

          from Seattle , Wa.

          About Me Parent

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Shooting Indoors
            • Shooting Outdoors

            Comments about Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone:

            Have a Sony Camcorder HDR-SR12 and bought the mic to see if can improve the audio. The mic syncs well with the hot shoe on my Sony with noticeable improvement in sound. Also comes with a wind sock that makes outdoor recording sound better too!

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            • No

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            1.0

            Sound pickup is low

            By Burwash

            from Kanata, Ontario, Canada

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Lower Recording Level
              • No Performance Improvement

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone:

              I expected a "focused" mic to have better sound pickup than the camcorder built in mic. This one doesn't. The only advantage I see is if you are recording your own voice (it can rotate 180 degrees) to annotate a video because you are close to the mic and it will not pick up other sounds around you.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Better mike thant the built-in mikes

              By Roc

              from San Jose, CA

              About Me Aspiring Film Maker

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Replacement
                • Shooting Indoors
                • Shooting Outdoors
                • Upgrade

                Comments about Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone:

                I use this with my Sony HDR-CX580v, and it is head-and-shoulders better then the built-in mikes. It increases battery demands, so make sure to have extra battery back-ups.

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                5.0

                Satisfied

                By LBB

                from Athens, GA

                About Me Hobbyist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Upgrade

                  Comments about Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone:

                  Satisfied so far.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Compact and nicely integrated with camer

                  By Wayne

                  from Grand Rapids, MI

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Interface With Camcorder
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Unsure If It Yields Big I

                  Best Uses

                  • Shooting Indoors

                  Comments about Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone:

                  I'll be using it to record testimonials for training - should help - too early to tell - I've only tested it with it on - not without. My guess is its a plus - look cool anyway!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Good Little Mic

                  By The Movie Maker

                  from Kansas City , MO

                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Interface With Camcorder
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Shooting Outdoors

                    Comments about Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone:

                    I am satisfied about the performance . It did droped once accidentally and still perform well at a wedding at the park and was very windy, so i'm satisfied.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Nice !!!

                    By Davey

                    from Toronto, Canada

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Upgrade

                      Comments about Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone:

                      Great Product
                      Great sound

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                      • No

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                      3.0

                      Not too bad

                      By Phil

                      from Chicago

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • No Performance Improvement

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies

                      Comments about Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone:

                      I used this with my sony CX700v. Dont see any difference with camera's built in mic and this. Returning this back to BH

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                      4.0

                      Focused sound recording

                      By d2usa

                      from Ohio

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Shooting Indoors
                        • Shooting Outdoors
                        • Upgrade

                        Comments about Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone:

                        Does a great job picking up the audio in front of the camera at the 90 degree setting. Much better than the built in microphones which pick up everything, including all the sound you don't want. This is a great, low cost solution for recording video without a separate sound guy with boom mics. Good choice for beginning movie makers.

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                        • No

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                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Fast delivery!

                        By browneye

                        from Wassenaar, The Netherlands

                        About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Limited bass

                        Best Uses

                        • Shooting Outdoors

                        Comments about Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone:

                        Looks nice and compact. Works fine. Limited frequency performance. Missing Bass and Hi's for concerts etc.
                        Was shipped same day as ordered.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone

                        By JamesT1946

                        from Pearl, MS

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Interface With Camcorder
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Shooting Indoors
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone:

                          Works good picking up the sound in front of the camcorder.

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                          • No

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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Very Well Made

                          By Cliff

                          from Portland, OR

                          About Me Video Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Great Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Documentaries
                            • HD Shooting
                            • Home Movies
                            • Movies/Short Films
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone:

                            I'm the guy that would do anything to remove the negative effects of using the built-in mic on any camcorder. It's proprietary connector doesn't allow it to be used on non-ai and non-Sony products, but the hot shoe configuration is simple to use and sets up quickly.

                            The mic itself gives a clean signal with low noise and comes with a dead-cat to reduce wind noise. It can be adjusted to camera-facing l/r, rear-facing l/r, and 90 degree for front and rear l/r.

                            It has a gromit at the base to reduce camera-handling noise. Its protrusion from the camera removes the camcorder from being pocketable (for me, at least). I'm using it on a cx550.

                            Having the mic, along with the mic in for external mic'ing, gives me overall good options when getting sound from the camcorder itself. It doesn't replace a dedicated field recorder but it does produce a clearer signal than I thought it would.

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                            • No

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                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            ECM-HST1 Microphone by Sony

                            By ogitsanev

                            from Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Events

                              Comments about Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone:

                              excellent product, the best microphone for camcoder Sony

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                              3.0

                              A litlle shot gun microphone but good

                              By Alejo Alarcas

                              from San Crsitobal Chis Mexico

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Limited Functions

                              Best Uses

                              • Events

                              Comments about Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone:

                              For a public events it´s a good accesorie

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great Product

                              By Nan

                              from Wisconsin

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Events

                                Comments about Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone:

                                The microphone is perfect for picking up one speaker at an event. I used mine for the best man's speach at my son's wedding and it worked fantastic!

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                                5.0

                                Exceeded expectations

                                By Bill

                                from East Hampton, CT

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording

                                  Comments about Sony ECM-HST1 High-Fidelity Stereo Microphone:

                                  Was unhappy with wind noise from camcorder's built in mic. This mic (along with it's windscreen) performed flawlessly. Even when recording from an open car window wind noise is kept to a minimum, or is non-existant.

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