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Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone

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Product Highlights
  • Coiled 1/8" (3.5mm) Mini TRS Connector
  • Integrated Shock Mount
  • All Metal Construction
  • Single AAA Battery Powered

The Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Shotgun Microphone is a professional audio solution for handheld consumer video cameras and larger video cameras alike. The integrated shockmount conveniently mounts the MKE 400 onto any camera accessory shoe while effectively suppressing handling and vibration noise.

Switchable sensitivity aids in capturing long and short distances, resulting in pristine detailed audio and low noise. Additional features include all metal construction and up to 300 hours of operation on a single AAA alkaline battery. The MKE 400 offers a simple solution to achieving high quality audio and is well suited for consumer and professional video applications.

Switchable Sensitivity
The MKE 400 features switchable sensitivity for optimum results when capturing long and short distances.
Integrated Shockmount
Easily mounted onto any accessory shoe, the integrated shockmount effectively suppresses handling and vibration noise.
Efficient Battery Operation
The MKE 400 is powered up to 300 hours on a single AAA alkaline battery.
Durable All Metal Construction
The all metal construction provides a durable, rugged frame for rigorous professional and consumer operation.
Transducer Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern Supercardioid / Lobar
Frequency Response 40Hz to 20kHz
80Hz to 20kHz with windscreen
Dynamic Range (Typical) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Maximum Input Sound Level 126dB vol. in - position
118dB vol. in + position
Power Requirements 1.5V AAA Battery (300 hours)
Output Impedance Not Specified By Manufacturer
Output Connectors 1/8" (3.5mm) TRS Mini Plug
Pad None
Low Frequency Roll-Off None
Dimensions 5.12 x 0.82 x 2.44" (130 x 21 x 62mm) (LxDxH)
Weight 2.1 oz (60 g)
Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone
  • MKE 400 with 1/8" (3.5mm) TRS Mini Cable and Shockmount
  • AAA Alkaline Battery
  • Windscreen
  • 2 Year Warranty
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    SennheiserMKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone
     
    4.3

    (based on 174 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (83)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (66)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (152)
    • Easy to use (105)
    • Great sound quality (105)
    • Durable (59)
    • Simple use (51)

    Cons

    • Noisy (13)
    • Flimsy (10)

    Best Uses

    • Professional (60)
    • Productivity (39)
    • Presentations (27)
    • Shooting indoors (19)
    • Shooting outdoors (16)
      • How long have you owned it:
      • A month or less

         

        One-to-three months

         

        60% 

        (3 reviews)

        Three-to-six months

         

        More than six months

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (93), Gearhead (30), Technically challenged (12), Aspiring film maker (6), Film professional (6)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (92), Personal (54)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    a new standard for DV + documentary

    the first thing you notice when you pull it out of the box (well packed, by the way) is the size. I thought, there's no way i'll get usable audio out of...Read complete review

    the first thing you notice when you pull it out of the box (well packed, by the way) is the size. I thought, there's no way i'll get usable audio out of it but i have several years of experience with the me66 and know sennheisers usually find a way. i contract locally and professionally, and because of my work i prefer pro quality even at family gatherings and miniDV documentary style shoots.

    lets get to the + and -

    +sound quality is great- rejects any camera noise that my other mics pic up, including the self mic
    +so small...light but still sturdy. i tried the rode and nearly got carpal. now one of my arms is bigger than the other.
    +made in EUROPE, german engineering
    +cable is high quality, boot is secure
    +warranty rocks
    +the sound again, is so much better-- i really didn't think it would make that big of a difference until i finally upgraded away from the built in mic. the other brands were still an upgrade, but this was a true upgrade to quality and PROFESSIONAL results

    - i would have liked a hardshell case

    i would buy again if stolen and i don't do a shoot without it

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Maybe a better choice for the 5D Mark II

    If you're thinking of getting this mic because you think it's better than the built in mic on the 5D Mark II, you might want to think again. It won't pick up focusing and...Read complete review

    If you're thinking of getting this mic because you think it's better than the built in mic on the 5D Mark II, you might want to think again. It won't pick up focusing and IS noises as much as the built in mic does, but the quality isn't as great as I'd hoped from the other comments. Here is a comparison of the built in mic, this Sennheiser, and the Rode stereo videomic[@]

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    4.0

    Good accessory for your camera

    By adamski

    from St. Paul, MN

    About Me Gearhead

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Documentary
      • Professional

      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

      This improves the sound collected by DSLR shooting. Good options, easy to use and long battery life (provided you remember to turn it off). I like that it is metal construction and feels pretty solid for being so little. I thought the price was a little high compared to similar compact mics, but it seems to be worth it so far.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Great little mic

      By NLuc

      from Sydney, Australia

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Great Sound Quality
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Productivity
        • Professional

        Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

        I used to have the Rode Video Mic and purchased the MKE400 recently. Wow the size difference is amazing - This is so much smaller. I love how the AAA battery lasts 300 hrs. The sound pickup is great. So far so good.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        A really great shotgun microphone!

        By cameradude

        from Lake Villa, IL

        About Me Experienced Soundman, professional videographer, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Great For Dslrs
          • Professional

          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

          I have been using Sennheiser microphones for over 25 years and this recent acquisition of the MKE 400 compact shotgun microphone is no different than all of the previous mics from Sennheiser. This mic is well made, durable and sounds great! You can't go wrong with a Sennheiser!

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          4.0

          Form and function meet

          By nikon shooter

          from Portland, OR

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Great Sound Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional

            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

            Great mic! Great bang for the buck. Im using this mic with my Edirol and my D800 to gather sound and do interviews more of a visual journalistic style of shooting with this setup. Its not as obtrusive as other mics that ive seen on the market. German engineering gathering great sound. I would recumbent this to others.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            Excellent mic in a small compact package

            By Crickcrick1

            from Wenatchee, WA

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Great Sound Quality
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Productivity
              • Professional

              Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

              I use the mic on my Canon 7D and it has greatly increased the quality of my video recordings. The sound is much more clearer now and my customers do not have to speak nearly as loud to be heard.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              5.0

              So small it's embarrassing!

              By Workaday Shooter

              from Washington, DC

              About Me Gearhead

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Professional

                Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                Looks a little silly, but sounds great on my Canon 7D.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                A fan

                By RHT3

                from Denver

                About Me Gearhead

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Great Sound Quality
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional

                  Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                  Others have reviewed the sound of this mic as "thin." If the low cut switch is on (left most position, it is. If it's switched to the middle position, I am surprised at how good the tiny little speck of a mic really sounds. I use it for DSLR run and gun video. Mount to camera shoe, switch to middle power-on position and plug into the camera's mic input. Done. Fits ANYWHERE! Pocket, camera bag -- wherever. Try THAT with an ME66/K6!

                  Being small means you can't be rough with it, but you should be gentle to all audio instruments anyway. Bargain price. Tiny size. A must have for traveling light. All without too much compromise in sound quality.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  4.0

                  This shotgun mic sounds great

                  By Payt

                  from Buffalo, NY

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentary Filmmaking

                    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                    I've used this on several shoots now and it has produced very solid audio (a huge improvement from my 7D's onboard mic). Exceptional quality in small rooms, outdoors and in large indoor spaces.

                    There does seem to be a minor buzz present when you set it to high pickup mode, but this can be easily corrected in post with a little finesse and doesn't create a big problem.

                    All-in-all I'd recommend this to anyone doing shoots in the field who needs a fail-safe audio solution. Glad I picked this over the far chunkier Rode mic.

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                    5.0

                    Works great

                    By gar2019

                    from NYC, NY

                    About Me Technically Challenged

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Productivity

                      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                      Works great on my Nikon 5100. Sound quality has been increased.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Great Interview Microphone

                      By Alaska Video

                      from Cordova, Alaska

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Great Sound Quality
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                          I found that having the camera and microphone 8 to 10 feet from an interview subject under not too noisy conditions produces really good and realistic sound. With the furry cat accessory light breeze isn't a problem. Great product.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          Camera mic

                          By Morton

                          from St louis

                          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                          Easy to use
                          Top quality sound
                          Must have
                          Great price

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                          4.0

                          Seems good...

                          By Shooter

                          from Boston

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Professional

                            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                            I have a couple of K6 capsule mikes, lav mikes, but wanted something for simple & quick. While it's nowhere near as good as my better mikes through my Beachtek, it's WAY better then the D600 body mike.At the sale price of $[$], it was an easy buy. The Rode may be better, don't know. This is built well, I don't think it gets 5 stars, maybe realistically 3.5. It's useful for what it is, a compact shotgun, but I'd only use it when I don't want to boom pole a mike. It's going to have a bit of hollow sound reletive to on-camera mikes, sometimes that works in your favor...The gain boost is good on my Nikon, and the focus switch does narrow the field.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            4.0

                            Good build quality-indicator light NG

                            By AGTV

                            from Miami

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • DSLR

                              Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                              The last thing I want on top of my DSLR is a huge unwieldy mic setup with all sorts of rubber bands, brackets, etc. This fits the build nicely and won't fall apart like another brand I bought earlier. The only thing I don't understand is why the indicator light doesn't stay on while it's on. Very strange and makes it easy to mistakenly leave on and use the whole battery charge by mistake.

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                              • Business

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                              5.0

                              Great Value, Incredible Quality

                              By Junction Software

                              from Denver, CO

                              About Me Amatuer videographer, Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Great Sound Quality
                              • Great value

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Video
                                • Productivity

                                Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                                In-house video production for training and sales videos. This microphone provides us with incredible flexibility and amazing recording quality - without ruining our entire video production budget for the year! I personally also use a Sennheiser Bluetooth microphone for my laptop and mobile phone, and it too has been an incredible purchase. Great value and quality from this company.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                5.0

                                excellent

                                By Joe

                                from Rockland County, NY

                                About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Great Sound Quality
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Productivity
                                  • Professional

                                  Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                                  Great fidelity for the human voice. Crisp and clear, but in no way thin. Very nice rolloff in the bass - feels solid, but no boom. Transforms the EOS M into an incredible machine. Great mic!

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  4.0

                                  works great with my t3i

                                  By ag

                                  from Worcester, MA

                                  About Me Amateur Looking To Go Pro

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Affordable
                                  • Decent Sound Quality
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Small

                                  Cons

                                  • Not The Best Quality

                                  Best Uses

                                  • ENG
                                  • Smaller Cameras

                                  Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                                  Noticeable quality increase from camera mic. GREAT cyber monday deal too, I lucked out.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  5.0

                                  Works great

                                  By Kryn

                                  from Browns Mills, NJ

                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Great Sound Quality
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Professional

                                    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                                    Having used a Rode at work I was concerned that the less expensive Sennheiser would disappoint. I was wrong the MKE 400 works as advertised, I would dare say better. Great audio quality. I was ten feet from the speakers and pick up was better than I expected. I would highly recommend this mic.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business

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                                    5.0

                                    Fantastic Little Mic

                                    By Keith J.

                                    from Orange County, NY

                                    About Me Gearhead

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Events
                                      • Weddings

                                      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                                      I shoot a lot of video and have been using both this mic and the Rode Video Mic Pro. Both are very different, but what I like about the Sennheiser is it's size and build quality. The Rode has a little bit warmer sound, but is much larger and plasticky. The Sennheiser is more metal and feels more solid. I plug it into my 5D mkII's mic jack and get much better audio than the camera's internal mic's. I also used this mic with my EOS M and it was great! These are built to last and has been my favorite on camera mic.

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                                      • Personal

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                                      5.0

                                      Sennheiser is always premier

                                      By Tony

                                      from St Louis, MO

                                      About Me Tech Savvy

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Den
                                        • Presentations

                                        Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                                        The product is well manufactured with the user in mind. All items are easy to access and understand. The size is so much better and the noise reduction is also so welcoming.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal

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                                        5.0

                                        Great Mic

                                        By Adam

                                        from DFW, TX

                                        About Me Tech Savvy

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Great Sound Quality
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Productivity
                                          • Professional

                                          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                                          I have already used to record multiple auditions and am quite pleased by the quality of the recordings. I would recommend to anyone wanting a good mic at a good price.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

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                                          Accessory Packages

                                          An accessory kit is a great way to get multiple accessories your system.

                                          Sennheiser -  MZW400 Wind-muff and XLR Adapter Kit for the MKE400
                                          • You Pay: $38.95
                                           

                                          Batteries & Power

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                                          Always keep spare batteries handy and you won't get caught without power.

                                          Watson -  4-Hour Rapid Charger with 4 AAA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (1000mAh)
                                          • You Pay: $16.95
                                           
                                          Duracell -  AAA 1.5V Alkaline Coppertop Battery (2-Pack)
                                          • You Pay: $1.69
                                           

                                          Add more interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                                          Pearstone -  Stereo Mini Male to Stereo Mini Female Extension Cable (Black) - 3'
                                          • You Pay: $3.99
                                           
                                          Pearstone -  Stereo Mini Male to Stereo Mini Female Extension Cable (Black) - 6'
                                          • You Pay: $3.99
                                           

                                          Wind Protection

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                                          Protect your audio from wind noise with a windscreen.

                                          Rycote -  Mini Windjammer for Sennheiser MKE400
                                          • You Pay: $39.95
                                           

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                                          Get your mic closer to the sound source with a boompole.

                                          Polsen -  SBP-10 5-Section 10' Telescoping Aluminum Boompole
                                          • You Pay: $139.95
                                           
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                                          • You Pay: $129.00
                                           

                                          Pistol Grips

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                                          Get your mic closer to the sound source with a Pistol Grip.

                                          Auray -  Universal Microphone Pistol Grip
                                          • You Pay: $34.95
                                           

                                          Mounting

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                                          Additional brackets and rigs allow more convenient piggy-backing of devices.

                                          Vello -  Triple Shoe V-Bracket (4.1" Wide)
                                          • You Pay: $24.90
                                           
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