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Sony ECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras

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Requires a compatible Sony Handicam with an active interface shoe

Product Highlights
  • Capture Voices Clearly Without Wires
  • Ideal for Family & Business Videos
  • Comfortably Attaches to an Arm or a Belt
  • Includes a Safety Pouch & Earphones

The ECM-HW2 from Sony is a complete battery-powered bluetooth wireless microphone system. It mounts into the active interface shoe of a Sony Handicam camera, and enables you to capture the subject's and the camera operator's voices from up to 300 feet (91.44 m) away. If your camera does not feature an active interface shoe, the ECM-HW2 will not operate. However, if your camera has a standard 3.5 mm microphone input jack, you can use the Sony ECM-AW3 for this purpose.

This mic system allows a subject and a device operator to communicate, while only picking up the voice of the subject and not that of the operator on the receiver end. This is useful in situations where you want to focus the attention on one subject. For example, when shooting a business presentation, the camera operator can whisper cues to the on-screen talent without being heard.

The ECM-HW2 also doubles as a two way communication system. It includes two sets of earphones that plug into each module, so both parties can clearly hear one another. A belt clip and an arm band are included (the arm band enables you to attach the transmitter to a subject that is wearing clothing that cannot accommodate a belt clip). An included carrying pouch will help to protect the transmitter.

Wide Compatibility
Compatible with almost every camcorder with an active interface shoe
Two Way Communication
Even when far away (up to 300 feet / 91.44 m) from the camcorder, you can shoot while recording whole conversations with each other
One Way Communication
Select to pick-up only the voice of the subject, or both the subject's and the camera operator's voices
Separate Earphones
Two separate earphones are provided for both the microphone and the receiver units
Long Battery Life
Operates for approximately 3 hours when running continuously
Transmitter operates for approximately 9 hours
Receiver operates for approximately 3 hours
Records 5.1 Surround Sound
Records in 5.1 channel center sound with compatible Handycam models
Easy Volume Control
Volume control buttons for voice monitoring with earphones
Operating Temperature 41 to 104 degrees F (5 to 40 degrees C)
Storage Temperature -4 to 140 degrees F (-20 to 60 degrees C)
Microphone Mono Electret Condenser Microphone
Polar Pattern Non-Directional Microphone
Power AAA Alkaline Batteries
AAA Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries
Material ABS
Dimensions Receiver: 1.89 x 2.6 x 2" (48 x 66 x 52 mm)
Transmitter: 0.97 x 3 x 1.38" (24 x 75 x 33.5 mm)
Weight Receiver: 2.1 oz (59 g)
Transmitter: 1 oz (26 g)
Sony ECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras
  • Arm Band
  • Wind Screen
  • 2 x Earphones
  • Earphone Hanger
  • Carrying Pouch
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SonyECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras
     
    4.6

    (based on 46 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (37)
    • Good audio (36)
    • Compact (32)
    • Lightweight (30)
    • Versatile (18)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (5)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (28)
    • Outdoor events / games (23)
    • Home studio (16)
    • Professional recording (15)
    • Performances (13)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (30), Novice (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great microphone and good reception

    Was trying to decide between the new ECM-HW2 or the older ECM-HW1. I ended up choosing the ECM-HW2, and I don’t regret it. It is the best way to get...Read complete review

    Was trying to decide between the new ECM-HW2 or the older ECM-HW1. I ended up choosing the ECM-HW2, and I don’t regret it. It is the best way to get "up close" audio when recording from a distance. The microphone is compact (smaller than ECM-HW1), clear, and sensitive. A word of caution: If clipped to loose clothing, movement of the fabric anywhere on the microphone housing may cause a rustling sound. Range is excellent, and the 2-way communication feature is nice, although I haven’t used it much yet. The only potential con is the LED on the microphone is a little bright, which could be distracting.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Mic Battery consumption

    The mic appears to consume its AAA battery very quickly. I used the mic in a couple of tests that might have used up 30-45 minutes. When it came time to video for...Read complete review

    The mic appears to consume its AAA battery very quickly. I used the mic in a couple of tests that might have used up 30-45 minutes. When it came time to video for real, I couldn't get the mic and receiver to connect. I replaced the mic battery and problem solved. I would have thought it would have lasted at least a couple of hours. A low battery indicator would be nice.

    Also the selector switch on the side of the receiving unit is stiff, causing the camcorder (on a tripod) to move while trying to manipulate the switch.

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    4.0

    Watch for echo when using this device

    By Purdyman

    from Bobcaygeon ON, Canada

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Sony ECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

    I was doing a series of video shoots with this new microphone which were a 6 hour drive from my home - Needless to say this was the primary reason I took the plunge on the microphone. Well it did the job but watch out for the microphone when attached to someone , it crackles and makes all kinds of additional noises, and the echo? Still cannot figure it out on my end. May have cost me LARGE as I might have to go back and redo the videos again, not to mention the client will have to re-arrange the shop once again...

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    5.0

    Very clear sound

    By Rosco

    from Stoney Creek, ON

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony ECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

      Works flawlessly with my Sony camera. Audio is clear and reliable. As mentioned by other reviewers, it is sensative when being handled, but if not touched it is noise free.

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      4.0

      Wireless Mic works just fine

      By KBS

      from Ohio

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Sony ECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

        I purchased it to record my soon to be daughter-in-law playing the piano at a large church. I wanted to be able to record from the balcony so we could get the long beautiful setting plus be able to zoom in on her and hear the great job she does with her music. I now have feel better about being able to record their up coming wedding

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        4.0

        GREAT!

        By matthewr

        from New York, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Audition Video

          Comments about Sony ECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

          I use the microphone for video auditions. It was exactly what I needed.

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          5.0

          Worked Immediately, Flawlessly!

          By Barry

          from Brno, Czech Republic

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Ease of Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Microphone Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Sony ECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

          The Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System is used to take videos for an aspiring public speaker. We have used it in quiet close areas and at distances in cities. In all cases the system has worked perfectly. Battery life in the microphone seems to be a bit limited but is tolerable.

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          4.0

          Wireless Microphone System

          By Bob the Trainer

          from Macon, GA

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events

            Comments about Sony ECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

            Wow! What a difference! The wireless microphone really clarified the sound for video uploading. The sound turned out clear and understandable. It was easy to install and use immediately.

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            5.0

            Nice product!

            By Tivojo

            from Georgia

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Breaks Easily

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Sony ECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

            And 300' it is. It may go a little farther if you have a clear line of sight but my test turned out just at the manufacturer's distance, 300'.

            I've used this here and there, at family occasions, a few weddings. That's where it really shines, wedding video producing. How many wedding videos have you watched and you couldn't hear a word from the bride and groom? Not with this, picks them right up, just have the someone in the party wear it for ya.

            It's pretty good in the fact that ever who's wearing the mic, they can communicate with you over a wired ear-piece if needed. The microphone and the base both have earphone inputs. Just remind the person wearing the mic to restrict the movement as much as possible, the scuff sounds on the clothes really comes through loud and clear.

            Really cool device!

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            4.0

            Quality Sound In a Small Package

            By Photoguy

            from Grand Rapids, MI

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Sony ECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

              The ECM-HW2 proved to be everything it was perported to do. I used it to record an important public presentation. It worked outstandingly. Opeating instructions are clear, and initial setup was a breeze.

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              5.0

              Worth it

              By jai nagda

              from dallas, tx

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony ECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                  Wonderful accessory. Great voice quality and really handy.

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                  5.0

                  I would buy this product again

                  By virgilet

                  from canada

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Sony ECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                    excellent

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                    5.0

                    Super smart Sony product.

                    By BorsingPhoto

                    from Fayetteville, TN

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Perfect for clear speach
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sony ECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                      I read about expensive shot gun microphones and cheap static sounding 1 channel wireless analog microphone kits. After researching this kit I'm blown away by the performance. I have seen heard videos online where the subject had to be almost 700 feet away before the connection got scrambled. At that distance a pine tree was what caused this. Frequency response was not available on the Sony site I visited but another review of the ECM-HW2 claimed it's 300 - 9000 Hz, still the sound characteristics beats 80% of what I see/hear online. The mixing function is very useful in its implementation and allow your subject and you to communicate during a shoot, something you wouldn't be able to achieve "the conventional way". This unit does not replace the Zoom H2 by any means but it certainly replaces my need for an expensive on board shotgun microphone for most upcoming projects, which, again wouldn't be nearly as flexible as this solution, a solution that I won't even own until later this week.

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                      5.0

                      good

                      By kab

                      from silver spring MD

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Mobile DJ

                        Comments about Sony ECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                        Easy and Compact

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                        5.0

                        Great Customer Service Par None

                        By MoFoMarketing.com

                        from Livermore CA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • None really

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Interview local business
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Sony ECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                        The ECM-HW2 works great on my older Sony DVD camcorder 403, it has excellent voice capture on the DVD and the microphone while larger than typically desired is great! We hook it to the waist area and it picks up conversation very well. When I called to ask if it would fit my older camcorder, the person said it should, but if it did not to go ahead and return it no problem. Well it worked and your customer service was great. The CSR agent had to go into the pdf file and review it to see what it said. Thanks a bunch and I will use your company again!

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                        5.0

                        Simply The BEST

                        By Trev

                        from Perth, Westen Australia

                        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-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                          Hi folks. I have tried several other wireless (RF) microphones and they were useless. Their main problem was loss of signal when the person wearing microphone (the subject) moved. The result was loss of voice and gain of static... totally unacceptable.

                          This Sony ECM-HW2 BLUETOOTH model has none of these faults. The voice quality is excellent and with my Sony Handycam allows me several options. For example, I (the camera person) can either include my own voice or not in the recording. What's more when the the subject has their earpiece in I can talk to them without it being recorded. This is so useful when you are filming a seminar for example and you are out of earshot. You can give them cues, instructions, etc. without anyone else hearing. You can also hear the subject through your headset that is plugged in to the system... it is like having a walkie-talkie.

                          In a nutshell, this is a GREAT product. And B&H Photo gave the best price and excellent service. I live in Australia and my ECM-HW2 was delivered in just 4 days.

                          Trevor Osborne

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                          3.0

                          HANDY BUT HUNGRY

                          By Syl the videographer

                          from paris france

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Poor Sound Quality

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording

                          Comments about Sony ECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                          Used to have voice far away from camera
                          First this is a mono microphone not a 5.1
                          the center channel comes from this microphone where the other channels come from the camera microphone
                          one battery lasts about 701 minutes
                          sound is a bit distorted

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                          5.0

                          Product was easy to use and worked as ad

                          By The Progressive

                          from Granada Hills, CA

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Sony ECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                          It's not rocket science to install and use the product. Partially this is due to pricise instructions. Product works as exspected. Purchase and execution was professinal and fast.

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                          5.0

                          Great buy!

                          By Nicky

                          from Maryland

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events

                            Comments about Sony ECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                            Just purchased this product to be used for interviews at events, and it works perfectly. Loud soud in the background did not effect the individual's interview. Because it is small and wireless it is so easy to quickly set it up and start recording. No problems with the wireless function connecting to the piece on the video camera. This mic fixed all of our interview problems of the past.

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                            5.0

                            This thing is AWESOME!

                            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
                              • Mobile DJ
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Sony ECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                              I did research before buying this microphone and it's really the best one out there. The distance you can be from the receiver is amazing! It's crystal clear, tiny and goes well with my Sony HDR CX-560V . Another great thing about it is the options you have, you can record. You can record the other person only or record at the receiver mic. and the lapel mic. and at 5.1 or mono. Trust me, i'm particular, get one and you will love it!

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                              5.0

                              I love my new microphone!!!

                              By Randy

                              from St. Louis, MO

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Home Studio
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Sony ECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                                I have had this mic for less than a month now and have done over 20 interview vids and 2 weddings. For both it works awesome. Audio is much clearer than even using my shotgun mic that I have.

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                                4.0

                                Useful if you record in a hall

                                By Zoorec

                                from Rome, Italy

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Events

                                  Comments about Sony ECM-HW2 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                                  It is useful to record meetings with good and clear sound. It filters the noise of the room being the microphone close to the speaker

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