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Sony ECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras

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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
  • Compatible with Portable Audio Recorders

The ECM-AW3 from Sony is a complete battery-powered bluetooth wireless microphone system. It plugs into any kind of video camera or recording device that features a 3.5 mm mini-plug microphone input and allows the camera operator to communicate clearly with the subject. The mic has a range of up to 150 feet (45.72 m).

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-AW3 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 any video camera or portable audio recorder with a mini-plug microphone input jack
Two Way Communication
Even when far away (up to 150 feet / 45.72 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
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 0.97 x 3 x 1.38" (24 x 75 x 33.5 mm)
Weight 1 oz (26 g)
Sony ECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras
  • Arm Band
  • Wind Screen
  • 2 x Earphones
  • Earphone Hanger
  • Carrying Pouch
  • Output Cable
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SonyECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras
     
    4.2

    (based on 41 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (38)
    • Lightweight (29)
    • Interfaces well with camcorder (26)
    • Improves performance (22)
    • Well built / quality (17)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home movies (24)
      • Shooting indoors (22)
      • Shooting outdoors (20)
      • Travel (11)
      • Upgrade (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (22), Aspiring film maker (10), Film professional (5), Parent (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (33)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Huge improvement over the Sony WCS-999!

      I was using both the Azden WM-Pro (VHF wireless system) and occasionaly the Sony WCS-999. The Azden WM-Pro worked fairly well but it was the 9V (PP3) rectangular batteries that I...Read complete review

      I was using both the Azden WM-Pro (VHF wireless system) and occasionaly the Sony WCS-999. The Azden WM-Pro worked fairly well but it was the 9V (PP3) rectangular batteries that I dreaded; and the Sony WCS-9999 wireless system was unpredictable in terms of interference. I bought the ECM-AW3 because I have a number of different camcorders (all with microphone inputs), but I use the ECM-AW3 primarily with my Canon HV30. This microphone system works on Bluetooth frequencies (2.4 GHz), and it's completely digital of course. And while the ECM-AW3 is a great improvement over the Sony WCS-999, it would have been nice if I could still plug in my own lapel mic and override the internal capsule as it isn't easy hiding this microphone from the camera's view - and the super bright green LED (power indicator) lamp on the microphone is distracting. I solved this problem by cutting a small piece of aluminum adhesive tape to size and masked the lamp from the camera's view. The actor can still see it because this indicator wraps from the front and goes across to the top; and the tape doesn't hide the top portion.

      Secondly, there is a slight delay between the actual sound versus what the camera is recording and according the owner's manual indicates this is to be expected.

      What's really cool about this system is the transceiver feature (where the subject can hear you through the built-in microphone on the receiver). Now the actor can wear an earbud that's plugged into the side of microphone unit, and the camera-person can guide them into position or through the scene if they forget a particular line, etc. This feature is great.

      What's also great is you can also run these units on AAA Nickel Metal Hydride rechargable batteries (one AAA for each unit).

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Disappointing audio quality

      I need a wireless mike for use when my subject is 15 to 50 feet away and my shotgun mike is not suitable because of background noise. Based on other reviews, I was expecting...Read complete review

      I need a wireless mike for use when my subject is 15 to 50 feet away and my shotgun mike is not suitable because of background noise. Based on other reviews, I was expecting clean, pleasing speech reproduction. That was not the case. The audio was tinny and artificial sounding. It was a great disappointment. It's too bad, because in other respects the unit was fine: small, attractive, well built and noise free.

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By shin

      from or

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Sony ECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

      It was a very good buy for me
      Correspondence was also very good
      Item was good
      I also want to buy

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      4.0

      Just what we needed!

      By Vizit 360

      from Waikoloa, HI

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Bluetooth Range Limited

      Best Uses

      • Two Way Communication

      Comments about Sony ECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

      We actually bought this system as a two solution purchase. The two way communications allow me to direct my assistant without having to raise my voice or use hand signals. Haven't yet used it for the microphone quality, but I can think of many good features. I hope the sound quality is as good on the recording end of this.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      works to well

      By 1time

      from florida

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • No External Mic Input

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies

      Comments about Sony ECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

      the microphones work great, take some tweeking on the levels but once adjust they work well for cameras.

      This doesn't work for presentations, no matter how many adjustments made the mic picked up everything around it at the same level as the speaker, and there was terrible feedback and volume level issues

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      SONY NO LONGER SUPPORTS THIS DEVICE

      By ADVphoto

      from Newark, Ohio

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Not Supported By Manufact

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries

      Comments about Sony ECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

      Sony no longer supports or repairs these devices. They no longer stock this item. This item served us well but lasted less than a year.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Good microphone

      By Lori the real estate agent

      from Florida Keys

      About Me Technically Challenged

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony ECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

      I use this to make my voice clearer for video emailing. Does the job well enough.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      2.0

      BEWARE: NO Sony Customer Service

      By voxvera

      from Seattle, WA

      Pros

      • Works Nicely Auditioning

      Cons

      • Short useful life
      • Switch Breaks Easily

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony ECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

        BEWARE: A month after the one year warranty expired, the delicate plastic on/off switch on this Sony Bluetooth microphone broke (ecmaw3). E-mails went unanswered. Calling Sony's customer service is the most useless ever. Two hours of phone runarounds and transfers and not one lazy agent was able to help. Not only will they NOT repair this Bluetooth microphone (last manufactured in 2009), not one agent could quote an exchange cost on a refurbished item for this device (whether you call the National service line or the Texas line). Also, Sony demonstrated absolutely no interest on customer input for enhancements on this device. Be prepared to loose your money on the short life of this product, as well as your nerves dealing with their incompetent customer service reps. August 2013.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Cable doesn't work with a Computer

        By mukroc

        from Boston, MA

        Comments about Sony ECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

        I found that this mic will not work when trying to connect it to a computer with the supplied cable. The cable is wired for use only with video cameras or voice recorders. I tried a standard mini connector cable with it, and it then worked fine on the computer.

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        4.0

        Fun and quality accessory

        By Film family

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Interface With Camcorder

        Cons

        • Bright Light
        • Heavy
        • Size Of A Lipstick

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Shooting Indoors
        • Shooting Outdoors

        Comments about Sony ECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

        We use it for personal use, not professional. It does a nice job picking up the voice of the person the microphone is on as well as any conversations that person is having and a couple people around the main subject. We had no problem when we put the microphone on a basketball coach, even though the gym was loud we could still here him and the assistant coach very easily. The microphone is a little large and hard to hide because it has a very bright blue light. we love it!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Genius in simplicity

        By Alexian

        from Johannesburg: South Africa

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony ECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

            Used attached to DJ's wireless or line mics at wedding receptions. This way the mics can move at will and sound is captured from close to the speaker's mouth.
            Second channel (on-camera) mic picks up the ambient sound and the DJ,s setup has much less influence.
            Sound quality is not has good as a decent independent mic but is more than adequate for speech.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Amazingly Convenient!

            By avhawaii

            from Honolulu, HI

            About Me Film Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Interface With Camcorder
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony ECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                I bought this microphone system based on other reviews and I was surprised at how compacts the units are. I am using it with a Canon HF R300 camcorder and I have other pro wireless micss which I can use but they are bulky and weight more than the camcorder. The ECM AW3 units are so small and light that you don't even know you have the receiver hanging off of the camera strap. The sound quality is good enough for most of the run and gun interviews that I do. If you listen critically you can hear some digital artifacts but you cannot beat the value and convenience of the system.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Excellent product

                By Nick

                from Calgary, AB

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Performance

                Cons

                • No Performance Improvement

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies

                Comments about Sony ECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                The product works as described in the information on line. It is very easy to use, everything you need comes in the box, no tricky software to worry about.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Not too shabby

                By Jesusfreak

                from Indiana

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Shooting Indoors
                  • Shooting Outdoors
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Sony ECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                  I use it in a church service to connect with the sound booth. Reception was decent but when line-of-sight was broken there was some spottiness. Overall a pretty good product.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Very Good Wireless Microphone

                  By Jazz5657

                  from Baltimore, MD

                  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

                    Comments about Sony ECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                    I bought the ECM-AW3 from my experience with ECM-HW2 for my Sony HDR-CX500. But, the ECM-AW3 was for my new Canon HF G10. I look at the Canon's wireless mic, but thought it was too expensive. I do some testing with the mic and received very good results. One thing is for sure, the Bluetooth does not go through walls. Also, you can use it on any camcorder with a 3.5mm minijack mic input. The mic is bulky and hard to hide on someone. I gave it 4 stars because of the microphone size and how the receiver hangs on the wrist strap.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great sound at a distance

                    By Air run

                    from Sherbrooke QC

                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Parent, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Shooting Outdoors
                      • Upgrade

                      Comments about Sony ECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                      If there was some feed back suppression these would be a perfect mic set! The sound is great and the distances easily 150ft with perfect sound.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      easy and reliable

                      By Kirikos

                      from NYC, NY

                      About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Shooting Indoors
                        • Shooting Outdoors
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sony ECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                        its easy to use, although it needs special connector for iPhone.
                        sometimes records on different level, probably because automatic gain control. wasn't able to precisely figure that out

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                        • Similar:
                        • canon bluetoth mike

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                        4.0

                        "A Good Value!"

                        By Sandy

                        from Wheaton, IL

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Shooting Indoors

                          Comments about Sony ECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                          Big improvement over using the camera mic, and not as expensive as higher-end lavaliers. I've used it with my high school students for a week--so far so good!

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Good product!

                          By Henry Do

                          from Hochiminh, Vietnam

                          About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Interface With Camcorder

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies

                            Comments about Sony ECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                            I use it with a Sony camcorder and it works. Sound recording quality is acceptable to me.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            I wish I knew about these earlier!

                            By Chris NC

                            from Jacksonville, North Carolina

                            About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Plastic Casing

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Sony ECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                            I love these Mics and they truely do the job. I work at a Chevy Dealership and for the purpose of interviews and vehicle walk arounds, these mics are top notch. It was a hassle (not with the mics) to find a camera with a mic input. So I gues you can say we built everything around these microphones. The clerity is there, usability is top notch. No real need to do distant work past 50ft. Highly recommend.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            good personal wireless

                            By progati

                            from North of Boston

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sony ECM-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                                We needed a wireless mic for faculty to record themselves live (they wander, so cords are impractical). We assemble kits that include 4 rechargeable batteries and a wall charger so that they can easily swap out the batteries for fresh ones before each class. The whole system works great, except the recording software is on their Mac/PC laptop and the receiver output doesn't seem to work well with laptops, so I dropped the rating down to 4 stars because we have to add a USB audio interface (e.g. iMic).

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                                5.0

                                fantastic

                                By moo

                                from killingworth , ct.

                                About Me Technically Challenged

                                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-AW3 - Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System for Video Cameras:

                                  Super easy to use and gives awesome clear sound even when moving around.

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                                  • No

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