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Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set

B&H # OLAS1M Mfr # 147592
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Product Highlights
  • For E-P2 & E-PL1 Digital Cameras
  • Reduces Wind Noise
  • Record High Quality Sound
  • Includes Adapter & Microphone

The Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set is your solution for recording high quality sound with your movies from Olympus E-P2, & E-PL1 digital cameras. Connect the External Microphone Adapter EMA-1 to your camera's accessory port and maximize your flexibility with the Olympus ME-51S stereo microphone. The ME-51S stereo microphone connects to the EMA-1 Adapter through a stereo mini jack (3.5mm) and with the included extension cable and clip, you can position the microphone at the best place for your sound needs.

Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set
  • ME-51S Stereo Microphone
  • Microphone Adapter EMA-1
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    OlympusSEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set
     
    4.5

    (based on 21 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (19)
    • Compact (16)
    • Good audio (15)
    • Lightweight (15)
    • Versatile (8)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (3)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (14)
    • Outdoor events / games (10)
    • Performances (5)
    • Home studio (4)
    • Professional recording (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (14), Novice (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works with OM-D, but change the mic

    I bought this adapter set to use with my Olympus OM-D EM-5. It works as promised, and allows me to input most 3.5mm mics (with the correct pin arrangement) to record in-camera...Read complete review

    I bought this adapter set to use with my Olympus OM-D EM-5. It works as promised, and allows me to input most 3.5mm mics (with the correct pin arrangement) to record in-camera audio. But - the included microphone picks up a lot of noise from the OM-D, making it totally unusable. (Reviewers who were using it with a PEN series camera didn't mention this, so I'm assuming it's specific to the OM-D's fans and other mechanisms).That said - I've been able to attach another mic and it works just fine. My RODE mic isn't practical to mount to the OM-D, but the sound it records is crystal clear. I think I'll look for a lapel-style mic with a wind sock and use that rather than the included mic. For the price, it's a handy accessory, but real videographers will be recording multiple sound sources anyway...

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Must-Have For E-PL1 Movies

    This is what you need for stereo videos since the E-PL1 has a small monaural mic. The sound is good, and the adapter has a standard jack which may allow other stereo inputs or...Read complete review

    This is what you need for stereo videos since the E-PL1 has a small monaural mic. The sound is good, and the adapter has a standard jack which may allow other stereo inputs or microphones. The SEMA-1 is best in calm weather, since any wind greatly affects the mic (you won't know how badly until playback). It occupies the accessory shoe, but usually can remain installed. It's a suitable addition to replace a missing feature of the camera.

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    4.0

    Good value

    By Timbo

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Auto-focus Noise

    Best Uses

      Comments about Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set:

      Performed pretty much as I expected. Only issue is when the mic is mounted directly to the adapter you get a lot of noise from the lens auto-focusing. To avoid this, you must use the included cord to move the mic away from the camera.

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Works with OM-D, but change the mic

      By Jimmy James

      from Melbourne, Australia

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Value

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Video

      Comments about Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set:

      I bought this adapter set to use with my Olympus OM-D EM-5. It works as promised, and allows me to input most 3.5mm mics (with the correct pin arrangement) to record in-camera audio. But - the included microphone picks up a lot of noise from the OM-D, making it totally unusable. (Reviewers who were using it with a PEN series camera didn't mention this, so I'm assuming it's specific to the OM-D's fans and other mechanisms).That said - I've been able to attach another mic and it works just fine. My RODE mic isn't practical to mount to the OM-D, but the sound it records is crystal clear. I think I'll look for a lapel-style mic with a wind sock and use that rather than the included mic. For the price, it's a handy accessory, but real videographers will be recording multiple sound sources anyway...

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      4.0

      Great little recorder

      By sparke

      from baltimore

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Fits my Olympus camera
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Nothing so far

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set:

      I use this primarily to do video sound for my sons concerts. SO far it replicates the sound as I hear it as long as I am not on top of the speakers. I have no idea if it is a GREAT recorder but so far I have been pleased for my uses.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Essential for video use!

      By cnagappa

      from Vancouver, BC

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Occupies the flash slot
      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set:

      This mic adapter is essential if you use your Olympus Pen for video. I have an Olympus E-PM1. The in-built picks up all kinds of distracting sounds. When I took the camera a party, the loud music caused distortions.

      This mic adapter and bundled stereo mini-mic solved those issues. I am using the mic adapter with the bundled mini-mic, which is a huge improvement over the in-built mic on the E-PM1. The sound quality with the mini-mic is pretty good. Having said that, for serious video I plan to invest in a quality external mic which can plug in to the mic adapter.

      I docked one point from the review because the mic adapter essentially uses up the flash slot. One wonder's why Olympus did not have a mic slot built in to the camera.

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      4.0

      Does as it says

      By koochfive

      from Covington, WA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set:

        I'm not a pro- so maybe I'm not the best to review this, but the sound difference between the on board mic and the external mic was kind of.....meh. Maybe it was because I was sitting in my kitchen with no background noise to contend with, IDK, I'm just excited to have to port so I can buy a much nicer bigger mic, which is what most reviewers said I would do anyway.

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        4.0

        Does a decent job

        By Kit_L

        from two suitcases; presently Chattanooga

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set:

          The SEMA does what it advertises: provided a connection into the camera for a stereo (or separate mono channels, with other connectors) input.

          Well made; it all fits, and it's compact.

          If you want to use a levalier, you will need to provide that. I used the supplied stereo mic and the hot-shoe adapter to record an interview, and it worked perfectly well.

          The setup provides better quality sound than the in-camera mics, for sure. If you want to close-mic voice, though, you will need the levalier itself, and another mic if the people are sufficiently separated.

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          4.0

          beautifully simple

          By GSkotG

          from New York, New York

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events

            Comments about Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set:

            Sound quality and production quality are great. I am not a professional but happy with the products currently produced by Olympus. Call me biased?

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            5.0

            Much improved over the standard

            By Chesterossi

            from Australia

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording

              Comments about Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set:

              Basically video of the kids is much improved and along with the foam buffers I purchased from B&H there is very little wind noise.

              Overall very happy with the SEMA-1 and my E-PL1

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              5.0

              Works well with E-PL1

              By Tom H

              from Pittsburgh, PA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set:

                I bought the sema-1 to use on my E-PL1 to get stereo sound for my camera. I like the ability to use the extension on the microphone to pick up sound closer to your subject. It works very well.

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                5.0

                A Must Have for Video

                By Georgio

                from Port Jefferson,m NY

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Video

                  Comments about Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set:

                  I got this accessory for video work with the Olympus XZ-1. So far I have used it to get audio from an aircraft's avionics system (for some flying videos), and it works well. Short of a condenser microphone with phantom power (which would dwarf the camera itself), the included stereo microphone is outstanding.

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  External Mic and Adapter for PEN E-PL2

                  By Missionary James

                  from Deschapelles, Haiti

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Limited Functions
                  • Poor Sound Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set:

                  I got this adapter to use with my Olympus PEN E-PL2 camera when recording video. The availability of this adapter was the main reason I purchased this camera over another brand.

                  It allows the connection of an external microphone to the camera.

                  Recorded audio sounds distorted because it's too loud.

                  It picks up significant wind noise.

                  The extension cable should have been longer.

                  It would have been really nice to have a volume control on the adapter.

                  I promptly ordered wind screens and 20' of extension audio cables. I think with these additional items, it will do exactly what I need!

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                  5.0

                  a great microphone solution

                  By MR VORREUTER

                  from Buffalo NY

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Limited Functions

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set:

                  Anyone that shoots video knows a good sound can make up for a bad image but good image never covers up bad sound. I Love this little mic kit sometimes I use my pen as the audio capture device when we're shooting with 5d or other cameras. Anyways this is a great device

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Must-Have For E-PL1 Movies

                  By Ben

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Limited Functions

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events

                  Comments about Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set:

                  This is what you need for stereo videos since the E-PL1 has a small monaural mic. The sound is good, and the adapter has a standard jack which may allow other stereo inputs or microphones. The SEMA-1 is best in calm weather, since any wind greatly affects the mic (you won't know how badly until playback). It occupies the accessory shoe, but usually can remain installed. It's a suitable addition to replace a missing feature of the camera.

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                  5.0

                  Very sastisfied, as expected.

                  By eaudet

                  from Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Québec

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events

                    Comments about Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set:

                    Use in local events for small video report.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent recording sound quality

                    By opcbmx

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Uses hotshoe

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set:

                    I bought this microphone for stereo sound for a short film and for recording live music and it does not disappoint. The audio it captures sounds much recorded on the camera than it does if I recorded it straight to the computer's microphone. It can pick up subtle sounds from far distances and yet remain crisp and true. The extension cable is nice to have as well you can clip the mic to something else to keep the noises from the camera (taps, scratches, etc) from being recorded.

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                    5.0

                    "Very Good Product"

                    By PhotoJoe

                    from Coconut Creek,Fl

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set:

                      The Sema-1 Microphone Set is an absolutly must product to have for the Olympus EPL-1 series camera. Very good sound clarity when recording and playing back in HD.I would definatly recommend this product.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Better sound, but needs wind screen

                      By Annie

                      from Minnesota

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events

                        Comments about Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set:

                        This improved the sound on the Olympus Pen camera measurably, but it also picked up a huge amount of wind on a breezy day. Someone needs to come out with a wind screen or fuzzy for this mic. I also didn't like losing the optical finder when using this.

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                        5.0

                        A Must Have Accessory

                        By Bill

                        from Orefield, PA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set:

                          This mic vastly improves sound pickup while enhancing right/left separation. It is indeed worth the money. The tie clip and extension cable are very handy items to attach the mic to just about anything.

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                          5.0

                          Perfect item with Seller

                          By ofbcompany

                          from Astoria,NY

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Breaks Easily

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set:

                          Good results with B&H

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                          5.0

                          Must have for Movie Work

                          By Mr Nick

                          from Miller Place, NY

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • none

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Olympus SEMA-1 Microphone Adapter Set:

                          With stereo mics on the Front of camera, the sound quality is day and nite.

                          Sound is much clearer and when playing back on HD TV..... Priceless .

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