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Canon SM-V1 5.1 Channel Surround Microphone

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Product Highlights
  • For Canon S and M Series Mini Camcorders
  • Captures at All Directions
  • Built-in Shoe Mount

The Canon SM-V1 5.1 Channel Surround Microphone is specifically designed to mount select VIXIA Flash Memory Camcorders including the VIXIA HF M30, VIXIA HF M300, VIXIA HF M31, VIXIA HF S20, VIXIA HF S200, VIXIA HF S21 and more. The microphone features a shoe mount and accurately captures audio in all directions for accurate surround audio.

5.1-Channel surround microphone
Record lifelike sound from all directions
Camcorder shoe mount
Compatibility VIXIA HF G10
VIXIA HF M30
VIXIA HF M300
VIXIA HF M301
VIXIA HF M31
VIXIA HF M32
VIXIA HF M40
VIXIA HF M400
VIXIA HF M41
VIXIA HF M50
VIXIA HF M500
VIXIA HF M52
VIXIA HF S20
VIXIA HF S200
VIXIA HF S21
VIXIA HF S30
Canon SM-V1 5.1 Channel Surround Microphone
  • Windscreen
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    CanonSM-V1 5.1 Channel Surround Microphone
     
    4.6

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 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 (11)
    • Lightweight (9)
    • Interfaces well with camcorder (8)
    • Improves performance (7)
    • Well built / quality (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (10)
      • Home movies (9)
      • Shooting outdoors (9)
      • Shooting indoors (6)
      • Upgrade (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Not for everyone!

      This mic is compact, lightweight and easy to use. It uses the "Mini Advanced Shoe" on your camera, but is not 100% compatible with all cameras with mini advanced...Read complete review

      This mic is compact, lightweight and easy to use. It uses the "Mini Advanced Shoe" on your camera, but is not 100% compatible with all cameras with mini advanced ports. I have an HFS10 and cannot change between mic modes of shotgun, or 5.1.
      When I purchased there was not a lot of info on this product so I took a chance that it worked because of the mini advanced shoe. Check to see if your camera is compatible.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      I like it, but be informed....

      I use this on my HF-S20. It's fairly small and light and I like the fact that it comes with a "dead cat". I use final cut pro as an...Read complete review

      I use this on my HF-S20. It's fairly small and light and I like the fact that it comes with a "dead cat". I use final cut pro as an editor and the sound comes in as stereo, not 6 discreet channels. Still looking for a way to get 5.1 in my finished movies. It is fairly sensitive, a good thing. It is also fairly fragile. I am very careful with it while mounted on the camera as the hot shoe mount is very thin plastic. If you use your camera as a player (using HDMI out) it is reproduced as 5.1. The sound is better than average and the "dead cat" is fairly effective. Overall I'd say that it is a nice option but slightly overpriced. I had intended to use my rhode stereo mic but would have needed an adapter for the hot shoe which would have made it very "unwieldy".

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      5.0

      SM-V1

      By warbonnets

      from Nebraska

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Interface With Camcorder
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Shooting Outdoors

        Comments about Canon SM-V1 5.1 Channel Surround Microphone:

        I use this with the Canon Vixia HF M40 to shoot railroad video. It seems to improve the sound quality over the built in mic though I haven't tried it out on a windy day. It does appear to be rather delicate so I would recommend being very careful.

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        4.0

        Hearing is believing

        By Ish

        from San Diego

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Interface With Camcorder
        • Improves Performance
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Canon SM-V1 5.1 Channel Surround Microphone:

          What a difference this makes. If you have a home theater speaker system, this is a must. Without it, the sound is flat coming from 2 front speakers. With it, the rear speakers kick in to give a more "rich" full sound.

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          5.0

          Coolest toy ever

          By No Nickname

          from Minnesota

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Canon SM-V1 5.1 Channel Surround Microphone:

            My daughter picks up the camera, turns it on and points it at me saying "Hey dad, what's this fuzzy grey thing on the camera?". We talk for a minute about it.I play it back on the HDMI into my surround sound system and my wife turns around when she hears my daughters voice thinking she's in the room behind her.It's that clear. The sound is noticeably better than the built in mics.Now if I could just find editing software that doesn't convert the 5.1 to 2 channels when it is imported.... this seems to be an emerging function in the software business. Beware that most vendors don't clearly say what they actually do with sound when it is imported with the video.It is also better built than it looks. I already had a young nephew pick up the camera by the SM-V1, wave it at me and say "this is a pretty neat toy." I don't recommend doing this, but it survived the abuse.By the way, the windguard "dead cat" works very well outdoors in windy conditions.

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            5.0

            Surround Microphone

            By Grandpop

            from Ellicott City , MD

            About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Parent

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Travel

              Comments about Canon SM-V1 5.1 Channel Surround Microphone:

              I've attached the microphone to enhance to sound gathering from stereo to 5.1 surround sound. With the included wind cuff, the reception was exceptional. worth the added expense.

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              5.0

              Excellent microphone

              By Ber76

              from Cesena, Italy

              About Me Technically Challenged

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Shooting Outdoors
                • Travel

                Comments about Canon SM-V1 5.1 Channel Surround Microphone:

                I have bought the microphone for using with my Canon Vixia HF G10 camcorder.I have used it for record live music and I'm very satisfy of it.
                Vixia HF G10 have a good internal microphone,but with SM-V1 the quality of sound is better.

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                5.0

                Well worth the money.

                By thepoint

                from Montreal,Quebec,Canada.

                About Me Technically Challenged

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Interface With Camcorder
                • Quality Construction

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Shooting Outdoors

                Comments about Canon SM-V1 5.1 Channel Surround Microphone:

                The sound is supper clear and gives a nice 'full' coverage via it's 5 channels. I don't find anything negative to say as regards this Canon mike.
                Always GREAT service from B&H Photo. Thanks.

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                4.0

                Good quality microphone

                By Andy

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Performance
                • Lightweight
                • Sound quality

                Cons

                • Expensive
                • Price for features

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Shooting Indoors
                • Shooting Outdoors
                • Travel

                Comments about Canon SM-V1 5.1 Channel Surround Microphone:

                This microphone has better sound quality than the standard built in mic on the camcorder. It also captures in surround sound, although it's more like 4.1 channels (since the center channel in movies is dialog, so the center channel doesn't apply in the real world). It works the best for home videos/vacation when you are walking around and in the middle of the action. However, it is a bit expensive for what it does. The base of the mic does seem like it can break easily if not carefully handled.

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                4.0

                nice surround mic

                By Woody

                from Santa Rosa Ca.

                About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Shooting Indoors
                  • Shooting Outdoors
                  • Travel
                  • Upgrade

                  Comments about Canon SM-V1 5.1 Channel Surround Microphone:

                  sounds well. very nice to be able to set up in surround sound , shot gun , or zoom. a lot better than the ones built in to the camcorder.

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                  5.0

                  Very good 5.1 microphone

                  By Reggaex

                  from fredericksburg va

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Canon SM-V1 5.1 Channel Surround Microphone:

                    After the included update sd card is installed works flawless use it at the race track.The 5.1 adds so much more almost like being there.I Use it on a canon hg-s20 camcorder great mike.

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                    5.0

                    What i wanted and then some...

                    By Wagsta

                    from St. George, UT

                    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Canon SM-V1 5.1 Channel Surround Microphone:

                      I bought this mic after doing a ton of searching, there wasn't much information about it but i figured it would be a good investment. [...] was very easy to set up on the camera. The firmware updated quickly with the provided SD card and the microphone works like a dream. I found out that there are 3 modes, 5.1 channel, shotgun and zoom mic. They all work very well. The wind sock is very very effective at reducing any wind noise. Overall i'm very happy with my purchase.

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                      3.0

                      I like it, but be informed....

                      By Nogrey

                      from Boise, Idaho

                      About Me Video Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good surround quality

                      Cons

                      • Final Cut 2 stereo only
                      • Fragile

                      Best Uses

                      • Enhanced audio
                      • HD Shooting
                      • Home Movies
                      • Movies/Short Films
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Canon SM-V1 5.1 Channel Surround Microphone:

                      I use this on my HF-S20. It's fairly small and light and I like the fact that it comes with a "dead cat". I use final cut pro as an editor and the sound comes in as stereo, not 6 discreet channels. Still looking for a way to get 5.1 in my finished movies. It is fairly sensitive, a good thing. It is also fairly fragile. I am very careful with it while mounted on the camera as the hot shoe mount is very thin plastic. If you use your camera as a player (using HDMI out) it is reproduced as 5.1. The sound is better than average and the "dead cat" is fairly effective. Overall I'd say that it is a nice option but slightly overpriced. I had intended to use my rhode stereo mic but would have needed an adapter for the hot shoe which would have made it very "unwieldy".

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Love my little mogwai!

                      By El Chupa

                      from Denver, Colorado

                      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Canon SM-V1 5.1 Channel Surround Microphone:

                        This microphone, not only cute and fuzzy, but collects and distributes great quality sound. It really captures your surrounded. Wish it came with a carrying case though.

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                        5.0

                        Perfect for the HF S20

                        By Tomas E

                        from Cranston, RI

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Designed for the camera

                        Cons

                        • Pricey

                        Best Uses

                        • Events

                        Comments about Canon SM-V1 5.1 Channel Surround Microphone:

                        Just be careful of making any noise since it has the rear mics!

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                        4.0

                        Not for everyone!

                        By K1200kev

                        from Fountainville, Pa

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comes with wind sock
                        • Compact
                        • Easy to use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Expensive
                        • Not always compatible
                        • Weak base

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon SM-V1 5.1 Channel Surround Microphone:

                          This mic is compact, lightweight and easy to use. It uses the "Mini Advanced Shoe" on your camera, but is not 100% compatible with all cameras with mini advanced ports. I have an HFS10 and cannot change between mic modes of shotgun, or 5.1.
                          When I purchased there was not a lot of info on this product so I took a chance that it worked because of the mini advanced shoe. Check to see if your camera is compatible.

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