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Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone

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Product Highlights
  • For α Series NEX-3 and NEX-5
  • 90° & 120° Patterns
  • Powered by Camera
  • Includes Windscreen

The Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone improves the in-camera audio capture of the α (Alpha) Series NEX-3 and NEX-5 cameras. A switch for 90° and 120° pickup patterns allows you to adjust the directionality of the microphone. The ECM-SST1 connects and locks to the Smart Accessory Terminal on the NEX-5 and NEX-3.

Directivity of the microphone is selectable between 90° and 120°
Compact and lightweight at only 1.5 oz
Microphone draws power from the camera body, so no batteries are needed
Included windscreen helps reduce wind noise
Dimensions (HxWxD) (Approx.) 2.0 x 1.1 x 2.9" (50.2 x 27 x 72.8mm)
Weight (Approx.) 1.5 oz (40 g)
Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone
  • Windscreen
  • Carrying Case
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    SonyECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone
     
    4.1

    (based on 24 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (16)
    • Lightweight (16)
    • Good audio (5)
    • Compact (3)
    • Decent performance/quality (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (6)
      • Everyday (5)
      • Amateur recording (4)
      • Outdoor events / games (4)
      • Video (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (3), Experienced (3), Professional (3), Tech savvy (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good Accessory Microphone for NEX camera

      I bought an NEX-5 exclusively as a stills camera. However, I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the videos that it can produce - while capturing a nightclub performance by an...Read complete review

      I bought an NEX-5 exclusively as a stills camera. However, I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the videos that it can produce - while capturing a nightclub performance by an electric blues band, for instance. I thought the video picture quality was great, but that the internal microphones produced mediocre sound. So, I purchased the external mike and got a substantial improvement in the recorded sound. My NEX-5 does not have volume control, so I have to be careful about standing too close to loud amplifiers, etc., but, if I exercise some common sense, it gives me pretty decent results with the least hassle possible. I do not like the fact that Sony does not provide a standard mike input on the camera; this mike comes only with the proprietary Sony plug and thus cannot be used with any other devices. The mike does come with a windscreen and a nice plastic case similar to the one for the on-camera flash unit; it is very small and light and convenient to bring along everywhere.

      Now, keep in mind that I'm a casual videographer at best and I have less exacting standards regarding sound than those of someone who is serious about shooting video of live music. Those who are obsessed enough about high-quality sound should either use a dedicated video camera with XLR mike inputs, or a separate audio recorder made by Tascam or Zoom, etc. However, for my purposes the Sony accessory mike is good enough, and compact enough, so that I can always have it in my little bag.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Disappointed... :S

      I should have read the review by others who mentioned about the sounds of lens trying to focus... I am using NEX lenses on it and I still could hear noises...Read complete review

      I should have read the review by others who mentioned about the sounds of lens trying to focus... I am using NEX lenses on it and I still could hear noises...

      NEX5n already has a great sound IMO, but this mic improve the sound slightly.
      Now I have to do MF to be able to use this...

      Sony mounting system on this is a joke! It is soooo small for my hands to operate and it might brake on a more demanding situation. (I do wedding shoot)

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      4.0

      Very Nice!

      By Z boy

      from Linn Creek, MO

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Decent performance/quality
      • Easy to use
      • Great value
      • Lightweight/portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Documentary
        • Family
        • Fun
        • Photojournalism
        • Travel

        Comments about Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone:

        I liked the features of the 90 degrees or 120 degrees range. I am happy with my purchase and I will be shopping at B&H in the future.

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        5.0

        Works very well

        By big rags

        from Wilmington North Carolina

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Decent performance/quality

        Cons

        • Not enough options

        Best Uses

        • Art

        Comments about Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone:

        I use it to film my short films and it has enhanced my audio greatly

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        4.0

        Good Microphone!

        By TMVRTX

        from Chicago, USA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Decent performance/quality
        • Easy to use
        • Lightweight/portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Art
          • Documentary
          • Family
          • Fun
          • Photojournalism
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone:

          I use the ECM-SST1 to conduct interviews using my Sony NEX-5R. So far i've really liked it with a few exceptions.
          The sound is clearly improved from using the internal microphone in the camera and it allows for directional recording which is great. the only draw back that i see is that when hand holding the camera, the microphone picks up quite a bit more of the hands touching the camera or when adjusting the lense.

          Besides that it's been a great product.

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          4.0

          Essential microphone

          By ArnoldTheBoss

          from Laredo, Texas

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone:

          I bought this mic so I wouldn't have to get external audio through a boom mic. I heard some sort of bad stuff about this product but it actually packs a punch! The 90 and 120 degree settings are pretty sweet! The 90 degree setting gets conversation (or small) oriented sounds while 120 can get a orchestra or concert.
          The only thing I have against this product is that when you twist to lock the mic in the camera is that it keeps going even though its locked. I <3 this mic!

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            5.0

            Improves already great audio

            By Rob A

            from Riverside, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone:

              Focuses audio pick up to the front. Avoids unwanted sound from sides and rear.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              2.0

              Disappointed... :S

              By JLVideo

              from Melbourne, australia

              About Me Pro Photographer

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Video

                  Comments about Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone:

                  I should have read the review by others who mentioned about the sounds of lens trying to focus... I am using NEX lenses on it and I still could hear noises...

                  NEX5n already has a great sound IMO, but this mic improve the sound slightly.
                  Now I have to do MF to be able to use this...

                  Sony mounting system on this is a joke! It is soooo small for my hands to operate and it might brake on a more demanding situation. (I do wedding shoot)

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 3
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great for stereo sound effects

                  By Visualista

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Inexpensive
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Proprietary connection

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Interviews
                  • Traveling
                  • Video
                  • Virtual tours

                  Comments about Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone:

                  One of the first videos I made after purchasing the mike was a walking sequence (with an old Steadicam Jr) of a house, a real estate listing. I walked up the driveway onto a large front patio with a water fountain. The mike clearly picked up the sound of the water from a distance away, grew louder, swung left as I passed the fountain, and faded away. Very realistic!

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                  • No

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                  1.0

                  Transmits body noise, little gains

                  By Vincent Shaw

                  from Santa Rosa, CA

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Noisy
                    • Not Functional

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone:

                      Should have insulation between the connection points. It adds noise, without any real gains. It physically attaches well. But even with 2 settings, it doesn't add any valuable audio quality. In fact, it's worse.

                      My use is to capture my children playing. In this, it fails.

                      If you'd like to have better audio, consider the Nex-7. It has front facing mics. Additionally, the Nex-7 has an external mic port, but the 5-N does not.

                      Lastly, the Nex-7 doesn't experience an audio clicking, not even a hint. The 5-N does have the audio clicking, but while there is a free repair from Sony, the clicking may remain or return even after the "fix."

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      It saved one of my shootings literally!

                      By Weslei Vianna

                      from São Paulo, Brazil

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Home
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone:

                        This mic is a great acessory to the Sony NX5, the audio quality is decent and it literally saved one of my recordings as I had this audio as a secondary option and my main audio track was lost. So, I applied some filters to the audio from this mic and it came out nice on the final product.

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Not easy to get your hands on this gem.

                        By Bill

                        from NY, NY

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Interviews
                          • Studio

                          Comments about Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone:

                          I searched high and low to find this microphone for my new Sony NEX-5 camera and I was so lucky B&H had it in stock. It arrived in time for me to use while interviewing professionals at a recent symposium in NYC and it performed beautifully, bringing clarity to the target while reducing the noise of the crowd all around us.

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                          • No

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                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          No improvement in reducing lens noises

                          By worg

                          from USA

                          Comments about Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone:

                          I only bought it to eliminate lens focusing noise, but it is still so close to the lens (maybe even closer than the internal mike) that it offers no improvement in reducing the lens noise. What good is having AF for movies if the lens noise is picked up? I am using and E-Mount lens.

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                          4.0

                          Great Value for the Price

                          By Lordkifar

                          from Montreal

                          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Great sound quality

                          Cons

                          • Powered by Camera

                          Best Uses

                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone:

                          Bought the ECM-SST1 as I could no longer handle the built in microphone of the Nex-5n. The problem is that the built in microphone is sensitive to even the start/stop button and you get these clicks in the video. This is not the case with the external microphone and it even has a directionality button 90/120deg and it will pick up the sound accordingly. I like it a lot. Excellent quality sound. The best way to test it is in a noisy environment and you will be able to distinguish the various sounds. If you test it in a quiet room ,you will not notice a great difference relative to the built in mic.
                          One issue I did notice is that if you try to zoom the kit lens and do so very slowly (18-55mm) it might pick the squeaking of the lens zoom mechanism so you hear it but if you do it a bit more smoothly it will not affect the sound in your video.

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                          5.0

                          Works Great

                          By PeteC

                          from Powder Springs, Ga

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          See all my reviews

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use

                            Comments about Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone:

                            The external mic enhances the audio of my 10 year old daughters chorus and dance performances.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Good Accessory Microphone for NEX camera

                            By mysticeyes

                            from Maryland USA

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact size
                            • Decent sound quality
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Overpriced for what it is
                            • Proprietary Sony plug

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Live music performances
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone:

                            I bought an NEX-5 exclusively as a stills camera. However, I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the videos that it can produce - while capturing a nightclub performance by an electric blues band, for instance. I thought the video picture quality was great, but that the internal microphones produced mediocre sound. So, I purchased the external mike and got a substantial improvement in the recorded sound. My NEX-5 does not have volume control, so I have to be careful about standing too close to loud amplifiers, etc., but, if I exercise some common sense, it gives me pretty decent results with the least hassle possible. I do not like the fact that Sony does not provide a standard mike input on the camera; this mike comes only with the proprietary Sony plug and thus cannot be used with any other devices. The mike does come with a windscreen and a nice plastic case similar to the one for the on-camera flash unit; it is very small and light and convenient to bring along everywhere.

                            Now, keep in mind that I'm a casual videographer at best and I have less exacting standards regarding sound than those of someone who is serious about shooting video of live music. Those who are obsessed enough about high-quality sound should either use a dedicated video camera with XLR mike inputs, or a separate audio recorder made by Tascam or Zoom, etc. However, for my purposes the Sony accessory mike is good enough, and compact enough, so that I can always have it in my little bag.

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                            • No

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Fix for

                            By E.V.I.L. Knievel

                            from Redmond, WA

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events

                              Comments about Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone:

                              Bought the Mic when I bought the NEX-5N because the sound fidelity of digicam 'built in' microphones is almost always sub par in my experience. True to form, the sound fidelity of the NEX-5N's built in mic is not so great and furthermore most of the NEX-5Ns come with a 'clicking noise feature' (Google 'NEX-5N clicking noise') that Sony is fixing under warranty but unfortunately means that you won't have use of the camera for two weeks while it is being repaired.
                              The sound fidelity of the ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo microphone is vastly superior to the built-in mic and does greatly reduce (but not eliminate) the 'clicking noise feature'.

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                              5.0

                              simply mandatory

                              By louis

                              from ballerado

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Bulky/Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events

                              Comments about Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone:

                              about 10,000x better than the in body mics
                              maybe 100,000x

                              i took this to a trey anastasio concert
                              the sound was amazing

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                              5.0

                              Excellent microphone at a good price

                              By MRRRR

                              from San Francisco, CA

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Difficult setup

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone:

                              Great microphone. To hook it up, it pops into the slot easily on the NEX-3/NEX-5, however, there's a difficult to reach knob that must be tightened in order to secure the microphone to the camera.

                              Otherwise it's a great microphone.

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                              5.0

                              Sony NEX microphone

                              By Bart

                              from Wichita, KS

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone:

                                  Provides clear sound for Sony NEX cameras, much better than the built in microphones.

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                                  4.0

                                  Definite Improvement!

                                  By XPRO

                                  from Soquel, CA

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone:

                                        Audio is critical unless you are shooting B-roll footage, so this microphone improves audio quite noticeably. In testing it, I found that it produced noticeably better clarity (voice) and a better signal to noise ratio in comparison to built-in mics. It prevents the common accidental covering of the left built-in microphone port when shooting handheld.

                                        This appears to be the only alternative to adding an external mike to the Sony NEX-3/5. The wind sock is also an essential when shooting in windy conditions. And the one drawback is the process of mounting and dismounting this external microphone. Once mounted and secured, it appears to have a solid connection.

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                                        4.0

                                        Best microphone for NEX (& only one)

                                        By 2manycameras

                                        from Central Virginia

                                        About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Improves Performance
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                        • Limited interface choice

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Shooting Indoors

                                        Comments about Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone:

                                        My principle use for the NEX's video capability is dance recitals and theatrical work, usually musical numbers. This usually puts me quite a distance from the stage. The built in mics are inadequate for this, so I recently purchased the ECMSST1.

                                        Due to its small size, the NEX 5 does not offer traditional connecting options, so one is limited to the Sony "smart accessory terminal" as the only option. Given this limitation, the Sony microphone does what it is designed to achieve: improved "live" audio recording. I am new to video, especially the audio end of it, so this system, with all of its limitations, serves my current needs.

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