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Sony ECMALST1 Compact Stereo Mic

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Product Highlights
  • For α Series DSLRs
  • 90° & 120° Patterns
  • Includes Windscreen

The ECMALST1 Compact Stereo Mic improves the in-camera audio capture of the α (Alpha) Series DSLR cameras, including α560L, α580L, α55, and α33 models. A switch for 90° and 120° pickup patterns allows you to adjust the directivity of the microphone.

The ECMALST1 connects to the α DSLR camera's Smart Accessory Terminal for mounting and plugs into the 3.5mm stereo mini jack. A movie function accommodates dynamic sound recorded during video clips. The included windscreen cuts down not only on environmental noise but on the operational noises of the lens and camera, such as autofocus movement.

Directivity of the microphone is selectable between 90° and 120°
Compact and lightweight at only 1.9 oz
Included windscreen helps reduce wind noise
Powered by included battery
Microphone Type Electret condenser
Mount Connects to Smart Accessory Terminal
Connection 3.5mm plug
Dimensions (HxWxD) (Approx.) 2.2 x 1.1 x 2.9" (55.5 x 27 x 72.5mm)
Weight (Approx.) 1.9 oz (52 g)
Sony ECMALST1 Compact Stereo Mic
  • Windscreen
  • LR44 Battery
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    SonyECMALST1 Compact Stereo Mic
     
    3.9

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    77%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (8)
    • Lightweight (6)
    • Compact (5)
    • Good audio (5)
    • Durable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (5)
      • Outdoor events / games (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Hear in HD as well as see in HD

      Want your DSLR to work as a Handicam? with the external mic it will Hear as well as it can see. This is a must have accessory for anyone who wants to take HD...Read complete review

      Want your DSLR to work as a Handicam? with the external mic it will Hear as well as it can see. This is a must have accessory for anyone who wants to take HD Video with their Sony DSLR. My only con is the cord attachment I wish there was a different way to run the cord but other than that it works well and attaches sercurely to the accessory shoe.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Better Than The Built In Mic But....

      Thus far I haven't found this mic, on a Sony A55, to be outstanding or anything. it is better than the little built in stereo mic ports however. It is not particularly sensitive...Read complete review

      Thus far I haven't found this mic, on a Sony A55, to be outstanding or anything. it is better than the little built in stereo mic ports however. It is not particularly sensitive so by no means expect to hear distant subjects well. It still picks up lens focusing noise when taking a movie. I love the small size. Don't love the fact it runs off of a watch battery. I guess there's a price to pay for miniaturization. I may get a good boom mic for better distance pickup and elimination of the focusing noise from the lenses.

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      4.0

      great mic. missing battery type info.

      By Yoav

      from wilton, NH

      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony ECMALST1 Compact Stereo Mic:

          great mic!
          CONS:
          I'd rather use a AA battery mic - this one uses a flat 'watch' battery which is less handy to find

          I don't use it for video but for audio recordings with Roland R26 - would rather have a regular mount stand than a camera stand

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          • No

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          1.0

          Buzzing Noise

          By The Snapper

          from Washington, DC

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Sound

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony ECMALST1 Compact Stereo Mic:

              When I got the microphone I recorded some music first with my Sony a37's built-in mic, which captured the sound fairly well, and then recorded the same music with the ECMALST1. I was greatly disappointed to find that the mic produced a buzzing sound throughout the recording and, beyond that, it still captured the sound of the camera's autofocus as it shifted--and the whole reason I bought the mic in the first place was to avoid the sound of the shifting autofocus. I had to return the product, but B&H was very cooperative about the return.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Promises Made, Promises Kept.

              By Roger

              from Chicago, Ill. USA

              About Me Pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Big Sound Compact Size
              • Easy to Use
              • Great Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Home Movies
                • Travel

                Comments about Sony ECMALST1 Compact Stereo Mic:

                This Sony accessory for the a77 digital camera is a perfect solution that betters the audio quality of the camera's video performance. Being able to more exactly narrow or widen the effective pick-up areas is a vast improvement over the built-in microphone. For its size, its reach is excellent and sound reproduction is truly enhanced. I recommend this microphone to anyone that understands that videos might as well be silent if the audio isn't easy to understand or of such poor quality that watching the videos is less interesting.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Handy Gadget

                By No nickname

                from Emlenton, Pennsylvania

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Video

                  Comments about Sony ECMALST1 Compact Stereo Mic:

                  What a great extra to have for your DSLR for video. Be sure to check the Mic for sound on/off or you may end up with a silent movie. Other than that this is an easy to use Mic and adds to the enjoyment of your videos.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Wonderful!

                  By Perspective Photography

                  from Atlanta, Ga

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Light

                  Cons

                  • Battery Powered

                  Best Uses

                  • Video

                  Comments about Sony ECMALST1 Compact Stereo Mic:

                  I bought this external microphone to shoot live videos of bands playing with my a33 and sal50f18. And for the price that it was purchased at, it was definitely worth the investment. It picks up more low end than I expected and it does a phenomenal job with not having the sound recorded peaked. It is also stereo which does quite good. The panning of sounds from left to right really adds to the video more than the internal mic of the a33. With that being said the option of picking up sounds from 90 degrees and 120 degrees really helps you pick up sounds you want and sounds you don't want from certain directions.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Small and Compact

                  By Jake Shutter

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Better then onboard mic
                  • Comes with bag
                  • Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony ECMALST1 Compact Stereo Mic:

                      Great performance but sometimes I forget to turn it on or off. I wish the led would stay on when you switch this system on because once you flip the switch, the LED just blinks once to notify you that there is indeed power then it doesn't light up while recording so sometimes I have forgotten that it's on and at times to switch it on before recording. I'll eventually get used to it but I wish the on/off witch was towards the back of the mic rather then on top so you can see it before you hit record. Overall, I'm happy with it.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      I would buy this product again and again

                      By Tomma6

                      from Vargön, Sweden

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sony ECMALST1 Compact Stereo Mic:

                            The microphone is very easy to use.
                            Best is that you add in flash mount.
                            It really makes a difference to the sound.

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                            • No

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                            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Mic

                            By TeLee

                            from Campbellsville KY

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Sony ECMALST1 Compact Stereo Mic:

                                  Haven't used it that much yet. Fits on Sony hotshoe but adapter must be used for standard fitting.

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                                  5.0

                                  Hear in HD as well as see in HD

                                  By Jersey Vince

                                  from Essex New jersey

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Events
                                    • Home Studio

                                    Comments about Sony ECMALST1 Compact Stereo Mic:

                                    Want your DSLR to work as a Handicam? with the external mic it will Hear as well as it can see. This is a must have accessory for anyone who wants to take HD Video with their Sony DSLR. My only con is the cord attachment I wish there was a different way to run the cord but other than that it works well and attaches sercurely to the accessory shoe.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Sound!

                                    By Paco

                                    from Edmonton, Alberta

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Sound quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home
                                      • Traveling
                                      • Video Sound

                                      Comments about Sony ECMALST1 Compact Stereo Mic:

                                      I have an a35 and although the video quality is great the internal mic picks up very little sound. The ECMALST1 ecternal mic from Sony works great!! The sound is very clear and direct! Really makes this SLR a very handy video camera! The mic attaches to the flash hot shoe mount on top the camera.

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                                      • No

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                                      3.0

                                      Sony Microphone Has One Problem

                                      By Heather

                                      from San Jose

                                      About Me Novice

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Amateur Recording

                                        Comments about Sony ECMALST1 Compact Stereo Mic:

                                        The Sony microphone mounts well and records well on my Sony a55 camera, but one problem exists, and that is the microphone picks up the movement of the lens during automatic focus when shooting video. The sound comes through as a loud knocking noise. You will want to turn off auto focus during video shoots, which is sort of a drag because Sony's auto focus for video is pretty good. Also, the mic requires a battery. I wish the mic could just use power from the camera entirely. Then I would only have to concern myself with one battery.

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                                        5.0

                                        Easy to carry around

                                        By Ash

                                        from Melbourne, Australia

                                        About Me Novice

                                        See all my reviews

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Clear Sound
                                        • Compact
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Amateur Recording
                                          • Events
                                          • Performances

                                          Comments about Sony ECMALST1 Compact Stereo Mic:

                                          Nice stereo mic. the 90/120 degree works well and it helps reduce the focussing noise. Bought to compliment my new a65. Well worth the money.

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                                          3.0

                                          good mic

                                          By jazz

                                          from montreal, canada

                                          About Me Professional Musician

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Clear Sound

                                          Cons

                                          • Breaks Easily

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Amateur Recording
                                          • Events

                                          Comments about Sony ECMALST1 Compact Stereo Mic:

                                          easy to use

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                                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          3.0

                                          Better Than The Built In Mic But....

                                          By dcisive

                                          from Salt Lake City, Utah

                                          About Me Professional Musician

                                          Verified Reviewer

                                          Pros

                                          • Better than the built in
                                          • Clear Sound
                                          • Compact
                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                          • Poor Sensitivity
                                          • Watch Battery power

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Amateur Recording
                                          • Events
                                          • Louder sound sources

                                          Comments about Sony ECMALST1 Compact Stereo Mic:

                                          Thus far I haven't found this mic, on a Sony A55, to be outstanding or anything. it is better than the little built in stereo mic ports however. It is not particularly sensitive so by no means expect to hear distant subjects well. It still picks up lens focusing noise when taking a movie. I love the small size. Don't love the fact it runs off of a watch battery. I guess there's a price to pay for miniaturization. I may get a good boom mic for better distance pickup and elimination of the focusing noise from the lenses.

                                          Share this review

                                          Batteries & Power

                                          General Brand -  LR44 Alkaline Cell Batteries (1.5V, 2 Pack)
                                          • You Pay: $2.14
                                           

                                          Windscreens

                                          WindTech -  Fur Fitted Microphone Windshield
                                          • You Pay: $29.95
                                           
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