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Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe

B&H # PESSAIII Mfr # SSA-III
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Product Highlights
  • Only Active Accessory Shoe Needed
  • Mount External Lights & Microphones
  • Locks Easier with Modified Locking Wheel
  • Provides Better Hold to Sony Camcorder
  • Features Front Stop on Top Shoe

The Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe is designed for Sony Camcorders which feature the Active Accessory Shoe (not compatible with the Sony Multi-Interface Shoe). It allows you to mount external lights and microphones that feature a universal (AIS) cold shoe. Plus it features a locking wheel that's not only easier to lock, but holds better to the camera than previous models. It also has a front stop on the top shoe for more secure mounting.

Compatible with all Sony Camcorders that feature an Active Accessory Shoe
Mounts external lights and microphones with universal type mount
Easy to lock locking wheel holds better to camera
Features a front stop on the top shoe
Compatibility All Sony Camcorders with Active Accessory Shoe
Dimensions (WxHxD) 0.9 x 1.6 x 1.4" (2.3 x 4.1 x 3.6 cm)
Weight 0.9 oz (25.5 g)
Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    PearstoneSSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe
     
    4.6

    (based on 23 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (21)
    • Lightweight (13)
    • Interfaces well with camcorder (10)
    • Well built / quality (9)
    • Durable (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Shooting indoors (12)
      • Shooting outdoors (12)
      • Travel (7)
      • Home movies (5)
      • HD shooting (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (11), Film professional (6), Aspiring film maker (4), Parent (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (22)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Functional Utility

      A great option to use a cold shoe mic that won't fit Sony's AIS hot shoe.

      I'd call this a minor improvement over the original Pearstone AIS hot shoe adapter.
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      A great option to use a cold shoe mic that won't fit Sony's AIS hot shoe.

      I'd call this a minor improvement over the original Pearstone AIS hot shoe adapter.

      The original didn't provide a means to lock the adapter into the receptacle when installed on the hot shoe--it always made me a tad nervous that it might slip out and detach. The original did have the advantage of always keeping the clamp aligned with the adapter. This particular model will let the adapter swivel unless you keep an eye on it when tightening up and manually forcing alignment.

      It does have the added plus of raising the microphone a bit higher to help exclude camera noise from the audio.

      It's a keeper.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Disappointment

      Unstable on Sony CX760 & small Marshall LCD or Zoom h4n.

      Unstable on Sony CX760 & small Marshall LCD or Zoom h4n.

      Reviewed by 23 customers

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      4.0

      Gets the job done

      By Butch_M

      from Lock Haven, PA

      About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • HD Shooting
        • Run And Gun
        • Shooting Indoors
        • Shooting Outdoors

        Comments about Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe:

        I use this to attach lights or shotgun mic to Handycam ... was concerned it would not be stable but was pleasantly surprised how sturdy it is.

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        4.0

        simple, but important

        By Storky

        from Roanoke, TX

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies

          Comments about Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe:

          It's sad that a company like Sony is compelled to design proprietary features. Thankful to have a device like this.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Functional Utility

          By jlg4880

          from New Bern, NC

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Drop-in Fit
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Alignment

          Best Uses

          • HD Shooting
          • Shooting Indoors
          • Shooting Outdoors

          Comments about Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe:

          A great option to use a cold shoe mic that won't fit Sony's AIS hot shoe.

          I'd call this a minor improvement over the original Pearstone AIS hot shoe adapter.

          The original didn't provide a means to lock the adapter into the receptacle when installed on the hot shoe--it always made me a tad nervous that it might slip out and detach. The original did have the advantage of always keeping the clamp aligned with the adapter. This particular model will let the adapter swivel unless you keep an eye on it when tightening up and manually forcing alignment.

          It does have the added plus of raising the microphone a bit higher to help exclude camera noise from the audio.

          It's a keeper.

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          • No

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          5.0

          AIS adapter for SR11 camcorder

          By Joe photawg

          from Los Angeles

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Shooting Outdoors
            • Travel

            Comments about Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe:

            Bought this to mount my Rode VMP to my Sony SR11 camcorder. Great solution!

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            5.0

            It's a little thing - but a big thing!

            By inglesangles

            from Minneapolis, MN

            About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • HD Shooting

              Comments about Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe:

              I'm using a 7" HD Monitor mounted above my Sony HDR SR11 to record hockey games. The HD Monitor really allows me to stay with the puck especially in tight shots. Without the SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter there is no way I could mount the monitor above the camera. Plus it is rock solid. Now all the dads are coming up in between periods to watch replays! Thank you B&H!

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              5.0

              Great Hot Shoe Adaptor

              By Jim Costa Films

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Film Professional

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Shooting Outdoors

                Comments about Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe:

                Adapter works great. Pearstone also makes one for Canon cameras as well. I am very happy with it. I just wish Sony would have put a standard size hot shoe on their cameras so I didn't need this.

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                5.0

                Sturdy adapter for non-standard shoe

                By 339 FGA member

                from Springfield, VA

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Shooting Indoors
                  • Shooting Outdoors
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe:

                  My SONY AIS shoe is non-standard. The SSA-III AIS adapter allows me to mount non-SONY accessories on my camera. Pearstone made it sturdy and easy to use. It is a great gadget to have with you.

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                  5.0

                  handy gadget

                  By Bigdog

                  from Greeley, CO

                  About Me Photo Pro Some Video

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Absolutely None

                  Best Uses

                  • Shooting With Camcorders

                  Comments about Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe:

                  great interface with Canon's smaller camcorders. Our mics just wouldn't fit in the small slot on top of our camcorders. This makes everything work perfectly.

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                  5.0

                  very impressed by this prouduct

                  By silver fox

                  from West Fargo N. D.

                  About Me Film Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Interface With Camcorder

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Shooting Indoors
                    • Shooting Outdoors

                    Comments about Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe:

                    it solved a really big problem for me

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    A must have for the Sony HDR-PJ580

                    By steveblive

                    from Clovis, CA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Shooting Indoors
                      • Shooting Outdoors
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe:

                      The Sony HDR-PJ580 does not come with a shoe adapter and the Pearstone adapter is easy to put on with one hand in a pinch, while fastening tight against the active accessory shoe. I swap out camera lights and wireless mic receivers quite a lot and this seems to stay secure and firm. The price is fare and I will be buying an extra one to keep in my bag of tricks.

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                      5.0

                      I would buy this product again and again

                      By Marius

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Technically Challenged

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quality Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe:

                        Good for this price.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Adapter Review

                        By primitive pathways

                        from Georgia

                        About Me Film Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Interface With Camcorder
                        • Quality Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe:

                          This shoe adapter is very good. It holds after-market mic that I bought very securely and is quality made. The only con is that it raises the mic almost 2 inches above the camera itself, greatly increasing the height profile of the camera/mic combination. I'd be afraid that the mic could get hung up if you were running and gunning and possibly break the mic and/or the adapter shoe. A shorter version that has a lower profile would be ideal.

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                          • Yes

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great P)roduct & Great Price

                          By Roc

                          from San Jose, 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

                            Comments about Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe:

                            A most useful accessory with my Sony HDR-CX580V.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            good job in a fix

                            By Anet

                            from Charleston SC

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe:

                                figured out how to use this, was tricky but I eventually got it into my Sony camcorder.

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                                3.0

                                Disappointment

                                By Mike

                                from Europe

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe:

                                      Unstable on Sony CX760 & small Marshall LCD or Zoom h4n.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Works well

                                      By Cliff

                                      from Hollywood FL

                                      About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                      • A bit in the tall side
                                      • Grey color not black

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe:

                                      Appears to be strong and well built.

                                      I like the screw down locking feature. I wish it had a lower profile but I believe this is the best Sony hot shoe adapter out there.

                                      I wish they made this in a flat black color and not grey.

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                                      5.0

                                      a good shoe will last long

                                      By videoguy

                                      from queens

                                      About Me Parent

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use

                                      Cons

                                      • Poor Interface

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Replacement
                                      • Shooting Indoors
                                      • Shooting Outdoors
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe:

                                      the product is use with sony HDC HC9
                                      WELL CONSTRUCTED
                                      the four prongs should have been slightly wider,,, however design is made to fit

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                                      5.0

                                      SSA-III AIS Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcor

                                      By Marty

                                      from Wisconsin

                                      About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                      • Quality Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe:

                                          Mounts solidly, and holds external microphones steady.

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Great price - beats Sony's

                                          By RGB

                                          from North Hollywood, CA

                                          About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe:

                                              I've only had it a few months but it works great. Allows me to attach my Sennheiser mic quickly to my Sony HDR-CX560V camera. I haven't tried the Sony version but this one beats the price. I've been happy.

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                                              4.0

                                              a must for Sony proprietary hot shoe

                                              By pc guru

                                              from Phoenix, Arizona

                                              About Me Tech Savvy

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Good Interface With Camcorder

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Home Movies
                                                • Shooting Indoors

                                                Comments about Pearstone SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe:

                                                This hot shoe adapter fits perfectly with the hot shoe of the Sony camcorder.
                                                What I don't like from Sony is if they make this "weird" hot shoe their own size, they MUST include an adapter so we can use normal hot shoe from different brand name.

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