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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 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 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 (8), Aspiring film maker (4), Parent (3)
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      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.

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      5.0

      The best we've found

      By ToprRank Films

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Film Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Precise
      • Solid Mount

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sony Hot-shoe Mounts

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

        We use a number of Sony camcorders with their *&%$*& proprietary hot shoes. We want to mount stuff, but only found three adapters after searching online. One didn't fit without the attention of a small metal file, the other, found on [@], was ok but roughly made, but the Pearstone was, by far, the best. Pefect and precise fit, sturdily made, and stays solidly attached. This is the one to buy.

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        5.0

        Works perfectly

        By Channel 70 Video Productions

        from Asheville NC/Los Angeles

        About Me Film Professional

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Excellent Design
        • Secure Fit

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            We need to mount stuff on our Sony camcorders with their proprietary hot shoes and this adapter did the job. We wanted to mount our light on a CX560V and thought we'd try the Pearstone. Perfect. Secure. Fits. Looks good. We're buying more.

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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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                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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                                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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                                  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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