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Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone

You Pay: $329.95
Product Highlights
  • For Camcorders and Video DSLRs
  • Highly Directive
  • Compact Size
  • Switchable Low-Cut Filter
  • Phantom or Battery Powered
  • Low Battery Indicator
  • Shockmount for Camera Shoe
  • Foam Windshield
  • All Metal Housing

The MKE 600 from Sennheiser is a shotgun microphone designed for use with a camcorder or video DSLR. Building on the company's extensive expertise in designing shotgun microphones, it is able to take on even the toughest video sound challenges, while still being compact and short relative to previous models. With its high level of directivity, the microphone focuses on the sounds in front of the camera, while attenuating unwanted sound coming from the sides and rear.

An included foam windshield reduces the effect of wind noise, while a switchable low-cut filter adds additional wind and handling noise attenuation. The MKE 600 can be phantom powered or operated on an AA battery for about 150 hours. An integrated camera shoe and shock mount provides convenient on camera mounting. The rugged and all metal housing means the microphone will function perfectly in outdoor recording situations.

Flexible use on any camera due to compact form
Exceptional directivity
Maximum rejection of side noise
Switchable low-cut filter
Phantom or battery powering
Battery switch with "Low Batt" indicator
All-metal housing
Very good suppression of structure-borne noise
Minimizes wind and handling noise
Supplied with foam windshield and shock mount
Effective wind noise suppression with optional blimp
Polar Pattern Super-cardioid/Lobar
Frequency Response 40 Hz to 20 kHz
Sensitivity -21 mV/Pa with 48V powering
-19 mV/Pa with battery powering
Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL) 132 dB with 48V powering
126 dB with battery powering
EIN 15 dB(A) with 48V powering
16 dB(A) with battery powering
Low Frequency Roll-Off Yes
Power Requirements 48V +/-4V (P48, IEC 61938) via XLR-3 or AA size battery/rechargeable battery (1.5/1.2V)
Current Consumption 4.4 mA with P48 powering
Battery Operation Times Approximately 150 hours
"Low Batt" Indicator: <1.05V with approximately 8 hours of remaining operating time after initial display
Output Connectors 1 x XLR
Operating Temperature -14°F to +140°F (-10°C to +60°C)
Dimensions Diameter: 0.8" (20 mm)
Length: 10.1" (256 mm)
Weight 4.5 oz (128 g) without battery
Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone
  • Shock Mount for Camera Light-Shoe
  • Foam Windshield
  • Carry Pouch
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    SennheiserMKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone
     
    4.8

    (based on 32 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (18)
    • Easy to use (16)
    • Lightweight (16)
    • Durable (11)
    • Versatile (11)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoor events / games (13)
      • Professional recording (13)
      • Performances (6)
      • Amateur recording (4)
      • Documentaries (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (13), Novice (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Sounds great, well built

      I have it hooked up to my Nikon D7100, and the audio sounds much better. The camera's preamps are still noisy, so I plan to get a preamp to get even better sound...Read complete review

      I have it hooked up to my Nikon D7100, and the audio sounds much better. The camera's preamps are still noisy, so I plan to get a preamp to get even better sound out of this Sennheiser. I like it that it takes a single AA battery, alkaline or ni-mh, and it lasts a long time. It's lightweight but well built. It captures crisper vocals than the Rode Video Mic my coleagues use, and it also captures good low end - something my camera's built-in mic sorely missed. Very happy with it.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      No disappointments

      I use this with my dslr for off-cam audio to sync later using a sony PCM to record. I was so close to going with Shure or Rhode, but after researching this mic,...Read complete review

      I use this with my dslr for off-cam audio to sync later using a sony PCM to record. I was so close to going with Shure or Rhode, but after researching this mic, for the extra dollars its really worth it. Good, crisp, clean sound. Runs for days on a single AA battery. All in all it was exactly what I was looking for, something to pick up acceptable sound to sync with my dslr footage. I played around with the Rhode series and wasn't impressed, especially with the build quality. This mic is nicely built and looks saucy. The shock mount that comes with it is a joke, I went ahead and bought a Rycote mount for it and it is perfect. I do wish that it came with the xlr to male mini cable needed. I am very happy with this product, and while it is not perfect, it suits my needs beyond expectations. I first used this for a wedding and reception and was very pleased. Not the mic I would use for say filmmaking, but very good for capturing sound during a live event and interviews

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      5.0

      Great Sound and solid purchase

      By Nick

      from Albany NY

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

          I was on the fence about whether to purchase the Sennheiser or the Rode. After checking out a few youtube video reviews I thought the MKE600 sounded really nice. I'm very satisfied with it's clarity and sound. I've filmed a few things that I could not hear with my own ears, but were crystal clear when I listened back to the audio.

          I would consider purchasing a more robust wind sock for it. The filter included works ok, but not for every windy setting.

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          4.0

          Good mic for the price

          By Alexis

          from Brooklyn, NY

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

          The range was a bit better than a couple of others I looked at that were a bit cheaper. For this price point, this is a good shotgun mic.

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          4.0

          Sounds good

          By Jello

          from Virginia

          Verified Buyer

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            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                This mic seems to capture the sounds i want but it is so sensitive you can hear the humming noise if you do not know how to set up the mic properly. It is great for interview and light enough to shoot with just one person. what is also great it has phatom power just incase your battery runs out and don't have any extra

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                • No

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                5.0

                Nice MIC, very good sound

                By 00707 NYC

                from NYC

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Nice build

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                    we use this with a Pro-sumer camcorder for in house video.
                    a nice step up!

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Good DSLR Microphone

                    By RichRudy

                    from Kirkland WA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Battery And Phantom Power
                    • Size
                    • Sound quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Interviews
                      • On Camera

                      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                      I intend to use this for on camera for my DSLR and on the boom pole flying overhead for interviews into an H4N as it has the ability to do phantom or battery power. I've had a chance to try it out on camera so far and it sounds pretty nice. No complaints or issues with it thus far and I've had good luck with sennheiser gear in the past, so I was really happy to see this was available.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Mic

                      By Mike Wyatt

                      from Corpus Christi TX

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                            Have used this mic a couple of times on my new Sony HXR-NX3 i received a week before from B&H for interviews and a music recital and both times it knocked it out of the Park.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great audio

                            By Steviehallandale

                            from Florida

                            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                            Great sound

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                            5.0

                            Great shotgun mic

                            By sean

                            from los angeles, ca

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                            Does the job, very happy with it.

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            No disappointments

                            By Bad Rabbit

                            from Southern Oregon

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Battery Life
                            • Clean Crisp Sound
                            • Quality build
                            • reasonable price

                            Cons

                            • no cable
                            • Poor Shock Mount

                            Best Uses

                            • Ambient Sound
                            • Interviews
                            • Live Events

                            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                            I use this with my dslr for off-cam audio to sync later using a sony PCM to record. I was so close to going with Shure or Rhode, but after researching this mic, for the extra dollars its really worth it. Good, crisp, clean sound. Runs for days on a single AA battery. All in all it was exactly what I was looking for, something to pick up acceptable sound to sync with my dslr footage. I played around with the Rhode series and wasn't impressed, especially with the build quality. This mic is nicely built and looks saucy. The shock mount that comes with it is a joke, I went ahead and bought a Rycote mount for it and it is perfect. I do wish that it came with the xlr to male mini cable needed. I am very happy with this product, and while it is not perfect, it suits my needs beyond expectations. I first used this for a wedding and reception and was very pleased. Not the mic I would use for say filmmaking, but very good for capturing sound during a live event and interviews

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                            • No

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                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Mic - Awesome Sound

                            By fred

                            from Texas

                            Verified Buyer

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                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                  So sweet the sound... crisp vocals ... clean ambient

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                                  • No

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                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  So far so good!

                                  By LM83

                                  from Providence, RI

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Battery Life
                                  • price
                                  • Sound quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                      I use this mic for a variety of things, weddings, corporate and my own personal projects. The mic works great, sound is great. The only (minor) issue is that the on/off button turns red when you first put the mic on, but then goes off ( probably to conserve battery) So sometimes I forget it is still on after I have finished using it for the day

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                                      • No

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                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Narrow Band Shotgun Microphone

                                      By Cowboy Ken

                                      from Dubuque, Iowa

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Sound
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Events
                                        • Home Studio
                                        • Performances

                                        Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                        I am an audio and video producer. I recently bought the Sennheiser MKE 600 microphone with professional windsock, mount and pole. I also purchased the 10 and 2 ft cords. I do audio with a Roland digital recorder and found the audio to be very crisp and clean. In recording on the boom at full extension over a choir with piano, guitar and trumpet, I found that the direction of the mike was very important as it does not blend sounds when give the chance to separate them. What you point at is what you get. The minister, about 100 feet away, was easily understandable with the shotgun as well. There was in house amplification of him but this mike bore down on the actual sound he was putting out and came through loud and clear.
                                        You've got to ante up for this unit but it sounds quite good so far.

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                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Quality is awesome!

                                        By Nate

                                        from Tampa, FL

                                        About Me Experienced

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Clear Sound
                                        • Durable
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Amateur Recording
                                          • Events
                                          • Professional Recording

                                          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                          Great for everything from interviews to film recording!

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                                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Great Microphone

                                          By Bonnie

                                          from Carlsbad, CA

                                          About Me Experienced

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Events
                                            • Professional Recording

                                            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                            I use this shot gun microphone when I am interviewing multiple people for short video projects, so I do not need to use Lavaliere mic . Watch the audio on your DSLR camera. I needed to turn it down a bit on manual audio setting. The microphone works great on my Canon 60D camera.

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                                            5.0

                                            High Quality, Lightweight, Crystal Clear

                                            By Bonnietay

                                            from Atlanta, GA

                                            About Me Experienced

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Events
                                              • Performances
                                              • Professional Recording

                                              Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                              Attaching this shotgun mic on top of my Sony NEX Handycam gives me the ability to mix the mic level with a line level input to an attenuator attached to the camera base. It provides a balanced XLR connection that avoids many of the problems I've run into with mini connectors. The mic looks classy, picks up distant audio very clearly, and is lightweight.

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                                              5.0

                                              Awesome Microphone!

                                              By Nick

                                              from Pineville, WV

                                              About Me Experienced

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Clear Sound
                                              • Durable
                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                              • Bulky/Heavy

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Events
                                              • Professional Recording

                                              Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                              Great Quality!! Couldn't have found anything better!

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                                              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              The best small shutgun mic for the money

                                              By Sound Mixer

                                              from Bethesda, MD

                                              About Me Experienced

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

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

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Events
                                                • Professional Recording

                                                Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                                I'm a professional Sound Mixer/Recordist for films and TV production. I have several much more expensive mics I use regularly, but I was impressed with the MKE 600--especially for the price. I use this as one of my backup mics, but I also use it with a shock mount on my DSLR for personal use. The mic is small and light enough to easily fit on a DSLR and provides excellent, deep, rich tones. You can't beat this mic if you are using it with a DSLR. Compare it to any mic made for DSLRs out there, and this blows them all away. It's a litle more pricey then the entry level low end DSLR mics out there, but it is worth every penny.

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                                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                5.0

                                                Great Mic, very versatile

                                                By Steve

                                                from Maryland

                                                About Me Experienced

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                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

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

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Events
                                                  • Performances
                                                  • Professional Recording

                                                  Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                                  I bought this after the wire on my Rode VideoMic Pro got a short from a very small drop to the ground. The wire on the Rode is a fatal flaw of that mic.

                                                  The MKE600 is just a little more money, and it is far superior and more versatile. The hotshoe camera mount (included) works great too, but get the rubber support if you want to use a boompole.

                                                  The MKE600 is the best value for low budget film makers right now.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Good size mic

                                                  By tom

                                                  from los angeles

                                                  About Me Experienced

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Clear Sound
                                                  • Versatile

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Events
                                                    • Professional Recording

                                                    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                                    A bit long but can be use in a lot of applications.

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                                                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                                     
                                                    5.0

                                                    Sounds great, well built

                                                    By Alberto T.

                                                    from Huntington Station, NY

                                                    About Me Novice

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Clear Sound
                                                    • Compact
                                                    • Lightweight

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Events

                                                      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                                      I have it hooked up to my Nikon D7100, and the audio sounds much better. The camera's preamps are still noisy, so I plan to get a preamp to get even better sound out of this Sennheiser. I like it that it takes a single AA battery, alkaline or ni-mh, and it lasts a long time. It's lightweight but well built. It captures crisper vocals than the Rode Video Mic my coleagues use, and it also captures good low end - something my camera's built-in mic sorely missed. Very happy with it.

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