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Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone

You Pay: $322.95
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 46 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (40)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (26)
    • Lightweight (23)
    • Easy to use (22)
    • Compact (15)
    • Durable (15)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (18)
      • Outdoor events / games (15)
      • Performances (8)
      • Amateur recording (7)
      • Documentaries (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (21), Novice (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (15)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      The best audio of video choice I've made

      I used to use WL lavs for all interviews. The sound was good, but not great. Being and audio guy-turned-video guy, I knew that I wanted a shotgun mic to make my audio...Read complete review

      I used to use WL lavs for all interviews. The sound was good, but not great. Being and audio guy-turned-video guy, I knew that I wanted a shotgun mic to make my audio more natural-sounding. I initially looked into the Rode Videomic series, but I knew that I wanted to us it in boomed situations as well as on-cam, so I ruled them out early because they are less-than-ideal for that context. So,knowing that I wanted an XLR mic, I then looked at the Rode NTG series. After listening, I found the Rodes to be decent, but a bit too tinny or thin-sounding. A lot of people who talked about the Rodes also talked about the MKE-600, so I listened to some clips recorded with this mic. Immediately, I hear the full-bodied sound, warmth and clarity for which I was searching.I purchased it from B&H about 2 months ago and, as mentioned, I use the MKE-600 in a boom and as an on-cam mic. When boomed, I plug into my Tascam DR-60D (also highly recommended for DSLR use and purchased from B&H), through which I monitor with its headphone out and send audio to my Rebel T4i with its "camera output." I thought that I wasn't going to be able to get a clean sound recorded directly to the T4i. But I can get a very clean and full sound! It's all about gain structure. I simply max out the level of the "camera output" on the Tascam DR-60D and turn the T4i's audio input down to about 25%. This almost completely bypasses the DSLR's terrible audio preamp and all the sound recorded is from the Tascam. As an audio tech, I am very happy.When I use this on-cam, I plug directly into the T4i's mic input using the Kopul LMT-100 cable (also highly recommended for DSLR use and purchased from B&H). I believe this cable has an impedance-matching XFMR in it, but I'm not quite sure. I do know that, when using only this cable to connect the MKE-600 to my T4i, with the cam's audio input set to 50%, I get VERY clean, full-range sound. Again, as an audio tech, I am very happy.I love that I have the same single AA batt installed since day 1 and it is still going strong. I even left it on overnight once...I am not a fan of the shoe shock mount, but I still use it because it is adequate. Although I fear that it may not last very long. The jury is still out on the Senn version of the deadbeat. Not sure about my thoughts on that... Seriously, the best audio for video choice I've made. Second best if the Tascam DR-60D. I mount them all to the same rig using shoe mount rails. I mount the Tascam behind the camera instead of underneath it. This allows me to have everything in one neat and compact package.

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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

      "THE PERFECT SOLUTION"

      By Clyde

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

          I bought this Sennheiser mic for shooting video with my Canon DSLR - EOS 60D - and must say that, as expected from Sennheiser, a company that has been manufacturing microphones for almost 70 years, it performs very well/easily, allowing the user to focus attention elsewhere. It runs on either phantom power or a single, AA battery, which provides approximately 800 hours of performance, while its "auto-off" feature assures conservation of the same. This mic also features a frequency-cut mode, which helps reduce low-end "boom" during windy, outdoor recording. So far, I've yet to experience any "downside" while using this mic, other than the overall limitations in frequency response that is characteristic of any "shotgun" microphone of this type.

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          5.0

          Sound Importance

          By Fashion Shooter

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

              It may not always seem as important when planning your shoot, but sound makes a huge impact in post. If you forget about paying attention to the sound details, it will being yelling at you loud and clear later without question. Be prepared and carry the best as well as backups. It's that important.

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              5.0

              Incredible!

              By Photog Gal

              from Coastal Alabama

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                I'm using the mic for doing nature recordings. Purchased the fuzzy wind screen which is awesome as well. Can't be more pleased!! Use it with a Roland-05.

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                5.0

                Great Microphone sound and quality

                By drekko

                from miami

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                  Very good

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                  4.0

                  Recommended all-around mic

                  By TF

                  from Philadelphia

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                      Compact, nice build quality, isolated pickup pattern.

                      But this doesn't have a very loud signal, even when powered. There's a well-known issue pairing this with a low-gain recorder such as the Zoom H4N, which you can google about. So make sure you have a good quality recorder that can give you enough gain for a decent recording.

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                      5.0

                      Great mic!

                      By Jared

                      from York, Pa

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                        The first thing I noticed about this mic, was the very crisp and right up close sound it captures. The pickup pattern is perfect for a boompole.

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                        5.0

                        Great mic

                        By Lillnikke

                        from New york

                        Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                        A great mic, best in it's price range. I use it together with a Zoom H4n and it som ambient noise because you have to crank up to rec volume on the H4n, but the mic it self is an amazing mic. Clear and crisp sound

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                        5.0

                        Gets the job done

                        By Nathan Sound Op.

                        from Phoenix, Az

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                          I purchased this product to get better sound for the short films I'm working on. It gets pretty professional sound if you know what you're doing. I'm use to working with them. It definitely works great.

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                          5.0

                          Great mic for DSLR

                          By johngrenz

                          from Issaquah, WA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                So far so good, mic is really great!

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                                5.0

                                Great Sound Quality

                                By EWP

                                from Fairfax, VA

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                  I liked this mic so much I bought two of them. The sound quality and sensitivity is excellent. I use these to record wildlife. I use two connected to my Tascam PCM recorder which then connects to my DSLR to record a separate audio track for my video recordings. I do not get any hollow sounds and the mics are super directional. I typically use these two mics mounted onto a 6" hotshoe rail and aim as needed to preserve the best stereo separation.

                                  They are lightweight and come with a nice cordura carrying case. However I wish the case was large enough to enclose the included foam wind screens. That should in no way sway you from this purchase. The mics are top quality and you will be pleased with their performance.

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                                  5.0

                                  Works great

                                  By Aspiring Filmmaker

                                  from Norcross, GA

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                        Great sound, very solidly built, nice-looking mic! Bought two so I can record in stereo (FYI the manufacturer specs don't specifically say whether the mic is mono or stereo, so for anyone who wants to know, it is a mono mic.

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                                        5.0

                                        great value

                                        By Jeremy

                                        from Denver, CO

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                        good, solid reliable mic with great sound, especially considering the price. Took a B&H staffer's recommendation and couldn't be happier.

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                                        5.0

                                        The best audio of video choice I've made

                                        By Matthew

                                        from Springfield, MA

                                        Verified Reviewer

                                        Pros

                                        • Clean Warm Full Sound
                                        • Great battery life

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Boom
                                          • On-camera

                                          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                          I used to use WL lavs for all interviews. The sound was good, but not great. Being and audio guy-turned-video guy, I knew that I wanted a shotgun mic to make my audio more natural-sounding. I initially looked into the Rode Videomic series, but I knew that I wanted to us it in boomed situations as well as on-cam, so I ruled them out early because they are less-than-ideal for that context. So,knowing that I wanted an XLR mic, I then looked at the Rode NTG series. After listening, I found the Rodes to be decent, but a bit too tinny or thin-sounding. A lot of people who talked about the Rodes also talked about the MKE-600, so I listened to some clips recorded with this mic. Immediately, I hear the full-bodied sound, warmth and clarity for which I was searching.I purchased it from B&H about 2 months ago and, as mentioned, I use the MKE-600 in a boom and as an on-cam mic. When boomed, I plug into my Tascam DR-60D (also highly recommended for DSLR use and purchased from B&H), through which I monitor with its headphone out and send audio to my Rebel T4i with its "camera output." I thought that I wasn't going to be able to get a clean sound recorded directly to the T4i. But I can get a very clean and full sound! It's all about gain structure. I simply max out the level of the "camera output" on the Tascam DR-60D and turn the T4i's audio input down to about 25%. This almost completely bypasses the DSLR's terrible audio preamp and all the sound recorded is from the Tascam. As an audio tech, I am very happy.When I use this on-cam, I plug directly into the T4i's mic input using the Kopul LMT-100 cable (also highly recommended for DSLR use and purchased from B&H). I believe this cable has an impedance-matching XFMR in it, but I'm not quite sure. I do know that, when using only this cable to connect the MKE-600 to my T4i, with the cam's audio input set to 50%, I get VERY clean, full-range sound. Again, as an audio tech, I am very happy.I love that I have the same single AA batt installed since day 1 and it is still going strong. I even left it on overnight once...I am not a fan of the shoe shock mount, but I still use it because it is adequate. Although I fear that it may not last very long. The jury is still out on the Senn version of the deadbeat. Not sure about my thoughts on that... Seriously, the best audio for video choice I've made. Second best if the Tascam DR-60D. I mount them all to the same rig using shoe mount rails. I mount the Tascam behind the camera instead of underneath it. This allows me to have everything in one neat and compact package.

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Excellent Microphone

                                          By HazardSports

                                          from NYC

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                                Very clear audio and cancels background audio very well, (but not totally). Nicely done. I use this MIC to record Action-sports and it does a great job of allowing enough ambient noise to pass through to set the environment however your subject is heard in clear detail. I was very impressed. Quality manufactured piece.

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                                                • No

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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

                                                    Pros

                                                      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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                                                          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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                                                              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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                                                                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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                                                                      Rycote -  Classic-Softie Camera Kit for Shotgun Microphones (15cm)
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                                                                      Always keep spare batteries handy and you won't get caught without power.

                                                                      Watson -  4-Hour Rapid Charger with 4 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (2300mAh)
                                                                      • You Pay: $17.95
                                                                       
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                                                                      • You Pay: $2.99
                                                                       

                                                                      Add more interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                                                                      Kopul -  Studio Elite 4000 Series XLR M to Angled XLR F Microphone Cable - 1.5' (0.45 m), Black
                                                                      • You Pay: $17.99
                                                                       
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                                                                      • You Pay: $19.95
                                                                       

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                                                                      • You Pay: $49.95
                                                                       
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                                                                      • You Pay: $36.95
                                                                       

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                                                                      Protect your audio from wind noise with a windscreen.

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                                                                      • You Pay: $69.95
                                                                       
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                                                                      • You Pay: $89.95
                                                                       

                                                                      Cases & Protection

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                                                                      Carry, store and protect all your equipment in a bag or case.

                                                                      Alfa Case -  10" MicTube Shotgun Microphone Case, Small
                                                                      • You Pay: $69.45
                                                                       

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                                                                      • You Pay: $139.95
                                                                       
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                                                                      • You Pay: $77.97
                                                                       
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