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Panasonic DMW-MS2 Stereo Shotgun Microphone for Panasonic DMC-GH3

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Product Highlights
  • Selectable Shotgun and Stereo Microphone
  • Dynamic Mic Powered by Camera
  • Frequency response: 80 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Vibration Absorption Mechanism
  • Metal Housing
  • Compatible with DMC-GH3 Digital Camera
  • Microphone Mode Selected Via Camera Menu
  • Includes Windjammer

The DMW-MS2 Stereo Shotgun Microphone for Panasonic DMC-GH3 from Panasonic is dual Super Directional and Stereo microphone designed to fit the DMC-GH3 mirrorless camera. It enables high quality audio recording; in shotgun directional mode it will shut out background noise and record audio from one direction, in stereo mode it records over a wide area. 

The microphone features the built-in 3.5mm jack cable, a mic holder, cable holder, lock ring, tripod/hot shoe mount, mini plug 6.5' (2 m) cable extender, windjammer and case. The holder is designed with a vibrational absorption mechanism and is designed to suppress the camera's motor and handling noise to capture the sound you want.The unit is powered by the camera and its stereo or shotgun modes can be controlled via the camera's menu.

The windjammer can be fitted to the MS2 to minimize unwanted wind noise, you can further reduce noise by selecting Wind Cut on the GH3. Mount the microphone either on top of the camera with the supplied hot shoe or use the extension cable and mount it to a tripod of its own.

Selectable directional control (shotgun or stereo) microphone
Advanced external mic suppresses camera's motor noise and handling noise
Powered by camera (Dynamic mic)
Microphone holder features vibrational absorption mechanism
Includes Windjammer
Microphone Type Electret Condensor
Direction Control Ultra-directional (Gun) and Uni-directional (Stereo)
Frequency Response 80 Hz to 20 kHz
Sensitivity -35 dB (0 dB=1 V/Pa, 1 kHz)
S/N Ratio 70 dB
Cable Type Mini plug (3.5 mm). gold coating, 4-pole, L type
Cable Length 8.4"(22 cm)
Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
Operating Humidity 35-80% relative humidity
Dimensions 1.2 x 3.5 x 8.4" (31 x 90 x 214 mm)
Weight 4.7 oz (133 g)
Panasonic DMW-MS2 Stereo Shotgun Microphone for Panasonic DMC-GH3
  • Tripod/Hot Shoe Mount with Mic Holder
  • Windjammer
  • Extension Cable
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-year Warranty
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    DMW-MS2 Stereo Shotgun Microphone for Panasonic DMC-GH3
     
    4.3

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (8)
    • Lightweight (7)
    • Durable (5)
    • Reliable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

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          • Professional (4)
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        3.0

        Works well

        By Newsrocket

        from Newport, OR

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Medium Noise Places

          Comments about DMW-MS2 Stereo Shotgun Microphone for Panasonic DMC-GH3:

          I'm a professional news writer and videographer. Audio quality is excellent. Side cancelling characteristics are good but not great. Overpriced but what isn't these days.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Not impressed

          By Dreamline

          from Surrey BC

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Extension Cable
          • Includes Windsock
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Noise Floor Unacceptable

          Best Uses

          • Loud Environments

          Comments about DMW-MS2 Stereo Shotgun Microphone for Panasonic DMC-GH3:

          I bought this to use to beef up the audio capture of my GH3. I really liked the mic itself, solid construction, nice windsock, integrates well with the camera. I also like that it comes with an extension cable for remote use. Heck I even like the sound of the mic, it's a pretty solid shotgun mic. Except for the fatal flaw, the noise floor is way too high. I was in a number of *quiet* rooms, and had a separate Rode NTG-2 nearby recording into a Zoom H4N, and difference is night and day. Even when adjusting the level on the GH3 (recording as low as a 7 which was a low-ish level for the volume of their voice and distance) it picked up significant noise while the Rode picked up very little. Stereo mode was even worse for me. I'm not sure if I got a bad unit or what, but I'm returning it as this audio isn't going to cut it.

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          5.0

          If you own a GH3, you should have this.

          By Creative Jedi

          from Des Moines, Iowa

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Perfect Match For Gh3

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Spontaneous Interviews
            • Studio
            • Web Videos Talking Heads

            Comments about DMW-MS2 Stereo Shotgun Microphone for Panasonic DMC-GH3:

            I think that no GH3 is complete without this microphone. It is perfectly matched to the camera (designed just for the GH3), is very compact, has excellent audio quality, is very fairly priced, and is selectable from shotgun to a very spacious stereo field from the camera's menu. Some have complained of not enough noise coupling in the mount, but I use it exclusively on a tripod, and unlike video cameras, there is no motor (like old tape cameras) or power zoom to generate a lot of noise, so I don't see the problem there. Summary: if you own a GH3, get this microphone!

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            5.0

            By far better than I expected

            By Marc

            from New York

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about DMW-MS2 Stereo Shotgun Microphone for Panasonic DMC-GH3:

                The pick up pf the mic is astounding, but you do have to set the GH3 controls properly. The fact that it came packed with a wind sock was an added bonus. Meets the performance of some XLR based microphones.

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                5.0

                Best video mic I've ever had!

                By Brenchard

                from Sweetwater, Tx.

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about DMW-MS2 Stereo Shotgun Microphone for Panasonic DMC-GH3:

                    Perfect fit for the GH-3. Easy setup all on menu. No batteries gets power from camera. I use it at Church and interviews. Records music and voice with great results. Good investment.

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                    5.0

                    Stereo or shotgun this mic hits the mark

                    By Carnavalpix

                    from USA/Brazil

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Studio
                      • Sync Sound Films Events
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about DMW-MS2 Stereo Shotgun Microphone for Panasonic DMC-GH3:

                      Purchased one as a package with a Lumix GH3 and right out of the box this tool was effortless to use.

                      With default camera and mic settings it captured a live band event with clean stereo sound and no overmodulation.

                      The unit is light, the telescoping mount is useful, and I can't wait to try it on a boom pole with cable.

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                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Dedicated Mic for GH3

                      By Ron H

                      from Philadelphia PA

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about DMW-MS2 Stereo Shotgun Microphone for Panasonic DMC-GH3:

                          I spent some time looking for comparison reviews of this mic. I ended up purchasing it and then making a YouTube video comparing it to the camera mic (Panasonic MS2 Microphone Comparison). As this is my first external mic, I can't really compare it to Rode, or other brands.

                          Not sure this would work on cameras other then the GH3, as there are no controls on the mic. Switching from Stereo to Shotgun is done by the camera menu. Easy to use and seems rugged. You can listen to the video and make your own decision as to sound quality.

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                          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          The Ideal DSLR Microphone

                          By Shankel128

                          from Champaign, IL

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Dual Elements
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Audio Quality
                          • Includes Wind Buffer Cove
                          • Includes Wind Cover
                          • Lightweight
                          • Phantom Powered

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about DMW-MS2 Stereo Shotgun Microphone for Panasonic DMC-GH3:

                            I purchased this microphone with my new Lumix GH3. This mic was designed and built for this particular camera but would work well with a wide variety of DSLRs. It is a phantom powered mic through the 3.5mm plug. It is switchable between a shotgun and omni stereo modes as it has elements for both built into the same unit. It is well constructed and will be durable. It comes with its own "dead cat" cover to help buffer wind noise. I chose this over a variety of other mics designed for DSLRs due to phantom power system which negates the use and frustration of battery management for on-board power.

                            Performance wise it specs out equal or better than other comparable mics. I have found the audio to be excellent with low noise and great dynamic range.

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