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Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone

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Product Highlights
  • Self-Powered Electret Condenser Mic
  • Omnidirectional Polar Pattern
  • 3.5mm TRS Dual-Mono Connector
  • Sends Audio to Left & Right Channels
  • Accurate Voice Reproduction
  • Lightweight, Discrete Design
  • 20' Cable
  • In-Line Power Switch
  • For Most Devices with 3.5mm Mic Input
  • Includes Tie Clip, Windscreen, & Battery

The Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone is an all-in-one solution for recording hands-free audio to both channels of your camcorder or DSLR, as well as most devices with a 3.5mm mic-level input that cannot supply phantom power. It is a self-powered clip-on electret condenser mic designed for accurate voice reproduction in home and video webcasting applications such as presentations, interviews, dictation, and corporate video. The microphone's small, 21-mm long lightweight body allows for discrete placement with the included tie-clip while its 20-foot long cable gives you ample distance from your recording device.

Featuring a 3.5mm dual-mono TRS output connector, the mic sends audio to both the left and right channels of your recorder. Thanks to its omnidirectional polar pattern, the OLM-10 provides a uniform response that will not cause the bass-boosting proximity effect common with cardioid patterns, while allowing you to move freely without off-axis rejection causing a drop in volume. The in-line power switch allows you to quickly mute the microphone as well as preserve battery life when not in use. A windscreen for reduced noise and plosives, 1/4" adapter, and LR44 battery are included.

Transducer Electret condenser
Polar Pattern Omnidirectional
Frequency Response 50 Hz to 18 kHz
Sensitivity -65 dB +/- 3 dB (0 dB = 1 V/µbar @ 1 kHz)
Impedance 1 kΩ +/-30% @ 1 kHz
Operating Voltage 1 to 10 V DC
Material Gold stereo plug
Cable Length 20' (6 m)
Capsule Diameter 0.2" (7.5 mm)
Length Microphone: 0.8" (21 mm)
Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone
  • 3.5mm to 1/4" Adapter
  • Tie Clip
  • Foam Windscreen
  • LR44 Battery
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    PolsenOLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone
     
    4.3

    (based on 175 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (84)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (69)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (120)
    • Good audio (116)
    • Lightweight (99)
    • Compact (98)
    • Versatile (46)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (18)
    • Not durable (8)
    • Poor sound quality (7)
    • Bulky/heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (89)
    • Home studio (49)
    • Outdoor events / games (39)
    • Professional recording (23)
    • Interviews (17)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (93), Novice (43), Professional musician (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (22)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    HELPFUL USAGE TIPS

    FOR PRO MIXER INPUT, use the B/H HOASMFPM adapter to provide 1/4" unbalanced audio that WILL work on a pro mixer 1/4" balanced mic input. :)
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    FOR PRO MIXER INPUT, use the B/H HOASMFPM adapter to provide 1/4" unbalanced audio that WILL work on a pro mixer 1/4" balanced mic input. :)

    FRYING BACON STATIC NOISE, developed in my testing. solution, polish the battery edge and faces on a mildly rough cloth to remove invisible oxide, and if you are good with tools, carefully bend out the side contact to make it a firm fit. test this by hard tapping on the battery case and see if you have 'funnies' in the audio. a loose battery fit will suddenly inject 'bacon frying and static' into audio. making a tight/clean contact will stop/prevent that.

    with the adapter, tight battery fitting contacts, you will have a killer mic for little money.

    lastly, maybe they will make battery contacts much tighter and reverse the location of the battery holder to be at the mixer end so as to avoid battery jossling/noise, and a chance to fix it fast if you get unlucky and it happens.

    sorry about the runon and long wind, but i hope this and my last review are helpful in your using this GREAT LIL MIC.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    good for the price

    I am using this attached to a Zi10 Playtouch for youtube and home videos. I like this lavelier microphone for my purposes. The mic quality in most video cameras is terrible to horrible....Read complete review

    I am using this attached to a Zi10 Playtouch for youtube and home videos. I like this lavelier microphone for my purposes. The mic quality in most video cameras is terrible to horrible. As far as I am concerned an external mic is absolutely necessary. The quality is not professional but is adequate for my needs.It improves the sound quality 100%. It is certainly good for speaking and instruction. If you are a singer or music professional you may want to invest in something stronger than this but for just speaking and regular sound capture this is good. The clip could be better but it is adequate.

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    5.0

    Works well with Canon T3i

    By Mini

    from Washington DC

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Quality
    • Low Cost

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Canon Dslr

      Comments about Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone:

      Recently purchased this mic to be able to plug directly into Canon T3i for recording video. Sound quality was very good. Tested it on camera's auto recording level setting and various manual settings of 25-50. Auto setting worked best, with readings in the -12db to -8db range. Meter reading on camera matched well with meter reading in FCX.

      Would highly recommend for a low-cost, good quality mic.

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      5.0

      Works Well

      By Eric

      from South Florida

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • durability
      • Good sound

      Cons

      • Some Hissing

      Best Uses

      • Interviews

      Comments about Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone:

      The microphone works well. I found it to have some hissing when the audio sensitivity settings were set very high, although they don't need to be set that high to pick up good clear audio. I tested it with my Nikon D5300.

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      4.0

      Good bang for the buck

      By Catbus

      from Chicago

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • price

      Cons

      • Line noise

      Best Uses

        Comments about Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone:

        I've watched enough low-budget Internet videos to know that decent audio makes a huge difference, and that starts with a decent microphone. At $, this little lav is a fantastic deal. It is not professional quality, however: the long, thin cord generates a lot of hiss. For best results, clip this mike very close to the speaker's mouth -- absolutely no more than 8 inches away, preferably 6.

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        5.0

        perfect buy

        By grouper slayer

        from Ocala, FL

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good price
        • Good sound quality

        Cons

        • Cord Can Get Tangled

        Best Uses

        • Small productions

        Comments about Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone:

        I bought this for a small production that I was doing. It worked great with my canon 60d. I bought it because I did not want to spend the extra money on a wireless mike. This lived fully up to my expectations.

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        5.0

        good deal

        By kairat

        from manhattan, ny

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Extendable
        • Portable
        • Quality of sound

        Cons

        • Gets tangled

        Best Uses

          Comments about Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone:

          use regularly. like it for decent quality of sound

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          4.0

          pretty gosh-darned good

          By IndianaBill

          from Evansville, IN

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good price
          • Good sound quality
          • Sturdy

          Cons

          • Wish Cord Were Longer

          Best Uses

          • Interviews

          Comments about Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone:

          I have used this lavalier microphone for two investor videos, and the sound quality has been great.

          It seems to be pretty sturdy as the cord got caught in one of the subject's shoe lace and got a pretty hard yank. I was sure it broke a wire, but there have been no problems.

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          5.0

          Unbeatable quality for the price

          By Mr. K

          from Canada, Montréal (Québec)

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • All Uaccessories Included
          • Better Than Any Cam Sound
          • Unexpensive
          • Very Long Wire

          Cons

          • Hiss Capture
          • Sensible To Ambient Sound

          Best Uses

          • Interview
          • Live Commentary

          Comments about Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone:

          Some hissing to be removed at editing but otherwise a great way to bring the mic closer at a very low cost. Still GREAT quality.

          Positioning is really important to achieve the highest quality otherwise it captures a lot of ambiant sounds. Very sensible (but not so for wind and clothing).

          GREAT buy! So useful and unexpensive it deserves 5 stars despite the little cons..

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          4.0

          Affordable

          By Sherwin L

          from San Diego, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone:

          Affordable and works. Works for me! Using it with a Canon C100.

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          5.0

          Wonderful for the price

          By Emily

          from Oklahoma City

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone:

                Can't beat this mic for the price.

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                4.0

                Not bad

                By wkong

                from Irvine, CA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone:

                      Much better than using the on camera mic. Subject sounds close to the camera, however, it has a descent amount of "hissing". You'll need to do post to remove that. I shot with a wireless lav and this omni wired mic and this did have more much more hissing that I needed to remove in post. I primarily use it as back audio and to assist in syncing video clips in post. Like I said the audio quality is not bad and for the money it's not a regretful purchase but for anything professional, you may want to look to other options. 4 stars are for the pricing when added to it's quality.

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                      5.0

                      Great Gear, Great Price, Great Service

                      By LittleBig Man

                      from New York, NY

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Affordable
                      • Durable
                      • Includes Battery
                      • lengthy cable

                      Cons

                      • Audio could be better

                      Best Uses

                      • Formal Interviews
                      • On The Fly Interviews
                      • Voice overs

                      Comments about Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone:

                      I normally order my gear from the internet since the grade and price of gear at B & H always seemed to exceed my tight budget. For some reason I had it set in my mind that B & H only carried high-end professional gear, but I was indeed wrong. Their selection appeals to any and every level of film maker.

                      This lav works wonders for the price. It's durable, clear, and lengthy. Hello clear formal interview audio.

                      I'll be going to B & H much more for my gear now.

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                      4.0

                      Good Product

                      By Alex F.

                      from Cleveland, TN

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good sound
                      • Great price

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • With A Portable Recorder

                        Comments about Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone:

                        I did a lot of research on "lavalier mikes" and everyone says u need to spend $$ for quality products. Well, I didnt have $$$ to spend, needed something affordable, and this seemed fair. For my use, its great. Ive used it once so far to record a speaker and then paired audio with my video in post. I use it with a Zoom H4N. Results are impressive, way better than zoom's onboard mics. For the price, i believe its a great deal! Not sure how it would compare to high end expensive mikes since this is the only one i ever owned.

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                        5.0

                        HELPFUL USAGE TIPS

                        By SPEEDORMS

                        from MIALN, MI

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Fab Value
                        • Good sound
                        • Just Get Some
                        • Long Cabling

                        Cons

                        • Battery Fit Too Light
                        • Battery Holder Location
                        • Needs Hoasmfpm Adapter

                        Best Uses

                        • Most Any Audio Need
                        • Prosumer audio

                        Comments about Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone:

                        FOR PRO MIXER INPUT, use the B/H HOASMFPM adapter to provide 1/4" unbalanced audio that WILL work on a pro mixer 1/4" balanced mic input. :)

                        FRYING BACON STATIC NOISE, developed in my testing. solution, polish the battery edge and faces on a mildly rough cloth to remove invisible oxide, and if you are good with tools, carefully bend out the side contact to make it a firm fit. test this by hard tapping on the battery case and see if you have 'funnies' in the audio. a loose battery fit will suddenly inject 'bacon frying and static' into audio. making a tight/clean contact will stop/prevent that.

                        with the adapter, tight battery fitting contacts, you will have a killer mic for little money.

                        lastly, maybe they will make battery contacts much tighter and reverse the location of the battery holder to be at the mixer end so as to avoid battery jossling/noise, and a chance to fix it fast if you get unlucky and it happens.

                        sorry about the runon and long wind, but i hope this and my last review are helpful in your using this GREAT LIL MIC.

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                        5.0

                        EXCELLENT VALUE

                        By SPEEDORMS

                        from MILAN, MI.

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Affordable
                        • Good sound
                        • Lots Of Cable Length
                        • Small Size

                        Cons

                        • Needs Stereomono Adapter

                        Best Uses

                        • Close Multi Micing

                        Comments about Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone:

                        SMALL SIZE, BIG SOUND, GREAT PRICE. the cable lengths give lots of options for locating your cam or mixer and includes a 1/4" adapter that sends its in phase mono to the Tip[L] and Ring [R] channels for some equipment that will work with that configuration. NOTE: pro mic inputs require that the Tip/Ring signals are out of phase [balanced] and using the provided adapter in a 1/4" trs mic input will give zero output. This is normal as the mic ckt needs diffrent phased [ +/- on each input or it cancells the signal as if it were noise.

                        A great work around is to find an adapter that connects the Tip and Ring signals to only the TIP while the sleeve internally shorts the R input to ground. Now you have a 'single ended' input, and the mic will boom thru. It would be fab if Polsen included this adapter as well, and you can mic any mixer with this lav. suggest that you find a stereo to mono adapter to use with this mic if you dont want to make one [kinda messy and more 'stuff' to track.

                        I AM BUYING 6 MORE to use for in field legal video recordings and other productions, AND I HOPE THEY OFFER REPLACEMENT CLIPS, WIND SCREENS IN THE FUTURE.

                        NEEDS A 1/8 TO 1/4 STEREO TO MONO ADAPTER.. but its a great overall value. GET SOME.

                        YES.. I AM AN AUDIO/VIDEO ENGINEER.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent for the price!

                        By Russellferd

                        from Jacksonville, FL

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Long cord
                        • price
                        • Sound quality

                        Cons

                        • Super Long Cord Tangles
                        • Uses Watch Batteries

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Video Production

                        Comments about Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone:

                        Great sound quality for simple corporate training videos. Item works well.

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                        3.0

                        Works in a pinch

                        By jeff

                        from Cuy. Falls, Ohio

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to use
                        • Nice long cable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone:

                            Don't expect studio quality sound but works well in a pinch. Using it on a 5DMK2. Love the extra long cable it comes with. Definitely best use for it is in a controlled environment where one can control background noise and take the time to adjust levels. For sure not for use with a run-n-gun type set up (go wireless or shotgun for that).

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                            4.0

                            Pleased.

                            By Jason

                            from Appalachia

                            Comments about Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone:

                            The foam screen is a piece of junk, but otherwise, this little mic is worth the buck! Used it this weekend pointed in the direction of the interviewee, instead of clipped on, and the audio turned out nice! Also, I bought some foam screens from a local video shop and they fit great. I'd recommend this affordable tool to amateur/semi-pro/indie/documentary filmmakers. For five stars, they'd have to include a better foam screen.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent alternative to onboard mic

                            By Nomadic Fanatic

                            from Olympia, WA

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • cheap
                            • Clear
                            • Crisp

                            Cons

                            • Batteries Are Small
                            • Cord Gets Tangled Easily
                            • Gets tangled

                            Best Uses

                            • Interviews Outdoors

                            Comments about Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone:

                            This mic is fantastic for my vlog online. My viewers love the difference in my audio. Mic is cheap and has 20 ft. cord. Great for interviews outside. Doesn't need phantom power to operate. Batteries are the small "watch type" and a 3 pack is $ at @.

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                            5.0

                            Small, compact great sound

                            By May

                            from Ct

                            Comments about Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone:

                            Works great!

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                            5.0

                            microphone for Canon VIXIA HF R400

                            By jackiep

                            from Jim Thorpe, PA

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone:

                                  Excellent quality. Works great with camcorder.........

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                                  Batteries & Power

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                                  Always keep spare batteries handy and you won't get caught without power.

                                  General Brand -  LR44 Alkaline Cell Batteries (1.5V, 2 Pack)
                                  • You Pay: $2.14
                                   

                                  Add more interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                                  Pearstone -  Stereo Mini Male to Stereo Mini Female Extension Cable (Black) - 3'
                                  • You Pay: $3.99
                                   

                                  Adapters

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                                  Adapters allow more interconnectivity options.

                                  Kopul -  XLR to Mini Adapter
                                  • You Pay: $9.95
                                   

                                  Wind Protection

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                                  Windscreens are often lost or worn out over time. Make sure to get extra Windscreens.

                                  Auray -  WLF-OLM10-2 Foam Windscreens for Pearstone or Polsen OLM-10 Lavalier Microphone (2-Pack)
                                  • You Pay: $4.95
                                   

                                  Microphone Clips

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                                  Microphone Clips are often lost or broken out over time. Make sure to get extra Microphone Clips.

                                  Auray -  Tie Clips for the Pearstone OLM-10 Lavalier Microphone
                                  • You Pay: $4.95
                                   

                                  Cases & Protection

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

                                  Pelican -  1010 Micro Case (Solid Black with Black Lining)
                                  • You Pay: $13.32
                                   
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