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SennheiserMKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone
 
4.3

(based on 190 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (90)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (74)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (162)
  • Easy to use (114)
  • Great sound quality (114)
  • Durable (64)
  • Simple use (51)

Cons

  • Noisy (15)
  • Flimsy (11)

Best Uses

  • Professional (63)
  • Productivity (41)
  • Presentations (28)
  • Shooting indoors (19)
  • Shooting outdoors (16)
    • How long have you owned it:
    • A month or less

       

      One-to-three months

       

      60% 

      (3 reviews)

      Three-to-six months

       

      More than six months

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (96), Gearhead (34), Technically challenged (13), Aspiring film maker (6), Film professional (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (97), Personal (60)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

a new standard for DV + documentary

the first thing you notice when you pull it out of the box (well packed, by the way) is the size. I thought, there's no way i'll get usable audio out of...Read complete review

the first thing you notice when you pull it out of the box (well packed, by the way) is the size. I thought, there's no way i'll get usable audio out of it but i have several years of experience with the me66 and know sennheisers usually find a way. i contract locally and professionally, and because of my work i prefer pro quality even at family gatherings and miniDV documentary style shoots.

lets get to the + and -

+sound quality is great- rejects any camera noise that my other mics pic up, including the self mic
+so small...light but still sturdy. i tried the rode and nearly got carpal. now one of my arms is bigger than the other.
+made in EUROPE, german engineering
+cable is high quality, boot is secure
+warranty rocks
+the sound again, is so much better-- i really didn't think it would make that big of a difference until i finally upgraded away from the built in mic. the other brands were still an upgrade, but this was a true upgrade to quality and PROFESSIONAL results

- i would have liked a hardshell case

i would buy again if stolen and i don't do a shoot without it

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Maybe a better choice for the 5D Mark II

If you're thinking of getting this mic because you think it's better than the built in mic on the 5D Mark II, you might want to think again. It won't pick up focusing and...Read complete review

If you're thinking of getting this mic because you think it's better than the built in mic on the 5D Mark II, you might want to think again. It won't pick up focusing and IS noises as much as the built in mic does, but the quality isn't as great as I'd hoped from the other comments. Here is a comparison of the built in mic, this Sennheiser, and the Rode stereo videomic[@]

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4.0

Great little mic

By Travis

from Oklahoma

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Great Sound Quality
  • Lightweight
  • Long Lasting
  • Low Profile

Cons

  • Need Replaceable Parts

Best Uses

    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

    I first used this guy back in '09 or '10 in Africa. Low-Profile. Audio was great! I was using the 5d Mark II then. I had it mounted to the side of an On-Camera light with a mount that had a Cold-Shoe. I did a lot of candid interviews, and so a lot of times I simply pulled it off my camera and had someone hold the mic closer. I don't know if the cable was longer then, but it performed wonderfully!
    Unfortunately, the shock mount broke early on(probably my own fault...see pic), but made it useable again with some Gaff Tape. Would be nice to be able to replace those.
    That one was a rental. I've used other since, including the ones by Rode. I have found this to be my personal favorite.

    • Primary use:
    • Business

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    4.0

    Good starter mic

    By Shawn

    from San Francisco, CA

    About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Great Sound Quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Flimsy

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

      This is my first video microphone. I use it on a Sony A7S. I've heard a big improvement in audio quality. It has a "wide" sound rather than a directional sound.Two issues I've had:(1) The foam windscreen doesn't stay on. I should have learned to affix it on somehow after the first dozen times it fell off. I finally lost it the other day and a replacement is $.(2) The LED power indicator just does a very brief flicker when you turn the mic on. I shot a whole evening's worth of video and got home and realized I had no battery in the mic, so I had no audio at all. It was my fault for not confirming I had a battery, but it's something I'll be mindful of going forward. There's just not a good indication that the battery is functioning when turning the unit on other than that very brief flicker of the LED.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      4.0

      Great Microphone

      By JP

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Great Sound Quality
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Productivity
        • Professional

        Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

        The MKE 400 is definitely compact, which is great for videography when you want to be as mobile as possible. The design is simple which makes it easy to use. The results are great too, my camera feels naked without it now.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        4.0

        Great value and size

        By Mike

        from Denver

        Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

        This is a great buy. Use it for shooting in the field at events. Not as directional as I thought it would be.

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        4.0

        Great

        By Chesarpinwee

        from Guadalajara, MX

        About Me Gearhead

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

        • Noisy

        Best Uses

        • General Shots

        Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

        Nice for beginners!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        4.0

        Sennheiser Camera Shotgun Microphone

        By Brian237

        from North New Jersey

        About Me Gearhead

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Great Sound Quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional

          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

          I use this with my Canon 70D DSLR. Great quality sound and eliminates lens noise. Hot shoe mount compact.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          MKE 400

          By MariuS

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Technically Challenged

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Great Sound Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Presentations

            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

            Smaller than I was expected. German quality.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Better than the Rode videomic???

            By David

            from Fresno, CA

            About Me Filmmaker

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Great Sound Quality
            • Lightweight
            • Long Lasting
            • Sturdy

            Cons

            • Too Small For Some

            Best Uses

            • Dialogue
            • Diaolauge
            • Productivity
            • Professional

            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

            After careful and tedious research looking for an on camera shotgun mic, I was debating on going with this or the Rode vidomic pro. I'm glad to say that this was my right choice. Evn though both seem to be the same in terms of quality, the MKE 400 fits my shooting style better because of it's small size and sturdy design. Definitely recommend this to anyone who is in need of a starter mic for their dslr.

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            • Personal

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            5.0

            Small, lightweight and good quality

            By Jason

            from Florida

            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

            Although not a pro quality mic, this does a great job for DSLR on camera mics and sure beats the nikon camera mic. Nice sound. Good for interviews. Nice screening out of background sounds.

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            5.0

            Great mic for a great price!

            By Sean

            from Elmer, NJ

            About Me Gearhead

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Great Sound Quality
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                I got this mic on sale for $[$]. It's a great little compact mic with good full-range audio pickup. I'm sure there are better mics, but it's great for my uses and I would buy it again...especially for the price I paid.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Great product, great buying experience!

                By Migo

                from Prescott, AZ

                Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                As the other reviews have stated, this is a great product. B&H delivers a great shopping experience, beginning to end. The website is easy to navigate, prices are great and items are shipped quickly.

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                4.0

                Good compared to the size

                By TomO

                from Sweden

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                    Good sound compared to the size. Not quite as good as bigger microphones, but certainly good enough for my usage and very convenient to always keep in my bag.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    2.0

                    Wish I Had Returned It

                    By Tom

                    from Montreal

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Noisy

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                      I'm surprised this has a 4.3 rating at the moment. I bought mine a couple of years ago and have rarely used it because the sound is noisy. If I really need to use it, I make sure the battery is brand new, which seems to improve the quality. But after a few hours it gets worse. I hoped for much better from Sennheiser. (Their wireless lav kit is so good that I bought a 2nd.)I would love to sell it, but I would feel guilty passing it on to someone else. It's nice that it's small, but I would rather have something bigger (Rode?) that sounds better.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      4.0

                      Great mic

                      By Video Joe

                      from Vail, CO

                      About Me Pro videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                            I like the smaller form factor that keeps my DSLR rig compact and unimposing, while still picking up good audio without too much mechanical noise. I learned the hard way (even after reading about it!) that the battery will die just from staying put inside the mic-always take it out when you stow it or it won't be there for you when you pull it out next. Off axis rejection is not as noticeable as you may want, it's not a true shotgun, but does favor what's in front of it.

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                            • Business

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                            5.0

                            Top quality mic

                            By Travis

                            from Houston

                            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                            I researched a lot of mics before I went with the Sennheiser MKE 400 and couldn't be happier. Great sound and well built. I would recommend this mic to anyone looking for a quality product for a reasonable price.

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                            5.0

                            Great, compact micrphone.

                            By arkady39

                            from arkady@ar

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Great Sound Quality
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                                Works excellent with my DSLR while being very compact and easy to carry around.

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                                4.0

                                Good accessory for your camera

                                By adamski

                                from St. Paul, MN

                                About Me Gearhead

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Documentary
                                  • Professional

                                  Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                                  This improves the sound collected by DSLR shooting. Good options, easy to use and long battery life (provided you remember to turn it off). I like that it is metal construction and feels pretty solid for being so little. I thought the price was a little high compared to similar compact mics, but it seems to be worth it so far.

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                                  • Business

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                                  5.0

                                  Great little mic

                                  By NLuc

                                  from Sydney, Australia

                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Great Sound Quality
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Productivity
                                    • Professional

                                    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                                    I used to have the Rode Video Mic and purchased the MKE400 recently. Wow the size difference is amazing - This is so much smaller. I love how the AAA battery lasts 300 hrs. The sound pickup is great. So far so good.

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                                    • Business

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                                    5.0

                                    A really great shotgun microphone!

                                    By cameradude

                                    from Lake Villa, IL

                                    About Me Experienced Soundman, professional videographer, Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Great quality
                                    • Great Sound Quality
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Long Lasting

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Great For Dslrs
                                      • Professional

                                      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                                      I have been using Sennheiser microphones for over 25 years and this recent acquisition of the MKE 400 compact shotgun microphone is no different than all of the previous mics from Sennheiser. This mic is well made, durable and sounds great! You can't go wrong with a Sennheiser!

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                                      • Business

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                                      4.0

                                      Form and function meet

                                      By nikon shooter

                                      from Portland, OR

                                      About Me Tech Savvy

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Great Sound Quality
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Professional

                                        Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                                        Great mic! Great bang for the buck. Im using this mic with my Edirol and my D800 to gather sound and do interviews more of a visual journalistic style of shooting with this setup. Its not as obtrusive as other mics that ive seen on the market. German engineering gathering great sound. I would recumbent this to others.

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                                        • Business

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