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SennheiserMKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone
 
4.3

(based on 199 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (95)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (76)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (169)
  • Great sound quality (120)
  • Easy to use (119)
  • Durable (67)
  • Simple use (51)

Cons

  • Noisy (15)
  • Flimsy (13)

Best Uses

  • Professional (65)
  • Productivity (43)
  • Presentations (29)
  • 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 (98), Gearhead (36), Technically challenged (13), Aspiring film maker (6), Film professional (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (103), Personal (62)

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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5.0

fabulous little shotgun

By gigih

from schaumburg Illinois

About Me professional videographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Den
    • Presentations
    • Productivity
    • Professional

    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

    small and compact but packs a great clean sound. great for run and gun DSLR users. doesn't get in the way. always can depend on sennheiser to deliver great products

    • Primary use:
    • Business

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    5.0

    Non intrusive baby Monster

    By ALIWOOD

    from San Carlos, CA

    About Me Hobbyist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Sound Quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday Recording

      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

      I use it with a Sony A7 II DSLR. Its the perfect complement in terms of size, quality and storage.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      4.0

      Good size, sound & price

      By Colum O'Dwyer

      from Sydney, Australia

      About Me Gearhead

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Productivity

        Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

        The compact size versus other pics is what made me want to get this. It's proven to be a sturdy, well made piece of kit that I use on my backpacking adventures and for my paid work also. Noise is fine - at a level that cane easily be dealt with. The battery lasts forever and the controls for noise/quiet environment work a treat. Does everything it claims. One gripe is with the windshield which has a tendency to pop off.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        Great quality from leading brand

        By Doug

        from Cape Town, South Africa

        About Me professional videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Great Sound Quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • On My Dslr

          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

          I have used Sennheiser for sound for several years and this addition to my equipment does not disappoint. it is small, light and gives great quality. the distance button is useful and allows you to 'zoom' in on sound from objects further away.

          There is a little background noise but for getting good ambient sound without using radio mic kits etc it does the job really well.

          I use it on my DSLR and it's fine

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          Great miniature shotgun microphone!

          By Avian Pictures

          from Broken Arrow, OK

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Sound Quality
          • Lightweight
          • Long Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

              Incredibly small, light but wonderful shotgun mic. I have three now and use them on my DSLRs and Sony DEV5 recording binoculars. For the price they this mic cannot be beaten. Battery life is extremely good as well.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              cannot use with mixer

              By Joanne

              from washington dc

              About Me Gearhead

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Flimsy

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                this microphone is not useful if you are boosting your audio with a beachtek amplifier. it will not operate

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good Microphone for a DSLR

                By Alex

                from Sacramento, CA

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                    Bought for using with my D800. Built well. Works good, as expected. Tested this weekend on the shore with MZW400 Wind-m@ff in mild wind conditions – no noise, zero. I took one star for two reasons. First, I don't understand why MZW400 Wind-m@ff is sold separately as an accessory – I am guessing there are very few to none users that would not need the wind m@ff… not really an option, should be included. Second – the wind m@ff clicks on fairly easy, but it's also easy to accidently knock it off… A more secure mounting option would be nice.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Small

                    By Bob

                    from Florida

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                    It way smaller than I expected. It seems to work with better sound than the camcorder

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Shotgun Microphone

                    By drdancm

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Professional

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy

                    Best Uses

                    • Professional

                    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                    I used this attached to a Panasonic GH3 to shoot a short film called Catching Broken Glass.It's great that it uses just a single AAA battery which you can get anywhere. The directional feature worked very well for picking up the actors voices as well as ambient sound, while avoiding any camera or operator sounds.I was fortunate to get this on sale which helped a lot with my limited budget.Here is a link to the trailer for the video------------------

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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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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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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.

                              • Primary use:
                              • 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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