Sony ECM-GZ1M Zoom Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe

Sony ECM-GZ1M Zoom Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe

Sony ECM-GZ1M Zoom Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe

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Product Highlights

  • Hot Shoe Powered Directional Microphone
  • Helps Cut Out Unwanted Background Noise
  • Two Pick-Up Pattern Choices
  • Monaural Electret Condenser Capsule
  • Includes Windscreen to Reduce Wind Noise
  • Sony Proprietary Multi-Interface Shoe
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Sony ECM-GZ1M overview

  • 1Description

The Sony ECM-GZ1M Zoom Microphone is a monaural on-camera microphone that features a hot shoe interface specifically for Sony cameras and camcorders that have the propriety Multi-Interface Shoe. The microphone is designed to help isolate the sound you want originating from the subject while rejecting unwanted ambient noise. It offers two setting to choose from: a "Gun" Mode which locks the microphone in a fixed pick-up pattern, and a "Zoom" Mode which dynamically adjusts the pick-up pattern in relation how much you zoom in, making the microphone pick-up angle narrower as you zoom closer - Zoom Mode requires a camera or camcorder with a zoom lens.

Monaural, electret condenser microphone that powers directly from the camera or camcorder's hot shoe
Removable windscreen helps reduce wind noise for shooting outdoors
Compatibility
For all Sony camcorder models that feature the Multi-Interface Shoe. Note: This is not compatible with earlier camcorders that use Active Interface Shoe (AIS)
UPC: 027242876439
In the Box
Sony ECM-GZ1M Zoom Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe
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  • Wind Screen
  • Connector Protection Cap
  • Carrying Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Sony ECM-GZ1M specs

    Capsule Monaural electret condenser
    Pick-up Pattern Shotgun / zoom
    Frequency Response 150 Hz to 15 kHz
    Interface Sony proprietary Multi-Interface Shoe
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Storage Temperature 4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
    Dimensions 1.1 x 2.3 x 4.2" / 28 x 57 x 106 mm
    Weight 1.6 oz / 45g - main unit only
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.6"

    Sony ECM-GZ1M reviews

    ECM-GZ1M Zoom Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sound I switched from Panasonic to Sony camcorders and noticed that the sound quality was no where near as good, so I bought one of these to try with my HDR-PJ650, HDR-PJ810 & HDR-PJ790. It's great because I don't have to worry about batteries and making sure I turn it on or off because if works off of the hot shoe on the camcorder. I also just donated some video to a museum for a DVD they made. They sent me a copy and I noticed that the sound quality with my little camcorders blew away what they got with their 6k video cameras they were bragging about. I'm so happy with it I just bought a second one and will possible buy a third one.
    Date published: 2015-03-06
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Auto Gain only with hiss, but useful for multicam sync I have a GZ1M mic on top of all my Sony AX33 camcorders for multicam audio sync when I edit. This mic should be left in shotgun mode but audio quality is very poor past 3 feet, auto gain control only, with hiss, but they can be useful for fully automatic home videos or for prosumer multicam sync instead of timecode, provided you are recording good audio on a separate boom or lav mics and a recorder like a Zoom or Tascam. This mic can only be powered by a modern Sony camera with a MIS hotshoe. It comes with a custom foam windscreen too and is very lightweight plastic.
    Date published: 2017-12-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great with a6000 camera I am using this with an a6000 camera, and the results are very good. Works much better than ECM-XYST1M microphone which: 1) produces horrible hissing noise when used in quiet environments (a6000 automatic gain issue), and 2) was relatively bulky and obtrusive compared to the camera. This microphone is small and light, so it complements the a6000 camera. Indoors, this microphone works great to reduce audio pickup from the sides and rear. Outdoors with the included foam cover it prevents wind noise which was a MAJOR problem when using the built in microphones. Sound quality is noticeably better than the built in microphones. Not as good as a large/heavy/expensive microphone, but this one is small/light/affordable. Build quality seems excellent, considering it weighs almost nothing. You will want to be careful with the hot shoe connector pins - use the provided cover whenever the microphone is not installed on the camera. As an added bonus, the switch on the microphone allows me to turn off the external shotgun microphone and the camera switches back to using built in omni-directional microphones (switch back and forth from shotgun to omni pickup with the flick of a switch). The zoom feature does not work with a6000, otherwise I would have given it 5*. But even without that feature, I am very happy with this microphone.
    Date published: 2015-04-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Audio, Fuss-free Microphone I use this microphone on my NEX 6 for vlogging. It works well to eliminate noise and captures my voice clearly. I use it in gun mode only as I do not need the zoom audio function when recording video. I've used the ECM-XYST1M previously and was really bothered with the noise it made even with the Low Cut mode turned on. I've been looking for an alternative for a long long time. When I finally saw this mic sold on B&H for a fair price, I thought why not? I'm very satisfied with the result.
    Date published: 2016-10-14
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Zoom does not work on NEX-6 The ECM-GZ1M is a shotgun microphone that is marketed as compatible with any Sony camera that has a multi-interface shoe. Since (for marketing reasons) most Sony mirrorless cameras don't have an external microphone jack, the ECM-GZ1M makes audio and power connections through a 1mm pitch connector strip built into the back edge of the proprietary hotshoe. At the time of this writing there is no off-camera flash cable available for the multi-interface shoe, so you can only use one multi-interface device at a time: mic, light, flash, etc. There are varying opinions about the robustness of the connector pins on the hotshoe, After several months of careful use I have had no issues. However this is not a slam it home connector as are most hotshoe connectors- one look will tell you that care ought to be exercised when connecting and disconnecting devices. Sony recommends you keep a plastic cover on both sides, camera and mic, when not in use and this seems like a very good idea lest a velcro loop in your camera bag (or whatever) grab one of the connector pins and bend it. It is also a substantial inconvenience since the covers are small and easily lost. The mic is advertised to work in two modes. First, a fixed shotgun mode, and second, a zoom mode where the microphone's pickup pattern follows the focal length of the lens. Unfortunately this zoom mode does not work on the NEX-6. When you set the mic to zoom mode the camera responds this feature is not supported. This error occurred with the 16-50 F3.5-5.6, 16-70 f4, and 10-18 f4 Sony brand lenses. Prudence suggests you should not assume it will just work on the a6000 and a7/a7r until someone verifies it. This sort of thing has been a problem with Sony's stable of proprietary, similarly named, and rapidly changing hot shoes. It's nearly impossible to determine which accessory works with which device unless you actually test it. I'm hoping this particular problem is just a firmware problem that can be sorted out on the NEX-6. So how does the microphone work in shotgun mode? Pretty good. it isolates subject audio at a reasonable distance - say 10 feet / 3m - much better than the built-in mic and also much better than the ECM-XYST1M stereo microphone which I also own, even when set for minimum width pickup. However, in my subjective (uninstrumented) tests it does not work as well as a Rode VideoMic through a 1/8 jack. It's pickup pattern is wider, and overall seems noisier. This may be caused in part by the camera since the comparison was made with a separate digital recorder using an external unbalanced mic. One minor nit - there is no low frequency cut switch on the microphone. There is a menu setting for low cut on the camera but Sony does not specify the cut frequency or filter slope and it is much harder to use than a switch. On the upside, this mic does not require a battery like most external mics because it gets power from the multi-interface shoe. Overall, in light of the very limited choices, I chose to keep this microphone. But I so want to be able to record from my existing stable of microphones that I may hack it open to add a 1/8 mic jack.
    Date published: 2014-04-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad, Lost in under an hour... I was really excited to use my new mic on my Montana trip this last week and would have LOVED to be able to write a review saying why I did or didn't like my new mic but.... My new mic only lasted less than 1 hour before it somehow fell off and I didn't notice.....We searched for hours with no luck on finding the missing investment.. I'm not sure how it came off but to say I was disappointed that it was lost in under an hour and I never even got to use it is an understatement. Things happen, I should have paid better attention and made sure it was more secure I guess. Disappointing lesson learned. I'll probably order another one sometime to see how it does.
    Date published: 2016-11-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent Shotgun Mic Excellent sound and fully functional on the RX10. Great sound on the NEX 6 and A6000, however it does not function in the zoom mode, it must be used in gun mode.
    Date published: 2014-07-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good sound for AX100 I've used this with the Sony FDR-AX100, and the sound is great. My only complaint is that it drains the camera's battery much more quickly than I would like!
    Date published: 2017-01-30
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