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Sennheiser EW 500 FILM G4 Camera-Mount Wireless Combo Microphone System (AW+: 470 to 558 MHz)

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Sennheiser EW 500 FILM G4 Camera-Mount Wireless Combo Microphone System (AW+: 470 to 558 MHz)
Key Features
  • For Professional Filmmaker, Videographer
  • MKE 2 Miniature Omnidirectional Lav Mic
  • Rugged Bodypack Transmitter
  • Plug-On Transmitter with 48V Phantom
The Sennheiser EW 500 FILM G4 is a camera-mount wireless lavalier microphone system that brings advanced features to the EW Series, expanding this industry-standard system into a fully professional, yet cost-effective solution that filmmakers, videographers, and journalists can rely on—even in challenging shooting environments like big cities.
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Sennheiser EW 500 FILM G4 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Built for Reliable Performance in the Field
  • 3Advanced Controls for Flexible Use
  • 4Proven Broadcast-Quality Sound
  • 5Additional Features
  • 6EW 100 G4 vs EW 500 G4 Systems at a Glance

The Sennheiser EW 500 FILM G4 is a camera-mount wireless lavalier microphone system that brings advanced features to the EW Series, expanding this industry-standard system into a fully professional, yet cost-effective solution that filmmakers, videographers, and journalists can rely on—even in challenging shooting environments like big cities.

The rugged EW 512P G4 combines a wide 88 MHz bandwidth with 3520 frequencies and an RF output level up to 50 mW for a clean transmission and broadcast-quality sound. Depending on your location, you can operate up to 32 mics in one space.

Designed to accommodate a broad range of applications, the EW 500 FILM G4 gives you the tools to adapt to various shooting scenarios. For hands-free interviews, the system includes a bodypack transmitter with a high-grade, miniature MKE 2 omnidirectional lavalier mic, which is sweat-resistant and easy to conceal. For man-on-the-street interviews or for wireless booming, the plug-on transmitter is ready to attach to a handheld or shotgun mic of your choice (both types of mics are available separately). It also provides 48V phantom power, giving you the option to use a condenser microphone.

The camera-mount receiver connects to a camcorder, a DSLR/mirrorless, or a cinema camera to capture crisp-sounding speech or dialog for projects ranging from films and documentaries to wedding videos, corporate spots, and hands-free interviews.

The EW 500 FILM G4 is backward-compatible with previous evolution systems, including EW 100 models, giving you the ability to mix and match G4/G3/G2/G1 receivers or bodypack, handheld, and plug-on transmitters.

Note: While this system includes two transmitters, only one can be used at a time.

Built for Reliable Performance in the Field
  • The EW 500 BOOM G4 features rugged, all-metal chassis well suited for extended use on location.
  • The lightweight, compact bodypack transmitter is moisture-resistant, easy to conceal, and offers rounded edges that are soft to the touch and comfortable for the talent to wear. The plug-on transmitter attaches to any dynamic or condenser microphone equipped with an XLR connector. Both transmitters are equipped with locking connectors ensuring your mic doesn’t detach at a critical moment. Each also feature a convenient mute switch.
  • Using the included shoemount adapter, the compact receiver easily mounts on your camera without adding much weight. The included CL 500 cable provides a balanced connection from the receiver to the XLR audio input of your camcorder, cinema camera, or recording device. The CL 1 cable is for DSLR/mirrorless cameras and devices with 3.5mm inputs. A headphone output lets you monitor the quality of your sound while recording.
  • The transmitters and receiver feature daylight-readable LED displays showing reception quality, battery status, and audio level.
Advanced Controls for Flexible Use
  • The frequency scan function automatically searches for the cleanest frequency at your location.
  • To get you going quickly, the transmitter and receiver synchronize via infrared interface with the simple push of a button.
  • 10/30/50 mW switchable RF output helps overcome interference or save battery life.
  • The adjustable input sensitivity on the transmitter accommodates mic levels ranging from booming voices to quiet speech, and even line-level audio.
  • The receiver has an adjustable output range of 42 dB to match the audio input of your camera or recording device.
Proven Broadcast-Quality Sound
  • Popular with industry professionals, the MKE 2 omnidirectional lavalier microphone delivers a natural, broadcast-quality sound optimized for speech intelligibility. Its omnidirectional polar pattern ensures that the sound remains consistent, even when the speaker’s head moves away from the mic.
  • To take full advantage of your microphone’s dynamic range, the system employs proprietary HDX compander technology, preserving your sound without adding unwanted noise during transmission—delivering audio with remarkable accuracy and quality.
Additional Features
  • Adaptive-diversity reception for reliable transmission up to 330'
  • 20 frequency banks, each with up to 32 factory-preset channels to prevent intermodulation
  • Pilot tone squelch for eliminating RF noise when transmitter is turned off
  • User-friendly menu operation with flexible control options
  • Transmitters and receiver feature 4-step battery-life indicator
  • Auto-Lock function avoids accidental changing of settings
  • RF Mute function
  • 8 hours of battery life
  • Powered via AA batteries or rechargeable BA 2015 Accupack batteries (available separately)
  • Side contacts on the receiver and bodypack transmitter for recharging the Accupacks without removing them—requires the L 2015 quick-charging unit (available separately)
  • Unlike digital wireless systems, the SK 500 G4 and SKP 500 G4 transmitters can transmit to an unlimited number of EW series receivers
  • Wide range of accessories adapts the system to a variety of applications
EW 100 G4 vs EW 500 G4 Systems at a Glance
  • Bandwidth: 42 MHz vs up to 88 MHz
  • UHF Frequencies: 1680 vs up to 3520
  • RF Output Power: Fixed 30 mW vs adjustable 10/30/50 mW
  • Mics at Once: Up to 12 mics vs up to 32 mics
  • Included Lavalier Mic: ME 2-II omni or ME 4 cardioid vs professional MKE 2 omni
  • Headphone Output: No vs yes
  • Audio Output: Unbalanced vs balanced
  • Plug-On Transmitter: No phantom vs +48V phantom power
UPC: 615104316232

Sennheiser EW 500 FILM G4 Specs

System
Wireless TechnologyAnalog UHF
Number of RF Channel Frequencies3520
Included Transmitters1 x Bodypack
1 x Plug-On
DiversityAntenna Diversity
RF Frequency Band 470 to 558 MHz
RF Bandwidth88 MHz
Frequency Step Size25 kHz
Max Operating Range330' / 100.6 m (Line of Sight)
Max Transmitters per Band32
EncryptionNone
Deviation±48 kHz (Peak)
ModulationWideband FM
Receiver
Receiver TypeCamera-Mount
Mounting OptionsShoe-Mount (with Included Hardware)
Antenna1 x Flexible Whip, Fixed (Top-Mount)
Number of Audio Channels1
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Balanced Line Output (Lockable)
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone Output (Lockable)
Gain Range42 dB (6 dB Steps)
Audio Output Level1/8" / 3.5 mm Output:
+17 dBu (Balanced)
Approximate RF Sensitivity1.6 µV
SquelchAdjustable, 5 to 25 dBμV
Adjacent Channel Isolation>65 dB
Power RequirementsBattery
Battery Type2 x AA (Included)
1 x Sennheiser Accupack (Not Included)
Approx. Battery Life8 Hours (Alkaline)
Display & Indicators1 x Backlit LCD (Battery Status, Output Level, RF Level)
HousingMetal
Operating Temperature14 to 131°F / -10 to 55°C
Dimensions2.5 x 3.2 x 0.9" / 64 x 82 x 24 mm
Weight4.6 oz / 130 g (with Batteries)
Transmitter
Transmitter TypeBodypack
RF Output Power10 / 30 / 50 mW (Switchable, at 50 Ohms)
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Input (Lockable)
PadNone
MutingMute Switch
Audio Input Level3 V RMS (Mic Level, Line Level)
Gain Range 60 dB (3 dB Steps)
Frequency Response80 Hz to 18 kHz (Mic)
25 Hz to 18 kHz (Line)
Sync MethodIR
Antenna1 x Internal, Fixed (Beltpack)
Power RequirementsBattery
Battery Type2 x AA (Included)
1 x Sennheiser Accupack (Not Included)
Approx. Battery Life8 Hours (Alkaline)
Display & Indicators1 x Backlit LCD (Audio Level, Battery Status, Signal Strength)
HousingMetal
Operating Temperature14 to 131°F / -10 to 55°C
Dimensions2.5 x 3.2 x 0.9" / 64 x 82 x 24 mm
Weight5.6 oz / 160 g (with Batteries)
Microphone
Microphone TypeLavalier
Sound FieldMono
CapsuleCondenser
Polar PatternOmnidirectional
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Equivalent Noise Level39 dB CCIR
Maximum SPL142 dB SPL
Sensitivity5 mV/Pa at 1 kHz
Output Connectors1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Male Unbalanced (Lockable)
Cable Length5.25' / 1.6 m
Operating Voltage7.5 V
Operating Current Consumption250 µA
Weight0.6 oz / 17 g
Transmitter 2
Transmitter TypePlug-On
RF Output Power10 / 30 / 50 mW (Switchable, at 50 Ohms)
Audio I/O1 x XLR 3-Pin Female Unbalanced Input (Lockable)
Phantom Power+48 V
PadNone
MutingMute Switch
Audio Input Level6 V RMS (Mic Level, Line Level)
Gain Range 48 dB (6 dB Steps)
Signal ProcessingNone
Frequency Response80 Hz to 18 kHz
Sync MethodIR
Antenna1 x Internal, Fixed
Power RequirementsBattery
Battery Type2 x AA (Included)
1 x Sennheiser Accupack (Not Included)
Approx. Battery Life8 Hours (Alkaline)
USB/Lightning ConnectivityNone
Display & Indicators1 x Backlit LCD (Audio Level, Battery Status, Signal Strength)
HousingMetal
Operating Temperature14 to 131°F / -10 to 55°C
Dimensions1.7 x 4.1 x 1.7" / 43 x 105 x 43 mm
Weight6.9 oz / 195 g (without Batteries)
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.385 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)16 x 7.8 x 3"

Sennheiser EW 500 FILM G4 Reviews

Enhanced my capabilities

By Eric
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-22

I can now record boom mics in the car instead of just lavs, while also having the option of having an extra channel for lavs if I need it. They have much better range the 100 series and a much better mic.

EW 500

By Eric
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-20

Very good quality

Awesome!

By Bill
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-14

I'm about to buy another.

just a great product

By Ryan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-17

High quality, works like its the best system in the game

Love it.

By Damilola
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-15

I really appreciate B&H on my first experience with them in shopping for this items, from the point of searching for items to the point of checkout and delivery was very smooth. Thanks, hope to shop again.

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