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Sony ECM-B1M Camera-Mount Digital Shotgun Microphone for Sony Cameras

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Sony ECM-B1M Camera-Mount Digital Shotgun Microphone for Sony Cameras
Key Features
  • Designed for Sony a7R IV
  • Mounts via Sony Multi Interface Shoe
  • 3 x Selectable Directivity Patterns
  • Selectable Digital/Analog Output
The Sony ECM-B1M is an ultra-compact camera-mount digital shotgun microphone designed for mobile video creators working with Sony cameras equipped with the Multi Interface Shoe. Released alongside the a7R IV, which benefits from its built-in Digital Audio Interface, the ECM-B1M is able to produce its best quality by delivering a digital audio stream directly to the camera through the Multi Interface Shoe. Other Sony cameras with the standard Multi Interface Shoe can still make use of the microphone as there is a selectable digital/analog output.
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Sony ECM-B1M Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Compatibility
  • 3Three Directivity Modes
  • 4Super Directivity in a Compact Mic
  • 5Digital Sound with Low Noise
  • 6Effective Controls for Clear Sound
  • 7Mechanical Noise Suppression
  • 8Cable-Free Connection

The Sony ECM-B1M is an ultra-compact camera-mount digital shotgun microphone designed for mobile video creators working with Sony cameras equipped with the Multi Interface Shoe. Released alongside the a7R IV, which benefits from its built-in Digital Audio Interface, the ECM-B1M is able to produce its best quality by delivering a digital audio stream directly to the camera through the Multi Interface Shoe. Other Sony cameras with the standard Multi Interface Shoe can still make use of the microphone as there is a selectable digital/analog output.

The ECM-B1M is equipped with eight high-performance mic capsules and advanced digital signal processing, providing three selectable directivity patterns for a wide range of shooting and recording situations. Plug-and-play operation makes the microphone easy to use right out of the box—you can immediately start recording your YouTube videos, Facebook Live streams, and interviews, at home, in the studio, or on the go.

Compatibility

Digital Audio
Sony Alpha a7R IV

Analog Audio
Sony cameras equipped with Multi Interface Shoe

Three Directivity Modes

Advanced digital signal processing makes it possible to offer three switchable directivity patterns: supercardioid, cardioid, and omnidirectional.

Super Directivity in a Compact Mic

Eight high-performance microphone units work with a beam-forming algorithm to provide extremely sharp directivity that effectively rejects off-axis sound. All of this is achieved in a remarkably compact microphone that is only 3.91" in length.

Digital Sound with Low Noise

When connected via the Multi Interface shoe of a compatible camera that features a built-in digital audio interface, the audio signal is directly transferred to the camera in digital form so that no degradation can occur. A simple switch also provides compatibility with a wide range of cameras using an analog interface.

Effective Controls for Clear Sound

Record level control, analog output for compatibility with a wide range of cameras, and an attenuator that makes it easy to set optimum signal levels all add to this microphone's versatility.

A low-cut filter that cuts out subsonic noise is implemented through digital signal processing, maximizing audio quality at the recording stage and thereby reducing the need for complex post processing.

Mechanical Noise Suppression

An advanced shock and vibration suppressing design effectively minimizes low-frequency or handling noise, which can degrade audio quality. The absence of connecting cables also means that no noise can be transmitted to the microphone mechanically via cables and connectors.

A fur windscreen is supplied to help reduce wind noise when shooting outdoors.

Cable-Free Connection

Simply clip the microphone into the Multi Interface Shoe on a compatible camera for direct power and audio connections without the need for extra cables or batteries. Sony's Multi Interface Shoe offers intelligent connectivity and control for a variety of accessories, providing maximum flexibility and mobility.
UPC: 027242916487

Sony ECM-B1M Specs

Microphone
Form FactorCamera-Mount
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
Pressure Operated
Capsule8 x Electret Condenser
Polar PatternCardioid, Omnidirectional, Supercardioid
Pattern SelectionSwitched
OrientationEnd Address
CircuitrySolid-State
Pad-10 dB
-20 dB
High-Pass FilterYes
Tone AdjustmentNone
Gain AdjustmentYes
IndicatorsNone
On-Board ControlsGain/Sensitivity, Polar Pattern, High-Pass Filter, Pad
WindscreenFoam (Included)
Performance
Frequency Range40 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL120 dB SPL
Sensitivity-20 dBFS at 1 kHz
Dynamic Range106 dB
Equivalent Noise Level14 dB SPL
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x Proprietary
Output Connectors (Digital)1 x Micro-USB
Digital Audio
Digital Signal ProcessingNoise Reduction
Power
Operating VoltageNot Specified by Manufacturer
Physical
ColorBlack
MountingCamera/Shoe-Mount
Included CasePouch
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature-4 to 131°F / -20 to 55°C
DimensionsH: 3.22 x W: 1.08 x L: 3.91" / H: 81.8 x W: 27.4 x L: 99.3 mm
Weight2.8 oz / 79 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.48 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.9 x 5.4 x 2.5"

Sony ECM-B1M Reviews

Functional and compact

By Giovanni
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-05

Great lightweight, compact microphone. The lack of wires significantly adds to the ease of use. The carrying case is sensibly designed, too. I like everything about the controls; the selectable patterns, noise filters and automatic volume are all useful. It's still very expensive and the shock mount is a bit underdesigned, meaning it risks bottoming out if you move too much while filming. I haven't tested the digital audio yet, as my camera doesn't support it.

Amazing!

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-18

If your Sony camera supports this microphone, it is a must have unit. The sound of your videos will never be the same. Love the adjustments that you are able to make for your personal preference. And no cable to plug in and get in the way. It is a pricy option but well worth it!

Best Mic Ever For Vlogging!

By Anthony
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-16

I waited months for this to show back up in stock, and it was worth the wait! I saw a YouTube review from Jeven Dovey praising it's performance and once it became available I jumped on it. He was right...the sound quality is remarkable, and the ease of connectivity without wires on my Sony A7C is a welcome addition. It is expensive but well worth it!

A must-have for the A7s3, and that ain't no joke!

By Andrew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-18

I am a content creator and videographer and I use the a7s3 as my run-n-gunning, slow-mo capturing, quick-clip getting video beast. Alongside my Canon C70 it is a fantastic camera mate.... however to keep this camera in this fast category you will want a microphone that first all all captures fantastic audio, but also one where batteries are not a worry and cables are not a thing... enter the ECM-B1M. This is that microphone. No cables??? No batteries??? And fantastic sound? Seriously sign up. I actually waited on back-order for 2 months for this thing, and it was worth the wait. Speaking of waiting... but wait there is more! So, when I mean fantastic audio, I mean it because you get like a mini-KVM. You get analog controls to dial in the input, as well as controls to how you want to pickup the audio, I.E Omni, UNI, or Multi-Directional sort of thing... in other words, do you want to pick up all around the mic, or just the front? the back? This does that. Finally, the icing on the cake, besides all this, and how it seamlessly integrates with the A7s3, is the size... its small and light. Actually it shocks you just how small and light it is. p.s. comes with a dead cat. This is the PERFECT microphone for run-n-gunners. Trust me. Power of Drew.

cannot for the life of me get useable sound out of this

By Christopher
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-21

I've tried everything. I'm using it with the a7III/rIII so no 'digital' output, but this should still be capable of giving a good analog signal. No matter the gain, settings, etc the sound is far too quiet and omnidirectional. Absolutely garbage sound. My zoom h4n field recorder I use for backup gets clearer voice than this thing does.

The quality is good but its very expensive

By Joel B
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-17

I have since switched and dont use this as much, the quality of sounds is good but its expensive for a microphone.

Does all it says it can do.

By Vincent
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-28

The sound qualities on recording from my Sony A99ii markedly improved when this microphone replace others (including other Sony microphones). Considering that my old A99i can only utilize it in analog mode, I can only imagine how good its capabilities are with newer Sony cameras that work with it in digital mode.

Very happy with this for video calls

By Joseph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-23

Although, this is likely not the use case for many, I have this attached to an a7c that I use for work calls (enterprise software sales/consulting). Primarily google meet, sometimes bluejeans or zoom. It replaces a Shure mv7. The Shure is fantastic, but good volume, and quality sound is best when the Shure mic is on cam. That setup is distracting. With the ECM-B1M, the mic is almost just as good (set to NC, ATT 0, Digital Audio) and is completely out of view.

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Asked by: Kenneth
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Asked by: Robbie
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Asked by: Yiyun
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Asked by: Jonathan
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