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Sennheiser MKE 400 Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone (2nd Generation)

BH #SEMKE400M • MFR #508898
Sennheiser MKE 400 Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone (2nd Generation)
Key Features
  • Mobile Journalist, Vlogger, Run & Gun
  • For Cameras and Smartphones
  • 100-Hour Run Time via AAA Batteries
  • Built-In Wind Protection and Shockmount
Add the compact and lightweight second-generation Sennheiser MKE 400 directional shotgun microphone to your camera- or smartphone-based shooting rig to make an easy upgrade in sound quality, even in noisy environments, without having to carry around a cumbersome windscreen and suspension system. Plus, it offers a 3-stage gain control and a low-cut filter so you can optimize the sound of your recording right at the mic.
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Sennheiser MKE 400 HD Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Second-Generation Upgrades
  • 3Compact and Lightweight
  • 4Highly Directional Sound Pickup
  • 5Quick and Secure Hookup to Camera, Smartphone, or Tablet
  • 6Headphone Monitoring Port
  • 7Long Battery Life
  • 8Internal Suspension Mount Minimizes Handling Noise
  • 9Built-In Wind Protection Minimizes Wind Noise
  • 10Adjustable Gain
  • 11Low-Cut Filter

Add the compact and lightweight second-generation Sennheiser MKE 400 directional shotgun microphone to your camera- or smartphone-based shooting rig to make an easy upgrade in sound quality, even in noisy environments, without having to carry around a cumbersome windscreen and suspension system. Plus, it offers a 3-stage gain control and a low-cut filter so you can optimize the sound of your recording right at the mic.

Thanks to its integral wind protection, built-in shock absorption, long battery life, and headphone monitoring port, the MKE 400 is a truly capable solution for capturing clear audio—a perfect companion for vloggers, run-and-gun videographers, and mobile journalists who need a quality camera-mount mic that will never get in the way of the shot.

To ensure that you're prepared for any shoot, the MKE 400 includes two locking 3.5mm audio cables—one features a standard TRS plug for compatibility with cameras and DSLRs, while the other utilizes a TRRS plug to connect with your smartphone or tablet. Plus, the supplied furry windshield can be slipped over the MKE 400 to provide increased protection from wind noise when shooting in outdoor environments.

Second-Generation Upgrades

Along with its redesigned appearance, the second-generation MKE 400 boasts significant upgrades over the original MKE 400 to make it even more effective and versatile.

  • Swappable 3.5mm TRS and TRRS output cables
  • 3.5mm headphone port with volume control
  • 3-stage gain control (the original MKE 400 had two gain positions)
  • Auto-power function
  • Integrated wind protection
  • Furry windshield included for outdoor wind protection
  • Compatible with Sennheiser's CL 35 USB-C cable (available separately) for direct digital connection to a mobile device's USB Type-C port

Compact and Lightweight

Measuring just 5" long and weighing only 3.3 ounces, the MKE 400 is an unobtrusive companion for your camera- or smartphone-based video rig; it will never intrude on the shot and it's so light that you'll forget it's even there. Also, the integral shoe mount allows the MKE 400 to be attached directly to your camera, no external hardware required.

Highly Directional Sound Pickup

Most built-in camera and smartphone microphones are omnidirectional to pick up sound from all directions, which results in undue noise and ambience. The MKE 400 uses a supercardioid polar pattern enhanced by an acoustic interference tube to focus on sources in front of the mic while attenuating side- and rear-entry sound. Low-noise electronics and a sensitive condenser element allow it to deliver more detailed audio than the mics typically found in cameras, mobile devices, and portable recorders.

Quick and Secure Hookup to Camera, Smartphone, or Tablet

The MKE 400's 3.5mm output port can be connected to a range of devices using the two supplied coiled cables, each featuring a locking 3.5mm TRS plug on one end that prevents accidental disconnection at the mic.

One cable is terminated with a standard 3.5mm TRS plug for compatible hookup to your camera, DSLR, or portable handheld audio recorder, while the other cable has a 3.5mm TRRS plug to allow direct connection to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Headphone Monitoring Port

A vital step before recording audio is to check your levels and monitor your sound. While some cameras have a headphone jack, not all do, and that's where the headphone monitoring output comes into play. Plug any 3.5mm headphone directly into the MKE 400 and use the integrated volume control to make sure the sound is clear.

Long Battery Life

The MKE 400 can run for up to 100 hours on a pair of AAA batteries (available separately), so you'll be able to knock out plenty of shoots before needing new batteries. The low-battery indicator lets you know when you have approximately three hours of operating time remaining. The MKE 400's auto-power function uses plug-in power (2 to 10V) from your device to automatically turn it on and off, preventing unnecessary battery drain.

Internal Suspension Mount Minimizes Handling Noise

The MKE 400 incorporates internal shock absorption to reject the transfer of vibrations such as camera/smartphone handling noise. Plus, the bottom of the MKE 400 features a camera shoe mount, ensuring simple attachment to your camera or shoe-equipped stand or gimbal.

Built-In Wind Protection Minimizes Wind Noise

Knowing that the MKE 400 may be used in challenging shooting conditions, Sennheiser designed the MKE 400 with built-in wind protection, enabling the mic to lessen undesirable wind noise from breezes, fans, heaters, and air conditioners without requiring that you slip on a separate foam windscreen. For maximum reduction of wind noise in outdoor environments, use the included furry windshield.

Adjustable Gain

Achieving proper recording levels is crucial to avoiding distortion. The MKE 400's adjustable sensitivity provides three settings to optimize the mic's audio signal volume. The -20 dB setting is ideal when capturing loud sounds that could distort your recording. The 0 dB position is recommended for normal dialogue levels or when using a high-quality external preamp. Select +20 dB when miking quiet sources or using cameras with low input sensitivity.

Low-Cut Filter

When excessive low-frequency noise from HVAC systems and traffic interferes with the clarity of your audio, activate the 200 Hz low-cut filter to attenuate bass frequencies while letting crucial midrange and high-frequencies pass through unaffected.
UPC: 615104346888

Sennheiser MKE 400 HD Specs

Microphone
Form FactorCamera-Mount / Shotgun Mic
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
Capsule1 x Electret Condenser
Polar PatternSupercardioid
OrientationEnd Address
CircuitrySolid-State
PadNone
High-Pass Filter200 Hz
Tone AdjustmentNone
Gain Adjustment-20 to +20 dB
Indicators1 x Green Single LED (Power)
On-Board ControlsGain/Sensitivity, Headphone Volume, High-Pass Filter
WindscreenBuilt-In
Windsock/Windjammer (Included)
Performance
Frequency Range50 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL132 dB SPL (1 kHz)
Sensitivity-23 dBV/Pa at 1 kHz (Max Gain)
-63 dBV/Pa at 1 kHz (Min Gain)
THD< 1%
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female (Locking, on Mic)
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Male (on Detachable Cable)
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRRS Male (on Detachable Cable)
Headphone Connector1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm
Power
Bus PowerNone
Operating Voltage2 to 10 V (Plug-In Power)
Battery Type2 x AAA (Not Included)
Approximate Battery Life100 Hours
Physical
ColorBlack
MountingCamera/Shoe-Mount (via Integrated Hardware)
Included CasePouch
Included FiltersNone
DimensionsH: 2.6 x W: 1.5 x L: 5" / H: 67 x W: 37 x L: 126 mm
Weight3.3 oz / 93.5 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.78 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.8 x 4.5 x 2.8"

Sennheiser MKE 400 HD Reviews

Great Microphone, 2 minor problems

By Jenessa
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-26

Overall, I was very impressed with this microphone. It's compact and the sound quality is very good, the wind cover also helps reduce wind and background noise. It also held up great in some pretty extreme weather conditions. My cons would be the screw-on mount isn't the most secure and it will pop off on occasions. And the wind cover elastic band sits right on the buttons that control the microphone. So you have to lift the elastic to check if the microphone is on, I also had it slightly move the gain button and it wasn't recording audio. These are just minor design flaws, but the overall run and gun quality of the mircophone was great!

Sounds Great, Build Quality is TRASH

By John
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-27

The plastic (ABS) locking ring on the shoe mount broke in half on ours after only three weeks on our BMPCC 4k rig. We received no response from Sennheiser support and no replacement part is available for purchase, despite being easily user-serviceable. Luckily for me we have a machine shop on site who was able to machine a new part for us made out of aluminum to get this mic back in service. Takeaway: a great sounding mic, but don't look at it the wrong way or it will break and become useless without some MacGyvering (or having a machine shop readily available to you).

Much small, very sound!

By Bryan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-21

It can has good battery life and sound quality.

Great mic!

By Jeffrey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-18

Fairly unidirectional, audio quality better than expected.

Light weight and good sound.

By Sok Won
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-21

This is my third mic and the most expensive one yet. Its sound quality is the best of course compared to other $100 mics I used before. It is much fuller and life like sound than the other mics that made harsh or tingy, more like over the phone kind of sound. I think it is more than twice better than the other $100-ish microphones. I recorded my daughter's birthday party with two cameras, one with this and the other with what I used to use. I put the other one on eBay and getting this another one as soon as I play back both files. Huge differences. Auto on is a thankful feature. I love it.

Great value for the price!

By Kyle
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-17

Great sound in a very compact package. The sound quality is good enough be my main mic used as a boom but also works great as a shotgun for vlogging or a back up mic. Big fan of Sennheiser!

Great audio option.

By Jonathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-15

This has been great option for my fuji. Don't have other shotgun mics to compare it to, but I don't have any regrets from it. Audio has been solid for my indoor recordings. Subjects typically 6-10' away filming jiu-jitsu tutorials.

Great mic

By Jonathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-03

Works awesome

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