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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 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 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
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 Reviews

Pretty powerful punch in small size

By Zacharie
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-29

Yeah so I wanted something small size, but with the capture ability of the Node NTG videomic. That one with the shock mount is too bulky when you're mounting it to your camera cage and it's butting up against the monitor. Enter this. It's more minimalist, not as much customization, and I was worried the pickup will be shorter. But after a couple events, I really am impressed by its ability. Sounds good too. A little on the expensive side, but if you're undecided, you should still go for it!

For camera operator interviews

By RICHARD
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-22

This is a great mic for a single camera operator because it is really two mics in one; one in front and one in back. So you can interview and get responses both recorded.

I love the form factor, dislike the audio quality

By Jonathon
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-25

At the end of the day, it simply doesn't SOUND like a DSLR shotgun mic. It sounds closer to a $40 Best Buy special. I wish it sounded better, I love the design and form factor. Also, the mic I bought came with a defect. So, build quality is suspect.

Almost perfect!

By Andy
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-14

I purchased this mic as a back up to my wireless recorder as it was giving me issues. After using the mic a few times I loved ALMOST everything about it. What I found was it has a pretty decent amount of "self noise" after doing some different tests with internal camera (Sony A7 iii) settings and some YouTube searches, I found I was right. This mic has a large amount of self noise (42db) on the loudest settings, but after some more filming I found that unless you're in a whisper quiet location you won't even notice it. Aside from that I love everything about this mic, excellent build quality, great overal tone of sound from it and it's rather compact which I really like. Don't let the self noise scare you, if I knew everything about this mic and was in the market I would still buy it. You won't regret your purchase!!

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!

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.

Can't get good audio

By Monica
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-28

I have no idea what I'm doing wrong, but I can't get decent audio on my Sony A7SIII. I tried multiple settlings... watched many youtube videos. Perhaps I have a defective order. I don't know. The audio has a weird reverb like it is inside a barrel.

Good shotgun mic

By Cheng
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-06

Multiple purpose, you can use it as streaming mic too. Frees like a little bit lack for bass, but you can fix during post production. Clean voice recording.

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