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Sennheiser MKH 416-P48U3 Moisture-Resistant Shotgun Microphone

BH #SEMKH416P48 • MFR #MKH416-P48
Sennheiser MKH 416-P48U3 Moisture-Resistant Shotgun Microphone
Key Features
  • For Pro Film, TV & Location Recording
  • Moisture-Resistant for Humid Conditions
  • No Switches, Buttons, or Dials
  • 40 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
Achieve superb audio capture in demanding conditions for your next professional film, TV, or location recording with the Sennheiser MKH 416-P48U3 moisture-resistant shotgun microphone. Mix-ready sound quality is provided by its sharp directivity, low noise, and strong output. Plus, there are no controls to worry about; the MKH 416-P48U3 delivers the reliability you need for high-pressure gigs.
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Sennheiser MKH-416 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Performs in Adverse Environmental Conditions
  • 3Professional Sound Quality
  • 4Phantom Powered
  • 5Ideal for Boompole Mounting
  • 6Windscreen Minimizes Wind Noise

Achieve superb audio capture in demanding conditions for your next professional film, TV, or location recording with the Sennheiser MKH 416-P48U3 moisture-resistant shotgun microphone. Mix-ready sound quality is provided by its sharp directivity, low noise, and strong output. Plus, there are no controls to worry about; the MKH 416-P48U3 delivers the reliability you need for high-pressure gigs.

The microphone exhibits a hypercardioid polar pattern at low to midrange frequencies and transitions to a lobar pattern in high frequencies, allowing it to attenuate 125 Hz to 2 kHz by approximately 10 dB at the 90° off-axis points. Your dialogue, foley, and sound effects can be recorded with full dynamics and clarity, thanks to the MKH 416-P48U3's wide frequency response, enhanced consonant articulation, and high SPL handling.

Performs in Adverse Environmental Conditions
When your work takes you outdoors, you're bound to encounter humidity and condensation, which can cause many mics to fail. The MKH 416-P48U3's RF condenser design makes it highly immune to moisture, allowing you to reliably capture high-quality audio in normal and adverse environmental conditions.
Professional Sound Quality
The MKH 416-P48U3 was engineered with the experienced professional in mind. Its 40 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response incorporates a gentle rise from 5 to 15 kHz to increase intelligibility, and a natural bass roll-off to mitigate rumble. Its low self-noise of 13 dBA and high sensitivity of -32 dB enable studio-worthy signal purity without requiring noise reduction and gain boosting in postproduction.
Phantom Powered
The MKH 416-P48U3 boasts a transformerless and fully floating balanced output for optimal signal integrity. Thanks to its 3-pin XLR output and compliance with 44 to 52 VDC phantom power, the MKH 416-P48U3 is compatible with a variety of handheld audio recorders, field recorders, and mixer adapters, as well as built-in preamps on many camcorders and cinema cameras.
Ideal for Boompole Mounting
The MKH 416-P48U3's metal body features a matte black finish to prevent distracting visual reflections. Mount the MKH 416-P48U3 directly on a stand or boompole using the supplied MZQ 100 clip. Alternatively, place the MKH 416-P48U3 in the separately available Sennheiser MZS 20-1 combination shockmount, pistol grip, and stand adapter to prevent the transfer of vibrations to the microphone.
Windscreen Minimizes Wind Noise
The MKH 416-P48U3 has a foam windscreen to reduce unwanted wind noise from breezes, fans, heaters, and air conditioners. For maximum reduction of wind noise in indoor or outdoor environments, consider the Sennheiser MZH 60-1 furry windshield (available separately).
UPC: 615104015111

Sennheiser MKH-416 Specs

Form FactorStand/Boom Mount
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrincipleLine Gradient
Polar PatternLobar, Supercardioid
OrientationEnd Address
High-Pass FilterNone
Tone AdjustmentNone
Gain AdjustmentNone
On-Board ControlsNone
WindscreenFoam (Included)
Frequency Range40 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL130 dB SPL
Off-Axis Rejection3 dB at 60°
20 dB at 120°
15 dB at 180°
Impedance25 Ohms
Load Impedance800 Ohms
Sensitivity-32 dBV/Pa at 1 kHz
Equivalent Noise Level13 dB A-Weighted
24 dB CCIR
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin
Operating Voltage48 V ± 4 V
Operating Current Consumption2 mA
MountingShockmount (Included)
Included CaseSoft Case
Construction MaterialMetal
Storage Temperature14 to 102°F / -10 to 70°C
Dimensionsø: 0.75 x L: 9.84" / ø: 19 x L: 249.94 mm
Weight6.17 oz / 175 g (Microphone)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.685 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)13.95 x 5.35 x 2.75"

Sennheiser MKH-416 Reviews


By Noah
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-19

If you know, you know. This microphone is the best you can get. I use it for podcasting as well as some video work. Invest in your equipment.

Great purchase

By Jim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-20

This is a truly professional piece of gear. Great pickup pattern, frequency response and ease of handling. Well worth the money. I do wish the box it comes in was more substantial, the plastic one is cheap. I will probably replace it with a better one. I highly recommend this tool for your productions.

Worth it.

By Joshua
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-18

Upgraded from an older MKE 600 (which is decent). The difference in quality was amazing. Well worth it. So much more crisp.

Amazing Quality

By Christopher
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-05

I really like the quality of this mic. Just recorded a voice over this week with H4N pro recorder and i barely had to do any work to clean up the audio!

A dual use legend!

By Mitchell
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-10

Obviously a durable "on-location" dialog mic. But I'm a studio guy. Used it for years for voice-overs, recording acoustic guitars and other instruments. This, SM-57s & U87s are the 3 "must-haves" in any studio. I also do voiceovers myself and have the simplest set up: MKH416 into a UA 6176 (with upgraded tubes/valves). That's it. Perfectly perfect for that application!

If you want excellent, professional audio, buy it!

By Theodore
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-13

I've been in the production biz for a long time and relied far to much on a wireless lav and the on-board camera audio. I discovered the MKH and haven't looked back. It beats any lav and/or cheap shotgun mic. The sound is crisp and clear for VOs and perfect for the field, even at a distance from the talent. I also recommend a good blimp kit. I recently filmed some stand-ups in a windy situation and the result was perfect audio. I wish I had utilized the MKH much sooner in my career.

Gold standard shotgun mic

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-16

There is a reason this mic is what all other mics are measured against. It's that good. Every side by side test I listen to with other mics confirms that this one is King. After using cheaper shotguns, I finally just broke down and bought this one. No regrets. I use it on a boom, but I've also used it as an on-camera shotgun, enabling run and gun interviews with excellent sound just by walking up close to someone and asking questions. The handling noise is not bad compared to other shotguns I've used such as the NTG-5.

Mind blowing

By Justin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-22

I've been using lav mics for years as they are so easy to deal with. Bought this to see if my sound would be any better. lol. All I can say is wow, what a day and night difference. It's like I've been wearing ear plugs all these years and now I've removed them and can hear clearly! This mic is the real deal. It's going everywhere with me. My voice sounds incredible with this mic. Highly recommended is an understatement.

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Does this mic come with a protective case?
Asked by: Sophia K.
the Sennheiser MKH416 will ship with a foam lined protective case.
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-28

Can I use this with a dbx 286s Microphone Preamp?

Can I use this with a dbx 286s Microphone Preamp?
Asked by: Jaime J
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-12-17

Is this a condenser mic?

Is this a condenser mic?
Asked by: Erik
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2022-07-16


Can I use this with a Canon 7D?
Asked by: Anonymous
This microphone needs phantom power and connects through xlr connections, which the 7D does not have and no DSLR that I know of has it either. You can use a separate phantom power transmitter that connects directly to the microphone in order to use in a situation where your camera does not send phantom power. The best way to use pro audio with consumer video products like DSLRs is to get a digital recorder with phantom power and xlr inputs, like the H4N recorder.
Answered by: Ledion I.
Date published: 2021-01-20

How can I clean it when the sponge particles are ...

How can I clean it when the sponge particles are sticking to the mic?
Asked by: Yifan
First of all the last thing you should be using to clean any condenser mic is any liquid and a sponge. You have a 416 a great mic don't ruin it. One of the recommended ways of of cleaning the ports and capsule mesh. Is to get a dry very soft tooth brush. Turn the mic upside down and gently start at the bottom and use the tooth brush to gently rub over the ports and work your way to the top.I find a natural soft Boar bristle tooth brush to be softer than your run of the mill plastic models.There is also a product called Microphome which seems to be garnering approval with the industry.
Answered by: John
Date published: 2019-04-14


Cheaper alternative?
Asked by: Ed D.
The BP4073 Line and Gradient Condenser Microphone from Audio-Technica is well suited for capturing speech and audio in feature film recording, broadcast and theater sound reinforcement applications. The microphone measures just 9.17 in length, and weighs 3.5 oz making it ideal for long-term use on the ends of boompoles and handheld mounts.Its wide frequency response, Line + Gradient pick up pattern and low noise result in transparent audio reproduction. An 80 Hz hi-pass filter switch minimizes low-frequency noise and ambiance, while the 10 dB pad switch provides added headroom when capturing transient (peak) audio signals. The BP4073 is RoHS compliant, providing RF (radio-frequency) interference free operation. Designed for use in broadcasting, film/TV production and theater sound reinforcement applications Direct-coupled, balanced output ensures a clean signal even in high-output conditions Innovative acoustic design provides same directivity as mics up to 50% longer Switchable 80 Hz hi-pass filter & 10 dB pad Rugged housing made of lightweight structural-grade aluminum alloy RoHS-compliant - free from all substances specified in the EU directive on the reduction of hazardous substances (RoHS)
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-08-28

How do I fit this in the boom holder on a Sony ...

How do I fit this in the boom holder on a Sony FX3 audio handle?
Asked by: benjamin
It doesn't. I use a rubber sleeve that makes the MKH-416 thicker, I couldn't find them on B&H, but search for "Microphone Spacer Rubber Tube." It works fine, but the Sony handle doesn't have the best noise isolation in the world. There are some aftermarket 3D printed cages for the top handle that let you mount a better isolated mic mount (Rycote or whatever) that will hold the MKH-416 natively.
Answered by: Jason
Date published: 2022-01-24


Where can I learn how to use this mic? At what db level I should record the audio... and to what number(1-10) I should adjust the channel knobs..?
Asked by: Ramesh O.
Proper record levels are determined by the devices and applications. For assistance in operating products you have purchased or interested in please contact a Representative here by phone at 800-606-6969 or email [email protected]
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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