Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone

Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone

Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone

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Product Highlights

  • Coiled 1/8" (3.5mm) Mini TRS Connector
  • Integrated Shock Mount
  • All Metal Construction
  • Single AAA Battery Powered
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The Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Shotgun Microphone is a professional audio solution for handheld consumer video cameras and larger video cameras alike. The integrated shockmount conveniently mounts the MKE 400 onto any camera accessory shoe while effectively suppressing handling and vibration noise.

Switchable sensitivity aids in capturing long and short distances, resulting in pristine detailed audio and low noise. Additional features include all metal construction and up to 300 hours of operation on a single AAA alkaline battery. The MKE 400 offers a simple solution to achieving high quality audio and is well suited for consumer and professional video applications.

Switchable Sensitivity
The MKE 400 features switchable sensitivity for optimum results when capturing long and short distances.
Integrated Shockmount
Easily mounted onto any accessory shoe, the integrated shockmount effectively suppresses handling and vibration noise.
Efficient Battery Operation
The MKE 400 is powered up to 300 hours on a single AAA alkaline battery.
Durable All Metal Construction
The all metal construction provides a durable, rugged frame for rigorous professional and consumer operation.
In the Box
Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone
  • MKE 400 with 1/8" (3.5mm) TRS Mini Cable and Shockmount
  • AAA Alkaline Battery
  • Windscreen
  • 2 Year Warranty
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    Transducer Electret Condenser
    Polar Pattern Supercardioid / Lobar
    Frequency Response 40Hz to 20kHz
    Dynamic Range (Typical) Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Maximum Input Sound Level 126dB vol. in - position
    118dB vol. in + position
    Power Requirements 1.5V AAA Battery (300 hours)
    Output Impedance Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Output Connectors 1/8" (3.5mm) TRS Mini Plug
    Pad None
    Low Frequency Roll-Off None
    Dimensions 5.12 x 0.82 x 2.44" (130 x 21 x 62mm) (LxDxH)
    Weight 2.1 oz (60 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.55 lb
    MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 214.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great little mic I first used this guy back in '09 or '10 in Africa. Low-Profile. Audio was great! I was using the 5d Mark II then. I had it mounted to the side of an On-Camera light with a mount that had a Cold-Shoe. I did a lot of candid interviews, and so a lot of times I simply pulled it off my camera and had someone hold the mic closer. I don't know if the cable was longer then, but it performed wonderfully! Unfortunately, the shock mount broke early on(probably my own fault...see pic), but made it useable again with some Gaff Tape. Would be nice to be able to replace those. That one was a rental. I've used other since, including the ones by Rode. I have found this to be my personal favorite.
    Date published: 2015-01-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fan Others have reviewed the sound of this mic as thin. If the low cut switch is on (left most position, it is. If it's switched to the middle position, I am surprised at how good the tiny little speck of a mic really sounds. I use it for DSLR run and gun video. Mount to camera shoe, switch to middle power-on position and plug into the camera's mic input. Done. Fits ANYWHERE! Pocket, camera bag -- wherever. Try THAT with an ME66/K6! Being small means you can't be rough with it, but you should be gentle to all audio instruments anyway. Bargain price. Tiny size. A must have for traveling light. All without too much compromise in sound quality.
    Date published: 2014-03-20
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay sound but flimsy construction I bought this mic about a year ago and my first impression was that it was a great improvement from the internal mic on my 5D MKII. I use my 5D to mostly shoot weddings and what I can tell you is that this mic is not made for run and gun type of shoots. After using it on about 4 or 5 weddings a small piece of plastic broke off that helps keep the rubber shock absorbers in place, leaving the mic flopping about a little. I managed to order a new part from Sennheizer but since then I've had situations where I don't get any audio at all or intermitten audio with static. I'm not sure what's broken on it now but it's defintely not made to last.
    Date published: 2011-05-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small and Powerful I use this to capture audio for professional video, both directly to Canon DSLRs and to an external Tascam field recorder. It is fantastic! Really small and light, which makes it both easy to carry and unimposing in documentary/interview shooting. Took under an hour of playing to figure out the different settings that can be toggled on the mic. I also use a Rode videomic, and prefer the Sennheiser's sound quality immensely: relative to the Rode (and in general, especially for the price), the audio this guy captures is crisp, noise is pretty negligible, and the range is impressive. No complaints.
    Date published: 2013-12-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terriffic mic! Works very well I've read a lot of negative comments on this mic concerning noise, and I had those problems too....at first. Then I realized this was an active mic. For it to work well with your DSLR or video camera you have to turn the mic level on the camera all most all the way down. On my Canon M3, I turn the mic level all the way down then turn it up one notch. You'll get stellar results. Some video mics are not active (they don't require batteries and do not have an on board pre amp) like the Rode Video Micro. Those will sound fairly good as a plug and play mic without any adjustments, but the MKE 400 is superior once you learn how to use it with your camera. You'll never hear HISS again, just good clean audio.
    Date published: 2018-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Mic Even though this mic has been around for many years, I purchased it because the frequency response is fantastic. I use it to shoot outdoors and in conjunction with the MW400 wind muffler, it cuts down the low frequency rumble of wind noise. The mic is easy to use and the directionality of the pickup pattern is fairly tight; somewhere between cardioid and ultra cardioid which is amazing considering the size of the unit. It is small enough that even with the muffler, it won't hang in front of the lens as longer mics do. It costs a bit more than a Rode mic, but is well worth the few extra bucks.
    Date published: 2017-01-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compact, Light, Affordable and Good Audi Awesome! We have two of these, using them on the 5D MKII shooting video. Light, small footprint. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the mount is a little weak. I barely brushed over the mic while it was mounted and the rubber piece snapped. Although Sennheiser replaced the mount free of charge with no issues, I think it's a design issue they should look at. Also, an on/off indicator would be nice. A couple of times I forgot to turn it on and even though that's my fault, an indicator probably would have helped me. Overall though, pretty good sound and a great value. We only use them for reference audio and run and gun audio but much, much better that the on board cam audio.
    Date published: 2010-07-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seems good... I have a couple of K6 capsule mikes, lav mikes, but wanted something for simple & quick. While it's nowhere near as good as my better mikes through my Beachtek, it's WAY better then the D600 body mike.At the sale price of $$, it was an easy buy. The Rode may be better, don't know. This is built well, I don't think it gets 5 stars, maybe realistically 3.5. It's useful for what it is, a compact shotgun, but I'd only use it when I don't want to boom pole a mike. It's going to have a bit of hollow sound reletive to on-camera mikes, sometimes that works in your favor...The gain boost is good on my Nikon, and the focus switch does narrow the field.
    Date published: 2014-03-17
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