Panasonic DMW-MS2 Stereo Shotgun Microphone for Panasonic DMC-GH3

Panasonic DMW-MS2 Stereo Shotgun Microphone for Panasonic DMC-GH3

Panasonic DMW-MS2 Stereo Shotgun Microphone for Panasonic DMC-GH3

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Panasonic DMW-MS2 Stereo Shotgun Microphone for Panasonic DMC-GH3

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Product Highlights

  • Selectable Shotgun and Stereo Microphone
  • Dynamic Mic Powered by Camera
  • Frequency response: 80 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Vibration Absorption Mechanism
  • Metal Housing
  • Compatible with DMC-GH3 Digital Camera
  • Microphone Mode Selected Via Camera Menu
  • Includes Windjammer
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The DMW-MS2 Stereo Shotgun Microphone for Panasonic DMC-GH3 from Panasonic is dual Super Directional and Stereo microphone designed to fit the DMC-GH3 mirrorless camera. It enables high quality audio recording; in shotgun directional mode it will shut out background noise and record audio from one direction, in stereo mode it records over a wide area. 

The microphone features the built-in 3.5mm jack cable, a mic holder, cable holder, lock ring, tripod/hot shoe mount, mini plug 6.5' (2 m) cable extender, windjammer and case. The holder is designed with a vibrational absorption mechanism and is designed to suppress the camera's motor and handling noise to capture the sound you want.The unit is powered by the camera and its stereo or shotgun modes can be controlled via the camera's menu.

The windjammer can be fitted to the MS2 to minimize unwanted wind noise, you can further reduce noise by selecting Wind Cut on the GH3. Mount the microphone either on top of the camera with the supplied hot shoe or use the extension cable and mount it to a tripod of its own.

Selectable directional control (shotgun or stereo) microphone
Advanced external mic suppresses camera's motor noise and handling noise
Powered by camera (Dynamic mic)
Microphone holder features vibrational absorption mechanism
Includes Windjammer
UPC: 885170104624
In the Box
Panasonic DMW-MS2 Stereo Shotgun Microphone for Panasonic DMC-GH3
  • Tripod/Hot Shoe Mount with Mic Holder
  • Windjammer
  • Extension Cable
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-year Warranty
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    Panasonic DMW-MS2 specs

    Microphone Type Electret Condensor
    Direction Control Ultra-directional (Gun) and Uni-directional (Stereo)
    Frequency Response 80 Hz to 20 kHz
    Sensitivity -35 dB (0 dB=1 V/Pa, 1 kHz)
    S/N Ratio 70 dB
    Cable Type Mini plug (3.5 mm). gold coating, 4-pole, L type
    Cable Length 8.4"(22 cm)
    Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
    Operating Humidity 35-80% relative humidity
    Dimensions 1.2 x 3.5 x 8.4" (31 x 90 x 214 mm)
    Weight 4.7 oz (133 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.0 x 5.0 x 3.6"

    Panasonic DMW-MS2 reviews

    DMW-MS2 Stereo Shotgun Microphone for Panasonic DMC-GH3 is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 20.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Ideal DSLR Microphone I purchased this microphone with my new Lumix GH3. This mic was designed and built for this particular camera but would work well with a wide variety of DSLRs. It is a phantom powered mic through the 3.5mm plug. It is switchable between a shotgun and omni stereo modes as it has elements for both built into the same unit. It is well constructed and will be durable. It comes with its own dead cat cover to help buffer wind noise. I chose this over a variety of other mics designed for DSLRs due to phantom power system which negates the use and frustration of battery management for on-board power. Performance wise it specs out equal or better than other comparable mics. I have found the audio to be excellent with low noise and great dynamic range.
    Date published: 2013-02-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from good value for the money Bought this microphone as it was an obviously good partner for my Panasonic GH3. It's procing was competitive with other quality mikes out there and the clincher for me was that it comprises both a directional shotgun mike and a wide stereo mike and comes with a useful though tight fitting wind cutter. Having put it though its paces it performs well and picks up strong signals without much interference. One area of concern is its poor isolation of camera noises, knocks and vibration. Despite it saying it has a vibration absorption mechanism I couldn't see how this works. It's screwed fairly tightly to the camera hotshoe with no obvious dampening features compared to some other mikes.
    Date published: 2014-08-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's all about the AGC! I was certainly surprised to find out that the GH3 has an AGC turned on full time. This is very important for people to know in order to figure out the noise problem. If your level is set to 1 the camera will boost your quietest passages by 3db. If you set yuor level to 19, the camera will boost your quietest passages by 20db. Why Panasonic would have full time AGC on a Prosumer camera and not explain it anywhere is beyond me. I guess it's for convenience and portability for those who dont want to carry around a separate sound recorder. So if your camera/mic system is confusing you, it may be because you are expecting it to be acting like a digital recorder without AGC. Hope this helps!
    Date published: 2015-05-05
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not impressed I bought this to use to beef up the audio capture of my GH3. I really liked the mic itself, solid construction, nice windsock, integrates well with the camera. I also like that it comes with an extension cable for remote use. Heck I even like the sound of the mic, it's a pretty solid shotgun mic. Except for the fatal flaw, the noise floor is way too high. I was in a number of *quiet* rooms, and had a separate Rode NTG-2 nearby recording into a Zoom H4N, and difference is night and day. Even when adjusting the level on the GH3 (recording as low as a 7 which was a low-ish level for the volume of their voice and distance) it picked up significant noise while the Rode picked up very little. Stereo mode was even worse for me. I'm not sure if I got a bad unit or what, but I'm returning it as this audio isn't going to cut it.
    Date published: 2013-12-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you own a GH3, you should have this. I think that no GH3 is complete without this microphone. It is perfectly matched to the camera (designed just for the GH3), is very compact, has excellent audio quality, is very fairly priced, and is selectable from shotgun to a very spacious stereo field from the camera's menu. Some have complained of not enough noise coupling in the mount, but I use it exclusively on a tripod, and unlike video cameras, there is no motor (like old tape cameras) or power zoom to generate a lot of noise, so I don't see the problem there. Summary: if you own a GH3, get this microphone!
    Date published: 2013-12-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dedicated Mic for GH3 I spent some time looking for comparison reviews of this mic. I ended up purchasing it and then making a YouTube video comparing it to the camera mic (Panasonic MS2 Microphone Comparison). As this is my first external mic, I can't really compare it to Rode, or other brands. Not sure this would work on cameras other then the GH3, as there are no controls on the mic. Switching from Stereo to Shotgun is done by the camera menu. Easy to use and seems rugged. You can listen to the video and make your own decision as to sound quality.
    Date published: 2013-03-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stereo or shotgun this mic hits the mark Purchased one as a package with a Lumix GH3 and right out of the box this tool was effortless to use. With default camera and mic settings it captured a live band event with clean stereo sound and no overmodulation. The unit is light, the telescoping mount is useful, and I can't wait to try it on a boom pole with cable.
    Date published: 2013-06-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have for serious Videography If I only had a dollar for every time someone walked up to me and asked what I was doing while I was videoing an event. Which the camera's built-in microphones always picks up. With the MS2 one can use eliminate unwanted audio pickup with both the GH3 and GH4.
    Date published: 2015-12-16
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