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SonyECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe
 
3.6

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (15)
  • Lightweight (13)
  • Interfaces well with camcorder (7)
  • Improves performance (6)
  • Well built / quality (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Shooting indoors (7)
  • Shooting outdoors (5)
  • Travel (4)
  • Home movies (3)
  • Video (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (7), Aspiring film maker (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Useful for a Stills Shooter

If you are a stills shooter who shoots the odd video interview this is a very simple to use and extremely useful accessory to have in the bottom of your stills kit. Its slightly...Read complete review

If you are a stills shooter who shoots the odd video interview this is a very simple to use and extremely useful accessory to have in the bottom of your stills kit. Its slightly thinner sounding than the Sony UWP-D, but you could, if needed, hide it anywhere in the scene and get some interesting audio, its so tiny!It works flawlessly with my A7S, A7R and RX10. Please note, it definitely is compatible with the RX10 so please disregard the other review here in this forum, he either has a defective mic or camera!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

-20 hiss/hum in background when used with A7sII

If you want "good" wireless mic audio with your A7SII don't use this unit, go with the UWP-D setup instead. When video is imported into Final Cut you have to...Read complete review

If you want "good" wireless mic audio with your A7SII don't use this unit, go with the UWP-D setup instead. When video is imported into Final Cut you have to use the "hiss remover" to get rid of it. The background hiss is at nearly -20db!! And you cannot turn the gain down in the A7sII menus when this unit is connected.

Called Sony tech support and they said it could be the processing of the bluetooth signal causing the hum and there is no known fix.

The positives to this system it's sooooo small.... Put quality of audio is such so poor, I am returning it and getting the UWP-D system instead.

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1.0

Not what I expected

By Disappointed

from Greenville NC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony ECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe:

This system will transmit only to the camera hot shoe. I thought it was a regular Bluetooth transmitter that could connect to other devices like my laptop. Very disappointed this was not clearly explained in the sales literature

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5.0

Fast action

By James

from New York NY

Comments about Sony ECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe:

Great to work and quick to slip on the camera

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1.0

I could not even test the product

By Saber

from Tunisia

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Sony ECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe:

The ON/Off switch of the receiver was totally stucked before i even can test the product (at my first use), it was moving but had no influence to turn the device on or off. I just read the FAI review below and hope sony can provide a better answer than (we can not repair the device)

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5.0

Small and perfect

By Mr MXF

from UK

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Good Audio Quality
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Video

    Comments about Sony ECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe:

    This tiny bluetooth microphone when coupled with a lavlier plugged into the 3.5mm jack makes my Sony alpha6000 and awesome video rig

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    • No

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    5.0

    Best Wireless Mic option for Sony Camcorders

    By Zork

    from White Plains, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Good Audio Quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sony ECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe:

      I have owned and tried many wireless microphones from ancient Azden ones, through Ampridge ones, this is the best option for convenience and cost. The powered nature of Sony's hot shoe means you only have to have one charged AAA battery for the transmitter. It's small size makes it convenient to transport and it's quality is as good as any other Bluetooth Mic to be found. So, while a $1,100 Sennheiser AVX Digital Wireless Microphone is certainly a better system, this is the more reasonable option. So, if you have a Sony Camcorder, this is a no brainer purchase for cost, convenience and portability.-[*]

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      2.0

      Leaves you wanting more..

      By ImageTen

      from Rhode Island

      Comments about Sony ECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe:

      This is a great idea but executed horribly by Sony.

      *No manual control leaves the volume SCREAMING loud. You hear everything like the postal delivery guy delivering mail 2 blocks away. It's way too much gain with no way to control the level. Hoping for a firmware update to offer manual control and a chance to tame this beast. Better hope your talent doesn't raise their voice from a whisper because it will distort.

      *Hiss is definitely a problem. Disappointing for this price point.

      *Range is a lot less than 100' in real world situations. You better monitor this audio because I have experienced random audio dropouts even with fresh batteries.

      This system would be good for a situation where you want to pick up everything around the mic such as a conference, meeting, etc. I would not recommend this for just one person.

      It stays in my kit as a backup. A backup I hope I never have to use.

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      5.0

      Nice mic

      By Arbanji Paipi

      from Malaysia

      Comments about Sony ECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe:

      I was so excited with this wireless mic capability. but can only be used with a multi interface shoe only. it would be nice if Sony will release an adapter to allow the use of active interface shoe as well. because I also have a camcorder that have AIS.

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      4.0

      It DOES work with RX10

      By DimaL

      from Fords, NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Good Audio Quality
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • No Wind Sock For Receiver

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Sony ECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe:

      OK, after couple of hours of frustration and preparing my speech for B&H's return personnel, I finally figured out how to make it work on RX10. As per Sony's website it doesn't work in 5.1ch mode, only Single or Mono. Also, the final piece to my struggle is that camera has to be switches into video mode (via dial on the left) in order for the Receiver piece to power on. Once on, you can move around into other modes.
      Sound quality from the remote mic is pretty good. The mic on the receiver is pretty weak so you might want to speak up. Also, I wish a faux fur socks would be provided for both pieces. Other than that - it's a great little unit and it does the job really good.

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      1.0

      -20 hiss/hum in background when used with A7sII

      By Backfocus11

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Digital Noise In Backgnd
      • Hiss And Hum
      • Poor Audio

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony ECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe:

        If you want "good" wireless mic audio with your A7SII don't use this unit, go with the UWP-D setup instead. When video is imported into Final Cut you have to use the "hiss remover" to get rid of it. The background hiss is at nearly -20db!! And you cannot turn the gain down in the A7sII menus when this unit is connected.

        Called Sony tech support and they said it could be the processing of the bluetooth signal causing the hum and there is no known fix.

        The positives to this system it's sooooo small.... Put quality of audio is such so poor, I am returning it and getting the UWP-D system instead.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Very good

        By Aron

        from Puert Rico

        Comments about Sony ECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe:

        If you dont mind cleaning up the noise in post this is so quick and fast to set up. I use this with the Sony a6000. I use a lav mic pluged into the transmitter for ber sound.

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        1.0

        The receiver cannot be repaired

        By Fai

        from Hong Kong

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Flimsy Construction

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony ECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe:

          I bought the product for 2 months only, and the switch is broken. (become "loose", always fall to "off" and cannot be set to "5.1ch/mono/single") The device is brought to Sony's service center and they say the product cannot be repaired because there is no way to open the receiver component.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Great for interviews but no manual settings

          By AlistairC

          from South Africa

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Audio Quality

          Cons

          • No Manual Levels

          Best Uses

          • Interviews

          Comments about Sony ECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe:

          Great powerful audio when paired with a decent Lav mic. I'd give it five stars if there was a way to control the levels manually. Plugging the receiver into the hotshoe of my VG30 greyed out the camera's onboard manual levels.

          The unit seems to do a good job of automatically setting levels - but for 5 stars I'd prefer to have some control over input levels. Well, I could not figure out how to set it manually, anyway. So if anyone else can figure it out I'll gladly modify the the score.

          That said, for the price, you really can't go wrong with this unit.

          Oh, and B$H, please do something about that absolutely terrible courier partner you force us to use from South Africa - UPS. Everything from B&H is first class service only to be let down by rude and utterly incompetent buffoons pretending to run a courier service here in SA. I'd rather deal with the SA Post office - that's how bad they were. At least give one more courier option in future.

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          2.0

          Better than nothing

          By Harv

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Interface With Camcorder
          • Improves Performance
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Construction

          Cons

          • Hissing Noise
          • Low Quality Audio

          Best Uses

          • Shooting Outdoors
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony ECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe:

          It's very useful for A6000 owners (since an audio jack doesn't exist), unless you want high quality audio. There is a bunch of high end hissing noise that I can't remove with EQ's because it spans so many frequencies that I end up cutting all of the high end. I haven't tried it yet with an external lav plugged into the transmitter. Maybe this will give me better results. The idea of it is great, and I really wanted to like it, but it really lacks in quality. I highly disagree with most of the other reviews.

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          4.0

          Must have

          By Steve Peng

          from Vancouver BC

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Sony ECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe:

          very useful. especially for the owners of A6000.

          Improve the work flow significantly.

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          1.0

          Does not work with Sony HDR-CX900

          By Geno

          from Highland Mills, NY

          About Me Aspiring Film Maker

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Prevalent Hiss Noise

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony ECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe:

              I really wanted this system to work with my Sony HDR-CX900. However, the audio quality was not very good. There was a prevalent hiss in the audio recording which could be easily reduced without damaging the recorded voice portions of the file.

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              5.0

              Very compact

              By SCENAR President

              from Lismore NSW Australia

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Interface With Camcorder
              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight
              • Quality Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Conference Seminar

                Comments about Sony ECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe:

                So much is included in such a tiny package. Unit works very well.

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                5.0

                great product

                By crispic

                from nj

                Comments about Sony ECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe:

                Great item for the price

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                5.0

                great purchase

                By ERIO

                from VERONA ITALY

                About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Quality Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Shooting Indoors
                  • Shooting Outdoors

                  Comments about Sony ECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe:

                  sound very good on my sony DSC HX400V

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Very Useful for a Stills Shooter

                  By Chris Gibbs

                  from North Carolina

                  About Me Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Adaptable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Interface With Camcorder
                  • Lightweight
                  • Pockable
                  • Tiny

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Hiding In Scenes
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Sony ECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe:

                    If you are a stills shooter who shoots the odd video interview this is a very simple to use and extremely useful accessory to have in the bottom of your stills kit. Its slightly thinner sounding than the Sony UWP-D, but you could, if needed, hide it anywhere in the scene and get some interesting audio, its so tiny!It works flawlessly with my A7S, A7R and RX10. Please note, it definitely is compatible with the RX10 so please disregard the other review here in this forum, he either has a defective mic or camera!

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Easy to use. Easy to break?

                    By Mr. Gerg

                    from Sacramento, CA

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Interface With Camcorder
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy Design

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Shooting Indoors

                    Comments about Sony ECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe:

                    I use this with my Sony RX100 MK2 camera for industrial videos.

                    I didn't want to spend a fortune, and the price is certainly right!

                    I have this paired with a RODE NTG2 via an xlr-to-3.5 mm cable. It sounds great, is easy to use and w-a-y better than having to sync up separate video and audio in post.

                    My only caveat: be careful. If dropped or stepped on, both the transmitter and receiver look like they may not survive.

                    Not that the construction is flimsy, but I would worry about it in a rough-and-tumble production environment.

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