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SonyECM-W1M Wireless Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe
 
3.7

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 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

 

Best Wireless Mic option for Sony Camcorders

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Leaves you wanting more..

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...Read complete review

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.

Reviewed by 31 customers

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5.0

Mic

By Jedi

from Undisclosed

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

Great added mic for our class!!

 
4.0

A great little problem solver for Sony's hot shoe interface.

By Richard

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I have two Sony cameras that are really small and very high quality that I typically use for multi-cam weddings: an RX-100 (an older one with the proprietary Sony hot shoe) and an FDR-AX100, also with the proprietary hot shoe. I shot a wedding in Europe and I was severely limited in what equipment I could take with me but I needed a way to record FOH audio directly to the AX100 set up way back in the balcony. This is the smallest wireless mic that would easily connect. I was suspicious of Bluetooth as an RF medium but this little system performed flawlessly and it's way cheap. If you need a wireless (or any kind of external mic) for the Sony RX100, this is your only choice and it works great. I highly recommend this little problem solver.

 
5.0

Pretty cool

By Tapree

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great mic I use it for my YouTube when I am taking to other people picks up their voices. And sounds crystal clear! I'm

 
4.0

I just like it but it's can't be a pro.

By Phirun

from Undisclosed

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

1 week delivered via FedEx.
-It's good for the Long Rang-Video(Up to 100meters long).
-Easy to contact the interviewer-talking and listen Wirelessly
But It catches all disturbing audio- I recommend to buy another additional Mic to plug in this W1M.
I can't use 5.1 mix mode with my Sony A6000.

 
4.0

Check it as soon as you get it!

By julia

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Mine was had a broken switch right out of the box.  Because it came free with the camcorder I bought, I had no use for it and I didn't open the box until it was out of warranty and now they won't do anything about it!!!  By the way it came straight from Sony, not B&H photo.

 
4.0

Great BT Mic with A7 series, but no manual control in A7Sii

By Zia

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Works great with my A7Sii, no wires needed, it's plug n play, hassle free. However, you cannot control audio levels manually. That's why only 4 stars.

(0 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
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

 
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

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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)

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.-[*]

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

       
      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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          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.

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Must have

          By Steve Peng

          from Vancouver BC

          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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