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SennheiserMKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone
 
4.3

(based on 203 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (98)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (76)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (170)
  • Easy to use (120)
  • Great sound quality (120)
  • Durable (68)
  • Simple use (51)

Cons

  • Noisy (15)
  • Flimsy (13)

Best Uses

  • Professional (65)
  • Productivity (43)
  • Presentations (30)
  • Shooting indoors (19)
  • Shooting outdoors (16)
    • How long have you owned it:
    • A month or less

       

      One-to-three months

       

      60% 

      (3 reviews)

      Three-to-six months

       

      More than six months

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (99), Gearhead (36), Technically challenged (13), Aspiring film maker (6), Film professional (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (103), Personal (63)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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...Read complete review

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Maybe a better choice for the 5D Mark II

If you're thinking of getting this mic because you think it's better than the built in mic on the 5D Mark II, you might want to think again. It won't pick up focusing and...Read complete review

If you're thinking of getting this mic because you think it's better than the built in mic on the 5D Mark II, you might want to think again. It won't pick up focusing and IS noises as much as the built in mic does, but the quality isn't as great as I'd hoped from the other comments. Here is a comparison of the built in mic, this Sennheiser, and the Rode stereo videomic[@]

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5.0

Gret quality

By CS

from MA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

Very good quality shotgun mike for the price.

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5.0

I bought this mic again...

By Ridermovies

from Santa Monica

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

I bought this Sennheiser Mic again, because when we shot some motorcycle videos, it had become a victim of high speed and got damaged beyond repairs. The first thing I did is order another one - love the quality sound it records, the small size is great for video production. In the studio it picks up every little noise, even the hum of a refrigerator. Highly recommend it!

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2.0

Very Disappointed....

By julie

from Centreville, VA

About Me Tech Savvy

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Presentations

    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

    Very disappointed in this little microphone. It's easy to use and light weight. I even bought the dead cat to go over top the foam. It snapped right in place and stays in place, but I still got a lot of wind noise. I used the microphone to pickup engine noises, but the nice throaty sounding engines are no longer throaty sounding in my videos....

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

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    5.0

    Great little mic

    By Steve

    from Schenectady, NY

    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

    The pickup is pretty great for its size. Granted, I haven't tested it outside yet, but it worked pretty well for me in a semi-noisy cafe.

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    5.0

    fabulous little shotgun

    By gigih

    from schaumburg Illinois

    About Me professional videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Great Sound Quality
    • Lightweight
    • Long Lasting

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Den
      • Presentations
      • Productivity
      • Professional

      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

      small and compact but packs a great clean sound. great for run and gun DSLR users. doesn't get in the way. always can depend on sennheiser to deliver great products

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Non intrusive baby Monster

      By ALIWOOD

      from San Carlos, CA

      About Me Hobbyist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound Quality
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday Recording

        Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

        I use it with a Sony A7 II DSLR. Its the perfect complement in terms of size, quality and storage.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        4.0

        Good size, sound & price

        By Colum O'Dwyer

        from Sydney, Australia

        About Me Gearhead

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Productivity

          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

          The compact size versus other pics is what made me want to get this. It's proven to be a sturdy, well made piece of kit that I use on my backpacking adventures and for my paid work also. Noise is fine - at a level that cane easily be dealt with. The battery lasts forever and the controls for noise/quiet environment work a treat. Does everything it claims. One gripe is with the windshield which has a tendency to pop off.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          Great quality from leading brand

          By Doug

          from Cape Town, South Africa

          About Me professional videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Great Sound Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • On My Dslr

            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

            I have used Sennheiser for sound for several years and this addition to my equipment does not disappoint. it is small, light and gives great quality. the distance button is useful and allows you to 'zoom' in on sound from objects further away.

            There is a little background noise but for getting good ambient sound without using radio mic kits etc it does the job really well.

            I use it on my DSLR and it's fine

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            Great miniature shotgun microphone!

            By Avian Pictures

            from Broken Arrow, OK

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Sound Quality
            • Lightweight
            • Long Lasting

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                Incredibly small, light but wonderful shotgun mic. I have three now and use them on my DSLRs and Sony DEV5 recording binoculars. For the price they this mic cannot be beaten. Battery life is extremely good as well.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                1.0

                cannot use with mixer

                By Joanne

                from washington dc

                About Me Gearhead

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Flimsy

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                  this microphone is not useful if you are boosting your audio with a beachtek amplifier. it will not operate

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  4.0

                  Good Microphone for a DSLR

                  By Alex

                  from Sacramento, CA

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Great Sound Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                      Bought for using with my D800. Built well. Works good, as expected. Tested this weekend on the shore with MZW400 Wind-m@ff in mild wind conditions – no noise, zero. I took one star for two reasons. First, I don't understand why MZW400 Wind-m@ff is sold separately as an accessory – I am guessing there are very few to none users that would not need the wind m@ff… not really an option, should be included. Second – the wind m@ff clicks on fairly easy, but it's also easy to accidently knock it off… A more secure mounting option would be nice.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      3.0

                      Small

                      By Bob

                      from Florida

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                      It way smaller than I expected. It seems to work with better sound than the camcorder

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Shotgun Microphone

                      By drdancm

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Professional

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Great Sound Quality
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long Lasting

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy

                      Best Uses

                      • Professional

                      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                      I used this attached to a Panasonic GH3 to shoot a short film called Catching Broken Glass.It's great that it uses just a single AAA battery which you can get anywhere. The directional feature worked very well for picking up the actors voices as well as ambient sound, while avoiding any camera or operator sounds.I was fortunate to get this on sale which helped a lot with my limited budget.Here is a link to the trailer for the video------------------

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      4.0

                      Great little mic

                      By Travis

                      from Oklahoma

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Great Sound Quality
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long Lasting
                      • Low Profile

                      Cons

                      • Need Replaceable Parts

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                        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.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Good starter mic

                        By Shawn

                        from San Francisco, CA

                        About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Great Sound Quality
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Flimsy

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                          This is my first video microphone. I use it on a Sony A7S. I've heard a big improvement in audio quality. It has a "wide" sound rather than a directional sound.Two issues I've had:(1) The foam windscreen doesn't stay on. I should have learned to affix it on somehow after the first dozen times it fell off. I finally lost it the other day and a replacement is $.(2) The LED power indicator just does a very brief flicker when you turn the mic on. I shot a whole evening's worth of video and got home and realized I had no battery in the mic, so I had no audio at all. It was my fault for not confirming I had a battery, but it's something I'll be mindful of going forward. There's just not a good indication that the battery is functioning when turning the unit on other than that very brief flicker of the LED.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          4.0

                          Great Microphone

                          By JP

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Great Sound Quality
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Productivity
                            • Professional

                            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                            The MKE 400 is definitely compact, which is great for videography when you want to be as mobile as possible. The design is simple which makes it easy to use. The results are great too, my camera feels naked without it now.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            4.0

                            Great value and size

                            By Mike

                            from Denver

                            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                            This is a great buy. Use it for shooting in the field at events. Not as directional as I thought it would be.

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                            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Great

                            By Chesarpinwee

                            from Guadalajara, MX

                            About Me Gearhead

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Great Sound Quality

                            Cons

                            • Noisy

                            Best Uses

                            • General Shots

                            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                            Nice for beginners!

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            4.0

                            Sennheiser Camera Shotgun Microphone

                            By Brian237

                            from North New Jersey

                            About Me Gearhead

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Great Sound Quality
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Professional

                              Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                              I use this with my Canon 70D DSLR. Great quality sound and eliminates lens noise. Hot shoe mount compact.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              5.0

                              MKE 400

                              By MariuS

                              from Los Angeles, CA

                              About Me Technically Challenged

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Great Sound Quality
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Presentations

                                Comments about Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone:

                                Smaller than I was expected. German quality.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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