ME-1 Stereo Microphone

This is a compact, unidirectional condeser microphone that plugs into the hot shoe/accessory slot on the Nikon V1 and to the 3.5mm microphone jack on the side of the camera. Frequency response is 70-16,000 Hz with a SN Ratio of 60dB or more. Power is supplied to the microphone by the camera. The microphone has a low-cut (wind noise) filter switch and comes with a soft case and a wind screen.

  • US$179
  • Model number 27045
  • Compatible with the Coolpix P7000, Coolpix P7100, Coolpix P7700, D300s, D3s, D5100, D5200, D7000, D7100, and Nikon 1 models

Thom's Mini Review: This microphone gets the sound source up out of the camera and into an isolation mount where it belongs. It doesn't pick up vibrations and movement or handling noise from the camera, though if the lens zoom or focus is noisy it sometimes will pick that up. Even at my advanced age I can hear the high-end frequency difference between this and the in-camera mics, but I can also hear better high-frequencies out of a more expensive microphone that I use when recording video, too. So I wouldn't characterize this as a high-end microphone. Instead, it's a very good choice for someone who just wants something better than they can get out of the in-camera mics (which typically isn't very good). The wind-noise cut works decently, though it has obvious frequency impact; you're not going to record outdoor concerts in high fidelity with the low-cut filter active, but it's fine for dialog. The microphone is a bit awkward on small cameras--it's not small like Sony's or Olympus's add-on mics--but my biggest complaint is the cord. Because this microphone was designed for many cameras, including big ones like the D3s, it's got more cord than the V1 needs. Cables hanging off the side of cameras tend to catch on things.

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