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The Sennheiser MKE 400 Shotgun Microphone is a small mic for camcorders. It looks rugged in an all metal finish. It is equipped with a shock mount that screens out noise from camera handling. It has sensitivity switches for long or short distance sound capture.

The microphone runs on 1 triple A battery and gives your 300 hours per battery. The mic fits all video cams with standard hot shoe mount and external mic inputs. The unit weighs about 2.1 ounces.

The mic is compact and versatile and is perfect for handheld camcorders or professional video cameras. This mic provides professional and crisp sounds that built-in microphones cannot give you. The mic captured life-like audio. This mic is tough enough for daily use and will make your videos more enjoyable to watch. Your videos will seem like a professional cameraman took them.

The Sennheiser MKE 400 has switchable noise filters and a foam wind shield.  The cable length measures about 200 mm or almost 8 inches. Frequency response is set at 40 Hz to 20 kHz. The sound pressure level is at 126dB (vol-) and 118 dB (vol+). The mic measures 5.1 x 0.83 x 2.4 in. and weighs about 2.1 oz. (60 g). The package comes with an MKE 400 with coiled cable (3.5mm stereo mini jack), and a triple A battery.


A number of users say that it is an ideal mic for their camcorder because it is not heavy nor obtrusive. It also suppresses background noise but captures your subject clearly, especially if you mic is facing the subject directly. Some people who use this don’t want to go back to using the built-in mic anymore because the difference in sound is really big. The battery life is also quite long for an attachment/accessory.

Many people who bought the Sennheiser MKE 400 Shotgun Microphone love the small discreet size of this mic compared to other mics that are too big in proportion to the camcorder. Large microphones can be a bit awkward to handle. Most camcorders these days are also tiny, so it is juts fitting that the mic size should shrink too, said some users.

As long as your subject is right in front of the mic’s direction, you can expect the video to capture the same exact sound.


A few people said that the microphone has problems capturing sounds if the unit is not facing the subject directly. So, you may have to move your whole camcorder to make the mic face the subject.

Some people also said that it can be difficult to tell if the unit is on or off. A number of reviews also concerned the foam windshield, which tends to some off easily and get lost. The foam shield is also difficult to replace once lost, said some users.

Generally, the Sennheiser MKE 400 Shotgun Microphone Is perfect for small camcorders and even big ones. It looks discreet and doesn’t announce to people that you are recording their voices. Although it is smaller than typical microphones for camcorders, it is just as efficient. It is better to use this microphone than the built-in one which does not do justice to your video. Good sound will make better videos.

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