Nikon ME-1 stereo microphone specs

Those are some of the specs for the new external unidirectional stereo microphone Nikon ME-1:

  • Frequency: 70-16000 Hz
  • Signal to noise ratio: 60 dB
  • Sensitivity: -42 dB +/- 3 dB
  • Out impedance: 2.2 kΩ
  • Power will be supplied by the camera
  • Low cut filter with on/off switch
  • Wind screen will be included
  • Weight: 3.2 oz
  • Vibration reduction technology
  • The ME-1 should not be capturing the AF noise coming from the DSLR camera
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  • I must have it!

  • Worth a try…

  • D700guy

    This will be a usefull aux.
    Asuming that I will own a DSLR in the future that is capable of video, and that all depends on whether the D4 and/or D4x will have video or not.

    • Zim

      I think all new Nikons will have video

  • Ian

    Vibration reduction looks nice, reminds me of the Rode mic without the bulk.

    • Paul

      Where’s the gold VR logo???

    • Steve

      Doesn’t look anything like the rode. More like the audio tchnica.

  • conan

    awesome~I cant wait to get my hands on this baby anymore

  • NICE,but for about 200€ you get a professional tascam high res PCM handheld recorder..

  • NisseHult

    How does it work if its not gonne pick up af sound?

    • padlockd

      It’s unidirectional, which means it picks up most of the sound from one direction. In this case it should just pick up sound from wherever the lens is pointed at; like a shotgun microphone.

      • i think undirectional means it picks up sounds from everywhere. Directional is where you point the thing at. and the AF sound is not that loud and it’s quite far away from the camera this way

        • Soap

          Uh, no.
          Uni = 1. Padlockd is correct. Think Unicycle.

          A microphone which picks up sounds from everywhere is called an omnidirectional mic.

  • cr

    take that instead:

    nikon’s not a mic chef, neumann-sennheiser are
    check the tech-spec…

    • Mr. French

      Except your example isn’t in the same ballpark. You can’t compare a $340 mic to a $160 mic and expect the same results.

      • cr

        True, but Audio makes a Video tick.
        So i don’t care about ballparks, but about quality.
        Save now, makes your vids crappy.
        buy one-time the right mic you’ll never regret it.

      • The actual USA retail of the Sennheiser is $200. Of course we don’t yet know what the actual retail of the Nikon branded mic will be. But the Senny isn’t actually $340.

  • padlockd

    I wonder how the quality and range will be… I was planning on getting a Rode VideoMic Pro soon.

    • davis

      .. the rode works great on my 300s. I see them on ebay for about 100 bucks now too.

  • Rob

    it looks like a hair dryer.

    • Rabi

      I thought that first too, but that’s because the windscreen isn’t on it. I assume it will look normal with the screen.

    • Panfruit

      Next weeks headline: Conair sues Nikon for patent infringement.

  • Daniyar

    I am so pre-ordering this. Perfect timing as I was looking for a mic for my new D7000.

  • it does look like Rode, not surprised if they are OEM, and most likely they are

    • Rode Video mic is a shotgun. This is unidirectional so I doubt they are the same. This would be good for general sound, while the rode would focus in better on voices.

      • foo

        Both “unidirectional” and “shotgun” are rather vague terms.

        Rode Videomic (and Videomic Pro) are “shotgun-style” microphones, but their actual sound patterns are super-cardioid, not shotgun.

        For all we know, Nikon ME-1’s directional pattern might also be super-cardioid.

  • Panfruit

    Tops out at 16khz? Is that considered good for one of these? That seems like it would really shave off some valuable highs.

    • ZoetMB

      That was my first impression upon reading the specs, but the reality is that if you’re mainly recording voices, 16KHz is good enough, assuming it’s flat at 16KHz and not already rolled off. Besides, chances are if you’re 40 or older and either live in an urban environment, listen to live music shows or use an MP3 player in noisy environments, you’re probably not hearing anything about 16KHz anyway.

      I actually doubt this is manufactured by Nikon. I bet at least the guts are supplied by an audio manufacturer. I wonder which one.

      • Soap

        A company which claims a frequency response which is more than +-3dB from flat need shot, and is violating consumer protection laws in many countries. I believe it is safe to assume 70-16k is the flat part of the response curve and there is still response extending far beyond in both directions, just attenuated > 3dB.

    • And lows. The frequency range is terrible. Should be at least 20Hz-20kHz. Looks like I’ll be getting something else for an external mic.

      • Daniyar

        Even Rode starts out at 40 Hz. But 70Hz is still much lower than recommended cutoff for subwoofers, so I don’t see a problem with this.

        16KHz seems like it’s not that high, but if you take a frequency hearing test you’ll see that anything above that is quiet hard to hear anyway, especially if you are older.

        So I guess if you plan on recording concerts you might want to look elsewhere, but for everyday recording I believe this will capture 99.9% of the sounds around you.

        • Highs may not be too much of an issue, but 70Hz just isn’t going to cut it. I like to take storm videos and a rolloff/cutoff at 70Hz is going to really hurt capturing the intensity of thunder.

          • Daniyar

            I’ll go with you on that one. But I guess that’s why there is $100 difference, and 95% of the people aren’t going to need it.

  • Ekimc

    I dunno how well is this mic gonna work,
    but why not try Zoom H1??
    I have H1, and works just fine for band rehearsal/live recording (and video recording)

    H1 has a realtime lineout port, just connect a 3.5mm to DSLR for sound input…

    H1 is cheaper, and you can record a separate digital track on H1 while having it lineout to you DSLR at the same time. (for whatever purpose you need, like more complicated movie/sound postprocessing)

  • Asker

    Don’t get so winded up, it’s just another made in China consumer mic… learn to buy quality instead. ok!.

  • are there comparable mics on the market for DSLR’s ?

    • cvdform

      Well you can use proffesional microphones, but you need a audio PAD between the camera and the microphone.

      The ME-1 works with a 2.2k ohm impedance, and a pro mic with 300 or 600 ohm impedence. So if you connect a pro mic on the d5100 you get a lot of hiss noise.

      The PAD i calculated for this problem got 2 x 150ohm resistors in serie, and 1 resitor between them from 62.5 ohm connected with mass. In theorie this should do the job.

      Google on audio PAD and you find how to calculate them, it is not that difficult.

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