Sennheiser not too long ago launched a brand new compact microphone, the MKE 200, that’s extra than simply one more Rode VideoMicro clone. I paired it up with the Sony a7S III, GoPro HERO9, and iPhone to check its sound high quality on this hands-on overview.
The Sennheiser MKE 200 measures in at 2.7 inches lengthy, weighs 1.7 ounces, and includes a super-cardioid microphone that focuses sound pickup from the entrance. The microphone capsule sits on prime of an built-in shock mount which is itself housed contained in the built-in perforated plastic wind protect we see from the outside. This design makes the MKE 200 really feel positively stable whereas mounted to a digicam. For added wind dampening, the MKE 200 ships with a detachable faux-fur deadcat cowl.
What I Like
- As a microphone, you’ll hope my first listing merchandise can be its sound high quality. Nicely, right here it’s. As you’ll be able to hear from the video above, it enormously improves sound high quality from each system it’s connected to. When in comparison with the favored VideoMicro, it additionally holds its personal.
- The compact measurement and light-weight weight means it’s a negligible carry alongside merchandise. Whether or not you’re going to place it to make use of or not on any explicit day, it’s not taking on a lot house to at all times have it with you. I discover plenty of instances with cellular content material creation that it’s often a really spontaneous act, and with the ability to at all times carry one thing that elevates that could be a good optimistic.
- It comes bundled with each a 3.5mm TRS cable for cameras and a 3.5mm TRRS cable for smartphones.
- I just like the design of the MKE 200 with its hid shock mount. I want it over the floppy exterior shock mount just like the VideoMicro. It retains the digicam setup feeling good and stable reasonably than rattly.
- The built-in plastic windscreen proves to be helpful in that its much less to fret about whereas capturing, particularly when you’ll be able to’t be monitoring your personal sound on a regular basis. Above within the out of doors instance pictures we will hear that it handles wind fairly effectively by itself with no need to step as much as the included deadcat.
- Being a compact microphone, it depends on energy coming from the digicam so there’s no batteries to hold or fear about charging.
- To not go on an excessive amount of speaking in regards to the VideoMicro in a Sennheiser overview, however at some – point – it – becomes – ridiculous how usually it’s been tastelessly mimicked. I’m simply saying that it’s refreshing to see the MKE 200 be its personal distinctive product within the compact microphone house, and be a competently good one at that.
What I Don’t Like
- Not essentially a “don’t like” merchandise, however I do acknowledge that the front-facing cable jack is totally different. You might not prefer it just because it appears totally different. In use, I do suppose it’s actually no higher or worse than the standard rear plug. Not being proper in the way in which of the rear monitor is a optimistic, however I do want the twine was shorter for much less probability of bouncing on the lens up entrance.
- The worth might be a contact too steep. Sure, I do suppose it’s an appropriate value for what you get, nonetheless as I’ve introduced up an annoying variety of instances already, the VideoMicro has dominated this house for a very long time and is $40 much less. Even dropping the value $20 would possibly persuade many extra individuals to go for it and “step up” to the newcomer MKE 200 as an alternative.
The Sennheiser MKE 200 prices $99.95 and is obtainable to order now.