Record crystal-clear sound and significantly reduce autofocus noise on your compatible Nikon digital camera using this compact stereo microphone. The ME-1 Stereo Microphone connects to compatible DSLR, Nikon 1 and COOLPIX cameras that have a 3.5mm Mic jack and features new innovation that significantly reduces autofocus noise from being recorded.
Equipped with a cable stop which holds the cable in place to prevent noise from being recorded with accidental contact with the cable.
Reduces vibration noise during autofocus.
Designed for use with a compatible Nikon digital camera featuring a 3.5 mm (diameter) stereo mini-pin jack.
The AS-N1000 Multi Accessory Port Adapter must be used to attach the ME-1 Stereo Microphone to the Nikon 1 V1 camera body.
Low-cut filter reduces wind noise and other low-frequency noise not blocked by the wind screen.
Type Back-electret condenser microphone Number of channels 2 (stereo) Directionality Unidirectional Frequency response 70–16,000 Hz Sensitivity -42 dB ± 3dB (0 dB=1V/Pa,1kHz) Signal-to-noise ratio 60 dB or more Output impedance 2.2kΩ or less Power supply Supplied by camera Plug Gold-plated, L-shaped stereo mini-pin plug (φ3.5 mm) Low-cut filter Controlled by low-cut filter switch (ON/OFF) Supplied accessories Microphone body, Wind screen, Soft case
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Hopefully we can get an answer directly from Nikon on this one.
I really like the idea of a powered condenser mic that receives its power from the hot shoe, because I don't want to have to worry about yet 1 more battery (plus, with no headphone output to monitor your source, you don't know if your mic battery dies in the middle of shooting when this is paired w/Nikon cameras). However, most of the hot shoe powered mics out there also transmit audio through the "advanced hot shoe", which clearly won't work for the Nikon D7000 & P7000...
If this mic really does get power from the hot shoe (no batteries, yay!) and transmits audio through the 3.5mm cable, then that's perfect.
That being said, this microphone was specifically developed to sit on the camera, since it has technology to reduce the noise of the camera autofocusing. Also the cable is long enough to span the distance from the microphone to the camera's audio input. To move the microphone any further from the body would require the use of a patch cable.
Will it work, sure. But that wasn't it's original design. There are better solutions available.