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SupercardioidSennheiser Electronics Corporation MKE 400

Condenser Microphone

The MKE 400 is a compact camera-mount shotgun microphone.

The mic mounts to DSLR or camcorder via hot or cold shoe mounts. A 200mm coiled cable with 3.5mm stereo plug connects the audio output to the camera’s audio input.

The mic is powered by 1 AAA battery; Sennheiser claims the batter has a 300 hour life. Switches on the mic body provide wind filter (low cut) and a high sensitivity mode.

The mic is extremely small (about 6 inches long) and lightweight (only 60gm).

Sam Malley 2011
[compared to Rode VideoMic Pro outdoors]…neither microphone could handle wind. The outdoor shots that I included in the video were by far the best sounding ones I had. Most of the takes were a distorted mess… none of the softie windscreens or wind filter switches on the mics could cut it. The moral of the story? If you’re shooting in real wind, you’ll need a professional microphone with a full-blown zeppelin.

The Sennheiser Electronics Corporation MKE 400 is also known as: MKE400.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Supercardioid (8 mV/Pa; 40 - 20,000 Hz)
Supercardioid (20 mV/Pa; 40 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Pad: High Sensitivity (Via Switch)
  • Filter: Low cut (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diameter n/a
n/a Max SPL: 126 dB
Self-noise: 21.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
60g (2.12oz) 130mm (5.12'') 21mm (0.83'')
  • Stereo 3.5mm mini jack male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Has battery compartment (1.5 V AAA)

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