Sony has introduced the ECM-G1, a new shotgun microphone aimed primarily at vloggers and content creators. It actively suppresses ambient noise and primarily records frontal sounds thanks to its supercardioid characteristic. This makes it suitable, for example, for interview situations or selfie recordings where the sound of a person facing the camera is to be recorded; it also reduces echoes from walls and voice reverberation when recording indoors.
The ECM-G1 can be connected to the camera either via a 3.5mm microphone jack or via Sony&s multi-interface shoe, which many Sony Alpha cameras have. Connecting via Multi Interface (MI) has several advantages: according to Sony, it not only avoids annoying wired vibration noise, but also immediately records the signal digitally, instead of first recording it as an analog signal and then converting it to digital. In addition, the ECM-G1 is powered directly from the camera when connected via MI.
The Sony ECM-G1 shotgun microphone has a large-diameter microphone capsule (approx. 14.6 millimeters), weighs only 34 grams and is also very compact in its dimensions (2.8 x 5.08 x 4.85 cm), so it doesn&t interfere when shooting through the viewfinder. According to Sony, it has an optimized structure to suppress vibration noise with anti-vibration dampers and comes with an optional windscreen to reduce wind noise when shooting outdoors.
Sony&s ECM-G1 shotgun microphone is expected to hit the market in August 2022 at a price of 170 euros. Included with the windscreen is a 3.5 mm mini-jack cable.
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