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Sennheiser MKE400 Compact Shotgun Microphone for Video Cameras

  • Mobile Journalist, Vlogger, Run & Gun
  • For Cameras and Portable Recorders
  • 300-Hour Run Time via AAA Battery
  • Sensitivity and Bass Roll-Off Switches
  • Rugged, compact and versatile for great video sound

Original price was: $399.95.Current price is: $325.00.


Shotgun Mic with Directional Sound Pickup

The Sennheiser MKE400 uses a supercardioid polar pattern to capture sources in front of the mic while attenuating side- and rear-entry sound.

Low-noise electronics and a sensitive condenser element allow it to deliver more detailed audio than the mics typically found in cameras and portable recorders.

Quick Hookup to Camera

The microphone has a permanently attached coiled cable to ensure fast hookup to your camera without excess cable slack.

The cable’s 3.5mm TRS plug features a dual-mono configuration, which routes identical signal to both input channels on your camera or portable recorder.

Extremely Long Battery Life

A single AAA battery powers the Sennheiser MKE400 for up to 300 hours of operating time.

The dedicated battery LED flashes briefly upon power up to indicate sufficient battery voltage, and lights up continually when the battery should be replaced.

At approximately 50 hours of remaining run time the low-battery indicator will light up.

Bass Roll-Off

When excessive low-frequency noise from Aircon systems and traffic interferes with the quality of your audio, turn on the low-cut filter to attenuate bass frequencies while letting midrange and high-frequencies pass through unaffected.

Adjustable Sensitivity

The MKE 400’s adjustable sensitivity provides two settings to optimize the mic’s audio signal volume.

Normal sensitivity is recommended when miking normal to loud sources and recording to devices with high input sensitivity.

Select high sensitivity when miking quiet sources or using cameras with low input sensitivity.

Integral Shockmount Rejects Vibrations

The MKE 400 incorporates an integral shockmount to reject the transfer of vibrations such as handling noise.

Plus, the bottom of the shockmount features a camera shoe mount with a 1/4″-20 thread, ensuring simple attachment to your camera or a tripod (available separately).

Windscreen Minimizes Wind Noise

The foam windscreen on the MKE 400 is designed to lessen undesirable wind noise from breezes, fans, heaters, and air conditioners.

For maximum reduction of wind noise in outdoor environments, acquire a furry windshield such as the Sennheiser MZW400 (available separately), which also comes with an adapter that lets you plug the MKE 400 into the XLR input of a professional camcorder.

Durable Metal Construction

The Sennheiser MKE400 has an all-metal construction providing a durable, rugged frame for rigorous operation in a variety of environments.




Form Factor Stand/Boom-Mount
Sound Field Mono
Operating Principle Line Gradient
Capsule Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern Lobar, Supercardioid
Orientation End Address
Circuitry Solid-State
Pad None
High-Pass Filter 300 Hz, 15 dB/Octave
Tone Adjustment None
Gain Adjustment Yes
Indicators 1 x Single LED (Power)
On-Board Controls Gain, High-Pass Filter, On/Off
Windscreen Foam (Included)


Frequency Range 40 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL 126 dB SPL
118 dB SPL (Max Gain)
Off-Axis Rejection 4 dB at 60°
23 dB at 120°
12 dB at 180°
Sensitivity 8 mV/Pa at 1 kHz
Equivalent Noise Level 21 dB A-Weighted
32 dB CCIR


Output Connectors 1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS
Cable Length 7.87″ / 20 cm
Cable Diameter 0.091″ / 2.3 mm
Number of Conductors 2
Wireless Connectivity None


Operating Voltage 1.5 V
Battery Type 1 x AAA
Approximate Battery Life 300 Hours


Colour Black
Mounting 1/4″-20 Female, Camera-Mount, Shockmount (via Integrated Hardware)
Construction Material Metal
Dimensions ø: 62 x L: 130 mm
Weight 60 g

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