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Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2019
The sound quality of this mic is awesome for the price. What I don't like about it is that it does not work with either one of my video camcorders. It works on my phone, my computer and my DSLR camera. The problem is I bought it to use on my camcorders and it doesn't work. I have a larger shotgun mic that has the same size cord and it works perfect on my camcorders, so I'm really not sure what the issue is. This is a replacement for the first one I bought, which did not work at all.
Three stars because it does not work on all my devices. I contacted the seller and they were absolutely useless.
See attached video for an audio sample. Deadcat is useless. It's missing the foam insert needed to make it much more effective than it is. on the bottom of the shock mount, there is a standard 1/4" threading to mount easily on almost any camera accessory. includes a cable to connect to a cell phone. The attached video has more details.
Video goes over everything in detail including mic quality comparison to RODE video micro. Great quality microphone that seems to be comparable to my $100 one. The wind sock left a bit to be desired and is the only thing preventing it from getting a 5 star review. Disclaimer: I was invited to try the product and they helped me acquire it.
The MouKey MCM-1 comes with mounting to go on a DLSR, so I compared it to the stereo microphone in my Nikon. I found the MouKey picked up highs better than the camera mic(s) and was a little more sensitive at medium levels. I will probably use this mic to record live rock music at shows and in rehearsals, so that's what I did for the comparison. At audio recording level 8 the camera mic produced a pleasant, slightly soft sound track that rolled off on both the high and low ends. The MouKey really captured the highs and did not distort, although the lows were similar to the camera mic. I would say the MouKey is more heavily responsive to the highs, but it still gives a clean recording. The sensitivity at level 8 on the camera was markedly better with the MouKey, and that, combined with rejection of sounds from behind and to the side, makes for good recordings. A really interesting thing happened. My test camera came set on audio level 15 for recording, which was too loud for this session. While both microphones produced audio tracks that were into clipping range, the camera mics could not handle that level at all. The MouKey made a good recording, even though the level was way too high. That verifies its high sound pressure handling, as it says in the specs. The video I am attaching demonstrates: 1. Camera Mic at level 8. 2. MouKey at level 8. 3. A short clip of the camera mic at level 15. 4. A short clip of the Moukey at level 15. I can't wait to record a band with the MouKey, and I will be able to get great audio at family gatherings too. It will capture both faint and prominent sounds in a large room or at a picnic. The wind screen, fuzzy wind filter, and isolation camera mount will be helpful as well.
This is an amazing mic! I hesitate to even add some sort of disclaimer, like it’s amazing *for the price*, because quite honestly, it’s AMAZING, period. The price just makes how great it is even more of a bonus. I was really quite impressed with this, particularly upon opening the box and seeing the accessories that came with the mic. It’s a pretty complete package for a portable microphone, and will allow you to do on the go recordings with your phone or camera. I got it to use with the Moukey mini tripod (see my separate review for that), which is also very impressive. The two work together well - the mic can either work on its own with the tripod, or you can attach it to either your camera or to the cell phone adapter that also attaches to the tripod. All in all, it’s super versatile. I took a pic of the mic mounted onto the tripod, but I didn’t have it hooked to my phone in the pic, although the reason why I like this capability so much is that it will allow for recording podcasts or songs (there’s a karaoke app I like to use on my phone lol). I’m very, very pleased with this mic. So far I have tried it out for sound for video, podcasting, and a few songs, and the sound quality is nice and clear. I am not picking up on much distortion at all, although the room I was using it in is the room I record in at home, so I have it set up for that. The noise cancellation is on par with my other (MUCH more expensive) microphone, which makes this a really impressive mic! Highly recommend if you are looking for a portable mic that will perform.
This unit is not bad for the price, but it has its limitations. it is just a cheap basic microphone, you are paying for the mount, cables and wind silencer. in the review it mentions "Noice Cancellation rating" there is none, this is not a powered mic, it is literally a 30 cent dual electret mic head in a plastic enclosure, theres no circuitry on the mic to support noise cancellation, and any noise cancellation would be from the device its plugged into. but for the price, you got what you paid for, and in my case it seems to have more sensitivity from the immediate sides of the unit, which makes sense since its a stereo input device. And audio doesnt have the best frequency range, BUT it has great response where it counts, Human Voice seems to BOOM through even with background noise present.
For music its not bad, but definetely misses some highs and lows, however its not bad, and will wipe the floor with most built in mics on your cameras...i have a very deep voice and it reproduces mine quite well,
One thing i had an issue with was my canon EF 35mm STM lens. I could CLEARLY hear the stepping motors of the lens thru this mic, and its being transmitted thru the mount. this is my only real annoyance since the internal stereo mic nor the Rode VideoMic catch the STM motors. They are easily enough removed in post, but why am i hearing them to begin with? just odd.
The isolator with cold shoe mount is 100% worthless for stopping camera sound transmission to the mic (e.g,.Focus motor etc) it just doesnt help at all, and the dead cat cover is weak at best.but does work. so WHY 5 stars? cause it is worth every penny of the 20 bucks you spent. if you wanted better youd buy a 2-300 dollar RODE VideoMic and get much better isolation and identical audio quality. and then complain about that 300 dollar flimsy mic...
20 bucks you get what you paid for. I have a Rode Videopro which isnt much different than this to be honest. the RODE VideoMic was the most disappointing purchase ive ever made. The audio is either too low or blowing the VU meters off the end of the scale, some one stole my PROPRIETARY RODE LYRE MOUNT and IF You can find one its THE SAME COST OF THE ENTIRE MIC USED.
Used exclusively on my Canon MK5IV and its as good and in some ways better than my RODE VideoMic costing 15 times more money.
Bought this mic after a disappointing experience with an omnidirectional which picked up all of the noise from the surroundings and was hell to salvage with sound editing so the obvious move was to buy a unidirectional and, at that price, this was a no-brainer. I don't shoot outside so I haven't tested it with the dead cat in windy conditions but for my purposes, you can't go wrong with this mic. I've heard in another review that the dead cat is useless without inside cushioning but it did not seem to be an issue with the basic testing I did. I will however give a more through test next time it's more than mildly windy and will see if it gets 5 stars all around; don't hold your breath but stay posted. So, if you're looking for a mic for videoblogging, interviews or corporate videos, this will do perfectly
I set out microphone shopping intending to buy the RODE video micro to connect to a laptop as a temporary solution to COVID-19 related live streaming we had to do at church for a few months. I didn't want to spend too much and thought the $60 RODE mic would be a good temporary solution.
That's when I stumbled upon another mic that looked basically identical for $40 with tons of reviews. So, naturally I headed to checkout feeling great that I had saved the church budget $20. Except the mic was out of stock and wasn't set to arrive until a week and a half later. I needed the mic sooner.
Thanks to Amazon's wonderful suggestions I found this mic and pulled the trigger.
I've handled the RODE video micro in the past and I honestly couldn't tell how this was different than the $60 RODE. The vibration reducer was different in shape but not worse in a way that will impact what I'm going to do.
This mic is built solidly. It is made of metal and feels heavy in the hand. I tested the cardioid pattern on this mic and it definitely picks up less sound behind the mic (which was a necessity for me). It worked great immediately out of the box (nice magnetic closure box, by the way).
I went from spending $60 to $40 to this and I don't think the mics are any different from each other. Save your money. Buy this one.
CONS I hate reading reviews that act like a product is perfect. This one isn't perfect. It IS the one you should buy but it can improve.
1. The mic comes with two different cables depending on what you are plugging the mic into. One is coiled and will stretch out if you need it to. The other is short, stubby, and has no coil. Of course, this is the cable I need. I wish they were both coiled and stretchable.
I do like how they labeled which end of the cable should plug into the mic and which end shouldn't. It will help a lot of people from thinking their mic is broken. I've made that mistake in the past with other mics.
2. I doubt the deadcat that comes with this mic will actually do anything in the wind but I'm happy to be proven wrong. I'm using it indoors so I didn't actually test it.
3. I don't know what to write here but it felt wrong to only list 2 cons. Maybe all mics should include a mini tripod or something??? Are you still reading this? Basically this is the mic you are looking for and you should buy it. Have a great day.
Alright round two for this review, I wrote a nice review... then amazon didn’t process it. End of rant.
So, decent audio quality in my honest opinion is a very important thing to have... whether you are vlogging for YouTube, making films, or shooting weddings... people are more likely to tune out due to poor audio quality than poor video quality. That being said finding decent microphones can be pricy.
Well I discovered the Moukey MCM-1, and well for a little over 20 bucks, it’s a decent little mic. A lot of reviews I’ve seen or read have said the mic had some reverb, or sounded canned.. but I didn’t have any issues at all to be honest and was really impressed with what I found.
One thing that stuck out to me was the box it came in, it was built nicely. I know, I know... what does this have to do with the microphone, well it is just nice to know that this company takes the time to Package the product decently. The box was definitely tough and in a day and age where packages get tossed around like frisbees, I felt safe knowing the contents would be safe and not crushed. Opening the box I noticed that everything was packaged tightly in the box, giving it a little shake nothing really loved around... again a big sign of comfort.
The mic itself is made of a metal casing, it definitely feels decent in my hand (get your mind out of the gutter.) it didn’t feel cheap, in other words, with a price point as low as 20 dollars I was half expecting a plastic case. It comes with a shock mount which is made of plastic... and it’s very rigid. Now of all the items this mic comes with the shock mount feels cheap, I honestly thought I was going to snap it in half when putting the mic in there but it went right in( ... get your head out of the gutter)! The mic! It comes with two cords, both are 3.5mm one is trrs- meant for cell phones or tablets, the other is a trs which is meant for dslrs or computers. It also comes with two wind screens, a dead cat which is kind of limp... (... I’m not even...) but DOES work. It fits on there well, and does a decent job. Although in very high winds I noticed it does rub against the mic which can cause some unnecessary noise. But you shouldn’t be using it during a wind storm. The other is a pop filter which is was really nice and again felt like it was made of quality and held up against a lot of elements. It’s just nice that Moukey includes all these as most mic companies seem to nickel and dime you for accessories. Out the gate you really don’t need to really buy anything for this, which is nice, kudos to you Moukey.
Now I did compare this to the rode video micro which would be the equivalent. Now, it’s no rode... but it did hold its own and for a little under 20 dollars.. I’d say... put it in the cart.
I have this mounted on top of my panasonic G7. It’s definitely better than the on camera mic. So whether you are a film maker, or YouTube novice, or you just want something better than your on board mic, this is worth looking into, especially for the price. I use it as a scratch track when I film my movies (I usually record audio separately.) it picks up the surrounding audio better and helps me easily sync audio from a separate source to the camera.
As always this is my opinion, pick it up for yourself and give it a try.
I have recently seen a lot of video bloggers and reporters using these microphones and finally got to ask one of them why. Basically, they give you a more focused point for capturing someone speaking.
I have been recording some simple how-to videos and doing some show-and-tell type videos and have just been using the built in mic on my camera. In certain rooms, this results in an echo effect and isn't as clear as it should be. This type of microphone fixes that. It's meant to capture sound from close-up and I don't get the echo anymore. It also cuts a lot of background noise which is great for recording outdoors.
This mic is a great mix of cost and features. The rechargeable battery means that I am not wasting AAs, the headphone jack lets me hear what I am recording as I capture it. Wearing headphones also lets me ensure I am not getting a bunch of background noise or camera noise as I film.
I am using it on a Pentax K-70 and it works fantastically. It mounts on the hot-shoe and plugs right into the side of the camera body.
I am, in no way, a professional camera operator but I do listen to advise when I can get it. Using this type of microphone was one of the best pieces of (sound) advise I have received recently.