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Nikon has announced the new ME-1 Stereo Microphone designed specifically for Digital SLRs, shown above with the Nikon D7000. The ME-1 features built in vibration reduction thanks to rubber mounts, a low pass filter, and is dust and weather resistant, further details below. The ME-1 has an RRP of £119, and should be available on the 21st of April 2011. You can also view it in our hands on look at the new Nikon D5100 DSLR.
D-SLR movie package: Nikon announces first external microphone, ME-1
London, 5th April 2011 – Nikon today announces the launch of its first external stereo microphone, the ME-1. Designed to amplify the movie capabilities of Nikon D-SLRs, this unidirectional microphone offers crisp, clear sound with no unwanted operational noise.
A serious addition to any discerning videographer’s kit, it raises the quality of audio recording, enabling movies shot with a D-SLR to sound as good as they look.
Raising the sound bar for D-SLRsNikon’s commitment to versatile movie recording takes another step forward with the ME-1. Developed to capture professional-quality stereo sound across diverse situations, it further enhances the sophistication of D-Movie – Nikon’s renowned D-SLR movie functionality – and offers a smart alternative to a camera’s built in microphone.
Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager Lenses, Accessories & Software, Nikon Europe, commented: “The ME-1 is a great new addition to Nikon’s continually expanding system for high-quality movie recording. Pros and enthusiasts alike will be able to record sound at a whole new level and add to the impact of their movies.”
Crystal-clear stereo soundDesigned with D-SLR users in mind, the ME-1 is equipped with a vibration reduction mechanism that suppresses unwanted operational noise which can come from autofocus. As a unidirectional microphone it provides precise targeted pick-up, allowing users to record exactly what they want to hear. Interference from external noise can be suppressed using the supplied windscreen and a low-cut filter switch offers extra control over low-frequency noise. The sensitivity of the microphone can also be adjusted through the camera menu to control surrounding noise or ambient sound.
Easily mounted on the camera’s hot shoe, the ME-1 is conveniently powered by the camera, while its intelligent ergonomic design enables comfortable handheld shooting. The short body allows easy access to the viewfinder and it boasts a handy cable-stop to keep the cable out of the way.
For use with all Nikon D-SLRs and COOLPIX cameras that have a 3.5 mm connector for external microphones, the ME-1 is supplied with a windscreen and soft case.
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