Along with the introduction of the new Nikon D5100 DSLR in London's Covent Garden, the company had a surprise announcement to make of the ME-1 unidirectional stereo microphone. As well as being dust and water resistant the ME1 has built-in shock mounting to reduce handling noise and the cable positioned in front of the articulated mount to reduce wear and tear. The ME-1 adopts a standard plug and can be used with any DSLR or compact camera using a 3.5mm connector. The ME-1 will be available at the end of the month at a price of £119.99 / 139.99 Euros.
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Total D-SLR movie package: Nikon announces first external microphone, the 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-SLRs
Nikon’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 sound
Designed 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.
RRP: £119.99 / Euros 139.00
Sales start date: 21st April 2011 (TBC)