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Sony ECM-HST1

Camcorder stereo microphone

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by Kristen Schaub
Sony

Capture soon-to-be fond memories of your children playing or of your friends at a party in high-fidelity stereo sound with Sony's portable ECM-HST1 microphone. A toggle switch lets you select a narrower or wider field of coverage — focus on an individual speaker during an interview or expand the range to capture the comments of a whole group. This microphone is also powered and controlled through your Handycam® camcorder's accessory shoe, so you won't have to bother with batteries or external power sources.

Highlights:

  • attaches to compatible camcorder's Active Interface Shoe
  • selectable 90° or 120° audio coverage
  • captures sound in mono or stereo
  • no batteries required — powered by camcorder via interface shoe
  • includes carrying pouch and wind screen
  • weight: 1.7 oz.
  • 2-15/16"H x 1-3/16"W x 2-5/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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  • Stereo microphone
  • Wind screen
  • Cloth pouch
  • Operating Instrucitons
  • Precaution note

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Features

Overview: The Sony ECM-HST1 Stereo Microphone lets you capture even better stereo audio from your compatible Sony Handycam camcorder. The stereo microphone connects to the Active Interface Shoe of your compatible Sony camcorder and has a wind screen to help eliminate wind noise. Plus, this microphone offers selectable sound direction between 90 and 120 degrees.

Compatibility: The Sony ECM-HST1 Stereo Microphone is compatible with Sony Handycam camcorders featuring an Active Interface Shoe.

Smart Accessory Terminal: The Sony Stereo Microphone connects to your Sony Handycam camcorder's Active Interface Shoe and derives power from the camcorder body (no additional batteries required).

Auto-Switch: When the microphone is attached to the compatible Sony Handycam camcorder, the camcorder automatically switches from the built-in microphone to the external microphone.

Stereo Sound: The Sony Stereo Microphone enables natural sound pick-up, delivering a stereo sound image with superb clarity.

Selectable Directivity: You can manually select the directivity of sound between 90 and 120 degrees.

  • 90-Degree: Use the 90-degree setting when picking up a sound with a narrow soundstage, or a distance sound (conversation, solo instruments, etc).
  • 120-Degree: Use the 120-degree setting when picking up a sound with a wide soundstage, or a nearby sound (concert, theatrical performance, etc).

Wind Screen: An included wind screen helps to reduce wind noise.

Compact Design: The Sony ECM-HST1 Stereo Microphone features a compact lightweight design making it easy to carry.

Storage Pouch: The Sony ECM-HST1 comes supplied with a cloth pouch for storage.

Specifications

Microphone Type: Electoret condenser microphone

System Type: MS (Mid-Side ) stereo system

Frequency Response: 150 to 10,000 Hz

Pickup Pattern: 90° or 120°

Battery Type: Active Interface Shoe (runs of power source of camera)

Operating Temperature: 32°F to +104°F

Dimensions: 1.1875" (w) x 2.9375" (h) x 2.625"

Weight:  1.7 oz

 
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