A shotgun microphone is one those items you'll need on almost any shoot. When you have to get the sound of crunching shoulder pads from the side of the field, the shotgun mic will be your friend. No place to clip or hide a lavalier mic on your competition-swimmer subject at the outdoor pool? Try the Sennheiser MKE 400 on long-sensitivity mode and hear her voice come into focus as if you were standing next to her. And try it mounted on a boom pole out of frame for solid audio capture of a "walk and talk" scene.
The MKE 400 has a super-cardioid pickup pattern, for rejection of sounds outside the pointing axis of the mic. It has a wired, 3.5mm minijack cable for connection to similarly-equipped gear, and it will run up to 300 hours on just one "AAA" battery. It has shock mounting built-in, for rejection of handling noise, and its switchable sensitivity means it can handle short- and long-distance recording. A foam wind shield helps guard against wind noise. Designed to mount on your camcorder's lighting shoe.