Inside the Box
MKE 200 microphone
MZH 200 furry windshield
CL 35 TRS, locking TRS-TRS coiled cable 3.5mm (for cameras and field recorder)
CL 35 TRRS, locking TRS - TRRS coiled cable 3.5mm (for smartphones)
No matter how visually appealing your videos are, it is a tough task to watch a silent play of visuals without the accompanying sound. Hence sound has rightly become an integral part of most imaging devices. All high-end and mid-range smartphones and cameras feature reasonably good built-in microphones to aid in video production, but the design limitations of these devices do not allow for a directional microphone that is optimised for the best sound pick up and recording features.
The MKE 200 is a compact entrylevel microphone from Sennheiser, specifically designed to be used with cameras and smartphones.
Design & Build Quality
The MKE 200 is a compact cylindrical device that incorporates a built-in wind screen and shock mount, allowing it to minimise handling noise while mounted on a smartphone or camera. The additional furry windshield provides extra wind protection. The polycarbonate external casing makes it very light at 48 g but feels sturdy. The unit includes a locking 3.5 mm TRS (3pole) jack and a cold shoe mount with a standard ¼-inch tripod receptacle.
The Sennheiser MKE 200 is a directional on-camera microphone designed to be used with D-SLRS, Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras and smartphones. However, in our test, we could successfully use it even with a desktop computer for recording.
The kit includes 3.5 mm TRS and TRRS coiled cables. While the first cable allows you to use it with D-SLRs and mirrorless cameras, the second one can be used with mobile devices or any other device that uses a 4-pole jack.
The MKE 200 directional microphone features a super-cardioid pick-up pattern, which is ideal for vlogging and one-on-one interviews. This means that the microphone is most sensitive to sounds directly in front of it, extending almost 90 degrees to the sides along with a small area directly behind the mic. This helps the microphone to cut off most unwanted background noise.
Unlike most other compact high-performance condenser microphones, the MKE 200 does not require batteries for operation and is a plug-and-play device.
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