Sennheiser has released a microphone for the GoPro HERO4 Black and Silver, the MKE 2 Elements. It attaches directly to the camera and is waterproof.
Sennheiser has released a new microphone for the GoPro HERO4 Black and Silver. It’s the Sennheiser MKE 2 Elements (not to be confused with the MKE 2 or MKE 2 Digital, which are lavalier mics). It’s an omnidirectional mic that attaches directly to the camera and has a frequency response from 20 Hz to 20 kHz.
Sennheiser, of course, has a long and well-earned reputation as one of the best makers of microphones and headphones. This particular microphone is interesting for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, it’s a dedicated microphone for GoPros. That might seem an unusual choice for a high-end audio company like Sennheiser, but this isn’t the first mic Sennheiser has designed for action cams. There are a lot of people who use their GoPros for recording music footage and other subjects where the sound quality matters but also want the convenience of on-board–or at least, attached–audio without the hassle of a separate audio rig. This particular mic will probably appeal more to those recording environmental audio in less-than-ideal weather conditions.
GoPro has a new deal offering $150 off either the GoPro HERO8 Black or the MAX when you bundle it with a 1-year subscription to GoPro PLUS.
GoPro PLUS includes unlimited cloud storage of your GoPro photos and footage, discounted rates for replacing damaged cameras, and up to 50% off GoPro mounts and accessories.
The up-front cost is $249.99 for the HERO8 Black and $349.99 for the MAX. You start with a 30-day free trial of GoPro PLUS, and will then be charged $49.99 per year after that. They're also throwing in a free SD card and 2-day shipping.
You can find the deal at GoPro.com.
external microphones on GoPros. Normally when you add an external mic to a GoPro it exposes the USB port. The way they’ve gotten around the connection issue with this one is that the microphone is hardwired into a new backdoor for the camera’s housing. It has a waterproof rating of IPX7, a rating that specifies it can safely be submerged at a depth of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. So yes, that means you can even take it surfing. It’ll be interesting to see how people put this to use in capturing good-quality sound in places where that’s been hard to do.
It comes with a replaceable windscreen to help with wind noise.
As a nice added assurance, this is part of GoPro’s “Works with GoPro” program, which means it has their official stamp of approval for compatibility.
It’s worth clarifying something on the packaging, though. It says that it’s for “HERO4 cameras.” To be specific, it’s designed for the HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver. It won’t work with the HERO4 Session, which has an entirely different physical design. It’s also worth pointing out that if you use it on the Silver, the Sennheiser backdoor is going to completely cover the built-in screen.
Here’s the promo video Sennheiser has put together:
If you’re looking for it, don’t forget the “Elements” bit–there’s also an MKE 2 and MKE 2 Digital, which are different mics.
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