These days DSLR cameras have the ability to shoot pro quality video, and indeed many award winning films and shorts have been made using them. This is the first time that sE have made an ‘On Camera microphone’, a shotgun condenser with a precision-tuned capsule for capturing high-quality audio direct to camera with no exaggeration and no hype.
With more and more video recording enthusiasts taking an increased interest in their audio quality, ProMic Laser provides sound that matches the high-definition video capabilities of today’s DSLRs.
The Laser is a serious solution for videographers. It has a rugged, lightweight aluminum body, and comes with a removable wind shield and a custom shockmount for hot-shoe mounting directly onto your camera.
Want to film your friend's rock band? The inclusion of a -10dB pad allows you to reduce the level of the mic so loud sources (bands, jet planes, jet skis) don't overload your camera's audio circuitry.
The microphone also features a bass cut switch, which gives you the option of removing unwanted low frequency rumble - like traffic, air conditioning, or noise from the camera itself - and this can be used in tandem with the -10dB pad.
The Laser provides over 200 hours of use from only a single AAA battery, yet provides high sensitivity and a super-low noise floor.
This is what sE themselves had to say about it:
"There are a plethora of camera-mounted mics available, so why did we decide to make the Laser - and why might it be your best choice? While developing a mic for a camera, a company tends to make sacrifices. Most of the time these cost-cutting measures negatively affect the client - sound quality suffers, reliability suffers, durability suffers. Why use metal when you can use plastic, right? We don't think like that. The Laser is crafted from aluminum - something you don't see on DSLR mics anywhere below $500 - with a hand-tuned capsule, a clever custom shockmount designed by sE specifically for the Laser, and a super-flat frequency response. It comes packaged with a protective carrying pouch and a detachable 3.5mm coiled cable to connect it to your camera."
• Type: Back-electret condenser shotgun microphone
• Polar Pattern: Super cardioid
• Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
• Max SPL: 120dB
• Impedance: ≤200ohm
• Voltage: 1.5V DC
• Current: 1mA
• Sensitivity: -30dB ±2dB
• Controls: 10dB Pad, Bass Cut and On/Off switch
• Output: 3.5mm mini jack (coiled cable included)
• Power: ~200 hours from a single AAA 1.5V battery (battery not included)
• Mount: Camera shoe mount with 3/8" thread for boompole use
• Weight: 73g