Good product. Solves a problem with the audio recording of the sony cam.
3 October 2011
Summary: This mic is definitely an improvement over the 5.1 surround sound recording of the factory sony camcorder. The problem with the 5.1 record mode is that it washes out the central focus and raises the level of background noise. this is a horrible feature in these Sony camcorders and should never have been done to begin with. What you end up with is people talking 4 feet from the camera and all you can hear is background noise from an area you're not even filming.
Summary: I'm just an amateur videographer but felt like I needed a better microphone then what was built-in to my Sony HR7 camcorder. I used it to videotape a seminar from about 35 feet away in the "gun" mode and the sound actually came out okay. I'm sure there are more pricey microphones out there but I think for the price, the Sony ECM-HZ1 served its purpose.
Summary: The Mic has 2 setting, other than OFF, Gun and Zoom, the Zoom setting is very unique, in wide angle it sounds very much like the normal camcorder microphone, when you zoom it in, it will start to isolate the side and back noise giving a clearer sound to what is directly in front of you.
Pros: Easy To Use, Good Interface With Camcorder, Improves Performance, Lightweight