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 bought this mic about a year ago for a sony SR7, and when I mounted it on the camera I could barely tell the difference between it and the onboard mic. I recommend getting the RODE video mic that has significantly better sound quality. Also, the mic broke not long after I bought it. I really wasn't too disappointed though.
Summary: I'm an audio professional and am disappointed in this mic. I am using it with a HDR-SR12 camcorder. Sony doesn't offer many solutions that fit their AIS shoe. I am looking for better audio capture but this mic comes up short. It is very tinny sounding compared to the built in mic (hi pass at 300hz probably to reduce wind rumble). It is not a true shotgun mic design. I shoot primarily documentary style so wireless or bulky mics are not usable.
Summary: This product improved the audio as compared to the built-in microphone, but it still leaves a recording with some background noise - a low hissing sound. It's not too loud, but if you're looking for broadcast quality recordings you'll need a better camera and a better microphone. I have software to delete the noise, so for me it works. And considering the low price of the camera and microphone, I can't complain.
Great Price, Fast Delivery, but disappointing sound quality
Cybernator "Big Papa", Amazon
28 December 2008
Summary: I purchased this add on mic in hopes to get a clearer, stronger, and enhanced sound quality from spokesperson doing short range demonstration videos from 6' to 15' range. In the zoom setting the sound intensity and quality was barely equal to but no better than the intergrated unit. In gun mode, the voice from the person speaking directly toward the mic sounded slightly muted and tinny like as though speaking through a tin can.
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: I read all the reviews and then tested the microphone on my Sony HDR-HC3. I agree with others that the gun mode is best. And there might be uses for the zoom affect, like having the sound increase in strength as one moves into a scene. But in normal mode like filming wedding vows from a distance the gun mode would be best while zoomed or not zoomed.