HOW TO FIX GOPRO’S HERO 4 AUDIO PROBLEM
If there is one thing about your GoPro you think could be improved, what would be it? I bet fixing GoPro’s audio problem is on the top of your list, at least it’s on the top of mine. Everytime I’ve recorded something with my GoPro and play it back on my computer, the sound is horrible: it’s canny, voices and sounds are muffled, plus there is a lot of background noise caused by the waterproof casing. Adding proper audio to the GoPro footage makes the whole video a different experience to watch to. So today, I’ll be reviewing Sennheiser’s solution for this problem: the water and dustproof GoPro microphone, the ‘Sennheiser MKE2 Elements’.
MKE2 ELEMENTS – SPECIFICATIONS
|Dimensions: Case including Windstopper: 125 x 70 x 60 mm|
Diameter Wind stopper: 62 mm
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20 Khz
Weight: 45gr (0.1 lbs)
Pick-Up Pattern: Omnidirectional
Storage Temperature: -20°C to 70°C(-4°F to 158°F)
Operating Temperature: -10°C to 50°C (14°F to 122°F)
Connection: GoPro Audio Connection for Hero 4
MKE2 ELEMENTS – PACKAGING
|The microphone comes in a white and black colored box, where you’ll find the waterproof case, integrated microphone and the wind stopper attached. There is a small chip inside the waterproof case that you can connect easily with the GoPro Hero 4.|
MKE2 ELEMENTS – DESIGN
|The design of the MKE2 Elements is quite simple: imagine the waterproof casing of the GoPro Hero 4. You got it visualized? Good! Now imagine that exact same casing, with a black ball on the left side popping out. That’s the wind stopper, and inside it there is a microphone hidden.|
The wind stopper is almost as big as the GoPro Hero 4 itself, which can be unscrewed for cleaning purposes. The construction of the waterproof casing, of course, is a bit more complex than it let’s on. The microphone connects to the GoPro via a tiny cable, that is attached to a small circuit board. Be careful connecting these parts, the cable is delicate and you don’t want to have it stuck between the casing because this breaks the waterproof seal.
Please be aware that the MKE2 Elements only works with the GoPro Hero 4 camera line, this means that if you have an older (or newer) version of the GoPro camera this product is not for you.
MKE2 ELEMENTS – PERFORMANCE
|When the GoPro Hero 4 is combined with the MKE2 Elements, you’ll notice the difference in the edit right away. Gone are the added noises from movement of the camera within the waterproof case. Gone are the muffled voices and other sounds from the environment. Gone is the canny audio that dictates GoPro Hero 4 sound quality. It’s crystal clear audio like I’ve never heard on an action camera before.|
And this is exactly what you’d expect when Sennheiser creates a product, it’s sound quality is made for the prosumer and pro’s. Actually you’d expect the MKE2 Elements to be included when you buy a GoPro, that’s how good the quality is.
MKE2 ELEMENTS – PROS & CONS
· You can finally add sound to your GoPro footage;
· Looks the same as your old GoPro waterproof casing;
· Waterproof Microphone.
· Official ‘Works with GoPro’ product;
· Has room for GoPro battery pack;
· Only compatible with the GoPro Hero 4 line.
MKE2 ELEMENTS – PRICE
|€195 at Coolblue|
Note: Sennheiser gifted the MKE2 Elements to NotGoingHome for the purposes of this review. No other compensation was received.
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