Bower - Electret Condenser Microphone

Capture crisp sound with this Bower MIC150 electret condenser microphone, which is designed for use with most camcorders and DSLR and mirrorless cameras with a microphone jack and features a wide 45° recording spectrum to pick up lifelike audio.
$49.99
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Overview

What's Included


  • Bower Electret Condenser Microphone
  • 3V CR1632 battery
  • Microphone cable
  • Windscreen, pouch
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
80% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (49 out of 62)

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Features


Compatible with most camcorders and DSLR and mirrorless cameras with a microphone jack

For wide-ranging use.

45° recording spectrum

Captures audio from multilayered scenes, such as group conversations, street music and more, so you can enrich your videos with vibrant, accurate sound.

Windscreen

Helps limit interference caused by wind and motion for optimal clarity.

Integrated shock mount

Enables simple attachment.

Compact, lightweight design

Allows easy portability.


Overall customer rating

3.9
80%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Was not satisfied with this product.

    Posted
    MissionsFire
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    I read reviews for this product online prior to making a purchase and thought it might be a good backup option for a camera microphone on a B-ROLL camera. My experience was that I purchased it brand new in a crunch situation and it did not work. I am assuming the battery that came with the microphone was no good. The power light never was illuminated during use. I was upset that I wasted time and money on the purchase and forgot about it. I do a lot of traveling and I intended to return the item, but once I remembered it needed to be returned I had misplaced the receipt. I love BestBuy. But my past experiences with not having a receipt were more than aggravating.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent pickup with directional choice

    Posted
    NCC1701
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    My principal reason for getting this was to avoid mechanical noise from a zoom lens on my camera. The battery-powered Bower has a switchable directional pattern which I found to be very useful when shooting a stage performance in the middle of a large outdoor crowd. Be careful when carrying while attached to a camera-- the foam windscreen could be accidentally pulled off.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Go with a higher quality

    Posted
    Lorrie
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    When I bought my camcorder, the sales rep assured me that this mic would be sufficient for my needs (20 feet away, outdoors or in a barn). It did not perform well at all. Weird buzzing noises, couldn't hear voice over the wind even with wind sock, etc. Don't bother. Buy something higher end (I got wireless bluetooth mic and receiver and love them).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good little budget microphone with one drawback

    Posted
    SheepCloner
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    This is a decent microphone for the price. It performs well and is certainly a leap above a built in DSLR mic. The only problem I have with it is the battery. It is extremely easy to leave the unit on and if you do it will cost you a $5 battery every, single, time. Very much a pain when you go to use it the next time and are without a mic.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    decent mic for low budget filming

    Posted
    shotgunmic
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    I have been using the condenser mic to record audio while I film on my iPhone. I had to get a special adapter for it to work, but together they work fine. The microphone doesn't have as much reach as a longer microphone with a wider range. It works for in studio recording or small spaces

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to set up and works well

    Posted
    northeatlguy
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    I've only used it once but it was recording something in Church. The sound quality was good but be careful and not leave the mike in the on position. There is NO indicator light and I left it on by accident and had to buy another battery.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good

    Posted
    Vicki436
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This is a great little microphone. I had purchased it for use with my youtube videos in order to get a clearer sound and it works exactly as expected. Great for the price if you aren't doing anything detailed for fancy. Good starter microphone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Mic works great for the price

    Posted
    tech123guy
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    Bought this mic as an entry level video mic. Performs the job well. Only issue I have encountered is the mic coming loose from the hot shoe while doing motion shots, I just couldn't get it tight enough. But for the price it is not a deal breaker for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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