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Sennheiser MKE 440 – The Best On-Camera Mircophone Ever?

- 4 years ago

We live in a very visual-based world. But audio can tell just as much of a story as the visuals can and that’s why its important to make sure we’re using the right equipment. In this review, we’ll be looking at the Sennheiser MKE 440 a directional stereo mic which could take your videos to the next level.

I’ve been very impressed with the level of quality I’ve been getting from the MKE 440, so much so that I’ve switched to using it for all future videos, I mean why wouldn’t you. It captures sounds without losing any tones making it ideal for audio voice recordings and there’s next to no tweaking that needs to be done in post. Sennheiser also states that it’s ideal for musical instrument and ambient recordings too.

What makes the MKE 440 unique is the V-shape design and on closer inspection, it is not a single microphone but two cardioid microphones design to give you stereo sound but also focus inwards to give you better directional audio. Very clever. Probably one of the main reasons this isn’t a widely adopted microphone is because it uses two microphones and if one goes wrong you won’t know until you get into the editing bay. However, there is nothing stopping you from switching to a mono set-up although it would probably only be a temporary fix as you would purchase this microphone for its stereo audio capabilities.

To see how well the Sennheiser MKE 440 performs check our video below and you can hear for yourself what this microphone can really do and how stacks up to a cheaper Rode VideoMicro and Sennheiser Lav Mic system. Don’t forget to like and subscribe and let us know what you’d like us to review next!


PhotoBite Sennheiser MKE 440 review -
Sennheiser MKE 440:- The MKE 440 with its unique design offers audio quality that can't be achieved by any other microphone for its price. If you're in the market for one, this should be on your list to look at.


  • 100 Hour Battery Life
  • Audio is fantastic straight out the camera


  • £300 Price tag could deter some buyers

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.