External boom microphone for NEX-6 shipping mid-March (ECM-XYST1M): $159

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Re: External boom microphone for NEX-6 shipping mid-March (ECM-XYST1M): $159
In reply to focuspulling, Mar 18, 2013

focuspulling wrote:

Here's an exciting additional prospect (though I'm not holding my breath): IF this is an active/not passive adapter, the NEX-6 could be opened up to an even broader swath of existing accessories made for the Active Interface Shoe standard (e.g., bluetooth wireless mic):

Link to Sony Store

Electrical contacts are not visible from this angle, so I'm admittedly skeptical.

So I got it, and tested with two of the most promising candidates for making use of this adapter.  Big fail.  Here's what I got after mounting the ECW-HW2 Bluetooth Wireless Microphone kit that works on ALL Active Interface Shoe products:

Sony NEX-6 with Bluetooth Wireless Mic receiver ECM-HW2 attached via Active Interface Shoe adapter

The screen says, "This accessory is not supported."  It's a pity, since it's works just fine on all other tested devices with Sony's universal mount.  The adapter isn't a cold shoe and is supposed to pass information using its pin connectors at either end.

Another accessory that didn't work was even simpler:  an LED light with that Active Interface Shoe which would have only required DC power, having its own on/off switch.

Sony:  WHY?!

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