A DIY microphone for the V1 and other cameras

Started Jul 1, 2012 | Discussions
olyflyer
olyflyer Forum Pro • Posts: 28,523
A DIY microphone for the V1 and other cameras

The Nikon ME-1 Stereo Microphone designed for the camera is very easy to make in a DIY version for anyone who has a tiny bit of electronic knowledge. The ME-1 is powered from the camera, which means all is needed are two electret microphone elements, a casing and a piece of cable with a 3.5 mm stereo plug, plus of course something to fix it to the camera if you want to do that as well. The microphone elements are very cheap and all you need is to solder the three contacts of the plug to the right terminal.

The case is the GND and the other is the signal.

The sound quality is much higher than the built in mike and the frequency response is actually better than the ME-1 for a price which is just a few dollar at most. I had some microphone elements in my drawer and I used a stereo cord also from my drawer.

For the actual mechanical construction there isn’t much to say. The casing is from a marker pen, so this is really a low budget version.

It is fixed to the camera using plastic covered wire which holds it in place well. At the microphone end there is a small plate and a Velcro holding the microphone casing on place, so I can easily remove it and use it in some other way as well, for example on a stand.

The foam around the mike is a bit oversized but that’s what I found on one of my other mikes, so that will do until I have the time to buy the right size next week.

Why did I do this? Well, because I can and because I think it is fun to do electronics in this DIY way and because I know there are other people also interested in this and this simple thing is really worth doing, takes a few minutes from the start to the end AND is working as well as the Nikon original.

In case someone is interested to build this, I wish you good luck. It may also work with other brand, not just Nikon, as long as the microphones are powered from the camera.

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Paul Pasco
Paul Pasco Veteran Member • Posts: 9,465
Re: A DIY microphone for the V1 and other cameras

I don't know how I missed this a week ago. I have no use for it myself but I appreciate any cool DIY projects like this. Thanks for sharing.
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Regards, Paul

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olyflyer
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Re: A DIY microphone for the V1 and other cameras

Paul Pasco wrote:

I don't know how I missed this a week ago.

Don't worry, everyone else seems to have missed this since we are all too busy discussing the m43 cameras and probably because...

I have no use for it myself

...nobody else except me have use for this. It saves me a lot of money relative to the costs and the efforts it needs to make it.

but I appreciate any cool DIY projects like this.

I did it because I like doing DIY projects and because I think the Nikon original mike, considering the simplicity of it, is something which is really overpriced.

Thanks for sharing.

Your'e welcome.

Anyway, I thought that this camera is a real gold mine for DIY people but it does not seem to be the case.

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Cadder Senior Member • Posts: 1,843
Re: A DIY microphone for the V1 and other cameras

I must say that I have to agree with Paul. I don't really think that I will ever have to use something like this, not doing any video, but I do think that you have done a really good job. I love these DIY things, and have bookmarked this thread in case I ever need a mike.

Thanks for a really well assembled post.

Regards,

Cadder

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