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Sennheiser EW 500 FILM G4 Camera-Mount Wireless Combo Microphone System


Product Features

  • For Professional Filmmaker, Videographer
  • MKE 2 Miniature Omnidirectional Lav Mic
  • Rugged Bodypack Transmitter
  • Plug-On Transmitter with 48V Phantom
  • Diversity Camera-Mount Receiver
  • 3520 Auto-Scan Frequencies
  • Adjustable RF Output Power Up to 50 mW
  • Balanced Output & Headphone Output
  • 8-Hr AA Batteries
  • Up to 32 Mics On Set / 330′ Range

Sennheiser EW 500 FILM G4-AW+ Overview

The Sennheiser EW 500 FILM G4 is a camera-mount wireless lavalier microphone system that brings advanced features to the EW Series, expanding this industry-standard system into a fully professional, yet cost-effective solution that filmmakers, videographers, and journalists can rely on—even in challenging shooting environments like big cities.

The rugged EW 512P G4 combines a wide 88 MHz bandwidth with 3520 frequencies and an RF output level up to 50 mW for a clean transmission and broadcast-quality sound. Depending on your location, you can operate up to 32 mics in one space.

Designed to accommodate a broad range of applications, the EW 500 FILM G4 gives you the tools to adapt to various shooting scenarios. For hands-free interviews, the system includes a bodypack transmitter with a high-grade, miniature MKE 2 omnidirectional lavalier mic, which is sweat-resistant and easy to conceal. For man-on-the-street interviews or for wireless booming, the plug-on transmitter is ready to attach to a handheld or shotgun mic of your choice (both types of mics are available separately). It also provides 48V phantom power, giving you the option to use a condenser microphone.

The camera-mount receiver connects to a camcorder, a DSLR/mirrorless, or a cinema camera to capture crisp-sounding speech or dialog for projects ranging from films and documentaries to wedding videos, corporate spots, and hands-free interviews.

The EW 500 FILM G4 is backward-compatible with previous evolution systems, including EW 100 models, giving you the ability to mix and match G4/G3/G2/G1 receivers or bodypack, handheld, and plug-on transmitters.

Note: While this system includes two transmitters, only one can be used at a time.

Built for Reliable Performance in the Field
  • The EW 500 BOOM G4 features rugged, all-metal chassis well suited for extended use on location.
  • The lightweight, compact bodypack transmitter is moisture-resistant, easy to conceal, and offers rounded edges that are soft to the touch and comfortable for the talent to wear. The plug-on transmitter attaches to any dynamic or condenser microphone equipped with an XLR connector. Both transmitters are equipped with locking connectors ensuring your mic doesn’t detach at a critical moment. Each also feature a convenient mute switch.
  • Using the included shoemount adapter, the compact receiver easily mounts on your camera without adding much weight. The included CL 500 cable provides a balanced connection from the receiver to the XLR audio input of your camcorder, cinema camera, or recording device. The CL 1 cable is for DSLR/mirrorless cameras and devices with 3.5mm inputs. A headphone output lets you monitor the quality of your sound while recording.
  • The transmitters and receiver feature daylight-readable LED displays showing reception quality, battery status, and audio level.
Advanced Controls for Flexible Use
  • The frequency scan function automatically searches for the cleanest frequency at your location.
  • To get you going quickly, the transmitter and receiver synchronize via infrared interface with the simple push of a button.
  • 10/30/50 mW switchable RF output helps overcome interference or save battery life.
  • The adjustable input sensitivity on the transmitter accommodates mic levels ranging from booming voices to quiet speech, and even line-level audio.
  • The receiver has an adjustable output range of 42 dB to match the audio input of your camera or recording device.
Proven Broadcast-Quality Sound
  • Popular with industry professionals, the MKE 2 omnidirectional lavalier microphone delivers a natural, broadcast-quality sound optimized for speech intelligibility. Its omnidirectional polar pattern ensures that the sound remains consistent, even when the speaker’s head moves away from the mic.
  • To take full advantage of your microphone’s dynamic range, the system employs proprietary HDX compander technology, preserving your sound without adding unwanted noise during transmission—delivering audio with remarkable accuracy and quality.
Additional Features
  • Adaptive-diversity reception for reliable transmission up to 330′
  • 20 frequency banks, each with up to 32 factory-preset channels to prevent intermodulation
  • Pilot tone squelch for eliminating RF noise when transmitter is turned off
  • User-friendly menu operation with flexible control options
  • Transmitters and receiver feature 4-step battery-life indicator
  • Auto-Lock function avoids accidental changing of settings
  • RF Mute function
  • 8 hours of battery life
  • Powered via AA batteries or rechargeable BA 2015 Accupack batteries (available separately)
  • Side contacts on the receiver and bodypack transmitter for recharging the Accupacks without removing them—requires the L 2015 quick-charging unit (available separately)
  • Unlike digital wireless systems, the SK 500 G4 and SKP 500 G4 transmitters can transmit to an unlimited number of EW series receivers
  • Wide range of accessories adapts the system to a variety of applications

Specifications

System
Wireless Transmission Analog UHF
Number of RF Channels 3520
Included Transmitters 1 x Bodypack
1 x Plug-On
Diversity Antenna Diversity
RF Frequency Band  470 to 558 MHz
RF Bandwidth 88 MHz
Frequency Step Size 25 kHz
Max Operating Range 330′ / 100.6 m (Line of Sight)
Max Systems per Setup 32
Encryption None
Deviation ±48 kHz (Peak)
Modulation Wideband FM
Receiver
Form Factor Camera-Mount
Mounting Options Shoe-Mount (with Included Hardware)
Antenna 1 x  Flexible Whip, Fixed (Top-Mount)
Number of Audio Channels 1
Audio I/O 1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS Female Balanced Line Output (Lockable)
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone Output (Lockable)
Gain Range 42 dB (6 dB Steps)
Audio Output Level 1/8″ / 3.5 mm Output:
+17 dBu (Balanced)
Approximate RF Sensitivity 1.6 µV
Squelch Adjustable, 5 to 25 dBμV
Adjacent Channel Isolation >65 dB
Power Requirements Battery
Battery Type 2 x AA (Included)
1 x Sennheiser Accupack (Not Included)
Approx. Battery Life 8 Hours (Alkaline)
Display & Indicators 1 x Back-Lit LCD (Battery Status, Output Level, RF Level)
Housing Metal
Operating Temperature 14 to 131°F / -10 to 55°C
Dimensions 2.5 x 3.2 x 0.9″ / 64.0 x 82.0 x 24.0 mm
Weight 4.6 oz / 130.0 g (with Batteries)
Transmitter
Form Factor Camera-Mount
RF Output Power 10 / 30 / 50 mW (Switchable, at 50 Ohms)
Audio I/O 1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Input (Lockable)
Pad None
Muting Mute Switch
Audio Input Level 3 V RMS (Mic Level, Line Level)
Gain Range  60 dB (3 dB Steps)
Frequency Response 80 Hz to 18 kHz (Mic)
25 Hz to 18 kHz (Line)
Sync Method IR
Antenna 1 x  Internal, Fixed (Beltpack)
Power Requirements Battery
Battery Type 2 x AA (Included)
1 x Sennheiser Accupack (Not Included)
Approx. Battery Life 8 Hours (Alkaline)
Display & Indicators 1 x Back-Lit LCD (Audio Level, Battery Status, Signal Strength)
Housing Metal
Operating Temperature 14 to 131°F / -10 to 55°C
Dimensions 2.5 x 3.2 x 0.9″ / 64.0 x 82.0 x 24.0 mm
Weight 5.6 oz / 160.0 g (with Batteries)
Microphone
Form Factor Lavalier
Sound Field Mono
Transducer Condenser
Polar Pattern Omnidirectional
Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Equivalent Noise Level 39 dB CCIR
Maximum SPL 142 dB SPL
Sensitivity 5 mV/Pa at 1 kHz
Output Connectors 1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS Male Unbalanced (Lockable)
Cable Length 5.25′ / 1.6 m
Operating Voltage 7.5 V
Operating Current Consumption 250 µA
Weight 0.60 oz / 17 g
Transmitter 2
Form Factor Plug-On
RF Output Power 10 / 30 / 50 mW (Switchable, at 50 Ohms)
Audio I/O 1 x XLR 3-Pin Female Unbalanced Input (Lockable)
Phantom Power +48 V
Pad None
Muting Mute Switch
Audio Input Level 6 V RMS (Mic Level, Line Level)
Gain Range  48 dB (6 dB Steps)
Signal Processing None
Frequency Response 80 Hz to 18 kHz
Sync Method IR
Antenna 1 x  Internal, Fixed
Power Requirements Battery
Battery Type 2 x AA (Included)
1 x Sennheiser Accupack (Not Included)
Approx. Battery Life 8 Hours (Alkaline)
USB Port None
Display & Indicators 1 x Back-Lit LCD (Audio Level, Battery Status, Signal Strength)
Housing Metal
Operating Temperature 14 to 131°F / -10 to 55°C
Dimensions 1.7 x 4.1 x 1.7″ / 43.0 x 105.0 x 43.0 mm
Weight 6.9 oz / 195.0 g (without Batteries)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.9 x 6.9 x 3.1″

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