Canon DM-E1 Directional Stereo Microphone

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The Directional Microphone DM-E1 is Canon’s first external microphone specially designed to work with the EOS line of digital cameras*. Featuring multiple directional controls, shock mount construction, a bundled Wind Screen and more, it can help strengthen the audio quality on videos of virtually any subject

* Applies to all Canon EOS digital cameras with a microphone jack.


The Directional Microphone DM-E1 has three pickup settings to suit your shooting needs. Shotgun mode picks up sound in a narrow band in front of the camera, making it suitable for dialogue or single musical instruments. The 90° Stereo mode focuses on audio from a single subject primarily while adding in some additional adjacent sound on either side of the subject. This works well for a small acapella quartet, or a group of people talking at a party. The 120° Stereo mode gathers a far wider angle of sound, ideal for capturing audio from a large area like a backyard wedding reception or a large band playing on stage.



The Directional Microphone DM-E1 is designed for seamless, smooth operation with select EOS series digital cameras* that have a movie mode and an external mic jack. This includes most DSLR models from professional to entry-level, along with the compact EOS M series digital cameras.

* Applies to all Canon EOS digital cameras with a microphone jack.


One of the greatest difficulties in recording audio outside is figuring how tiny gusts of wind can avoid sounding like a hurricane through the microphone. To help keep your audio focused on your subject, the Directional Microphone DM-E1 comes with a Wind Screen that effectively keeps wind noise to a minimum.



Microphones can pick up vibrations transmitted through their chassis. To help minimize this and catch only the sound you want, the Directional Microphone DM-E1 features a shock mount design that isolates the microphone from the noise and vibrations caused by camera and lens operation.


The Directional Microphone DM-E1 features a frequency range of 50 Hz to 16 kHz, and is able to capture a wide variety of sounds for your creative work. If you’re recording music, this range can encompass the low notes on a bass guitar all the way up through the delicate plucks of a mandolin. It flourishes outdoors in nature as well, able to pick up the solid rumble of waves on the beach, or the high bird songs in a forest.


Instead of using your camera’s battery and potentially reducing your recording time, the Directional Microphone DM-E1 has a single, easily replaceable CR2032 button-type battery (included) for long-lasting use. When connected, the camera’s on/off switch also conveniently turns the microphone on and off, saving its battery from running down when you’re not using the camera.


Equipped with a power check lamp, the Directional Microphone DM-E1 allows you to easily check if you have enough battery life remaining for your next video.



 * Applies to all Canon EOS digital cameras with a microphone jack.


† Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.

Microphone type

Back electret stereo condenser microphone

Directional sound pick-up modes

Shotgun (Monaural)
90° and 120° (Stereo)


-42 dB (SHOTGUN: 1 kHz, 0 dB=1 V/Pa)

Frequency range

50 - 16000 Hz

Output impedance

550 Ω (Ohms)

Working temperature range

0?C - 40?C/32°F - 104°F

Working humidity

85% or less

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 40.0 x 84.0 x 130.0 mm


One button lithium cell battery CR2032

Continuous recording time

Approx. 100 hours¹


Approx. 110 g (main body only)


Continuous recording time - ¹ Based on Canon testing standards, total battery life may vary depending on shooting conditions


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