Zoom M3 MicTrak review

Combining a shotgun microphone and a digital audio recorder, the Zoom M3 is an on-camera mic like no other

5 Star Rating
Zoom M3 MicTrak
(Image: © Zoom)

Digital Camera World Verdict

If you’re serious about your sound then an external audio recorder is a must, so the Zoom M3 MicTrak kills two birds with one well-aimed stone - giving you a combined shotgun microphone and a built-in recorder. Better still, it delivers superior audio quality at an affordable price with the convenience of simple operation and the capacity to perform exceedingly well in any audio environment, especially busy outdoor locations. It’s a big step up in audio quality from any conventional video mic, but the enhanced practicality and flexibility of the built-in recorder are very big plusses.


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    Shotgun microphone with built-in audio recorder

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    Impressive dynamic range

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    Exceptional audio quality


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    Needs AA batteries

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When you start shooting video, you learn very quickly that the sound is as important as the vision. A good soundtrack adds more dynamism, depth and emotion to the imagery and, if you’re recording voices, they need to be clear and understandable. Audio recording is a whole new ball game for photographers, and it has its own technical complexities and challenges. As with video, there’s a lot to learn. 

Digital audio recording specialist Zoom – a Japanese company – specializes in compact and highly-portable devices which are capable of delivering high-quality sound on location. Zoom products have become popular with professional film-makers who shoot in challenging locations and extreme conditions, capturing subjects such as adventure sports and expeditions. 

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Paul Burrows

Paul has been writing about cameras, photography and photographers for 40 years. He joined Australian Camera as an editorial assistant in 1982, subsequently becoming the magazine’s technical editor, and has been editor since 1998. He is also the editor of sister publication ProPhoto, a position he has held since 1989. In 2011, Paul was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute Of Australian Photography (AIPP) in recognition of his long-term contribution to the Australian photo industry. Outside of his magazine work, he is the editor of the Contemporary Photographers: Australia series of monographs which document the lives of Australia’s most important photographers.