Need help in finding a mic.

Discussion in 'Microphones & Recording' started by Johnny, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. Johnny

    Johnny Active Member

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    Hey, I've already bought an action camera and I plan on using it but its sound recording quality isn't too good. I was wondering if anyone knows a microphone that is small not too expensive and has good sound quality. I wan't to be able to record the background noises too, like a waterfall or people talking in the background. If anyone knows a good mic that would be sufficient for this please reply, thanks.
    By the way, I am using the Contour +2 as my action cam.
     
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

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    The Rode Videomic is designed for this sort of application. It uses an internal 9V battery, so does not need power from the camera. Since the external mic input on your camera is a 2.5mm jack, you would have to find a 3.5mm to 2.5mm mono jack adaptor.
     
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  3. Johnny

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    Thanks, but are there any smaller sized and less expensive versions?
     
  4. Johnny

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    Would any shotgun mic work for what I want?
     
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    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

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    No, very few, in fact. Most professional shotgun microphones need phantom power (48V) from the pre-amp they are plugged into. Your camera does not provide phantom power, nor even the cheaper plug-in power (around 6V), so any condenser mic for use with your camera must either have its own internal power or you have to use a battery power pack between the microphone and the camera (inconvenient when shooting mobile).

    There are not many reasonable quality camera-mount microphones that have their own internal battery, but the Rode Videomic (and also the Rode Videomicro that dvdhawk mentioned) do.
     

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