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January 15, 2010 at 10:57 AM #45854AnonymousInactive
Hi, I recently got a Canon HF200. I am now looking
for an external microphone (one
that plugs into the mic terminal).
Just out of curiosity I plugged
in a regular headset mic (the
jack is compatible). However, it does
not record anything. The in-built
microphone cuts out when I
plug in the headset mic, but
there is no sound. I have
already tried manually increasing
So the question is, is this to be
expected, or is there a problem
with the mic terminal? The camera
is brand new and everything else
works (including the headphones).
January 16, 2010 at 12:41 AM #189789CraftersOfLightParticipant
Starting at the simple…
Your headset mic, does it share the headphoneplug or is it separate (doyou have one plug, or two)?
If it’s one then I do not think it will work. It will cut out the onboard mic as it will open that part of the curcuit to disable it. It will also, most likely, have 4 or 5contacts on the plug (tip, usually ground, 2 or 3bands, one for mic and others for left and right headphone,and the part that enters the “handle”).
If it has 2 separate plugs, are you sure you are not plugging in the headphone instead of the mic?
January 16, 2010 at 5:42 AM #189790AnonymousInactive
Hi. Thanks for the reply. My headset has two plugs: a red one for the mic, and a green one for the headphones. I am plugging in only the mic.
In the meanwhile I visited a local camera store and asked them about this. They told me that I need to get a mic which has the correct impedance for video work, and that the regular pc mics might not work with the camcorder.I also had a look at the manual; Canon suggests a “condenser microphone with its own power supply”.
Maybe it’s a good idea to start a camcorder mic compatibility thread.
January 31, 2010 at 5:45 AM #189791AnonymousInactive
I got an Audio Technica lavalier mic for use with the HF200, and it works perfectly. So, basically you need a powered condenser mic for this camera.
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