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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).
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?
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.
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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