There are audio go-between


There are audio go-between devices that will allow you to plug high-quality XLR microphones into your 1/8″ camera input and bypass the noisy pre-amps and automatic gain. Take a look at this video as an example:

As for mic choices, the general rule is it’s better to have a $50 1 foot away than a $500 microphone 5 feet away. There are lot’s of other factors to consider (indoor vs. outdoor use, capture pattern, etc.) If budget is key, you can forget about a wireless…the decent ones start at $500. For that price, you can get some wonderful small diaphragm condenser mics (pencil mics) or a reasonable quality shotgun mic.

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