Which digital cameras support external microphones?

External microphones for cameras

For many photographers today, film is part of the standard repertoire and is also a lot of fun. But how do you optimally set the moving images to music? We took a look at current microphones.

Because everyone who wants to deliver a little more than average in the film sector needs a good microphone. Although modern cameras are real jack-of-all-trades, there is usually one thing they cannot do: record professional sound. Even if the camera delivers good audio quality, it doesn't work without a special microphone. Because: Just as there are different lenses for different tasks, every job also needs the right microphone.

In addition to the conventional models that many reporters and cameramen usually use, there are a number of special sound recorders - from directional and handheld microphones to a clip-on microphone and a special atmospheric microphone.

Of kidneys and bullets

Microphones have different characteristics for the respective purposes. This means that they pick up the sound from different directions, for example only from the front (cardioid or supercardioid characteristics) or from the side (omnidirectional characteristics). What is the difference important for? A cardioid microphone is well suited for an interview, because it allows you to hear the other person's answer in a targeted manner. With an omnidirectional microphone, on the other hand, the ambient noise is recorded and could possibly distract. The omnidirectional pattern is therefore suitable for capturing the entire background noise (atmosphere), for example to give your film more mood. So if you know about the characteristics of microphones, you can always record the sound optimally, no matter what project you are tackling. Optimal

Sound is the be-all and end-all

A film can take a bad picture, but bad sound is not possible. It is therefore advisable to plug in the microphone with the appropriate characteristics via the 3.5 mm jack socket on the camera. If you want to save yourself the cable, you can use a wireless connection: so-called radio links are established in the professional sector, but their operation is not rocket science even for inexperienced filmmakers. We have two useful suggestions here.

Røde VideoMic Rycote

The ideal choice for bargain hunters: The Røde VideoMic Rycote is small, but here the sound quality is audibly better, both in the bass and in the treble. The area of ​​application of the Rycote is thus larger and you can set a high-pass filter and the attenuation yourself to perfect the sound quality. However, the device requires a 9-volt battery for power supply. Simply put it on the hot shoe, connect it to the camera with the supplied cable and you're done. Rode also offers its professional 10-year guarantee for the VideoMic Rycote. Our recommendation: If you want a microphone for everything, the VideoMic Rycote comes closest to this ideal.

Sennheiser AVX and microphone ME-2

If we take a look at the premium class: Sennheiser recently introduced the AVX system. "Relax, it's an AVX", as they say at Sennheiser. The AVX system is, in good German, a microphone for people who do not want to deal with microphones. Once the receiver is plugged into the camera and wirelessly connected to the microphone, the system takes care of the perfect sound all by itself. To do this, it automatically switches to the most interference-free frequency and also adjusts volume and sensitivity. So the videographer can relax and take care of beautiful pictures. The sound quality is great. Sennheiser promises a radio distance of 30 meters, even more without obstacles. This makes the system perfect for interviews or events.

The scope of delivery includes a hot shoe, all necessary cables and devices. So you can start right away. The AVX system optionally comes with a handheld microphone (perfect for music and wedding videos) or a clip-on microphone. The microphone (MKE-2) is beyond reproach and is perfect for presentations, regardless of whether it is a daily news or an image film. With its omnidirectional characteristic, it picks up ambient noise even when it is plugged in, making it perfect for outdoor use. It is small and inconspicuous and is connected to the transmitter with the supplied cable.

If the sound is bad, even the most beautiful picture doesn't help much!

If you want to film, you should definitely value the sound quality. In the case of small leisure video clips, the sound may be at the back of the line - but as soon as, as an occasional hobby filmmaker, you are more ambitiously dedicated to this topic, the purchase of a good microphone is highly recommended. The Røde enables entry at a fair price and can either be attached to the camera or given to someone via an optional cable. If you work a lot with a speaker in your videos or interview other people, we would like to recommend the Sennheiser radio link. The recording quality is first class and supports the professional appearance.

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