Re: I dont understand how to use an external mic. Use of...
Your external mic needs to have a 1/8" plug. You will need to find the "Mic" input, this is generally found behind a removable or hinged plastic or rubber panel, and usually near the A/V plug connectors. When you plug in an external mic, the camera switches over to use it rather than the built-in mic. On this camcorder, you cannot set the recording level of the external mic. The camera sets the level automatically. So it is simply a plug-and-play, or plug-and-record solution.
Using an external mic allows you to reduce self-noise and handling noise. It is generally recommended for better videos. Different microphones are likely to interact in different ways with your camera and its automatic level-setting, so you should try out different microphones if you have more than one available to you.
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go into the settings and switch to external mic and dont use the mic. or if you have an on off switch on the mic switch to off , its cumbersome but works. I have forgot to plug it in all the way and that too works gives you video no sound. you dont need a new camera , good luck
I think this camera has manual audio control.
Use the menu system and set the audio to manual then turn down the audio completely.
Another option is to place a microphone jack into the external mic socket without a mic attached. This will mute the onboard mic.
Pretty easy, connect it to the xlr connector (hope your lav do have xlr connector) then swith the external mic switch on, phantom power switch to on, and front switch to mic (not line) and ajust the level.
You have to switch the CH1 and CH2 switches inside the lcd display to input 1 or input 2 to control the xlr inputs. If these switches are in int (L) and int(R) position, then you are adjusting the audio on the CH1 ad CH2 dials below the lcd viewer on the outside of the lcd for the on camera mic. Only use line setting on the front of the camera when you are receiving an audio feed at line level from an audio board. If you set the camera to mic setting, and you are receiving a line level audio signal, you will blow out the audio 0 way too loud, if you are receiving a mic signal and your switch is set to line, you will not be able to hear the mic with the audio Ch1 and ch2 all the way up.
This camcorder will record audio from an external STEREO mic plugged into the top connector on the right side of the unit (under the plastic cover). I find it works EXTREMELY well with the various Sony microphones traditionally sold for MD recording (I use a mid-size one: model #ECMMS907). Some microphones may have too low an audio level for these camcorders. Other microphones may not have a stereo plug, but most of the ones that do (and have a high output level) should work You simply plug in the mic. No fussing with settings should be necessary. The camcorder has an onscreen audio meter that can be enabled. I leave it on all the time, so I am sure the external mic is working (mine has an on/off switch as well as an AA battery -- so I really want to make sure!).
If you put the camcorder in manual mode, there is a microphone sensor that will move when sound is picked up by the external microphone. In manual you can keep everything else automatic. The off for the mic means that the built in mic is turned off when an external mic is attached.
An instruction manual is available for download at www.canon.com Your camera, according to the manual, has a single input for microphones, and in the internal menu, AUDIO DUB has to be set to MIC. IN. when using an add-on microphone. An MA-300 hot-shoe microphone accessory can be used, and then the input controls would be on this device, not the camera. Your camera can also record in two different audio qualities: 16-bit two channel or 12-bit four channel. If you are using an accessory you may need to select 12-bit in the internal setup menu in order to have enough channels to add on the additional microphone(s). Finally, and hopefully not, the camera may have an internal hardware problem, and so would need to be serviced.
Unfortunately, connecting an external mic is not an option that was engineered into this model camcorder. Likewise the speaker and small amplifier for audio playback is simply what it is. You should be able to adequately hear normally recorded levels. If not, maybe there is a problem with the internal condensor mics or the playback speaker. If you are unable to obtain a resonable level using A/V cables to a TV, then something could be wrong.
I have not seen problems with this model regarding sound, but anything can happen.