Question about Sony Handycam DCR-SR200 Camcorder
In order to get clear sound, can I add an external mic to it without using the hot shoe? I want to plug into the sound system of a play I am recording.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Sony is a company which does not want you to be free to buy the accessories of your choice. This is true with too many of their products.
The only option I know of is the option I went with:
External microphone produced by Sony itself. I purchased the shotgun microphone: http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=11038016&tab=featuresTab
You can see them all here, but be sure to put the model (HDR-HC3) in there to filter your actual options: http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&categoryId=8198552921644492284&N=4294966295&accessory=true#
I purchased mine on eBay for a better price and to avoid Sony.
One other thing I did is: I purchased a handheld, pocket-size voice recorder with a tie-clip microphone. Mine is an Olympus.
Posted on Aug 25, 2009
Testimonial: "Good advice and great alternatives suggested. Thank you. Brian Valente"
These mini video cameras are great for a lot of reasons, but the drawback is the tiny buttons and connectors, like the microphone input. It's probably actually a stereo microphone input.
If it is stereo (check the manual), then try using a stereo adapter, where you plug the adapter into the stereo mic input on the camera, and then plug the single microphone into only one side of the adapter ... then copy the audio to the "missing" side later in production ...
Alternative: record the audio separately onto a decent quality audio recorder with proper microphone jacks, then find the corresponding audio and synchronize it in software production. This is often how professionals do it, and one of the reasons you see the familiar "clapboard" snap at the beginning of movie shoots ... clapping your hands on camera right before you shoot will give you a visible action that will correspond to a peak in the audio soundwave that you can match up to synchronize the audio once you put the video and audio into your computer.
Another alternative - new item these days is an audio interface for video cameras that is basically a small black box that mounts onto the video camera or tripod, plugging into the tiny input on the camera and providing XLR microphone inputs ... just go to Borders and pick up any magazine on video production, you'll see them advertised all over the place ...
Good luck, hope I have helped in some way!
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Posted on Mar 06, 2010
Most mics will work if the plug fits the socket on camera and it fits on the hot shoe okay, I never use Sony mics on my Sony camera, you end up paying for the name, not the item.
Posted on Jun 19, 2010
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