External Microphone for DSLR
10-16-2013, 07:23 AM,
Post: #1
External Microphone for DSLR
Hey all,

Long shot, but I know many of you love your DSLRs. I've got a Nikon D5100, and I'm looking to add an external microphone for some video shooting. The existing mic on the camera body sucks, and it looks like the best options around are the Rode shotgun mic, and the Nikon ME-1. There's not a lot of price difference between the two, so who's got what, and what works better?
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10-16-2013, 04:31 PM,
Post: #2
RE: External Microphone for DSLR
Depends on if it's OEM markup or OEM quality assurance.
10-16-2013, 11:23 PM,
Post: #3
RE: External Microphone for DSLR
I've used Rode microphones before, and have no complaints about them (other than that their mounts tend to suck).
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10-16-2013, 11:29 PM,
Post: #4
RE: External Microphone for DSLR
I did a bit of research a while back on microphones, but can't remember what I settled on as I didn't end up going through with it.

But I think someone else at work made the same conclusion I did, so I can follow up with them to find out what they bought and how they like it.

What do you intend to be shooting? And what's more important, full stereo effect/ambiance or directional focus? Those are the wrong terms, yes, but I think you know what I mean.
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10-17-2013, 03:12 AM, (This post was last modified: 10-17-2013, 03:15 AM by Jehannum.)
Post: #5
RE: External Microphone for DSLR
(10-16-2013, 11:29 PM)Gippy Wrote: I did a bit of research a while back on microphones, but can't remember what I settled on as I didn't end up going through with it.

But I think someone else at work made the same conclusion I did, so I can follow up with them to find out what they bought and how they like it.

What do you intend to be shooting? And what's more important, full stereo effect/ambiance or directional focus? Those are the wrong terms, yes, but I think you know what I mean.

It'll primarily be really loud cars.

I'd prefer full stereo, but decent mono with a good cardioid pattern wouldn't be bad either. Best of all would be a split setup (cardioid over figure 8, gives great stereo imaging, but requires 2 microphones), but I think that's probably a bridge too far for something to mount on a DSLR.
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