Off Camera Mic for NEX-7 Video Suggestions Please

Started Mar 21, 2012 | Discussions
Vaughn T.Winfree
Vaughn T.Winfree Veteran Member • Posts: 4,036
Off Camera Mic for NEX-7 Video Suggestions Please

The audio on the NEX-7 does pick up a lot of background and wind noise, etc.

Was wondering what some have done to improve the audio quality for what is on the NEX cameras or what suggestions for off camera Mic to be used?

Perhaps a small boom directional mic for some things I would liek to do and even a wireless setup when wanting to place a mic on another person....Web site links welcome to look into what I could use.. What are some of you using with your nex off camera???
Thanks in advance...
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mauthbaux Junior Member • Posts: 33
I use a Zoom H1

I currently use a Zoom H1 for off-camera audio recording. It runs about $100USD, and is very capable. My experience with it suggest that it may not be as directional as you want though, so you may consider the Zoom H2n (about $200USD) which has various options for configuring its internal mics that allow for more directionality.

My reasons for needing it are a little different than yours though. I like to video live local bands, and the sound pressure levels at the shows were completely overwhelming the built-in mics.

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sean lancaster
sean lancaster Veteran Member • Posts: 7,248
Re: I use a Zoom H1

I've been eyeing something like this: http://www.amazon.com/TASCAM-DR-07MKII-Portable-Digital-Recorder/dp/B004TE5HBU/

It's a TASCAM and it's one step above the lowest end models, but the mics are swivel-able (if that's a word).

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Vaughn T.Winfree
OP Vaughn T.Winfree Veteran Member • Posts: 4,036
Re: I use a Zoom H1..Do they plug in....

Can you plug these into the camera to record audio right into the camera as well?
Or do you dub in a separate soundtrack from the recorder?
Vaughn

sean lancaster wrote:

I've been eyeing something like this: http://www.amazon.com/TASCAM-DR-07MKII-Portable-Digital-Recorder/dp/B004TE5HBU/

It's a TASCAM and it's one step above the lowest end models, but the mics are swivel-able (if that's a word).

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Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's
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Gary H Senior Member • Posts: 2,199
Re: Off Camera Mic for NEX-7 Video Suggestions Please

I use a Rhodes microphone, which was designed for this purpose.

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sean lancaster
sean lancaster Veteran Member • Posts: 7,248
Re: I use a Zoom H1..Do they plug in....

I believe it can be plugged into the camera, but honestly I haven't checked because I have the NEX-5N and dubbing separately is my only option.

Vaughn T.Winfree wrote:

Can you plug these into the camera to record audio right into the camera as well?
Or do you dub in a separate soundtrack from the recorder?
Vaughn

sean lancaster wrote:

I've been eyeing something like this: http://www.amazon.com/TASCAM-DR-07MKII-Portable-Digital-Recorder/dp/B004TE5HBU/

It's a TASCAM and it's one step above the lowest end models, but the mics are swivel-able (if that's a word).

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elithrar Regular Member • Posts: 110
Re: Off Camera Mic for NEX-7 Video Suggestions Please

Look at a Rode VideoPro ( http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/744768-REG/Rode_VIDEOMIC_PRO_VideoMic_Pro_Compact_Shotgun.html ) for a good "all around" microphone. Mounts in the hot-shoe and has a 3.5mm jack so you can record directly into the NEX-7.

It's obviously not the only solution, but is quite popular and relatively compact. Otherwise, if you want to record off-camera, get a Zoom H4N.

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Knallberto Veteran Member • Posts: 5,478
Re: Off Camera Mic for NEX-7 Video Suggestions Please
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get a Zoom H4N

or better a Zoom H1 for half price (less than 99$)

tex Veteran Member • Posts: 7,204
I'll be trying my Oly LS-10

Discontinued now but there are newer models. You can adjust the levels in the recorder.
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gskolenda
gskolenda Senior Member • Posts: 1,068
Re: I'll be trying my Oly LS-10

I hope you are very good at audio, It can be a pain when it captures average sound.

I keep my Zoom H4n off camera and put the sony mic on the my Nex-5n, this way I have TWO sound tracks to pick the best from. I want Back up.

Food for thought, unless you have a fat mind!

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DouglasG
DouglasG Regular Member • Posts: 286
Re: I'll be trying my Oly LS-10

There´s several ways to record audio to the Nex 7, but you must know about the Nex AGC limitations.

-Rode VideoMic Pro (this is the option i prefer)

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/744768-REG/Rode_VIDEOMIC_PRO_VideoMic_Pro_Compact_Shotgun.html

-External recorder as Zoom or Tascan with a atenuator cable to the camera as the Sescom

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/755857-REG/Sescom_LN2MIC_ZMGH_MON_LN2MIC_ZMGHN_MON_Line_Out_to.html

-Audio adapter that disable the AGC and control of the audio levels, do you need a external mic to use with.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/674344-REG/Beachtek_DXA_SLR_DXA_SLR_Active_Audio_Adapter.html

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Vaughn T.Winfree
OP Vaughn T.Winfree Veteran Member • Posts: 4,036
Re: I'll be trying my Oly LS-10

Thanks for all of the great information...
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Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's
heaven on earth.' --Mark Twain

'See what the camera see's. Let the lens interpret what can be. Capture a moment in time telling a story.'--Vaughn T. Winfree

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Sony Alpha NEX-7 Canon PowerShot G11 Canon PowerShot S100 Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Sony E 50mm F1.8 OSS +1 more
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