Which Nikon DSLR has built-in stereo microphone?

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nature26
nature26 New Member • Posts: 14
Which Nikon DSLR has built-in stereo microphone?

Hi All,

Currently I use D3300 for about 2-3 years. Since D3300 has mono microphone, I want change to Nikon(prefer)/ other brand that has stereo microphone.

My idea, instead I buy external stereo microphone for my D3300, I just might upgrade the camera. It is not often I will take video, like maybe once in 1-2 months. I often use my D3300 to take photos(mostly macro) every week.

So which Nikon DSLR(entry level if possible) that has built-in stereo microphone?

Nikon D3300
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Razor512
Razor512 Regular Member • Posts: 189
Re: Which Nikon DSLR has built-in stereo microphone?
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While the next step up in their entry level line will have stereo mics, e.g., the D5500 and D5600, outside of better manual video controls, the built in stereo mics are not much better than a single mono mic.

The main reason is that the mic capsules have 100% no wind or pop filtering, the electret mic capsules are pressed directly against the 5 holes against each mic. This means that you will never have good quality if there is any kind of wind at all.

Since the mic capsules are also very close and are point up, you also get very little stereo separation. Here is a sample video I captured with my D5600 using the AF-P 18-55 kit lens at 55mm.

Anyway, in the clip, you will notice that there is very little stereo separation, not worth an upgrade just for that.

I took the clip and just exported it at 4K because uploading the 1080p file directly to youtube results in crazy bad compression artifacts, but exporting a 1080p video at 4K results in 1080p footage at a higher bit rate thus fewer compression artifacts.

Also used the built in flat picture profile.

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GlennW Senior Member • Posts: 2,303
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Upgrade to D5600 or D7500 to get stereo mike & just as important to have mike input port. For best audio in video you will also need mike. Some will fit into the hot shoe.

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Bobthearch
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Honest, you're better off getting a dedicated sound recorder.

I can't recall if the D3300 has a plug for external mic, but that might be another option.

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morinor Contributing Member • Posts: 961
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Just get an external microphone to cover your needs. You can select among mono and stereo ones. If you want to records voices it is better to get a mono as they usually can somehow isolate them from the environment. If you need environment sound the you can get a stereo one.

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Bobthearch
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morinor wrote:

Just get an external microphone to cover your needs. You can select among mono and stereo ones. If you want to records voices it is better to get a mono as they usually can somehow isolate them from the environment. If you need environment sound the you can get a stereo one.

I just checked my kid's D3300, and it does have a microphone jack.  And it's stereo.

So that is probably the best (least-expensive and simplest) solution.

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As Razor512 has suggested, it's a lot cheaper to get an external (mono) mike. However, if you want a stereo, my Nikon D5500 has a built-in stereo, and a way to adjust its sensitivity (Auto, or in distinct steps). Further it has a setting to reduce wind-noise. If also has a stereo-external mike input plug. I madea wind-noise "furball" that fits the accessory shoe for it, and it works well. See the difference it makes.

nature26
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Thanks everyone for any input/ suggestion.

Main reason I want to have stereo microphone is to record my kids orchestra, band and chorus event that usually happen at least once in every 1-3 months. Their event music/ song is getting better and better and I want video it as real as possible. Like the sound effect from left , right, front and back side. Some nice song they performed is really have effect where 1 side is louder than the other side. Or gradually increase from left to right or back to front like a wave. Normal event usually have 30-35 kids to perform on stage, but some could combine till 70-80 kids. So if possible when I play again the recorded video at home, I want to have as close as real possible of what it happened on stage.

The video I recorded from D3300, give just normal sound when I play it on my TV.

Is this mic Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone with Rycote Lyre Shock Mount(https://www.amazon.com/Rode-VideoMicro-Compact-Camera-Microphone/dp/B015R0IQGW/ref=sr_1_1?fst=as%3Aoff&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&qid=1556113025&refinements=p_6%3AATVPDKIKX0DER&rnid=303116011&s=electronics&sr=1-1) can deliver the close result I want? or you can recommend the better one but hopefully not so expensive too.

If I want better photo result, how big improvement D5600(or maybe D7500) can give compare to my D3300? Maybe the real example is this concert photo, where the stage/ surrounding light is dim. In other occasion, I usually take close-up/ macro photos and very seldom take sport/ move object photo.

Bobthearch
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nature26 wrote:

Main reason I want to have stereo microphone...

Is this mic Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone with Rycote Lyre Shock Mount( https://www.amazon.com/Rode-VideoMicro-Compact-Camera-Microphone/dp/B015R0IQGW/ref=sr_1_1?fst=as%3Aoff&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&qid=1556113025&refinements=p_6%3AATVPDKIKX0DER&rnid=303116011&s=electronics&sr=1-1 )...

But that is not a stereo microphone.

And having the mic mounted on the camera means that any camera noise will be picked up by the mic.

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Bobthearch
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Here are stereo microphones made to be mounted on a DSLR, if that's the way you want to go:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Stereo-Specialty/ci/15472/N/3681064894

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morinor Contributing Member • Posts: 961
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nature26 wrote:

Thanks everyone for any input/ suggestion.

Main reason I want to have stereo microphone is to record my kids orchestra, band and chorus event that usually happen at least once in every 1-3 months. Their event music/ song is getting better and better and I want video it as real as possible. Like the sound effect from left , right, front and back side. Some nice song they performed is really have effect where 1 side is louder than the other side. Or gradually increase from left to right or back to front like a wave. Normal event usually have 30-35 kids to perform on stage, but some could combine till 70-80 kids. So if possible when I play again the recorded video at home, I want to have as close as real possible of what it happened on stage.

The video I recorded from D3300, give just normal sound when I play it on my TV.

Is this mic Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone with Rycote Lyre Shock Mount(https://www.amazon.com/Rode-VideoMicro-Compact-Camera-Microphone/dp/B015R0IQGW/ref=sr_1_1?fst=as%3Aoff&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&qid=1556113025&refinements=p_6%3AATVPDKIKX0DER&rnid=303116011&s=electronics&sr=1-1) can deliver the close result I want? or you can recommend the better one but hopefully not so expensive too.

If I want better photo result, how big improvement D5600(or maybe D7500) can give compare to my D3300? Maybe the real example is this concert photo, where the stage/ surrounding light is dim. In other occasion, I usually take close-up/ macro photos and very seldom take sport/ move object photo.

The one is one of the cheapest solutions to have with relative good quality. Two things to consider. This is a monaural microphone, but it is a cardioid one. Which means that it captures a relative wide area in front of the microphone. Usually monaural microphones tend to be Hypercardioid, Supercardioid or of Shotgun type in order to isolate voices or sound in front. You can look on different types here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microphone

For what you need maybe a stereo microphone it is a better option. Rode Stereo VideoMic and Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro are some options that come into mind.

Azden SMX-30 is also a good option that has both monaural and stereo microphones.

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nature26
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Re: Which Nikon DSLR has built-in stereo microphone?

Thanks everyone for point out the correct stereo microphone for me.

Those recommended are above $200. Are those in general will give better quality than Nikon ME-1 Stereo Microphone or Sony ECMXYST1M Stereo Microphone?

Razor512
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As others have recommended, a stereo mic will do better. The onboard stereo mics on cameras like the D5600 have very little stereo separation to a point where playback on stereo speakers will have only slight stereo separation. Spending $100 to $200 on a proper stereo mic will lime a night and day difference compared to a d5600.

What is most important is getting good stereo separation and better bass response to provide a better auditory sense of being in that location.

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