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Old September 23rd, 2010, 12:37 PM   #31
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but as i said, i am not doing professional work, so i don't think i need professional sound equipment, just something better than the onboard, something that will be competent
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Old September 23rd, 2010, 12:50 PM   #32
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Any mic will be better than the built-in mic. Maybe a trip to Radio Shack is in order?
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Old September 23rd, 2010, 01:01 PM   #33
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Michael--

I guess I'm not understanding why, if you liked the Rode VideoMic, don't need anything fancy and can't use an XLR mic anyhow, you don't just get another VideoMic? It's only $150 everywhere and B&H has a brand-new open box one for $115. For what it costs it's a fine performer and probably the best value out there. You're not going to find a better mic for the price and certainly not for under $100.

Note that both the Senny and the Rode can easily be mounted on a boom pole with a cheap screw-to-shoe adapter to get them off-cam.
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Old September 23rd, 2010, 01:11 PM   #34
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...i don't think i need professional sound equipment, just something better than the onboard, something that will be competent
In my mind, competent = professional.

The stock situation has these problems:
* Mic is too far from subject
* Mic is cheap (little dynamic range, poor frequency response, etc)
* Mic is omni
* Auto-gain
* Low signal to noise

To be competent, all these items should be solved.

The Rode videomic (or the Sennheiser MKE-400, which has better sensitivity for somewhat better signal to noise) solves the omni problem and has higher quality than the built-in, but it still doesn't get you close to the subject, solve the auto-gain problem, or combat signal to noise. Let's call it semi-competent, but a definite improvement.
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Old September 23rd, 2010, 04:21 PM   #35
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well thats what i was looking for, i like the rode video mic, but i was wondering if there was anything better out there in the same price range or cheaper, you just answered my question
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Old September 24th, 2010, 01:07 PM   #36
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I do not record into my Canon 7D but I do use a mic to record a sync track and catch any room ambient - I use this small Azden because the Rode is too large for me.
Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone SMX-10 - B&H Photo Video

At $65 just read the reviews.
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