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Old September 17th, 2006, 07:02 PM   #1
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What woould be a good moderate to inexpensive mic for use with a DV camera?
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Old September 17th, 2006, 07:44 PM   #2
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I too, have this same question. I was thinking an XLR mic with a XLR to Mini-jack, into my Elura 100. So now I need to know what mic is going to be the best for me. I do not have very much money tho...
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Old September 17th, 2006, 09:32 PM   #3
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How are you going to use it? Camera mount, boom pole, lave mike on the talent?
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Old September 17th, 2006, 11:27 PM   #4
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Hey Steve,
What model dv camera do you have? It would help narrow down the options available.
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Old September 18th, 2006, 12:57 AM   #5
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Hi there!

Check out "TinyMike" from ambient.de. It's a shotgun and it is very very small!It may be used in a (powered) mini jack as well as in xlr inputs! I just used it under some very difficult conditions for some documentary work and it performed very-very well. Small size was essential in this project, so I used it with the minijack. I did have occasional noise however, especially from mobiles nearby, so use headphones while recording. Handling noise was very few though and the mic managed external noise exceptionaly well when recording inside an old 4x4, going with 80 km/h in non-paved roads! On the other hand, the windbag of the mic is not really that good, but this can more or less be fixed in post. Also, the guys in the company were very helpful and replied to all my emails within hours. Very impressive! They wrote me in an email that the mic has 1 year quarantee and that they are very flexible even after this period of time, but they did not include such documentation in the package that shiped. You may also check it out in B&H, http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...t&shs=tinymike

If this looks expensive to you, I' ve heard that Rode videomic is also good, but I've never used it, so... There is also a review there that is very favorable. It is however larger in size than the tinymike which played an important role in my decision for my project.

I've never heard of anything that's decent AND cheaper than the videomic, but that's just me.

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P.S. This is my first post! I am happy that after so long time of hanging around and getting information, I am also able to share some of my (very limited) experience!
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Old September 18th, 2006, 01:13 AM   #6
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Hi Thanasis! You're welcome!

Well I've reviewed, bought and USED the Rode Video Mic, and maybe, if I hadn't purchased my Sennheiser K66+K6 kit way back when, and bought this instead, then I'm almost certain I would have stayed with the RVM. But then again it wasn't available way back when!

Rode's Video Mic is one amazing mic for the money. And if you need more info and understanding from whence and how this thing appeared, then take a gander at its developer's informative and educative movie. Peter Freedman spotted a "niche" - chasm actually - in our field of activity and decided to plug it. I've been told it is now the World's fastest selling on-board camera mic. As far as I am concerned, for very good reasons.

I'm just now reviewing the Rode STEREO Video Mic, it is obvious Mr Freedman understands what we want. Plus he has "other" videographic goodies on the way too!

Here yah goes! http://www.rodemic.com/?pagename=Pro...84bfa44e277e6e

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