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Old June 22nd, 2005, 08:12 PM   #1
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Question about the Mic

How much camera noise does this mic pick up? I am thinking about using it to shoot a wedding but want to make sure that the mic can pick up clear audio from a distance and that there is minimal camera noise. Any help would be great.

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Old June 22nd, 2005, 10:05 PM   #2
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Like most on-camera mics the GL2's is a 2-channel omnidirectional, meaning that it will pick up nearly everything in a nearly spherical pattern. The "camera sounds" that these cameras pick up are generally the sounds of the lens' zoom servo motor.

If you want "clean" audio wire the groom with a wireless mic. The on-camera mic is not useful for distance or controlled, professional audio.
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 01:26 PM   #4
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In an environment like that, the problem will be ambient/background noise, not camera noise. And even the highly regarded AT-897 is going to pick up enough noise to spoil your wedding video. Get a mic on the groom.
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