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-   -   Built-in mic seems loose? (http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/canon-xh-series-hdv-camcorders/110771-built-mic-seems-loose.html)

Tom Roper November 5th, 2006 09:00 AM

Built-in mic seems loose?
Is it just mine? Or does the built in microphone seem loosely attached?

Dave Perry November 5th, 2006 09:07 AM

It's loosley attached as a means of absorbing vibration.

Herbert Bolander November 17th, 2006 05:40 PM

Does your A1's built-in microphone have a little free play?
Quick question regarding the built-in microphone.

It felt quite loose to me, or what I'd call a lot of freeplay. At the very tip of the mic, I can move it up and down roughly 1/4-inch.(which is a lot, as I can even see a gap between the rubber and the body)

Is this normal? If not, maybe I'll need to exchange it for another A1.


Jason Strongfield November 17th, 2006 06:04 PM

It is normal, so the mic can minimized vibrations from the movement of the camera.

Steve Nunez November 17th, 2006 06:50 PM

Yep- lots of wiggle!

Herbert Bolander November 17th, 2006 06:52 PM


I guess it's normal, then... :)

Chris Hurd November 17th, 2006 07:16 PM

Herbert, I'm sure you saw my earlier reply to the same question here:


"The built-in mic isn't loose, it's slightly flexible. And it's *supposed* to flex... that's not a bug, it's a feature. The built-in mic is shock mounted and is fully intended to give a little in both axes of rotation. Canon is to be applauded for doing that. And don't try to fix what ain't broken... you'll void your warranty!"

Gareth Trezise January 16th, 2007 02:39 AM

Loose Onboard Microphone
Is this right about the onboard microphone? I cant find much on the forum about it. I have just received my A1 & was surprised the onboard microphone has some movement! Is everyone's like this? Nothing mentioned in the manual of what I have read so far.


Alex Leith January 16th, 2007 02:46 AM

Don't worry - it's normal.

Toenis Liivamaegi January 16th, 2007 02:47 AM

My A1`s is loose too. I`ve seen several post about it and it seems normal.


Gareth Trezise January 16th, 2007 03:34 AM

Okay. Thanks very much. That's good enough for me. Just didn't notice it when I looked at one before buying. A bit of a surprise. My only concern was how much pressure it could take when transporting in a camera bag. I guess it must be okay or someone else would have said something by now.

Thanks again.


Chris Hurd January 16th, 2007 06:30 AM

It's not "loose." It's a shock-mount. Very much intentionally built that way.

Philip Williams January 16th, 2007 11:09 AM

When the XH A1 first came out, the "loose microphone" inquiries started to remind of the DVX with its "clunking lens" questions.

Chris Hurd January 16th, 2007 11:36 AM

Well there are two things on the A1 that remind me of that... one is the shock-mount for the mic and the other is the standby / lock button that prompts so many "my camera won't turn on!" posts. For what it's worth, that little detail stung me too, the first time I ever picked up an A1.

James Duffy January 16th, 2007 02:54 PM

And the "why are my images so grainy?" AGC switch posts.

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