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Old February 24th, 2009, 12:25 PM   #1
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Hallo Guys,
i want to buy an external microphone for my XHA1 and i need to know if the microphones mounted on the xl's series are compatibles (xlh1 or xl2) in order to use the mic-in on the camera handle (mini-jack) and not the xlr .
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Old February 24th, 2009, 01:41 PM   #2
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Mario,

If it is a 3.5 mm male mic connector, it will be compatible.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 03:33 AM   #3
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Thank's Michael, what you think about,what is better, an old xl's series microphone or a commercial-compatible xlr mic (sony-panasonic),i would prefer a old xl's because once plugged into the mini-jack in, the microphone on board is automatically switched off, otherwise, with xlr, i have to open the menu...
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Old February 25th, 2009, 08:45 AM   #4
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Mario,

I think that option is up to you. the xha1 gives you many options. Me, personnally, would use my BEST external mic availible. The mic connection would determine how I would connect it to the xha1.

Switching to the xlr connections is quite easy in the menu....it takes about 5 secs to do. So I would not use that as the reason to use a mic with a mini-jack connector.

I use a shotgun mic with xlr connections. I use a very short xlr cable if I mount it on the camera AND I have longer cables if I choose to use a boom pole or place it on a stand.

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Old February 25th, 2009, 02:02 PM   #5
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Mario,

it all depends on what you plan to use your camera for.
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Old February 28th, 2009, 08:39 AM   #6
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Note that the XH-A1 DOES NOT provide the 5 VDC power required by the standard Canon mics that come with the XL series camcorders.
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Old March 4th, 2009, 02:45 PM   #7
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thank's to everybody

...ok Don, thank's for your entry ,my dubt is disappear,now i know that the old xl's series mic are not compatible with my xha1.
Michael, you're right, are enough 5 seconds to switch the mic on xlr option, so have no sense a mini-jack mic (anyway, if my choice was only for this gap).
Vasco, you got a mail, "IN ITALIAN" (you suggest me to do it) i appreciate it.

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Old March 4th, 2009, 04:48 PM   #8
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Don, thanks for that insight.

Mario, good luck in finding a mic to support your needs.
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