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Old April 9th, 2012, 06:31 PM   #1
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Gh2 external mic problem?

Hey guys, I've attached an external mic (Azden ECZ990) with a 3.5 to 2.5mm converter cable and I don't think the camera actually functions with it. It appears as if the camera continues to use the onboard built-in mic to record audio- is there an option to use an external mic that must be "turned on" as I don't think it's working?
The ECZ has an on/off switch which I turn on to use but I'm not hearing a difference.
Also of potential importance is the converter cable seems to have 3 possible electrical contacts whereas the mic simply has 2.....I was thinking the cable might be able to be used for video hence the other electrical contact area- which I assume isn't for use with audio....have I gotten the incorrect cable?
2.5mm to 3.5 mm Cell to Stereo Adapter - RadioShack.com
(See link above for cable I'm using)

Thanks in advance for any help!
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Old April 9th, 2012, 08:03 PM   #2
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Re: Gh2 external mic problem?

Wrong cable. You need to add a mono to stereo adapter, if those are available. More likely you would be better off with a new mike.
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Old April 9th, 2012, 08:46 PM   #3
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Re: Gh2 external mic problem?

Gotcha, this explains it's non-functioning as desired.

Might you know of a site where I might source such a cable?

My audio needs are quite simple and I think the mic I have will suffice.
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Old April 10th, 2012, 07:19 AM   #4
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Re: Gh2 external mic problem?

In a pinch you can pick one up at Radio Shack, they stock them at the stores. You can buy a right angle version online somewhere, but I've bought several that were no good and let me down (bought them ages ago and can't remember where). The Radio Shack one I have is long and sticks out a bit, but it works. I bought three right angle versions and only one was worth keeping but it is much better to use than the straight one.
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Old April 10th, 2012, 07:01 PM   #5
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Steve, I have the very similar Azden SMX-10, and I use a http://www.amazon.com/Hosa-GPM-467-Analog-Audio-Adaptor/dp/B000QU3JN4 to get the mic's signal into my Panasonics - it works great!

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YOsHAPgPDy...0/M1000018.JPG

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Old April 10th, 2012, 07:31 PM   #6
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Thanks for the link Bill, I ordered one to have a spare.
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