Mic’s are great for getting much better audio than the camera can do own it’s own. A must for serious interviews etc.. Here’s a few I hope to review at some point in the near future.

Mics

Sony ECMALST1 Compact Stereo Mic

Sony ECMALST1 Compact Stereo Mic

The ECMALST1 Compact Stereo Mic improves the in-camera audio capture of the A (Alpha) Series DSLR cameras, including a560L, a580L, a55, and a33 models. A switch for 90° and 120° pickup patterns allows you to adjust the directivity of the microphone. The ECMALST1 connects to the A DSLR camera’s Smart Accessory Terminal for mounting and plugs into the 3.5mm stereo mini jack. A movie function accommodates dynamic sound recorded during video clips. The included windscreen cuts down not only on environmental noise but on the operational noises of the lens and camera, such as autofocus movement.

Features:

  • Directivity of the microphone is selectable between 90° and 120°
  • Compact and lightweight at only 1.9 oz
  • Included windscreen helps reduce wind noise
  • Powered by included battery

Price: ~$118.95

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Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo MicrophoneSony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone

The Sony ECM-SST1 Compact Stereo Microphone improves the in-camera audio capture of the A (Alpha) Series NEX-3 and NEX-5 cameras. A switch for 90° and 120° pickup patterns allows you to adjust the directionality of the microphone. The ECM-SST1 connects and locks to the Smart Accessory Terminal on the NEX-5 and NEX-3, Nex-C3, Nex-5n, and Nex-5r

Features:

  • Directivity of the microphone is selectable between 90° and 120°
  • Compact and lightweight at only 1.5 oz
  • Microphone draws power from the camera body, so no batteries are needed
  • Included windscreen helps reduce wind noise

Price: ~$89.00

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New Stereo Microphone – ECM-XYST1M

ecmxyst1m-1Record high quality audio with this Sony ECM-XYST1M stereo microphone compatible with Handycam® camcorders, Cyber-shot® cameras and Alpha cameras outfitted with a multi interface shoe. With a wide frequency band (0° to 120°), you can fine-tune your audio capture according to the setting. The supplied windscreen cuts down on wind noise pickup for crisp, clear, unadulterated audio.

  • High quality sound recording with wide frequency band (from 0 to 120 degrees).
  • Compatible with Sony® Handycam® camcorders, Cyber-shot® cameras and Alpha/NEX cameras with Multi Interface Shoe
  • High quality audio is supported further with included wind screen.
  • Professional look and feel in black casing matches professional quality audio

Price: ~$144.16 @ BHPhoto >>

 

Audio Adapters

Beachtek DXA-2T Universal Compact Camcorder Audio Adapter BeachTek DXA-2T Universal Compact Camcorder Audio Adapter

The BeachTek DXA-2T Universal Compact Camcorder Audio Adapter greatly improves the audio quality of your mini camcorder by providing two balanced inputs with gain control, and mic / line input switches. The DXA-2T attaches to the base of any camcorder and allows you to directly connect balanced microphones, wireless microphone receivers, external audio mixers, preamplifiers and more.

There are 2 XLR inputs with level controls, mic and line input switches, mono and stereo output switch, and a dual mode ground switch for eliminating ground hum and noise. The DXA-2T is easy to install, simply attach the unit to the base of the camera and connect the 1/8″ output to the camera’s input. The DXA-2T features a tripod socket at the base, allowing the DXA-2T and camcorder to be mounted onto a tripod.

Key Features:

  • Mono / Stereo output switch
  • Ground switch for noise free operation
  • Line / Mic input switches
  • Ultra-slick trim controls
  • Auxiliary mini-jack input – ideal for wireless mics
  • Two balanced XLR inputs
  • Output mini-jack to camcorder
  • Retractable azimuth pin
  • Camcorder mounting bolt
  • Sturdy die cast aluminum chassis
  • Premium shielded balancing transformers
  • Tripod socket

Price: ~$449.00

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Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO HDSLR Audio Adapter BeachTek DXA-SLR PRO HDSLR Audio Adapter

The BeachTek DXA-SLR PRO HDSLR Audio Adapter is designed to enhance audio quality with virtually any HDSLR camera by providing high quality XLR inputs, AGC disabling, built-in limiting, headphone monitoring, comprehensive metering and more. Connect up to two microphones and provide 12 or 48V phantom power to professional condenser microphones.

Each channel features a gain control switch with 0 and 15dB settings, and the low-noise preamplifiers and throughput ensure pristine audio quality, wide frequency response and detail. The AGC (Automatic Gain Control) disabling feature eliminates audio level fluctuations that can ruin an otherwise good take. The unit is built tough, mounts to the base of HDSLR cameras, and its rear mounted VU meter displays level in 3 dB increments.

Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO HDSLR Audio Adapter Note! Certain cameras, including Panasonic Lumix and Nikon cameras, require particular cables for proper functioning.

  • Two XLR Inputs
    • High quality Neutrik XLR inputs allow you to connect professional grade microphones
  • Phantom Power
    • 12 or 48V phantom power can be sent to each channel for powering condenser microphones
  • Gain
    • Each channel features a switchable 15dB gain switch
  • Limiters
    • Limiters protect against noise and distortion caused by unpredictable peaks and loud signals
  • AGC Disable
    • The AGC Disable feature allows the camera to record clean audio without wavering levels caused by the camera’s AGC compensation
  • VU Meter
    • Comprehensive VY metering with an intuitive LCD screen mounted on the back. The meter levels in 3dB increments
  • Headphone Output
    • The headphone output enables the monitoring from the adapter during recording. The camera’s audio playback can be monitored with the A/V output connected to the adapter, rather than having to listen via the camera’s built-in speaker
  • Low Noise preamplifiers
    • The adapter’s low-noise, low distortion and wide-frequency response preamps ensure superb audio quality

Price: ~$449.00

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