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Richard Gent | Friday June 24, 2016

Categories: Community Q&A, Hardware, Key Concepts, Production, Production Zone, Video Production, Teacher Zone, Admin, iTraining, Procurement, Staffroom, Equipment

We’re offering the new Digital Media Technicals from September. Can anyone recommend any decent cameras that have a microphone jack? I would like to buy the microphone separately to ensure sound quality. Not being a hardware specialist, I am struggling with where to start. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks Hannah.

You will need to use DSLRs. I looked around at this for a while and that is the only really viable option. I would get a Canon D550/D600 (D600 has movable viewer but is touch more expensive. D550 is solid and will do a job great). A second hand body-only is fine (i.e. without a lens, just the camera), maybe around £300 without a lens. A Rode mic is ideal with these either to attach on top or with a boom. Depending on what you are filming, a standard kit lens is fine (18-55mm). But if you want those lovely soft focus shots, then also order a 50mm 1.8. Getting a boom pole and an extension cable too is a good idea to help with your audio. I would probably go for lapel mics if you can stretch it as they are great for interviews and long distance filming. See links below and hope it helps. Finally, to attach your extension cable to the mic and record easily on your smart phone, you will need something like a Rode SC4 (the end of the extension cable won’t work with the smart phone, so the SC4 acts as an adapter so you can easily record your sound on your phone’s free audio recorder app). Cannon 550D, Rode Mic, SC4 £8.49 each, Rode SmartLav Lapel Mic £43.99 each, Rode Boom Pole, 1.8 50mm Lens. Greg Rushworth

You can use Canon Legria HF G25 Wide Angle High Definition 3.5 inch Touchscreen LCD Camcorder about £700 or Canon LEGRIA HF G40 High Definition Camcorder, which are the ones we use and are about £1100. A boom mic is about £170 on top of that. You can use Canon EOS 700D Digital SLR Camera (EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens, 18 MP, CMOS Sensor, 3 inch LCD) with a microphone. This has video options which are as...

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