Attaching an external mic to a camcorder w/ no audio in jack

planesguy2004

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Hi. I have a Sony HDR-CX240 camcorder, and I would like to input an external mic. Is there any way to do this without buying a new camcorder? I can't really buy on right now. The only ports it has are mini HDMI out, and "multi" which looks like a micro usb. I would like to use a 1/4" mic, but I can use a converter to convert it to 3.5mm.

Thank you in advance!
 

Max1s

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Well, if there really isn't an audio in jack, (make sure it's not hiding under a small plastic cover or something) then I would guess that that USB "multi" is where it's gonna go. There's probably like a dongle thing that comes off it with different types of plugs/jacks. Did the camcorder not come with the "multi" attachment?
 

planesguy2004

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The camcorder didn't come with any kind of adapter. And, I checked for an audio in port many, many times.
 

kenrivers

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It seems as though there is no external microphone available to work with the HDR-CX40. I could be mistaken but I'm almost positive the "multi terminal" is out only and would not allow you to record audio via any type of adapter. I looked in the help guide and user manual and found nothing to suggest you could use an external microphone with this camcorder.
 

planesguy2004

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So...I can't use my current camcorder. That sucks, do you know of any cheap camcorders that have audio in?
 

kenrivers

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How cheap is cheap? What is the most you are willing to spend? If you want to stick with Sony the HDR-CX455 has a microphone jack and a headphone jack $348.00 @ B&H.
Zoom Q4 Handy Video Recorder - $199.00
Refurbished Canon VIXIA HF R600 - $149.00
Refurbished Canon 8GB VIXIA HF R60 - $179.00

 

planesguy2004

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Just the most relieable camera/camcorder you can get for the cheapest price. As long as it's HD.
 

kenrivers

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I don't think you would go wrong with either a Sony or Canon. All of the ones listed above shoot in HD.
Canon -all shoot in Full HD (1920 x 1080/p and can record at 60fps. The sensor size of the following are all 1/4.58" The maximum aperture and focal length are the same for all four.
Refurbished Canon VIXIA HF R600 - $149.00
Refurbished Canon 8GB VIXIA HF R60 - $179.00
Canon 16GB VIXIA HF R70 - $279.00
Canon 32GB VIXIA HF R72 - $299.00

Comparison of specs (from B&H)

The Sony HDR-CX4455 has Wi-Fi/NFC for wireless control of the camcorder and has a dual record option (larger higher quality file and a smaller lower quality file for easy sharing) but has a smaller sensor (1/5.8") which is not ideal in low-light conditions.

If I were choosing between those I would go with a Canon. Which one you choose depends on your budget and whether or not internal memory is important to you.

 

planesguy2004

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Thank you. I will probably go it's one of those. I'm not too concerned with internal memory.
 
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