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Good Vid Camera For Sound - Any Reccommendations?  
User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2600 posts, RR: 28
Posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4750 times:

I would like to know whether there are any good video cameras out there for capturing a wide range of sound without difficulty.

I just use my Canon Ixus 750i at the moment but it gets completely ovwewhelmed by the sound of a DC-3 or IL-18 in the cabin, for example:

IL-18 Take-off

Also, note the sound difference between my B707 Take-off and a similar video from the same trip taken by Loran. His seems to pick up the engine sounds much more clearly than mine during take-off:

B707 Take-off - Mine

B707 Take-off - Loran's

However, upon landing, mine seems to cope with the reverse thrust better than his:

B707 Landing - Mine

B707 Landing - Loran's

If there any reasonably priced cameras/vid cameras out there which can cope with such a range of sounds without becoming too distorted; and have good image quality; I would very much appreciate any reccomendations.

Many thanks.

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User currently offlinepilotalltheway From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2008, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4746 times:

Sony HDR-CX105


All my videos on that channel. However, some with my older Point and Shoot.

The CX105 is good when watching in HD and quite cheap really.

Good luck,


Dude - where's my plane?
User currently offlinedazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2956 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4726 times:

If you want to record real sound, you need an external microphone really. The ones onboard cameras are adequate, but have their limits. A dedicated external mic is best if you want to capture good quality audio.


Equipment: 2x Canon EOS 50D; Sigma 10-20 EX DC HSM, 50-500 EX APO DG, Canon 24-105 f/4 L, Speedlite 430EX
User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4679 times:

[quote= dazbo5 ,reply=2] If you want to record real sound, you need an external microphone really. The ones onboard cameras are adequate, but have their limits. A dedicated external mic is best if you want to capture good quality audio.


I was just going to mention the same thing Darren just said, which is quite correct; some camera bodies have a "port" for attaching a cable for external mic, and some don't.

I know my Nikon 300s has one, but I have never even used it for video yet, so I have no idea what it will do, sound wise.

BTW, speaking of sounds made by airplanes................if you ever happen to be at an air show, and they happen to have a fly-over by a F-4 Phantom, there is your chance to record the loudest, noisiest a/c ever built ! It's not the only plane that ever used two GE- J 79 engines, but it is DEFINITELY the noisiest !

Many years ago, I was incredibly fortunate to witness a fly-over by a whole 16 plane squadron of F-4 Phantoms; no words could describe it !

Have fun with your videos, and Happy New Year !


Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
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