Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor


I was having a browse round my local Calumet Pro Photographic store yesterday and noticed a neat DSLR camera mic the audio-technica PRO 24-CM. I have a policy that if I report on HD-DSLRs then I must own one to make sure I am giving you my own angle and not hear say from other blogs.

The first thing that strikes you is the need to switch on the mic now that is not a problem in itself but when I tested it I forgot to switch it on ! Opps but just think about the consequences of that most basic of mistakes, filming a wedding let’s say…as long as you have sound from another source like a Tascam DR-100 all is not lost as you can slip edit the sound into sync.

You have no indication that you are recording sound nor do you have a headphone socket…so you can start to see why using such cameras at a very important event like a wedding is fraught with dangers. The AT mic is better than no mic and is better than the Canon’s built in mic but remember it does not improve your sound.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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