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Old Dec 16, 2010, 12:17 AM   #1
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hi all i am rather new to photography
i recently got a lumix lx5 and really happy with it
but it has no mic jack

to improve the audio quality i was thinking of possible solutions and just would like any suggestions or help on what i feel might be a good solution for improving audio quality when shooting video on my lx5

well i am thinking of buying a small affordable shotgun mic and mount it on my hotshoe of the lx5
then plug the other end to my cell phone and record the audio that way
i am going to be using a android phone with a recording app that i have yet to choose because i am testing a few out
then after recording the video on my lx5 and recording the audio via my android phone w/shotgun mic i will then sync up the audio and video on my computer.

well thats all i have thought up of. i know if might be a bit much but i really am trying to record as much of my nieces baby/toddler years on video

i am open to any suggestions on a specific shotgun mic or other type of mic
i am also looking for a mic under $100 if possible i dont want a massive mic on my small lx5 either lol
i have seen a few shotgun mics that are a pretty decent small size

thx for reading and hope for plenty of replies
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Old Dec 16, 2010, 8:09 PM   #2
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Not having audio for external mic built in means you will have to capture it seperately and mix/snych in post process. How you choose to do it is the question of the day.

I guess the first question is how good of audio quality are you looking for?
Your solution will most likely yeild better results than the onboard mic but still in the lower tier of the AQ spectrum.

If you want to take a step up these devices are the current rave on the market for such a purpose.
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Old Dec 16, 2010, 8:23 PM   #3
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My only attempt to sync audio and video from different sources, ended up looking like one of the Chinese martial arts movies badly dubbed into English. Without pro type equipment, it isn't going to turn out well. I don't know how good the audio from a cellphone is, but doubt you would be getting much improvement.

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