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Best Camera Microphones

Updated December 2018
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    Serious vloggers may find that the built-in microphone in a camcorder picks up too much ambient background and camera noise. The solution is an external microphone. There are 3 types of microphone – handheld, as used in news reports; lapel microphones, which attach to the subject’s clothing and mostly used for interview situations; and shotgun, which picks up a wider range of sound and is often used with a boom. Microphones come in both wireless and wired versions, in which case be sure to choose one that is compatible with the connection on the camera. There’s a vast array of quality and prices across the board, with some good value options.

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