Sony a6300 & Mic

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by AFPoster, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. AFPoster macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    So I am new to the universe of cameras with equipment. Currently we have a green screen in our studio and acquired a Sony a6300 when it launched. The camera is amazing, especially since it supports 4k output.

    We bought the Stereo microphone from Sony, and in a sound proof room it still has a static vibration sound.

    My question is, what is a good affordable microphone to use while filming. We're not going high-end until we see a need, for now we're testing this setup to see how we can scale.

  2. joema2 macrumors 68000


    Sep 3, 2013
    My documentary group uses both the 6300 (with Vello adapter for Nikon lenses and Metabones IV adapter for Canon lenses) plus the A7RII and many other cameras.

    We use many different mics but for hot shoe use the Sennheiser MKE 400 is pretty good if you want a physically small mic:

    The Rode VideoMic Pro may have a little better sound than the MKE 400 but it's bigger and the 9v battery doesn't last as long:

    We recently got a couple of Sennheiser MKE 440 mics which is the best hot shoe mic we've tested, but it is larger and more expensive:

    For most circumstances you don't want to rely on a camera-mounted mic (for main audio), whether in the studio or in the field. The sound just isn't that good, and audio is a crucial and often overlooked part of video production.

    Even a Rode SmartLav going to an iPhone is better than any camera-mounted mic: Probably even a $29 wired lapel mic is better:

    The Sony ECM-W1M Blutooth wireless mic is one of the most convenient and is usually a much better choice than a hot shoe mic. It clips on the subject quickly and mounts directly on the camera hot shoe without requiring any battery on that end.

    Where possible we use a boom-operated shotgun mic like the Rode NTG-3 or Sennheiser equivalent, but this is additional complexity and usually requires a trained boom operator for best results:

    For field interviews where there is time to configure the mic, we use the Sennheiser G3 wireless lavs. They are really good and unobtrusive once positioned, but for quick walk-up interviews they take more time to configure than the Sony ECM-W1M:
  3. Blaskkaffe macrumors newbie


    Sep 22, 2016
    I have a Sony a6000 and too noticed that there is a static in the video sound when filming with the kit lens (sel1650pz).

    In a quiet room I can even hear the noise when holding my hear to the lens, which makes me think it has to do with the autofocus, optical stabilization or zoom motor.

    Test the camera without lens, with adapted manual lens or with another lens. For me the problem happens 9/10 times with the kit lens but never with my manual lenses.

    Also try a firmware update if your lens and camera is not on the newest one (
  4. AFPoster thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    Thank you for such a thorough response. I think we're going to switch to the Sony ECM-W1M, a lot of reviews have said this is great when not using a boom-operated shotgun. We currently have a Blue microphone, but it doesn't function with the 6300.

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