I use this one on my 7D when I do video work , Works fantastic inside and decent outside.
Its directional so it picks up 70% in front of whatever its pointed at and has a hi pass on it as well. Invest in Audio its the single best thing you can do for any video work...
If you need any advice please feel free to Message me. I have an H1 from zoom as well , but its not the same...
The problem with DSLR audio is that it's always going to be from the camera vantage point unless you're working with (a) wireless, or (b) a sound op with a boom. Once you're more than a few feet away from the subject you'll hear as much room noise as you will sound, and more often than not AGC will boost that in quiet stretches, producing an unpleasant "breathing" quality to your sound.
Even a very high quality microphone (I do have a Sennheiser 416 on a boom) will not produce good sound if you're too far away. And a directional mic on the camera will also pick up audio from behind your subject. This can be a real killer outdoors.
I'd also suggest investing in a decent pair of headphones. By "decent" I mean significantly above MP3 player earbud quality.
I am a recording engineer. there are not many mikes that get good sound for $100 and less. My recommendation is a stereo shotgun, or stereo hyper cardioid microphone that has a preamp inside it (battery operated) 20-20k hertz with the flattest tone curve possible with the lowest signal to noise ratio.
Lancaster, England, United Kingdom
-JAY- wrote: XLR is fantastic. Using a recorder (zoom h4n / tascam dr100) with xlr mics is great... Though involves more work in post syncing audio and video
Love my DR-100. Just wish they had an external charger for the LiIon battery so I didn't have to do it inside the unit itself. Dual battery slots is nice, but you only get about 10-15 minutes on a pair of AA batteries with 2 mics pulling phantom power.
I shoot video for my primary business. I used to use the H4n until it bit me in the arse and ate it's batteries in about 10 min. Fresh batteries!
If you go that route (dual system), get plural eyes for your NLE. Works perfectly and I've had it sync a 4 hour shoot with no issues.
I have switched to using a Beachtek unit which has XLR in, proper level feed to the camera, meters, compressor/limiter and a headphone out with a return feed from the camera. I use this with a 5D mk3 and it sounds wonderful. Makes life SO much easier. a single 9V lasts an entire day of shooting with phantom power.
Juiced Link makes similar units.
As for mics, Check out Studio Projects. Several options reasonably priced. I have a pair of small condensers that came with interchangeable heads that was very inexpensive. Not as nice as my Rode NTG3 but certainly useable.