I recently bought a Canon 7D, understand that I should consider an external mic for videography, and have been considering the likes of a Rode VideoMic.
Hi Silicon Larry! Thanks for taking the time to post your comment on B&H Insights. The Rode Video Mic is a good choice for an on-camera mic for the Canon 7D. Just keep in mind that the rubberbands that make up its shockmount make the mic wobble a little bit. Some people don't mind, others do. It is a good sounding microphone. You might want to check out this post I wrote about using external stereo mics on DSLR cameras for video.
1) I understand that dSLRs easily transfer control-button and even AF noises to their internal mics and even to non-shock-mounted external mics that are attached to the camera. Does the H1 include an integral shock mount for its two mics?
There is no internal shockmounting that I know of on the Zoom H1. I can't think of any portable digital recorders that currently have that feature. I'm glad you brought up the topic of camera noise/handling noise. It's something that everyone should be aware of when shooting video with live microphones attached to the camera. There are many precautions you should take when shooting video on a DSLR. You need to be mindful of how to pull focus, how to monitor your image, how to mount and steady the camera, and how to get the best sound. These are all ongoing topics here at B&H Insights. Since you're a new 7D owner who wants to get into video, I suggest you read David Speranza's post entitled Tricking Out Your DSLR for Video.
2) If using the H1, I'd want to simultaneously record audio in the camera (for those times when I'd like to post a quick file, before doing extensive audio/video editing). Obviously I can record from the dSLR's internal mic, but can the 3.5mm output from the H1 be connected to the camera's camera's external mic input, or is it voltage far enough above normal "line level" that I would not be able to safely record the output of the H1 in the camera itself?
I would recommend experimenting with this. I know that people have successfully ran the headphone/line level output of the Zoom H4n into the mic input of the Canon 5D mkII. But, in that situation they used an in-line pad to bring the signal from line level down to mic level. I've looked into this before, and I don't believe that B&H carries a small 1/8" pad adapter for this use. We do sell larger XLR line to mic pads, but you would need to adapt them to 1/8" and it really becomes more trouble than it's worth. I think the bottom line is that you're either recording "double system" with an external recorder, or you're using an external microphone. I think it's always better to get a specific tool for a specific task.
3) Do you know of a more effective windscreen (wind muff) for the H1 than the foam one that comes with it? Say, something similar to the WindTech Mic Muffs or the Rode DeadCat muff?
At this time, I'm not sure. I'll definitely post that information as soon as I know what wind muff fits on the Zoom H1.
Log in Register
Your B&H Photo login also works for B&H Insights! After your first login you will be able to create a username.