Hi Tim,

Given your budget, you might try a combination of using the Jabra Speak 710 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker & Speakerphone for Softphone and Mobile Phone ($180) and the Logitech C930e 1080P HD Video Webcam ($78). It doesn't have lavaliere mic's, but the Jabra Speaker does a great job of picking up a range of conversations on a single track (assuming you don't mind dealing with that in the editing stages).

We've been happy with this configuration and found that it offers an easily setup interface as well. All plugs into either Mac or Windows based computers that you can then record directly into a video editing program like Final Cut Pro, etc...

Good luck and hope that helps!


Ethan Kichura

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On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 8:28 AM, Tim O'Leary <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
For a number of purposes, I've worked with students and schools to develop fairly inexpensive media kits and want to use this group to get some suggestions about lavaliere and shotgun microphones specifically for use with the Canon Vixia.. or to shift to another camera.

The Canon Vixia is a cheap ($225) video camera that has a microphone input. It's hard to find microphone inputs on cameras that cheap, but arguably some tablets would compete.

Historically, I've used this inexpensive ($29) lavaliere microphone for interview recordings. It's worked well, but sometimes the noise that is recorded seems too much. It isn't reliable, which is no surprise for that price.

I've toyed around with many shotgun microphones, but don't really find any with better recording qualities than the onboard microphone on the Cannon until I'm hitting $150 or more

So, in short... If you had $400+/- to spend on a video camera, lavalier microphone, and shotgun microphone... what have you used and like or what would you suggest I explore further?

I know this is not a lot of money, but I'm working to outfit several student-friendly and affordable media kits.

Many Thanks,

Tim O'Leary
Technology Innovation Specialist, 
Addison Central School District: Web, Facebook  
Office Phone: (802) 382-1272


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