View Full Version : Canon 7D audio suggestion

02-10-2010, 10:24 AM
Hey all, what would you suggest using for recording audio when shooting with a 7D? Since Magic Lantern hasn't come out with a firmware yet, I'm kind of curious what you all would suggest. I'd love to wait for the Magic Lantern firmware but I'm needing to shoot with audio in one month. I own a wireless lav system, boom mic and an XLR input box (not sure what it's called but it allows me to transfer the audio into the camera).

What would you suggest if recording separate audio and then bringing it together in post? I'm shooting a lot of interviews.

Thanks in advance.

02-10-2010, 06:09 PM
How about a Zoom H4n (http://www.zoom.co.jp/english/products/h4n/index.php)? Dual XLR / 6.5 mm inputs, phantom power, recording directly to SD card. The only problem might be slight drift over long takes (maybe 0.5% in an hour or so) but that's an inherent problem with the different clocks inside the devices.

02-11-2010, 12:57 PM
AndrewGentle, that's a great option but it's $300 and I'm trying to find something else for cheaper. $200 is my limit. Do you know of any other products out there that would work.

Also, you can't record longer than 12 minute takes with the Canon 7D. So, the audio drifting wouldn't be a problem that I can see.

If you know of anything other products let me know. Thanks.

02-11-2010, 01:24 PM
For the price the H4N is a bargain.

Anything less is a compromise.

Fran Guidry
02-11-2010, 03:04 PM
The Zoom H2 hits the budget mark and has native audio quality similar to the H4n, but the H4n has much more flexibility for connecting other mics, etc.


02-11-2010, 03:25 PM
There are a couple of other flash recorders (http://www.minidisco.com/Portable-Recorders/Flash-and-HD-Digital-Recorders;jsessionid=0a0105531f432832bc175ad840a4a e97d97da03c8bc4.e3eSc3uRax8Te34Pa38Ta38QaNj0?sort1 desc=F&sort1=Item_ONLINECUSTOMERPRICE&range=) out there which are cheaper but you won't get XLR inputs for under $300. You might be able to use your 'XLR input box' thing though, depending on phantom power requirements.