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Using an external mic

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Using an external mic

Hi,

I'm looking to use a Sabrent Lavalier CLip-ON mic with my XA1 but it won't work via the video function. It keeps defaulting to the internal mic and I want to use this external one.

https://www.sabrent.com/product/AU-SMCR/lavalier-lapel-clip-on-omnidirectional-condenser-microphone-...

How can I make it work?

Thanks

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Re: Using an external mic

I want to know this answer as well. I tried using the included headphones while using the camera and still it defaulted to the internal mic.

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I talked to Sony Support and after cutting through here's the answer. The camera doesn't support external microphones! They suggested finding a video camera app on Google Play.

 

amazing work Sony! But that in your marketing material. Our camera is so great that if you want to get full functionality make sure you download 3rd party software to get full use of it.

 

Any suggestions from anybody on what video camera app to use?

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Re: Using an external mic

I found through the mic instructions to use Open Camera app from the Google Play Store. It has options for using an external. However, another person found this didn't work, so he suggested using a Y-splitting adaptor and that fixed the problem for some reason.

 

For USA:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C9D2WCK/


For UK:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B073ZCWDZY/

 

Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRJftY4RFv8

After much struggling to use an external microphone with my Sony Aqua M4 running Android version 6.0.1, I've finally cracked it, so I've set up a guide on how to do the same yourself and avoid the pitfalls, such as buying an OMTP lead when you actually need a CTIA lead. I'll leave links below as ...
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Re: Using an external mic

Thank you for the Open Camera suggestion. Problem solved.