I feel like a broken record about being new to video and audio. And that’s just what I am. New, neophyte and inexperienced in getting the best of either – and learning really fast what works and what doesn’t. The new mic by Panasonic, developed for the GH3, is really awesome. It’s a shotgun mic and a stereo mic in one! (You choose which to use via the menu.) What’s most important, is that it takes the OK in-camera mic audio to another level entirely. Take a look/listen and decide for yourself as I start this post with the in-camera mic then switch to the shotgun external mic.
The difference is an amazing boost in quality (I sound more like me to me – that’s good, right?…) and in sensitivity. I had the levels set at 14 (down from 19, which is the top and where I needed to be with the in-camera mic and the Rode stereo mic that I’ve also used) and to make the comparison more fair, I increased the volume on the in-camera video section during processing by about 15%.
This mic is a must-have addition to the GH3 of any hybrid photographer who wants seriously great sound to go with the fantastic video and amazing IQ of this camera.