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george carr
(hammer-one) - F - MLife

Locale: Walking With The Son
Canon hv30 question on 08/15/2009 08:18:45 MDT Print View

Hi all. I've been looking to upgrade camcorders and am looking at the Canon HV 30. Does any one out there know if there is a bluetooth/remote mic that is compatible with this camera?

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
bluetooth on 09/07/2009 08:48:48 MDT Print View

the hv30 has bluetooth?

can't find any info on that. If google doesn't find it, it doesn't exist ;-)

Best wireless within reasonable cost for these camcorders is made by Sennheiser, but it costs more than the camera

My HV20 solution was to just get a long wired audio-technica lavalier that has about 15 feet of light wire. That way I don't have to haul all sorts of receivers and transmitters. Ultimately, I barely ever use it, but stick to the external shotgun DM50 or whatever the model number is. That microphone works quite well, mounts very quickly after you pull the camera out of the carry pouch, and it has handled the abuse of a 20 day John Muir Trail without a single hickup. I don't carry the lavaliers any longer.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Canon hv30 question on 09/07/2009 15:31:53 MDT Print View

There are many radio mics tha can be used with the HV30.
Here are some from B&H
I used to sell the Sennheiser mics, the G2 is the standard for most high end amateurs. You can also check out the new SonyUWP (no experience...)
See this link
and this one...

george carr
(hammer-one) - F - MLife

Locale: Walking With The Son
Canon hv30 question on 09/08/2009 15:24:17 MDT Print View

Peter & Franco, Thanks for your replies. I haven't picked up the camera yet, but did find both the shotgun and G2. I'm going to have to wait until I buy to see if the camera's mic quality works for me. I'm just not sure what I need. I'll be shooting an instructional outdoor series and while it's not 'made for tv quality' stuff, I would like it to be "a cut above". I'm sure I'll be back with questions:).

James Lee
(JLeephoto) - F

Locale: Triad
HV30 on 10/13/2009 20:56:34 MDT Print View

I have a HV30 and think it's a safe bet the on board mic is NOT going to do it for you. Close=better in audio. You're either going to want a lav on the talent, or a shotgun off camera a close to the talent. There's less to go wrong with wired lavs and Audio-Technica makes a surprising good wired lav (ATR-3350) for under $30.
You can get some VHF wireless kits pretty inexpensively. I know a couple outdoor photographers that use VHF Azden and Audio Technica with good results in the wild with no interference from outside signals YMMV.
UHF is generally more reliable and more expensive. The pro level starts with the Sennheiser Evolutions and Sony UWPs at @ $500.00 and well worth it for relatively trouble free wireless.
Another idea entirely is to use a mini-recorder with a lav mic attached and sync the sound in your editing program (using the clap method.) I went this route using a Giant Squid mic ( for a while and it worked well. Check out for good info on using this little camera.

george carr
(hammer-one) - F - MLife

Locale: Walking With The Son
Canon hv30 question on 10/14/2009 13:53:49 MDT Print View

John, thanks for the info. I'm almost certain I'll be going w/ a lav over the shotgun setup. The big ? will be wireless vs wired. I'm looking hard at the G2, but am willing to take a look at the other options you mention. Hopefully I'll be in a position to make a move real soon.

Michael Neal
(michaeltn2) - F

Locale: Northern Virginia
dslr on 10/22/2009 14:31:35 MDT Print View

you also should consider some of the new DSLR cameras with HD video. my Canon 7D DSLR produces a much better image than my Canon hv30 plus I can take great photos at the same time. Another benefit is that you can stick all kinds of lenses on it which would be helpful for nature type shooting, telephoto, wide angle etc.