Enhancing The Audio Quality In A DSLR Digital Camera

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For quite a few years video recording capability was confined just to low-grade non-professional digital cameras. The upper-end cameras like DSLR cameras remained focused on still images without ever envisaging the need for video capability. Ever since Nikon in 1980 released its model D90 having video capability, all that has become history now. This impetus was enough to push many other camera brands like Canon, Pentax, and Olympus to push new models in the market that have video recording features.

What Is So Great About A DSLR Digital Camera Having A Video Feature?

Any photo enthusiast will tell you that a DSLR is all about its ability to swap lenses. Therefore, if you have a DSLR digital camera that can also shoot videos, you will have all the excitement of shooting a scene in a shallow depth of field that you see so often in professional films. Big screen movies are shot with special cameras that create a very shallow depth of field that blurs the background simultaneously keeping the subject in sharp focus. A DSLR digital camera with video capability allows you immense flexibility with different levels of zoom, focus, and depth.

Having said that, users must understand that a DSLR digital camera also has its limitations. Any professional knows that the absence of electronic view finders, limited optical zoom, and below-par audio quality are some of the most obvious limitations in a Digital DSLR camera.

Unfortunately, the built-in sound recording capabilities of DSLR cameras are just not up to the mark to reproduce great sound. At best, the sound is comparable to what you get in a decent cell phone. If you intend becoming a serious video enthusiast, you will soon learn how important a sound is, however good the video shoot may be.

So How Do You Go About Fixing This Drawback In A DSLR Camera With Video?

You Have Three Possible Choices.

*Attach External Microphones

The two most common types of external microphones are shotgun and stereo microphone. You can attach one of these to the top of your DSLR camera and then plug the microphone jack to the side of the gear. Even though this option may not give you the perfect sound reproduction, it is still way better than the built-in system of the DSLR gear.

*Use XLR Boxes

XLR plugs and sockets are very often used in professional audio and video applications. So, if you want professional quality sounds, use XLR Boxes. These boxes also allow you to plug in higher quality microphones to get great sound output needed for short films.

*Connect To External Audio Recorders

External audio recorders, though pricey, greatly improve the ability to record and monitor sound. But, a tough thing about this arrangement is you have to record sound separately and later synchronize it with your video shoot. Some software programs can do this task for you.

Hopefully in the near future, video will be a standard feature in all affordable DSLR digital cameras. As the technology evolves, we can hope that all limitations will be plugged in, especially with regard to sound reproduction in DSLR digital cameras.





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