Like other manufacturers’ camcorders, most of the consumer camcorders in the Sony line come with built-in microphones. These microphones can get the job done in many circumstances, but they do not provide the audio clarity or the ability to pick up sound from a distance that you get with an external microphone. Some of Sony’s professional camcorders do not have built-in mics and need an external microphone to record audio. The consumer and professional camcorders use two different types of microphone.
- Locate the microphone mount on your Sony camcorder. While most consumer camcorders do not provide a microphone mount, Sony pro-level camcorders do generally have a built-in mount that appears at the top of the unit.