best mic on a camera?

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xavier23
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Hello! i have finished a 3 year docu/fiction project on a sony PD-150.
I had a Schenneiser mk-66 for mono and a audio technica AT 825 for stereo.i was happy.now it could be better,and i suffer a lot not knowing which mic to plug on my camera...when i am mono i cry for something realistic which is lost...stereo i cry for the message in the voice that will not be so clear..
i am starting a new project on a GY-HD100 from JVC and i want to invest in one very very good mic.mic will always be placed on my camera.
i record stolen voices...street music...cars...musicians...interviews...
so i need something good..always.
i know the perfect solution doesn t exist.
should i go for stereo or mono?
couldn t this mic offer both alternative in one buy? Sanken CUW-180
i found the sound not as 'pure as a KM 184 from Neumann...
should i go for mono always and then try to add stereo tracks after in post/
i am always sad when i take a mono mic thinking i ll miss the half of the nice soun i could catch.i am certainly wrong...mono can be good thing too...isn t stereo something advertised a little bit too much by the media to sell enhanced products? don t know help me please...Thank you.X

John Willett
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You should not put a stereo mic on a camera.

If you want a really good mic for on-camera use in all weathers and will last you 30 or 40 years - go for the Sennheiser MKH 60 - or the MKH 416 a bit cheaper but not quite so good (but the industry standard).

For stereo - the MKH 418-S is the 416 with a side capsule for MS.

All these are RF condenser mics that will work reliably even in the wet.

John
 
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xavier23
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thank you for the advice..no stereo on camera.i ll look to that Senneisser!

John Willett
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The reason for no stereo on camera is because the stereo image will shift and move around as you move the camera - it sounds disconcerting and nasty.

For stereo, keep the stereo mic. off the camera and establish a stereo image - you can then move the camera around within that stationary stereo image. You only move the stereo mic. when you change the shot.

I hope this helps.

John
 
A picture tells a thousand words, but sound tells a thousand pictures.