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New XA11 Owner 3.5 Mic Question

So I have stepped my game up to a Camcorder for my Video Plogs on YouTube. I just purchased the Canon XA11 which is really a nice camera with tons of options. I do a lot of Motorcycle content and will be covering the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year.  


I tried to connect several 3.5 mics to the 3.5 mic port on the side of the camera. I get no audio at all. After doing some research I believe the problem is that it requires a powered condensor mic. Documentation is a bit weak from the online manual. Is it correct that the mic must be powered ? 





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Re: New XA11 Owner 3.5 Mic Question

According to the User Manual (one page is 134 which has troubleshooting notes on no audio), you can use either powered-mics, or mics that would draw power from the camcorder (phantom power).


What type of microphone do you have?


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Re: New XA11 Owner 3.5 Mic Question

Thanks for your support ..


I was trying to use a Lavalier Mic on the 3.5 mic jack on the camera not the handle connections. It recognizes the mic being plugged in but it gets no audio. 


After a bunch of searching I found one other who asked about this and the fix was a self powered mic as the 3.5 mic input doesnt have any power. 


Really looking forward to putting this camera to use. 

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