I have the Canon Vixia HF M50. I have connected a Samson go mic which is a usb powered mic with a 3.5mm balanced interconnect from Hosa, TT TRS to 1/4 in TRS, to the "mic" of the canon camera.
On page 124 of the manual, it says to connect an external mic, I should press the home button and then change the audio input to external microphone by pressing "other settings" then "mic terminal input" then "microphone.
When I press the "home" button on the camera and then "other settings" there is no "mic terminal input" on the display of the camera. There is a "wrench" under this menu and a "movie" type button but no "mic terminal input."
I'd like to change this setting because I am getting a constant buzzing trying to use the samson go microphone with this camera.
If this is not the problem, does anyone have an idea what the problem is?
I can't us a lapel type microphone as I need a microphone that goes on a stand and I need a good quality microphone.
This may occur because of something you mentioned, that the mic was USB powered. Any mic you use with the camcorder should be self powered. It should also connect straight to the camcorder, without the need for any adapters as this may cause interference.
I have the Samson go microphone with the usb connection powered by my laptop, i.e., it is connected with a usb connection to my laptop and that's where it gets its power. I know the power works because the samson microphone lights up the green light letting me know it is getting power from my laptop.
You cannot use a mic, especially a usb one, that requires 5 volt usb power to work. The camera does not supply power to run an external mic so you need a self powered one. Pro cameras with XLR microphone inputs do supply power for external mics.