By June 12, 2013 0 Comments

A Smart Slide-In Mic for Much Better Audio for Hybrid Shooters

Slide-in external microphones for hybrid photographers looking to shoot talking portraits can make a BIG boost in audio quality. And they can also be difficult to use, expensive, easy to break, and hard to adjust. There is no one perfect solution. We’re testing a bunch and one has popped up on our list as not only working GREAT, but it’s affordable and rubber mounted so it’s tough to break.

The Fujifilm ST-1 mic is less than $150, works on other cameras besides the Fuji, and makes a massive difference in sound quality and the direction of the sound it picks up. See for yourself how changing the distance between the subject and the camera effects audio quality, and the difference between using the cameras internal {built in} mic versus the low cost ST1 mic. {huge difference!}

Here’s how commercial hybrid photographer and one of the DiscoverMirrorless Hybrid Heroes likes this mic and a few tips on using any directional mic with any camera.

About the Author:

Will Crockett, commercial hybrid photographer, photo technology developer, and webTV personality is focused on learning how to master hybrid imaging. The skillful blend of photo+video+audio is clearly the future of photography, but how do we shoot and shape and share and sell these hybrid "eProducts"? Dunno, but with Will Crockett as the technical genius and unstoppable force behind this transition from shooting still photos into creating pictures with depth and dimension we will surely figure it out! : ) Will is an open, honest, bright guy that shares what he learns here on this website about hybrid, eProducts, mirrorless cameras, and all the wonderful software tools that allow us to make better, smarter images for share or the sell. For years, non-pro photographers and pros alike have seen Will's videos, gone to his fun live events, and learned how to be a smarter photographer. Take a look at Will's current (and classic) images at, his consulting work for clients big and small at, and the great info on hybrid eProducts and mirrorless cameras on, and of course his premium videos at Will is credited with the construction of the Lumix Luminary talent team, and the Fujifilm Elite Talent team, and is our "coach" of the Hybrid Heroes.

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