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Does the Sanyo Xacti Vpc-FH1 have XLR inputs?

Okay, so I’m wondering if the Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1 has XLR inputs where I can plug in a XLR adapter so I can use an external mic for sound. I know the camera itself does not have an external mic port, but does it at least have the input to plug in the adapter so I CAN use the mic?

Check the “Interface” area… According to Sanyo:

http://sanyo.com/xacti/english/products/vpc_fh1/spec.html
there is no audio-in jack for external mic connectivity.

But the VPC-HD2000 does.
http://sanyo.com/xacti/english/products/vpc_hd2000/spec.html
But as you can see, it is a 2.5mm jack PLUS a 3.5mm adapter. If you connect an XLR-connector equipped mic cable to that using a “impedance matching cable tail” adapter, plan on the 2.5mm plug breaking off inside the camcorder and causing even more problems…

Also, expect a single mono mic to have audio recording in the camcorder to only the right channel. This can be fixed in editing with audio tools like Audacity. But it is an extra step you need to be aware of.

Just in case:
This is an XLR connector:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XLR_connector
It has a diameter of about 20mm. And you want to connect it to a 2.5mm (smaller than the ear-bud audio plug on a typical MP3 player which is 3.5mm). Not a good idea.

Don’t get me wrong – it is technically possible to do – but just because you *can* do something does not always mean you *should* do it. This is the part where common sense needs to kick in and your thinking through the consequences is supposed to happen.

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