External Microphone on the G1x Mark 2
by Gary Carroll
(Green Valley, AZ 85614)
Canon G1x Mark II Hot Shoe
My G15 and the G1x MK ll do not have an external mic input but I'm sure I read somewhere that the mic signals are available on the deep hot shoe connector.
Is this true AND is there a device I can plug into the hot shoe and then hook a standard
3.5 mm mic plug?
I've read the manual, searched YouTube and did searches on the web with no results.
If I have to buy another flash that has this option, then so be it. I have the canon 270EX now and it works great.
Thanks in advance,
Thanks for your questions about using an external microphone on your Canon Powershot G1x Mark II. The G1x Mark II does a lot of things well, but video capabilities is not its strongest feature. The G1x Mark II can only record audio through its built-in condenser mic. I still have my Canon G1x Mark II-although my wife has taken over as its chief user. The G1X, and then G1x Mark II at the time in 2014, were remarkable examples of technological by Canon, in that they put an almost APS-C sized sensor in such a compact, pocketable sized camera.
To the best of my knowledge, you can't run audio signals through the G1x Mark II hot shoe. Hot shoes are great for powering external flashes, using as mounts for microphones, wireless mic receivers, and mounting LCD light panels. To the best of my knowledge, there is no circuitry for taking an audio signal into the camera's processor. The G1x Mark II has some nice accessories, but without an audio jack, you can't use the hot shoe for that purpose.
Using flash for G1x Mark II Video audio
Also, you mentioned the 270EX or an upgrade. I don't know of any Canon flashes (or any other) that would multi-purpose and also accept audio signals for shooting video.
I'm not sure where you read that a hot shoe adapter would work on your G1X mark II to receive audio signals, but perhaps they were referring to a receiver than can mount to the hot shoe like I do with my Canon 70D
and Canon 90D. Maybe another reader of the Canon Geek site can chime in?
Thanks again for your question, Gary. I imagine that's not the answer you were hoping for, but please let me know what direction you take with this challenge.