- Kodak Zi8 HD Pocket Video Camera
- Samson SE50T Headworn Micro Miniature Omni Directional Microphone
- Stereo – Mono Y adapter
- Remote for Zi8
- Extension Cable (Affiliate Link)
Of all the mini-flash based “Flip” style cameras, the Kodak Zi8 is the only one with an 1/8 inch stereo microphone input jack. This allows me to use external mics to record excellent audio. The menus in the camera allow me to adjust the input levels of the external mics
These mics are remarkably small with excellent audio. They are adjustable and relatively stable on the ear. The Samson model is cheaper than the Audio-Technica head mics that I also own. These mics are omni-directional so they will pick up any ambient noise. If these “pro” quality mics are still to expensive, you can substitute a “Skype” capable computer mic with an 1/8″ plug. I have used the Logitech “Clear Chat” model with noise canceling capabilities in noisy environments with great results.
Stereo – Mono Y adapter
This is an important part of the setup and requires explanation. With my setup, you will be able to record two people on the separate, stereo tracks. In the post production editing, you can adjust the levels if needed. I’ve found two vendors for this Y adapter. Go to www.Markertek.com search for model Y-MPS-2MF then scroll down the page to the correct model number. Cablemart also has a model in Amazon.
A tripod, remote, and extension cable for the mic cords are all helpful, but not required. Another useful microphone is the Audio Technica ATR-6550 Video Camera Condenser Shotgun Microphone (Affiliate Link). This shotgun mic can be hand held and provide more traditional interview style presentation. It requires a single AA battery and will plug-into the Y-adapter.
Update: Here is a quick video to demonstrate a Logitech “ClearChat” headset mic used with the Kodak Zi8 with a gas powered weed trimmer running in the back ground. This really shows the advantage of using a headmic with this camera.
If you’ve found any other solutions, please add them in the comments.