In this article, we will be going over what we feel is the best external mic for Canon 1300d owners currently available on the market right now. We have literally lost count of the number of people we have seen reaching out for advice on this so decided to publish this article to help our readers who may be having this same problem.
The main issue with the 1300d is the lack of a mic input jack on the camera’s body rendering the vast majority of the plug and play microphones totally useless meaning that you have to use an external audio recorder to improve the audio quality when using a 1300d. Thankfully, there are some excellent budget-friendly external audio recorders on the market these days that provide some excellent audio quality.
The Zoom ZH1 H1
In the years since the release of the ZH1 H1 external microphone, it has managed to grow a solid following of core customers who use it for a wide range of audio recording tasks and rave about its performance. This has lead to a large number of reviews being posted online from people who own the mic and wanted to share their experiences with it.
In addition to the independent reviews linked above, the Zoom mic has been the subject of a ton of side by side sound tests. The video below gives a side by side comparison of the audio capabilities of the Zoom audio recorder and the Rode Video Micro to show the difference in sound.
Depending on what you are doing with your 1300D you may want to mount your Zoom mic on your camera as displayed in the example image to the left. This will allow you to capture a natural sounding audio while moving around a location making it ideal for tasks such as wedding videography.
If you are simply sitting down to interview someone then it may be a better option for you to simply lay the recording mic down on a table near where you will be interviewing giving nice and crisp audio. You are then free to place your 1300D further away to capture some wide angle shots of you and the person you are interviewing without it having any effect on the quality of your audio track.
Although a 2GB microSD card is included with the microphone as standard with your purchase, one thing that we would recommend is picking up a larger microSD card (Click here to check for product prices and availability) if you are wanting to record a high quality audio track for extended period of time.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Zoom ZH1 H1 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.