In addition to a handheld microphone, you might consider a miniature zoom microphone. These are a little on the pricey side ($40-$60), but can dramatically increase the quality of the audio in your videos by isolating the sounds you want to capture, (i.e. your favorite candidate’s stump speech) and minimizing the sounds you don’t. The miniature zoom microphones can usually be mounted into the accessory shoe on the camcorder and will have a 1/8” jack that fits into your camera’s microphone input.
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