I have almost figured out everything I need to place my order for our HMC150 and accessories. I just have a few questions about the Shotgun mic which I think I'm going to plan to purchase.
I am trying to stay under $250 if possible - Do you know of any acceptable mics within that price range that can attach to the top of the camcorder to replace the internal mic ? I got the suggestion of AT897 which is just a bit above my limit.
I have a couple of questions ...
1. First of all, any suggestions other than the AT897 ?
2. Some of the Mic's and perhaps the AT897 requires Phantom Power - Does the HMC150 provide this or how do I provide this ?
3. The AT897 seems kinda long - does it fit well on the top of the HMC150 without getting in the way ?
4. Finally, from the pictures I see, the cord on the AT897 and some of the other mic's appears long. Does this get in the way when the Mic is attached to the camcorder ? Is a shorter cord included with the camcorder or does one need to be purchased separately ?
Paul I wish I would have read a post like yours a few months back when I bought my HMC-150 and AT897...I like the 897 but as the OP suspects it is a bit long, and its closer to $300 vs $189. Now I'm thinking I should go out and get a 875... :)