Seeking feedback from anyone who uses/prefers one or the other for sound. The bulk of my projects in the coming months will be for personal, creative work. Small crew numbers/little-to-no budget--- collaborative projects with friends mostly. Occasionally some regional commercial work but in those cases I'll be most often acting as a one-man-band.
Recording sound separately is obviously ideal, but in most cases that won't be an option I'm afforded.
Thanks for your input, Robbie. My only concern is that the cx231 doesn't have a switch to disable the auto-AGC on the camera. I called Juicedlink this morning and a fellow told me that I could purchase an accessory called the dn101 that sends a sound signal into the camera that raises a red flag in the camera. If I heard him correctly, this in turn forces the audio all into the L channel, which then in FCP I can set the pan to the center and it will thus be equalized.
My thought is, for ease, why not just use the Beachtek that has the AGC disable switch to avoid these extra steps? Back to Juicedlink's quieter pre-amp, I suppose.
Are you talking about the Beachtek DXA-DSLR, because that device has an AGC killer? The Juiced Link DN101 looks bulky and therefore unhandy to me. I still have to decide upon which system to buy for documentary shoots in tough conditions. I need a flawless DSLR @ sound kit to cover a place where none of my broadcast cameras are allowed. A DSLR is still considered a stills photography cam, so...