One of the most frustrating things consumers deal with when purchasing a new camera is finding a great camera with mic inputs. We like to have options with our camera, especially having the option of creating amazing audio through the use of external microphones. You should know that there are a few different categories of cameras that have microphone inputs, such as the option of getting a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, DSLRs, just to name a few options.
By reading on, you will see our top picks for the best cameras with external mic jack on the market today from some of the leading brands in the industry. You will also find a comparison table to offer valuable buying advice below our picks.
Digital SLRs with Mic Inputs
Sensor Size: 22.3mm x 14.9mm
Pros:The highest resolution camera yet for the Canon APS-C; decent high ISO performance in its class; much improved dynamic range than the T5; speedy autofocus; touchscreen swivel/tilt; built-in Wi-Fi with NFC).
Cons: Less than stellar battery life; with regards to RAW files, it has a shallow buffer depth; Lacks 60p frame rate for videos; Lacks Servo AF in Live View.
In the midrange area, the Cannon T6i that offers a lot of the same power of higher end cameras without breaking the bank. It also comes a lot smaller than its pricier competition. The autofocus system in this model is easily the best any other Rebel camera. It kept the same ISO performance but offers the latest DIGIC 6 processor and 24.2MPs. With its flip out touchscreen, you can point at what you want to focus on. This camera is excellent for doing interviews or for catching fast-moving objects. You can capture DVD quality HD videos (at 30 FPS) or 720p mode at a faster rate (60 FPS). Thanks to its Wi-Fi feature, you can easily share photos and even use your smartphone. If you want a budget friendly DSLR that captures excellent photos and videos, this is the perfect camera for you.
2. Nikon D5300
Sensor Size: 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Weight: 480 g
Pros: For extra sharing convenience, this model has built-in Wi-Fi. It has a great build quality and good continuous shooting rate.
Cons: The Live View is pretty slow to use and it is lacking in the default settings department.
In February 2014, the Nikon D5300 was first introduced. This entry-level camera is a DSLR with a APS-C sized CMOS sensor. This model was to replace the D5200 though there is the newer D5500. This particular model has a Nikon F lens mount, which offers users a huge variety of lens options. It is also backwards compatible, allowing you to use older lenses for the camera.
However, this model does not have an internal focus motor, meaning that it does not auto focus with older lenses.
Sensor size: 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Weight: 407 g
Pros: You may find that one of this camera’s best features is that it that it is sized perfectly for those people who have small-to-medium sized hands. It also offers incredible quality as far as its video and photo quality are concerned. It also offers an amazing design that makes this a high quality and comfortable product.
Cons: One problem with this camera is that some may find the grip to be too small. It also has mono onboard sound, which is less than desirable for some. Some have also noticed that the quality of the images tends to fall off after IS0 800.
The brand-new Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is the smallest and lightest of these types of cameras in the world. While it may be small in size, this is a camera that is certainly large when it comes to its performance. It has a newly designed 18.0 megapixel CMOS sensor, (APS-C) along with its DIGIC 5 image process that Canon is known for, the images are quite extraordinary. This is a great option for users that are moving up in the photography world from a compact camera or their smartphone.
This camera also has an ISO range of between 100 and 12800 for its still images and between 100 and 6400 for its video quality. There is also up to 4 FPS for continuous shooting. These are reasons why this is a perfect camera for any impromptu photo session, even if you are in dim-lighting or trying to capture objects that are moving fast. With the hybrid CMOS AF II, this camera is able to offer amazingly accurate AF tracking when you are Live View shooting. That can help you to ensure that the quality of all images, stills and videos, are perfectly clear. Thanks to the Full HD Movie Mode, you are really going to get high-quality video especially when you are using the Canon STM lenses.
You will notice that on top of having the Optical Viewfinder, it also has the bright and wide Touch Screen 3.0” Clear View LCD Monitor II. This can be used for not just the numerous scene modes but also for seeing the creative filters that are available.
Sensor Size: 23.5 x 15.6mm
Pros: A lot of controls; Ergonomic; Rugged and durable; amazing image quality; highly accurate optical viewfinder; excellent battery life; decent buffer depths; good burst speed; quick autofocus.
Cons: Lackluster video mode; Lack of peaking in Live View; Wi-Fi features not totally thought out.
Nikon created this model to be the answer to their competitor Canon’s EOS 70D. Replacing the incredibly popular D7100 Nikon model, it has an updated APS-C sized sensor with 24.2MP. It also has 1080p HD cinematic video that has autofocus fulltime and sound capabilities. There is also a headphone and mic jack for more options while recording. With Live View, you can frame movies and images with high resolution that was upgraded. The 3.2-in LCD screen is high resolution. It has a burst rate of 6.0 FPS for continuous shooting and an increase in buffer size. A great feature is the Ultrasonic Dust Removal System, which automatically removes dust from the sensor.
Mirrorless Cameras with Mic Inputs
Megapixel: 24.2 MP
Sensor size: 23.5 x 15.6mm
Weight: 404 g
Pros:Incredibly fast on most occasions; Consistent burst performance; amazing image quality; decent higher-ISO performance.
Cons:Has manual controls that are “entry level”.
This model is the replacement for the 2-year-old model A6000 as their high-end APS-C Alpha. While this model looks very similar to the older models, it also has full weather sealing against moisture and dust. The biggest differences are not what you can see on the outside but the greatly improved internal features. It can capture ultra-HD 3840 x 2160 videos (at 30 FPS) or full HD (at 120 FPS). The cutting-edge design of its 24.2MP sensor allows for improved sensitivity to light and enables the ability to record at ISO 51200. The autofocus performance is greatly revised so that that camera has no less than 425 phase detection AF points, which allows for easier and more accurate tracking of subjects. This may be a more expensive option than most, but all of its features make it more than worth the price.
Megapixel: 16 MP
Sensor Size: 17.3 x 13.0 mm
Weight: 410 g
Pros:Fully-articulated touchscreen, decently sized and detailed viewfinder; decent zoom kit; good image quality.
Cons: Doesn’t have USB in-body charging of the battery; doesn’t have the built-in stabilization normally seen in Olympus bodies.
If you are looking for a camera that is a step up from the budget version, this mid-range camera could be a great option. You will notice that the controls are well-designed and it has a nicely sized and detailed electronic viewfinder. This viewfinder offers flexibility of a high-end touchscreen. Not only is this camera responsive, it also responds very quickly in low-light situations where you can get bursts of 8FPS with full resolution. There are so many different features in this model, including Wi-Fi, the potential for 7 frame bracketing, and time-lapse shooting. These are only a few of these incredible features. There is also the capability of capturing 4K videos, which offer a much better quality than HD. This powerful choice is a great budget choice for people doing film-making or just want some power without the big price tag.
3. Canon EOS M3
Sensor size: 22.3 x 14.9mm
Weight: 366 g
Pros:Decent quality images; touchscreen that is well-implemented; decent handling and control.
Cons: Slow-performance; Limited selection of lenses.
The Canon EOS M3 was first introduced back in February 2013. It is a mirrorless, entry-level camera with about 24MP. This is a camera that is actually the result of combining the unbeatable image quality Canon is known for DSLR-style controls all in one compact package. You can easily capture everything around you with amazing quality images. It is the first 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor in Canon cameras and the most advanced image processor (DIGIC 6) for this brand. What does this mean for you? The ability to capture gorgeous HD videos and high-quality stills. Thanks to the brand-new hybrid CMOS AF III and the 49-point AF system, you can freely capture beautiful movements as they happen. Every control that you could need while taking photos is right at your fingertips, giving users flexibility with lens changes and intuitive controls and dials like from standard DSLRs. Best of all, these features are found in one ergonomic and compact package that you can take anywhere that you want to.
Action Cameras with Mic Inputs
Megapixels: 12 MP
Sensor Size: 6.17 x 3.47 mm
Pros: Decent video and photo quality; durable and waterproof without needing housing; 3 stereo mics (noise-cancelling capabilities); responsive touchscreen; voice control.
Cons: Requires new accessories; similar battery life
GoPro has certainly made a name for itself when it comes to action cameras and there is a good reason for that. Upgraded from the original model from 2 years ago, you get the sane great quality camera with some extra features. These features include added durability, image stabilization, and voice control. The high quality images are well worth the money and you can get a great deal of accessories to help make your experience with this camera even better.
Megapixel: 12.35 MP
Sensor size: ½.3 inch
Weight: 95 g
Pros: Amazing image quality; excellent features at this price; Compatible with GoPro accessories; excellent touchscreen; Voice control to be available soon.
Cons:Requires case to be waterproof; the USB type-C port isn’t user friendly.
Yi Technology announced earlier this year that they were going to be releasing their own version of an action cam: the Yi 4K+. Their original model was a rival to the GoPro Hero 4 at a fraction of the price. This new model is going head to head with the Hero 5, and may very well win with its 4K capabilities at 60 FPS (which is a first for action cameras).The Hero 5 actually tops out at around 30 FPS. You can expect very smooth footage despite using the highest resolution when shooting. You can also get 120 FPS when you are shooting at 1080p, which you can use to create those slow-motion videos. This is absolutely a great choice for those who are looking for an affordable action camera because you are definitely getting far more than what you are paying for. However, you will have to take into consideration that this is not a waterproof camera on its own. You will need to invest in a casing to make it waterproof and you will have to invest in a wide variety of other accessories to make the most use of your camera. Depending on how much these accessories cost, this may not be as much of a bargain as you thought.