Canon C300 handle / mic placement
When working in crowded or bright environments I like using my Canon C300 with the monitor assembly removed but still using the top handle to carry the camera around. If you want to record basic audio in this configuration though you have to use the 3.5mm mic jack on the side using something like a Rode Videomic Pro.
The problem though is that the cold shoe placement on C300’s handle makes the handle unusable when a mic is fitted to it, it ends up looking something like this…
What we really need is the mic to be fitted to the front cold shoe, but that’s a vertical shoe so the mic would be pointing in totally the wrong direction and would just look silly. Something like this mockup I made would be better, I’m sure Rode would produce a much more elegant solution than my feeble hack job though.
That way the handle can still be used and the mic is out of the way above the lens. It would be nice if it was smaller though. Something more compact would be great, maybe even a stereo mic?
So there you go manufacturers, a small shoe mounted mic for the C300 would be really useful, oh and remember where you got the idea when it comes to field testing your wonderful creations! ;)