I just posted a couple of clips on youtube, originally created for a presentation on the difference between using an on-camera mike and an external (plug-in) mike when doing an interview. This is in response to a comment by Howard Owens yesterday about whether consumers really think there is a need for mike inputs on consumer/prosumer video cameras.
If you listen to the two clips, you will hear a difference – one is definitely cleaner sounding. The problem is that this was shot on my back patio (five years ago) in the country and there isn’t a lot of ambiant noise. I’ll try to post a clip in a normal atmosphere in the next week shot at the same distance so you can get a feel for how bad it really is.
Personally I still think there needs to be an option – each manufacturer should commit to one affordable camera with mike input.