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I have a Sony HDR-CX100 video camera that I would like to connect an external mic to (3.5mm plug), but the camera has no dedicated mic input.

However, it as an "A/V R" plug:

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Before you say "it's not possible", I also have a Sony Sports pack SPK-CXA that plugs into that port which includes it's own microphones (in addition to remote controls). So technically it should be possible to input audio through that port.

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So my question is has anyone seen a cable / dongle / adapter that would allow me to go from that A/V R plug on the camera to a simple 3.5mm mic port? Or would anyone have an idea on the pinouts to build one?

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I could buy a new camera, but this one does everything I need otherwise, and seems a shame when a "simple" adapter should suffice.

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  • Do you have the A/V cable for the camera? A quick google search shows a fairly standard breakout cable with RCA & S-Video plugs? So an RCA to 3.5mm converter should work with the existing AV cable? i.e. ebay.com.au/itm/142242765540 Nov 4, 2020 at 3:02
  • Thanks for the suggestion; I have the original output cable, and figured maybe in recording mode it would provide input, however I tried that and it still used the internal microphone.
    – Ben in CA
    Nov 5, 2020 at 14:57
  • In that case, my guess would be that the AV cable is "all" or "nothing" (which isn't uncommon). It will likely activate if there's a video signal there, like with your sports pack, but you can't use it as an "audio only" signal without a video signal as well. A quick search shows there were some proprietary Sony mics that could be used on this type of port, and some people even hacked these to make a standardised connector - camerahacker.com/Forums/DisplayComments.php?file=Video%20Camera/…. That might be the only way. Nov 5, 2020 at 20:48
  • Note that I'm assuming based on this post that the camera has an AIS port cnet.com/forums/discussions/… - it doesn't seem there would be any way to get audio only in via the AV port, based on your tests. Nov 5, 2020 at 20:54
  • Thanks for the suggestions. No, my camera does not even have an AIS port. It appears Sony must have specifically made this difficult in order to sell higher end cameras. I guess I'll have to upgrade my camera in order to use a separate wireless lapel mic as an audio feed.
    – Ben in CA
    Nov 6, 2020 at 23:15

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