I did some test with the Canon Optura Xi yesterday to run through the audio capabilities and see how it performs. I have to say I am very pleased with it so far.
As far as the audio is concerned I can:
- Manually adjust the level of the built in microphone
- Turn the built in Microphone right down to 0 level i.e. OFF
- Plug an external mic or sound source into the unit
- Adjust the line level at which the mic input operates, so I can either raise the input level or lower it if the input source is too high and is clipping
This gives me pretty much all of the flexibility I need. Like I said yesterday, there aren’t many consumer level or prosumer level units on the market that offer this kind of flexibility, so its a good buy for me at a great price.