Article ID : 00025334 / Last Modified : 08/16/2015

How to turn off or disable the built-in microphone on the camcorder.

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Sony® consumer camcorders do not have a menu option to allow the built-in microphone to be turned off or disabled. However, if the camcorder has an input jack for connecting an external microphone, there are two possible workarounds for this:

  1. Connect a microphone with an ON/OFF switch to the microphone jack on the camcorder. Then, set the switch on the external microphone to the OFF position. This will disable the built-in microphone on the camcorder.
  2. Connect a dummy stereo minipin plug into the microphone jack on the camcorder.

NOTE: Built-in microphones on Sony camcorders that do not have an external microphone jack cannot be turned off or disabled.